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Deus Ex: Human Revolution is an action role-playing video game developed by Eidos An attack on Sarif Industries that apparently kills researcher and Adam's The open-ended nature of the gameplay was tricky for the team to achieve; as a .. portraying the world of Human Revolution in relation to the original Deus Ex, . Sep 19, Deus Ex: Human Revolution's story -- a grandiose tale stuffed to the (Spoiler alert: Major spoilers about Deus Ex: Human Revolution follow.) The twisted father-son relationship between Jensen and Sarif is barely explored. A page for describing Headscratchers: Deus Ex: Human Revolution. New entries on the bottom. Adam Jensen was a S.W.A.T Officer before he joined Sarif .
Even in Real Lifenot everyone watches Newscorp media. They're the main source of news, but the real reason they control public opinion is because Eliza continuously monitors pretty much all communications and can edit them at will There's a lampshade hung at one point.
When you're sneaking around Derelict Row in Detroit, you can listen to two gang members watching television.
One says that ever since that hacker dude fiddled with the antenna, all they ever get is Picus. If you choose to argue with Pritchard when you get the retinal implants fixed, Adam will tell him to "stop getting his news from Picus blogs", so there's presumably alternate news sources.
Worst case scenario, you always have Lazarus. There's likely plenty of other news networks, but Picus is the dominant one, or at least the one that every public TV is tuned into in Hengsha.
In all the other places, Picus is just the one that the TV happens to be tuned to at that point. This could also be an attempt at extending current trends into the future. Picus could be the writers trying to extrapolate that trend into a single corporation having concerns across all continents, posibly even having bought out all it's major competitors.
Doesn't explain why the news in Hengsha isn't localised at all, and is even still in English though. By they have so many subsidiaries, sock puppets, and shills working for them that Eliza is able to manipulate the tone of international dialogue simply by pointing the competition's reporters in the direction Picus wants them to go.
Clones The generally accepted theory seems to be that J. So presumably, whatever unique characteristics that allow Adam to "accept" mechanical augmentation are also what allow the Denton brothers to be nano-augments, right?
Paul isn't a clone though. JC is a clone of Paul. If anything, Paul either received gene therapy from Adam's DNA, or happened to be a later subject of the project Adam was in, albeit a resurrected version, considering the fire at the labs, or just happened to have good DNA. In the Omega Ranch, one of the researchers says he's started naming promising experimental subjects after the 12 apostles There's a few easy-to-miss but important clues as to the importance of Paul in the original.
To summarise, Paul had a unique mutation that allowed him to accept nanomachines namely, he lacks P-epsilon group in his immuno-proteins. The Illuminati found him by doing gene-projections on DNA gathered during Polio vaccinations in the s and tracing it to his family. Presumably his true family was removed from the equation and he was given to his Illuminati foster-parents.
JC was cloned from Paul and may or may not have been growth accelerated with implanted memories, as evidence is contradictory. Hyron's purpose What was Hyron supposed to do anyway? The Corporate Warfare sidequests hints that it's some kind of super-advanced computer, and during the final boss fight Zhao tries to use it to stop Darrow's signal. But besides that, there's almost NO information on it or what it does, or why it uses the Hyron Drones. The Hyron project was tasked with keeping Panchaea in one piece.
It compensated for the shifting pressures of the ocean. Hyron is all but outright said to be part of the means by which the Illuminati control the world as well. I assumed it to be a predecessor to Helios. It seems to be connected to the global communications network and it can be interfaced with by humans. The fact that Zhao couldn't control it might explain why Helios was shackled to a powerful intelligence of it's own, taking some of the strain off the user.
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Hyron is I'm getting all this from the Deus Ex wiki a quantum computer network, slaved to human drones. The drones let it be self-aware to a degree and think abstractly. It's tasked to do a number of things - protect Panchea, manage it's systems, and apparently has enough processing power left over to be used to rework Darrow's signal to whatever specs you want. Inactive augs Okay, so Jensen already has all the augmentations installed, but they're mostly turned off to allow his brain to heal, right?
