Human Revolution was a great game, a good example of how such ingenuity can shine today still.
The below is justification for it being my game of the year on my blog:
"I went into Deus Ex Human Revolution expecting disappointment, how glad I was to be so wrong. After playing the first Deus Ex around 576 times, I knew a fair deal about what makes a good Deus Ex game, and I was so sure that no modern studio would be able to pull it off, but Eidos Montreal did. It may still not be as great as the first game, but it does a damn good job at trying to be. Where Deus Ex was an RPG/FPS hybrid, Human Revolution is an Action-RPG. The design of levels offers the same opportunity to go through multiple different paths and go through them in different ways.
The characters were likeable and well-developed, Pritchard being a prime example of character who was a total arse in the beginning, but turned into someone who would actually come to respect towards the end. The voice acting and script was superb, with me admiring Elias Toufexis’ voice acting for Adam Jensen almost as much as Jay Anthony Frank’s voice for JC Denton in the first game
However the main storyline left much to be desired. I was hoping for one similar to the first Deus Ex’s in that it was about politics, power and government, but instead I got one on the topic of ethics of transhumanism and augmentations, which was, I have to say, an acceptable substitute. Augmentations in the game were fun to use, and actually had some explanation as to how they would work. Although some of the were useless and other overpowered. And by the end game, you probably could have had enough points to get every augmentation in the game if you had tried hard enough.
The game is not without its flaws though, with boss battles that had no place in a Deus Ex game, and even if it weren’t Deus Ex, the battles simply were not fun or well designed.
The game retained as much narrative complexity and great gameplay as it could have while still being able to please the lazy AAA loving console types. In short, it’s a worthy successor to Deus Ex. Unlike that other game, Invisible War."
Also, I would recommend to anyone that liked Deus Ex Human Revolution to play the first Deus Ex game, it's much better than the DXHR, and one of the best games ever made imo.