As long time PC gamers know, the Deus Ex series originated on the Windows platform to huge success and accolades. In order to expand the reach of the franchise, the second game in the series, Deus Ex: Invisible War, was released on both the PC and the consoles, but PC gamers complained that the gameplay felt dumbed down as a result. Ever since it was announced, similar concerns have been voiced about Deus Ex: Human Revolution since it is also set for a multi-platform release.
Cognizant of such fears amongst the PC community, Eidos Montreal brought in an outside developer, Nixxes Software, to help design the PC version to ensure that the end result would be more than just a simple port. Eidos Montreal had previously collaborated with Nixxes on the PC version of Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light and felt that the Netherland-based developer had the right team for the job.
Nixxes Software Founder and President Jurjen Katsman is extremely pleased with their final product:
We are obviously a little biased, but for us here at Nixxes, the PC version really is the version you should play. The extra depth you get from 3D or EyeFinity, and the extra crispness of the enhanced resolution, effects, and frame-rate, really give you superior visuals. And the speed and accuracy that you get from playing with mouse and keyboard compared with a gamepad, at least for me personally, makes it a pretty easy choice.
The PC edition also features high-end options such as DirectX 11 support, the use of tessellation to improve the character silhouettes, improved Screen Space Ambient Occlusion, anti-aliasing, and “improved blurs and depth of field.” Plus, major AMD enthusiasts can take advantage of EyeFinity and configure DX: HR on five monitors in mind-bending 3D. No matter which version you choose, expect the 25-hour campaign and general gameplay mechanics to be the same across all platforms.
So PC gamers, does Katsman’s assertion give you comfort? Or are you skeptical that Deus Ex: Human Revolution will live up to its PC pedigree?
Deus Ex: Human Revolution releases for the PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and OnLive on August 23, 2011.