The recently launched Deus Ex: The Missing Link DLC is better written, longer, and more satisfying than many stand-alone PC games costing twice as much—in short, it delivers more of the same outstanding gameplay that makes Deus Ex: Human Revolution one of the best games of 2011.
Deus Ex: The Missing Link DLC tells the story of events that happen between the time Adam Jensen (the main character) stows aboard a travel container, and his arrival several days later at the ‘end game’ portion of Deus Ex: Human Revolution. As such, it functions as a sort of ‘deleted scenes’ segment taken from Deus Ex: Human Revolution.
Awakening aboard the ship he stowed away on, Jensen finds his augmentations disabled and someone punching his favorite face and asking a lot of questions. Ultimately, he is freed by a mysterious benefactor (thank goodness for those), which enables him to fight his way to some of his gear and ultimately unravel a new conspiracy.
Just like the original game, you’ll spend plenty of time sneaking, crawling through air shafts, hacking computers, taking down enemies, and choosing your own methods and tactics to accomplish your objectives.
Build a different Adam
Unfortunately, after Adam’s escape he is left with minimal augmentations, so they need to be re-upgraded. You’ll find 7 Praxis upgrades once you reach your gear in the early part of the game, but the rest of the game you’ll spend re-acquiring upgrades—so this is your chance to ‘respec’ Adam if you’re so inclined. (Personally, I think I would have preferred the game to leave Adam the way I had built him in the original game, or at least having an option for it.)
The Missing Link is essentially 8-hours’ worth of Deus Ex missions with the same satisfying stealth and choice-based gameplay found in the original game. Interestingly, it doesn’t have any ‘boss fights’ in it, for those that disliked that element of the original. Although the DLC gives you a fairly large area to explore, it also has you retread a lot of the same ground. In addition, there are no cities, districts, or other open-world areas to explore and interact with.
More choice than meets the eye
One particularly neat feature in the game is a ‘hidden choice’ you can make. At a critical point near the end game you are offered two choices, but there is a third ‘secret’ choice you can make if you’re willing to look for it. Once you reach this point in the game, you can easily find out how to make the choice by searching the Internet if you hadn’t figured it out yet.
[I’ll also add my own tip here: some of the advice on the Internet for the ‘secret option’ is based upon the use of specific augmentations. However, while those augmentations make it easier to pull off, you can still do it even if you don’t have them.]
If you’re looking for an excuse to revisit Deus Ex: Human Revolution without replaying the original, The Missing Link DLC is a satisfying 8 hours (or so) for your $15 that leaves you wanting more—and don’t worry, because more is assuredly on the way. The Missing Link plants more than a few seeds for new, potential story lines, which will almost certainly be released as additional DLC and eventually in an inevitable sequel.