So by this point if you are or were a Netflix subscriber, you've probably heard about the impending split. It seems a preemptive strike is being made to cut the disc-by-mail business off the main body so it can be easily removed when it does die off. The problem with this is that I don't think it's going to die off any time soon.
Before I go any further, let me say that I am not a current Netflix subscriber. It was no fault of Netflix that I cancelled. There just weren't enough good new movies to justify the expense, and their streaming service simply didn't have enough content (again, more the fault of greedy content owners than Netflix). These new moves certainly aren't going to bring former subscribers like me back, so I'm not entirely sure what is telling them it's a good idea.
Even more bewildering is the fact that they're doing this such a short time after splitting their plans into streaming and disc-only options. If I were running Netflix, I would want to give that decision some time to simmer to see how the subscriber numbers settle. Sure, Netflix's streaming numbers were strong before the plan split. The selection wasn't great, but it was bundled with the plan, so why not?
I know a lot of people signed up for the streaming only option. Maybe enough to convince Netflix that it would be viable to go it solo on that base. I don't pretend to have the same information that they do. I don't think Qwikster is going anywhere any time soon though. Videophiles like me don't accept Netflix's heavy compression as a viable alternative to the pristine quality of blu-ray, instant gratification or no. Even cable beats out Netflix in the quality contest.
Give me 1080, quality compression, and a selection of decently new stuff and I might consider it. I know a large portion of the problem lies with content owners, so I hope for Netflix's sake they've got something big lined up.
The original Deus Ex was considered by many gamers to be the greatest game ever made. I certainly believe it deserves praise as one of the greatest games ever made, but the greatest? I wouldn’t go that far. Don’t get me wrong, Deus Ex was a groundbreaking game both technically and when it came to gameplay. No game before and few games since have given you the complete freedom to accomplish objectives in any way you see fit (within the game’s limits of course).
The second game in the Deus Ex franchise was the much maligned Invisible War. To use a more recent comparison, Invisible War is to the original Deus Ex much like Mass Effect 2 is to Mass Effect 1. It was more shooter, more action-oriented, and it lost a lot of the RPG elements that gamers loved so much about the original.
Deus Ex: Human Revolution is the much anticipated return of the series following an eight year hiatus. For all intents and purposes, it was worth the wait. Human Revolution is an excellent game that takes the best parts of both the original and Invisible War and finds a (mostly) happy medium.
Human Revolution is set 25 years before the events of the original game. You play Adam Jensen, head of security for Sarif Industries. Sarif has made a major breakthrough in human augmentation that will make “augmentation rejection” a thing of the past, paving the way more than just simple prosthesis. Needless to say this has made Sarif a hot target of parties both for and against human augmentation. Jensen is mortally injured in an attack on Sarif by unknown parties, and as a result has to be augmented or die on the operating table. Again needless to say, they put more into Jensen that just what was needed to keep him alive.