I can understand how that works for augs like the Icarus and Typhoon, but how do you turn off the dermal armor? It's completely unpowered, simply layers of carbon nanotubes in an impact-reactive liquid. There's probably some form of software initialization that has to be activated in order to optimize the armor. Plus it may very well numb what little natural sensation Adam has left in his body. Activating more and more layers in conjunction with everything would likely confuse his brain something fierce as he has little to no time for adaption.
The armour could rely on tensing up, somewhat like a bulletproof version of Batman's cape in Batman Beginsmeaning it needs some form of interaction to work, which would also explain why it is upgradable. More Praxis means the more tension in the subdermal layer. This would also suggest it should be able to be turned off. What happens when you need to get a shot? IIRC, isn't Neuropozyne injected? If it is, then you'd definitely want a dermal armor aug that wouldn't block your needles as well as anything else you'd want injected.
I'm reminded of that scene from Superman where the medics are trying to insert an IV into his arm but they just keep breaking their needles. While it's reasonable to not want the armor always active, it's not entirely impervious.
A sufficiently hard needle could probably get through it, even if it's completely solid if it's not - like if it's a weave with very small gaps like kevlar - then any needle could slip through. From the description of the aug in game, it definitely 'tenses up' in response to kinetic force. Loading the Typhoon Sort of minor, but how does Jensen load the Typhoon?
Short of that, I can only imagine him opening the ammo pack and swallowing them like malt balls. The Typhoon is a torso upgrade. There's likely some sort of autoloder in his chest that he just feeds the rounds into and they get automatically distributed to each launch point on his body. This is possible, considering that much of Adam is now metal and polymer and ceramic instead of squishy.
The actual thing that launches the explosive balls is in his arms, so it's probably just a matter of uncapping the box and inserting the balls in his arms The endings Okay, the endings.
Why is the Hugh Darrow ending clearly depicted as less noble than the Kill 'em All ending? Exposing the conspiracy and giving the truth to humanity so they can make informed decisions about the perils and virtues of technology somehow leads to the new dark ages, but burying the truth and all the witnesses, innocent or not leads to a pat "Eh, I'm sure everything will work out fine" feel-good ending.
If the world's populace was denied any answers whatsoever to the mysterious worldwide incident that left thousands dead, THEN they would turn against technology. Because the Darrow ending is pretty damned idealistic. Also keep in mind that just because Darrow is telling the "truth" it doesn't mean that he's not applying spin to his words; Darrow's confession is deliberately intended to sabotage advanced technological development. Transmitting his words furthers his particular agenda.
On the other hand, destroying the entire facility prevents anyone from applying any kind of spin on the events that happened. Since no one will know what happened, everyone will have to figure things out on their own.
Destroying Panchaea is a deliberate choice to deny any of the powerful men on the station from applying their version of events and to allow the governments and groups of the world to make their own decisions, for good or ill.
Darrow's ending, "truthful" or not, is still going to apply spin and have a particular reaction that has a particular effect. The Kill 'em All ending provides nothing for anyone to work with, and allows the rest of the world the freedom to solve the question themselves. As Eliza says, destroying the facility is the choice to make if you trust in humans to make their own decisions, as opposed to spoon-feeding them information.
And ultimately, no one decision is "right" or "better" - it comes down to individual perceptions. That said, she seems disappointed if you choose anything but the Kill 'em All ending.
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Of course Darrow has an agenda, but what of it? People still deserve to know the truth that the Illuminati exist and that they will be the ones who dominate the augmentation technology unless exposed. If people choose to reject augs after that, then it is their choice based on all the available information. Except it's not the truth. It's the "truth" with Darrow's spin on it. Darrow wrote his confession, and therefore it has his biases on it, which we've already seen in action.
