Deus Ex: The Missing Link DLC preview

We get hands on with the first DLC for Deus Ex: Human Revolution, "The Missing Link."

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Late in Deus Ex: Human Revolution, protagonist Adam Jensen goes dark, leaving the player to wonder what happened to the gritty-voiced hero. Eidos Montreal's upcoming DLC for the game, The Missing Link, looks to fill in the blanks, as it takes place during that missing fragment of Jensen's life. According to Eidos Montreal game designer Antoine Thisdale, The Missing Link will last for up to five hours. (Of course, the content's length is based on your play style and skill level.) My preview of the content showed off about half of what the full expansion is supposed to offer. Eidos Montreal is touting a graphical update for this content and, for the most part, it shows. Lighting is darker and moodier. Enemies and Jensen himself look sharper. The DLC features brand new environments; however, players will recognize a lot of the world's objects, gun models, and more. The entire expansion takes place on a cargo ship, transporting the umbrella group of a private military contractor (name withheld for possible spoilers) to a secret facility. The episode opens with Jensen being interrogated by a pair of merc leaders asking who he is and who he works for.

Jensen is stripped of his augs... and shirt

Jensen is stripped of his augmentations, armor, and weapons. He's beaten and bloody but still manages to sneak in some sarcasm, asking the leader where he can file a complaint about the luxury cruise. When he's left alone, his restraints suspiciously pop open and Jensen makes his way through the ship. The entire opening forces players to play with stealth in mind. Jensen is powerless, save for the ability to knock out opponents using what little energy he has left. Your first task is to find your gear and discover where you are, while attempting to reestablish contact with your friends at Sarif Industries. Eventually I made my way outside of the ship where harsh rain was crashing onto the vessel. Gorgeous waves rock the boat from side-to-side. Metal grate walkways line the outside of the ship, forcing players to consider the amount of sound and visibility they can play with while exploring. The progress and augmentation decisions you've made during the retail title do not apply here. Instead, you come across a case of Piraxis points, giving you an opportunity to outfit Jensen specifically for this situation. Because areas are so tight and patrols are so abundant, I decided to use my points to reduce my movement noise and activate enemy vision cones--two things I didn't bother considering in the main game. The content is paced very well. There's a moment where a loud crashing noise is heard and felt below deck and players have the option to investigate, this is the content's way of offering sidequests. There's also plenty of hidden goodies all around the ship in areas that you really have no reason for exploring, which I love. It rewards you in the same way the main game does. The DLC preview ended just after Jensen's mysterious new friend helped him out of a bind with a body scanner, which detected the protagonist as an intruder. Thisdale tells me that playing the content will not spoil the events of the main game, if you decide to skip ahead to it without finishing Human Revolution. It will add more depth to the greater conspiracy surrounding Jensen's quest, he told me. There's no firm release for Deus Ex: Human Revolution 'The Missing Link,' however, we know it will come to the PC, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and via OnLive in October. Though the Mac version is coming soon, the DLC will not be available when it launches. So far, it looks to be a good addition to the game, and we hope Eidos Montreal has plans for more content in the future.

From The Chatty

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    September 23, 2011 9:00 AM

    Xav de Matos posted a new article, Deus Ex: The Missing Link DLC preview.

    We get hands on with the first DLC for Deus Ex: Human Revolution, "The Missing Link."

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      September 23, 2011 9:26 AM

      It's hard for me to say no to more Deus Ex. I'll be picking this up.

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      September 23, 2011 9:26 AM

      It looks pretty good!

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      September 23, 2011 9:27 AM

      :D

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      September 23, 2011 9:27 AM

      Release date?

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        September 23, 2011 9:33 AM

        From the preview: "There's no firm release for Deus Ex: Human Revolution 'The Missing Link,' however, we know it will come to the PC, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and via OnLive in October. "

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      September 23, 2011 9:30 AM

      This expansion is why there should have been a Fem Jen.

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      September 23, 2011 9:34 AM

      Nice looks good.

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      September 23, 2011 9:35 AM

      I don't know, seemed to be missing something. Oh, needs more Firefall!

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        September 23, 2011 9:38 AM

        I'd really rather you not poison other coverage with that nonsense. Chatty threads, do whatevs.

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      September 23, 2011 9:38 AM

      Hey Xav, can the DLC be played inline with the main game, or is it only a standalone adventure?

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        September 23, 2011 9:38 AM

        It's standalone. You launch it from the menu.

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      September 23, 2011 10:15 AM

      Why couldn't Jensen be a woman.

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        September 23, 2011 10:18 AM

        you guys are weird

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          September 23, 2011 10:25 AM

          oh wait i just saw the picture in the actual article. lolz.

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        September 23, 2011 10:31 AM

        Oh by the way, Jensen, I know you have went through a lot of physical changes of late, but you didn't become a woman. Stay out of the ladies restroom.

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          September 23, 2011 10:38 AM

          when Jacobson said that in the original DX I was like WTF this game is insane

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      September 23, 2011 10:32 AM

      Fix the stuttering and I'm all over this

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      September 23, 2011 10:42 AM

      I thought he just hid in that thing the whole time.

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        September 23, 2011 10:50 AM

        He prolly got caught sneaking out for a candy bar and to take a leak.

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        September 23, 2011 12:04 PM

        apparently not!

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      September 23, 2011 1:14 PM

      Our video interview for Deus Ex 'The Missing Link' is up.

      http://www.shacknews.com/article/70319/deus-ex-missing-link-dlc-interview-with-antoine-thisdale

      Please check it out. More eyes on it we get, the more we can convince the bosses this kind of content is killer and worth doing!

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        September 23, 2011 3:18 PM

        Even their walls are orange!

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        September 23, 2011 5:20 PM

        From the video, was it always possible to deactivate the laser beams by dragging a body over? I mean, it totally makes sense, but I never thought to do it

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      September 23, 2011 3:09 PM

      That second pic says he was stripped of his augs but he still has arms! And don't they know everyone hates it when you get to the spot in the game where you loose all your shit. Guess if its the start of the dlc it won't be so bad.

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        September 23, 2011 4:43 PM

        They actually explain that in the DLC.

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          September 23, 2011 5:51 PM

          Cool I didn't watch the video because it warned of spoilers and I haven't finished the game yet (thank you whoever that was).

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      September 24, 2011 3:51 AM

      The premise for this sounds a bit dodgy sorry. Also we've gotten to the point now that we don't just reset our heroes in each sequel through some excuse, but now for DLCs?

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      September 24, 2011 1:29 PM

      price???