While a little late, it’s better than never, I finally got back to Deus Ex: Human Revolution to play The Missing Link DLC. After a few hundred hours of Skyrim, I finally broke away to play some other games. I completed Saint’s Row: The Third, it was stupid fun but nothing amazing, then I decided to go back to one of my Top 10 Games of 2011, Deus Ex and play The Missing Link DLC. I originally played and completed Deus Ex: Human Revolution when it first came out, you can read my full review here. A short time after the game was released Eidos Montreal released their one and only DLC for the game with The Missing Link.
This DLC is a fairly good sized chapter that fits snuggly into the main storyline of the game. Depending on your play style it can take anywhere from 3 to 6 hours to complete. It is basically a full chapter from the main game that they left out for DLC, but don’t discredit it just because it’s a DLC. This is one of the better downloadable expansions that I’ve played.
The Missing Link gaming experience has the same quality and polish you would expect from playing Human Revolution.
While story does tie into the overarching story of the main game, however it does have some uniqueness that sets it apart. For one it’s an all new level and area that we haven’t seen yet. No connection to Detroit or Hengsha cities. There are all new NPC characters that you interact with and none of the characters from the main game are here. Then there is a whole new mini story can stand on its own while at the same time helps tie into the main story.
The premise from the main game, you’ve stowed away on a cargo ship to hopefully be taken to a destination to help find the person you’re looking for. In the main game, you have no idea where it’s going, only that you wake up in a warehouse in a new location and it would seem that you slept the entire trip. In The Missing Link you find out what happened on that cargo ship and learn more about the conspiracy your unravelling.
The ship is on its way to a research station out in the middle of the ocean. You get discovered on the cargo ship and your stripped of all your augmentation powers, armor, beaten, and interrogated. Then once you get yourself freed up you have bare bones augmentations, no weapons, not even a shirt. Adam looks pretty bad ass all bloodied up in the first part of the game. It’s a nice touch that helps give your character and the story more to believe in. While you have some capabilities, your pretty limited and want to take it stealthy until you get some gear and augments back. I won’t go into the story as I don’t want to spoil it for anyone who hasn’t played it yet.
In fact, for those who have yet to play the game I would recommend that you play the main game up until the point when you enter the cargo container and are taken away on a ship, when Adam Jensen goes “off the grid”. Fairly late in the game. At that point save your game and start-up the The Missing Link DLC. Then once you complete the DLC, then continue to complete the main game. Doing this will give you the best experience of the story.
You can’t go wrong with more rock solid Deus Ex gaming experience in The Missing Link.
The gameplay was pretty much the same with a couple new elements introduced. A few new security systems to figure out and the boss fight is different, it’s not like the main game bosses, I’m not sure if it’s good or bad, it was okay for me. I played through twice, once going full stealth and the second time doing a mix of stealth, guns blazing, and lots of take downs. Overall it was a lot of fun and it helped bring together the overarching story, I just wish I would have been able to play it as part of the original Human Revolution experience, not a few months later. Never the less, it is still fun and worth playing.
From what I understand Deus Ex: Human Revolution did well enough that Eidos Montreal will be continuing the Deus Ex series, so I’m really excited to see what they do next. If they put in the quality effort and work like they did in Human Revolution then it’ll be a stellar game. In the mean time I think I’m gonna go back to Skyrim until SSX and Mass Effect 3 come out.
Deus Ex: The Missing Link Launch Trailer
Deus Ex: Human Revolution Resources
- Original Deus Ex: Human Revolution Review
- Deus Ex: Human Revolution on Amazon
- Official Deus Ex: Human Revolution site
- Developer Eidos Montreal
Have you played Deus Ex: The Missing Link? What are your thoughts on it? Please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below and thanks for reading.