As biased as Darrow is, his confession will invariably have his particular spin on things. Building on the above: Picus computers have many emails that tackle that specific information. One in particular sticks out, where a junior reporter gets his article edited as coaching on how exactly you should phrase things to put bias into impartial truth.
Darrow's truth is the same. In addition, we know that Darrow is a self-deluding lunatic of the highest order; that's how this mess got rolling to begin with! He was insanely bitter about being left behind, and decided to kill or drive insane every augmented person in the world to make up for that.Deus Ex Human Revolution: Last dialogue with Hugh Darrow
He needed a noble-sounding reason in order to justify doing this to himself. He came up with one. But its all nothing but self-delusion and strained rationalization, so that he can pretend to himself that he's not a monster So yes, the "truth" as composed by delusional insane guy is of no guarantee of actually being a fair, objective overview of the situation.
As mentioned above Darrow is explicitly anti-aug, and in fact his problem with the Illuminati is mostly displaced bitterness from feeling left behind by technological enhancement which becomes very clear if you win the conversation battle against him. Remember, just about everything written by human beings is inherently, even unconsciously, biased. Darrow may be telling the "truth" but it is going to be his version of the truth, to push his agenda, and is no more honest than Sarif's or Taggart's fabrication.
The only way to be completely unbiased is to not transmit anything, and let everyone else investigate and draw their own conclusions. If you wanna let out Darrow's message, you aren't wrong. If you want to bury the evidence and force people to deal with their shit themselves, you aren't wrong either. If you wanna be a loser and side with Sarif or Tagart, well their point of view is easy to side with as well. There's no "right" choice, and even then this all relies heavily on Elizabeth's predictions for how humanity will react to the truth they hear is correct, which considering this is humanity, and that it's Deus Exthat may be somewhat naive of us.
You find an emotional attachment to a particular ending, a revulsion to another, that kind of relative storytelling is rare and usually done as a cheap ploy or a lazy sequel hook.
I don't know, man, there are objective arguments for each ending; so it's not really "whining". However, you're missing out if you debase it as such. I personally found the "Kill 'em all" ending to be the best one, as Jensen outright states that humanity has made perfectly good choices in regards to technology in the past, and given the chance, they'll probably do it again in the future.
The three people who try to get him to tell the truth all have agendas, and they're likely to have unintended consequences: Sarif's truth will let augmentations rule the day, pushing humanity towards godhood, but remember that pride comes before the fall, and it's going to be a doozy see: Taggart's truth will heavily regulated augmentations, and also let the Illuminati take more complete control of the world since the one thing they feared - augmented wild cards like Jensen - will be less of a threat.
And we know what happens then see: Darrow's truth is explicitly stated to turn people not just against augmentations, but scientific advancement itself, determining it to be too dangerous. Heck, the last time we let people play with science, half the world tried to kill the other half in a fit of madness! That's good enough reason for me not to want science to push the envelope again!
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And when scientific progress stagnates, you get a Dark Age: So yes, Darrow's ending is, to me, worse than the Kill 'Em All ending, where humanity has the chance to decide - independently of any outside force - how best to handle the future. While I agree that the "kill 'em all" ending, probably the most immediately bittersweet out of the four, was the only one that didn't leave a bad taste in my brain philosophically speaking, at least, it seemed the least odiousmy overall issue is that the consequences seem reversed.
As Adam says to Darrow during their conversation, his message doesn't matter, because he's a crazy mass murderer and that's what people will think of him. On the other hand, destroying the entire facility and offering no explanation whatsoever would basically leave people with nothing but a load of dead bodies and a bunch of disoriented augmented people who lost control of themselves.
That would sure as hell scare the scientific progress out of everyone. And why isn't Adam allowed to broadcast a message that isn't just a load of someone else's lies and prejudices?
Like, say, "Hey, there is an ancient conspiracy out there, they're using medical technology to control people, the father of augmentation tech went crazy and tried to kill everyone to turn them against his creation — maybe we should be careful from now on without plunging ourselves into a new dark age or letting the conspiracy run the world.
