ESRB Reveals Adam Jensen’s Dark Side In Deus Ex: Human Revolution

By Spencer . June 20, 2011 . 2:16pm


Eidos Montreal developed Deus Ex: Human Revolution with player choice at the core. So, while you’re controlling augmented security consultant Adam Jensen you don’t have to play good cop all the time.


I recall members of the development team saying right and wrong do not exist in Human Revolution, the game’s story is made of shades of gray. Some are darker than others and the ESRB leaked a few critical points where Adam’s dark side can come out, if you choose. Naturally, there are spoilers here so you might want to skip the text past the screenshots.


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This is a first-person shooter in which players assume the role of Adam Jensen, an ex-cop who must uncover the truth behind a cybernetics company’s attack. Players complete mission-based objectives to increase their character’s skills (e.g., stealth, strength) and advance the main storyline. Players use pistols, shotguns, assault rifles, and explosives to kill a variety of human enemies (e.g., soldiers, police officers, gang members, drug dealers). Players can also use stealth attacks (e.g., choking, electrocution) to dispatch enemies at close range. Firefights are highlighted by screams of pain, realistic gunfire, explosions, and large sprays of blood that stain the surrounding environment. Players can sometimes make choices that result in the death of innocent characters: during one sequence, an injured man asks to be “put out of his misery”—the main character can then administer a morphine overdose. Civilians can also be killed directly, though this may negatively affect players’ progress. As the game progresses, alcoholic beverages (e.g., beer, vodka, cocktails) can be purchased and consumed to reduce damage, resulting in a screen-blurring effect. In one mission, players can plant “illegal drugs” in a character’s residence; marijuana products (i.e., “cigaweed”) are occasionally referenced in the dialogue. Some missions contain sexual material: a brothel room containing a sex toy on the bed; dialogue with prostitutes (e.g., “They want me to get augmentations . . . for the customer’s pleasure. It’s sick” and “[W]e can find a quiet spot . . . Do you have enough money for me, sexy?”). The words “f**k” and “sh*t” can be heard in the dialogue.


Yes, its true beer and other alcoholic drinks can restore Adam’s health, but it makes the screen blur for a second. It’s something I noticed earlier when I played Deus Ex: Human Revolution. The bits about euthanasia, planting drugs, and the brothel are new.

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  • seishuun

    Interesting how you took care to darken the spoilers in the ESRB description, and then immediately summarize what they were in the next paragraph…>_>

    • Yeah…

    • No9

      I suppose he did say skip the text underneath the pictures if you don’t want the story spoiled.

    • Didn’t we warn to skip the text past the screenshots? I blackened the text in the ESRB rating *just in case* anyone scrolled too quickly as a secondary precaution.

  • darkfox1

    Cigaweed Wonder if that’s real? Anyway a lot of games seems to have the same affect when drinking like blurred vision. Don’t know why you would drink then start shooting btw

  • Mmm, reading this honestly makes me more and more happier I pre-ordered the Augmented Edition. =d

    Wonder if they’ll make a HD/console version of the first two sooner or later. Love to see this series continue.

  • The choice of being good, bad, or in between makes the game sound interesting.

  • PrinceHeir

    gonna be GOTY 2011 along with Dark Souls, Catherine and Shadows of the Damned for me :P

    • 4 Games of the Year all equally good? Surely there is one title this year that excites you above all others?

      • PrinceHeir

        well i don’t see any game topping it out at least for me.

        though i also forgot KOF XIII coming out so add that to the list as well :)

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