Deus Ex: Human Revolution gameplay trailer shows multiple approaches

A teasing peek at Deus Ex: Human Revolution's opportunities for different approaches are shown off in an eight-minute trailer with commentary from narrative game designer Mary DeMarle. Three different ways to infiltrate a warehouse in one single, very small area of the first mission are demonstrated.

DeMarle explains that the franchise is built upon "four main gameplay pillars: combat, stealth, hacking and social," the first two of which are the focus of this trailer.

Guards are knocked unconscious, boxes are crouched behind, bullets are fired, bodies are dragged, a crate is moved, vents are crawled through, a breaker box is shut down, and snack bars are plundered. It all looks delightfully like a modern version of the Deus Ex we all know and love.

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Deus Ex: Human Revolution is scheduled for release on PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on August 23. For more on the game, check out our two-part single-player hands-on preview and interview with Mary DeMarle.