As for why that doesn't happen when Adam destroys the facility, maybe it does. He specifically says that humanity has made good choices in the past, and will probably do so again, but he doesn't try to figure out what that choice is.
That's why he destroys the facility in the first place. What he's doing is putting the choice in the hands of the people, instead of powerful people like Darrow, Sarif or Taggart.
If that choice leads to the destruction of augmentation technology, so be it. If it results in people embracing augmentations, that's their choice. By destroying the facility, he is rather specifically not making a choice, letting humanity choose for themselves rather than have a choice imposed on them by someone else, even him.
He's encouraging a Title Dropeven: Welcome to Fridge Brilliance. Note that the game itself seems to support the idea that Darrow's message is just another spin.
The final objective is listed as "Decide which 'truth' to transmit" with quotes around "truth" - which indicates that the developers considered Darrow's message to be just as "true" as either Sarif's or Taggart's fabrications.
The real problem with destroying Panchea is that is won't stop the story being spun. It might if the entire Illuminati was on board but they're not. One rather low ranking member in on board. There's nothing to stop the rest of the organisation spinning the story anyway they want, especially since Adam went and sunk all the evidence that might contradict them.
And let us not forget that in doing so Adam is also killing thousands of innocent people. This is not a nobile sacrifice, it's a pointless act of mass murder. I'm not sure about that. The Illuminati, while powerful people in their own right, relied on Eliza to spin the news in their favor.
With Eliza clearly allying with Jenson and whatever decision he takes, and the apparent failure to regulate augmentation technology with Sarif's ending, I don't think they could keep public opinion on their side through manipulation like that. At the very least, there would be immense public discourse while the Illuminati's members attempted to control the people's minds, but more than likely fail without Eliza's hand on their side.
Trench coat Is it just me or does Jensen's trench coat seem to disappear and reappear at certain times almost at random?
Ok, so he may ditch it for practicality but then how does he get it back? He almost certainly leaves it with the dropship when he goes on missions. That still doesn't explain some areas where it vanishes in an area transition.
The Pangu and Upper Hengsha area comes to mind, he has the trenchcoat as he enters the facility but it's gone by the time he confronts Zhao possibly some time beforehand. Perhaps he folds up his trenchcoat and stores it in his Hyperspace Arsenal? Adam's coat is an extension of his ocular implants! It's not like being heavily augmented would automatically mean you'd be outfitted with a self-destruct. Hell, not equipping themselves with a self-destruct would make sense considering that the Tyrants are mercenaries instead of government agents.
They don't want a potential killswitch that someone can activate. They are hired by the illuminati at that point, it would make sense to install killswitches so no harvester can take their augs. Installing kill switches on the augs, or trying to, would just result in several extremely pissed off assassins gunning for whoever ordered it in the first place. Except the Tyrants are mercenaries whose general response to "we're going to install self-destruct mechanisms in your bodies" will be "Hahaha, no.
As Michael Zelazny would be able to testify, your employers do not always have to be truthful with you about what that new implant in your body actually does.
Plus, don't you need maintenance anyway, soldier? Please report to the surgeon. You mean the guy whose squad and allies began to slaughter everyone connected to it the moment something fishy was discovered? The Tyrants aren't stupid. Belltower's mistake was in not putting kill switches into Zelazny's group, but instead just some untested neural chips.
If they'd actually had proper cortex bombs, Zelazny's rebellion would have lasted about ten seconds. I'm honestly failing to see why they need to be outfitted with self destruct devices, or how this is an issue. No one said that all the Belltower mercenaries have self-destruct devices. No one said it was standing policy that everyone gets outfitted with killswitches. The Tyrants aren't outfitted with self-destruct mechanisms for the same reason that they don't have skullguns or other augments.
No one put them in there. They already try to cover up their tracks during the Sarif Industries attacks by burning the bodies of the Belltower operatives Adam had killed. Shouldn't be too hard to put a series of explosives embedded in their augs to take themselves out to avoid capture or salvage. That and dead Belltower operatives can directly implicate Belltower's involvement in the attacks.
