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Insert Credit: “Deus Ex: Human Revolution”

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Insert Credit endeavors to suss out where you should be allotting your video game allowance, sifting out a single title from many and crowning it as The One Game You Need to Get This Week. Don’t consider these reviews, gentle reader. Rather, think of Insert Credit as a mix of hands-on time, informed opinion and intuition.

For the week of August 24, 2011, you should insert credit into: “Deus Ex: Human Revolution”

When you start up “Deus Ex: Human Revolution” and venture out into its world, you might get a weird feeling. Talk to people, hack computers and watch news reports and it’ll start to seem like this fictional construct’s been living its own discrete life before you entered into it.

In a way, that’s true. “DXHR” is the third game in the “Deus Ex” series, which offer a blend of action and roleplaying elements in a cyberpunk future where humans sport bionic enhancements. The first “Deus Ex” game stands as a beloved example of open-ended game design and more nuanced narrative shadings.

“Human Revolution” replicates much of what made the original “Deus Ex” work. You never feel locked into a particular playstyle, whether you’re pursuing an objective sneakily or going in guns blazing. It’s a credit to the Eidos Montreal design team that neither the stealth nor the combat feels they’ve been given short shrift. It’s as satisfying to emerge victorious from a gun battle as it is avoiding one all together. The same problem-solving skills get tickled in either scenario; you’re just using different tools.

Speaking of tools, the body of lead character Adam Jensen is essentially a human-sized multitool. After an attack by an anti-augmentation faction leaves him near death, the private security agent gets his life saved by client Sarif Industries. The head of the research firm implants extensive augmentations in Adam, who then goes out into the world to unravel the conspiracies festering in the background.

“DXHR” feels richly layered in nearly every area, from the complex hacking mini-game to the tense dialogue trees you navigate to the dense visuals of the overbuilt cities of 2027. The multipath structure means that you’re never doing a mission wrong, just differently. It’s the kind of the game you’ll get lost in and that’s the most futuristic thing about it.

Will you play “Deus Ex: Human Revolution” in a stealth or an action style? Let us know in the comments below or on Facebook or Twitter.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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