By Ethan Dougherty
on 8.24.11

A sense of truly free will is an incredibly difficult thing to pull off in a video game. Taking into account a seemingly infinite number of player choices and possibilities just gets messy in the hands of typical game designers. Deus Ex: Human Revolution ($59) still requires some clunky traditional game baggage like boss fights and the occasional bit of canned dialog to glue together a few holes in the experience. Overall, though, the flexible cyberpunk influenced future it portrays is like nothing else you’ve played. As the cyborg Adam Jensen, it’s up to you to decide how to approach nearly every element of the game. Should you sneak past hairy situations, shoot first and act questions later, or take any number of roads lying somewhere in between? Customize your character with various physical enhancements to achieve these ends, and remember that each decision starts a domino-reaction with far reaching implications. Whatever you decide you’ll enjoy it, and when the credits roll, it’ll be tough not to start again. Pick up a copy for Xbox 360, PS3, or PC, and feel what it’s like to break the rules constantly and win while doing it — without being Charlie Sheen.

Buy Now: $59 (PS3, XBOX 360, PC)

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