A band of freelance mercenaries less so. Killswitches were installed primarily to deal with rogue agents, as opposed to getting rid of evidence.
Once they're dead chances are nobody's gonna get anything out of them save the augs which the Illuminati really shouldn't care too much about. Alternatively, since it's a good 25 years before Deus Ex 1, they may've either not invented or not perfected killswitch technology, which could mean there is a longer delay in the killswitch being triggered and the mechanism activating.
What about the fact that the Illuminati are scared witless by augs? Wouldn't it make sense for them to install kill-switches, just in case? The "upgraded" biochip that all augments are supposed to have installed effectively works as an off-switch, if not a kill-switch.
The Tyrants might have been told they were getting a different chip so they wouldn't suffer the same glitches as everyone else, but it definitely won't be the same chip that allows them to control people. Biological transplants One thing I realized: Limb, uh, 'donations' would have to come from somewhere else and it's unlikely they could be kept on ice for long enough to survive a procedure like that.
A prosthetic 'only' has to worry about nerve endings and the like, not blood circulation, arterial issues etc etc etc. In addition, at that point, you're getting into Rejection Syndrome, which is exactly the same as it is for augmentations, with the added benefit of taking immuno-suppressants for the rest of your life to keep your immune system from eating your new arm or leg.
Transplants are not a cure-all. Both of the above points make the mistake of assuming that the transplant would come from a separate person, as opposed to being grown from the recipient's flesh and thus don't actually address the original question.
Mirrors Why aren't there any mirrors in the game? Was it that difficult or demanding to the machine resources to have them? The advertisement "mirrors" in the bathrooms fit the "corporate takeover" theme of the game. It has nothing to do with engine resources. Uhuh, and the mirrors that are simply not there and have blank panels instead, even in respectable apartment, fit Not to mention that the advertisement has "energy saving mode" written in it, which means its a screensaver, which means it should still turn on when you approach.
And then, of course, there is also Jensen's conviniently broken mirror. The theme of the common man losing sight of himself as he is blinded by corporate propaganda. Don't forget it was a console game first, ported to the PC - they weren't dealing with the freedom given to them by PC hardware. Reflections take a surprising amount of effort and resources to look decent; half-arsing it probably wasn't something the art team wanted to do, so nixed it entirely.
Reflections are extremely difficult. That's why graphic engines always make a big deal about them when they are included. For something of such marginal value to gameplay, most games just ignore it entirely unless it is already built into the engine they are using. Where is the progress in there? DNF didn't have true reflections; it just had an image of Duke in the mirror facing whatever direction you happened to be facing.
DX 1 's "reflections" were just another model of Denton moving around in an area behind the "mirror," matching your movements. That's actually a fairly clever bit of smoke-and-mirrors common to early games. True reflections are a bitch for any engine to manage.
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Hence the use of 'half-arsing' as a descriptor. Great that those games can cobble it together, but HR is a much more expensive, much more technically complex game those the examples you're citing. He shoots off, its parachute fails to open and he crashes into the water Looking over the side it looks like a decent distance from the ocean to where he is, so he couldn't have just climbed out onto it. And he seemed to have come away from a terminal velocity crash landing without too many issues.
But how does one "swim" up 10 stories onto a helipad with no noticeable ladders or entrance other than helicopter, natch? Just an oddity, really. There has to be other ways of gaining access to Panchaea from the water. A ladder at the very least, if only as an emergency precaution in case of a worker falling into the water.
And once you start the level, that alleged ladder dissappears Adam has swords built into his extremely powerful cyberarms, he could probably stab his way up the side if absolutely necessary. Or maybe he bailed at the last second with the Icarus Landing System and all we see is the shuttle hitting the water, which might explain why's not cussing out everything in existence over how damn cold he is after having been dumped in the Arctic Ocean.
