Deus Ex: The Fall
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We didn't ask for this. Deus Ex: The Fall on PC is an awful repackaging of a respectable mobile game.
Deus Ex: The Fall belongs on your phone, not on your monitor. This is a woeful port with few redeeming features.
The PC port of last year's iPad prequel to Deus Ex: Human Revolution could do with a few augmentations.
Nobody asked for this.
In The Fall, NFusion have taken a scalpel to to Human Revolution's template, collected together a pile of game meat - the essential giblets of a Deus Ex game - stitched it together and presented you with a serving. It's recognisably Deus Ex but it's not very appetising. NFusion get an extra point for not including a single boss fight.
I make no bones about being a huge fan of the Deus Ex series, and it pleases me to see that Square Enix is invested in releasing more from that universe. I think that while The Fall has some larger issues that unfortunately pop up right at the beginning, it's definitely worth its $10 if you enjoyed Human Revolution. It ends on a cliffhanger, so with the follow-up let's hope the development team learns some lessons from this and brings fans closer to the standard and features they've come to expect with the Deus Ex series.
While it's easy to understand the enjoyability on a mobile platform due to its touchscreen control mechanics, Deus Ex: The Fall contributes a great deal to the non-official category of bad ports.
Through skill and careful Augmentation use you can make your way through the game, discover new facts about Adam Jensen and Ben Saxon's world, and basically have another 5-7 hour chunk of the Deus Ex experience, and at the end of the day that's a good thing. Even if that experience is (shudder) Invisible War.
Deus Ex: The Fall is a mixed experience. On the one hand, its story is pretty good and its design certainly harks back to Human Revolution. On the other hand, in terms of an actual game, it disappoints with wonky gun mechanics, limited AI, quite a few glitches, and really bad visuals.
Everything Deus Ex: The Fall does is done infinitely better in Human Revolution. Which begs the question, why not just play Human Revolution? After all, it's not like The Fall has a compelling story (spoilers: it ends on a cliffhanger, urging players to stay tuned for the next pay-for episode). Ultimately, Deus Ex: The Fall can only be recommended to one group of gamers: those who must consume anything related to Deus Ex. Everyone else should feel free to give it a miss.