Even if you ignore his inventory, exactly how much does someone so heavily augmented weigh? I'd imagine they're somewhat more dense than a typical human. Reminds me of the swimming scene in the first GiTS movie, where Batou comments on how the only thing between Kusanagi and a horrible asphyxiation on the ocean floor is the ballast system on her back.
Presumably he still requires oxygen, so even if he didn't have body cavities that'd be crushed by the extreme pressures were he to plummet after the crash, I can't imagine he'd survive long enough to climb the incredibly tall tower. There are several possibilities there. The composite materials that Jensen is mostly made up of now are light enough where his weight isn't much different than it used to be before the attack and so he's as buoyant as before.
According to mythology, Icarus crashed into the sea, so perhaps the Icarus Landing System has a floatation feature in the event of a water landing. Or maybe there was a life vest in the shuttle. Female drones Is there a plausible explanation for why all the drones for the hyron project are female? The Hyron project has some very, very tight demands when it comes to compatibility for the drones; men apparently are unsuitable. Remember that something as relatively minor as mental stress from sexual assault can render a candidate unsuitable for Hyron, let alone being of a completely separate gender.
Reading the emails and talking to the prisoners reveals that there is or was some pretty serious prison rape going on. I doubt the mental stress would be minor. I'm still looking for an actual explanation, though. Did they even try? Yes, actually, compared with major physiological issues like gender and pre-existing augmentation getting in the way of Hyron suitability, the stress caused by prison rape would be minor, especially considering every one of these people are already extremely stressed by being kidnapped and held in a secret prison, usually for no apparent reason.
That's why I used the word "relatively. I don't even understand the aesthetic reasons for the project being women exclusive. What y'all are forgetting is that Human Revolution is a cyberpunk game. Cyberpunk exaggerates, dramatizes, literalizes, and infuses with technology already-existing social problems in order to make a point.
One such problem is the objectification, commodification, and abuse of women. Read Burning Chrome by William Gibson which is the precursor to Neuromancer, which essentially founded cyberpunk literature and pay close attention.
This is not a new concept within cyberpunk, and Hyron may even be a straight-up reference to the House of Blue Lights. Shit, the Hyron Core practically counts as a house of blue lights once you open all the pods. Takedown energy On the subject of takedowns.
So, it takes the same amount of energy to knock a guy out with a punch as it takes to stay imvisible for seven seconds. Ok, I'll assume the energy goes into boosting Adams' reflexes to deliver an unblockable blow. But then the same energy is spent if you sneak up to a guy from behind and knock him out, i.
Hell, that goddamn cell is spent even if you smother an enemy from behind! And it matters not if you're trying to deck some lithe street girl or a seven-feet tall musclehead in heavy armor.
Now what sense does this make? Maybe it activates a "combat mode" that temporarily supercharges his arms so that nobody can outmaneuver or overpower Adam. The same way you feel fatigued after a big adrenaline dump regardless of how much you actually exerted yourself, the combat boost may drain Adam's augs regardless of how much effort it took to take down a foe. Perhaps he needs the energy to compute the exact amount of force needed for a Tap on the Head and, uh, a broken arm?
As for the lethal takedowns How could they have done that when they seem to be missing the key requirement? Iran is neither an Arabic-speaking country nor has any significant Arab population.
Iran does, however, have a very powerful military. Right, it isn't implausible for a unified Middle East to take down Israel, especially if the US military was fully committed elsewhere. And it may even be handwaved away if Iran was admitted into the United Arab Front because of its military power.
I was more wondering how they could have been the founding member the United Arab Front when Iran is not an Arab country and has historically been at odds with its Arab neighbors. Name of Icarus They've called a landing augmentation that is supposed to arrest falls from great heights and prevent damage whereof What moron was in charge of that naming?
It's called that because it's needed for people like Icarus so they don't die. Since Icarus had no landing system, his wings melting caused him to die. Just like if some guy didnt have the landing system, he would die if he decided he could jump off a building and fly and so thats why its a landing system for "Icarus" Insane augs The insane augs in the final level. Why aren't they attacking each other? They are not literally zombies directed by some central will - they are just people suffering from some horrifying illusions that apparently picture everybody around them as horrible demons Oh, wait, they do attack Jensen, so it's not the case.
Augs without the tinkered biochip then. Oh, wait, Jensen might have one as well, so it's not the case either. So what is it then? Darrow set up the signal to make augs attack other people.
He likely would have set it up so that anyone who wasn't being affected by the signal would be attacked. Adam wasn't being affected by the signal at all, so he was a target. In the latter case, as shown below, Megan fixes Adam's chip so he won't be affected.
I thought they were being directed by a central will, their dialogue when alerted seems to indicate they are actively 'patrolling' I use that term very looselyand they feel compelled or implored to do so by a voice which I assume is the signal to do so.
Why Reed would 'randomly' use her own boyfriend's DNA for testing without his knowledge or consent is left to the audience, and I think it's obvious; she knew Jensen's 'special properties' because she was informed of them by Hugh Darrow, and did not date him as a coincidence - it was specifically to collect a sample of his DNA. Reed herself also suggested that Sarif, wary of the attention Jensen had attracted, perform a background check on him to assuage his fears.
I don't think she expected Brent Radford to be so effective at uncovering Jensen's ties to White Helix and VersaLife and therefore Bob Pagebut I do think she had another plan at work here; to open an unsafe data portal via the backdoor that Sarif himself introduces to his security network, allowing Reed to communicate to Darrow and Belltower and thereby compromise Pritchard and Jensen's surprisingly effective security measures.
By this time, Adam Jensen - who had been fired from his post as SWAT commander during the Mexicantown Massacre which likely took place in - was hired on by Sarif as a security consultant, and later as chief of Sarif's physical security team. David Sarif himself had recently announced a meteoric breakthrough in augmentation technology that would allow for humanity to enact self-controlled evolution on demand, and Reed and her team are preparing for a series of hearings in Washington D.
This is largely because of growing anxiety about augmentation and outright anti-augmentation sentiment, the majority of which has been stirred up by the Illuminati themselves via Bill Taggart and Humanity Front.
This would indicate one of two things to be consistent with our theory that Megan has always been a conspirator: I'm more in line with the former, as it makes more sense to me. Her kidnapping just before departure is apocalyptic in that she is taken, all of her top colleagues are taken Sevchenko, Faherty, Koss, and Colvinand all of her research at Sarif's headquarters is destroyed.
The perpetrators of this attack are the Tyrants, a spec ops division of elites working for Belltower, who are later revealed to be working rather directly for Hugh Darrow.
This spells disaster for Sarif Industries, as stock dives and the breakthrough never comes. The hearings in D. More to the point, the fact that Reed's attack on Namir during the prologue is so ineffective, and that he kills all the researchers but for her and her team, makes it hard not to think this was an extraction, not a kidnapping, orchestrated by Reed and Darrow. The next time Jensen and Reed meet is at Omega Ranch, where it's revealed that Reed has been continuing her research and in fact has come up with a biochip that allows for input from a wireless source, effectively allowing augmented people to be controlled by proxy.
Not only that, but Reed was actively telling her fellow 'hostages' not to resist the regime change and to instead dive into their new work, encouraging them to keep going. Not only that, but Reed seems to greet Jaron Namir - her purported captor and malevolent keeper - warmly, and without hostility, when Jensen penetrates her and Darrow's joint quarters in Omega Ranch. This does nothing but reinforce the hinting that she's been an integral part of this entire disaster from the get-go, and does not care who really gets hurt or killed as a result of her selfish pursuit of progress.
She hastily distracts Adam from his anger by 'confessing' to something Adam already knows - that he is the genetic template, the Patient X, from which all of Reed's research is derived. You do not see her again. Why in the name of God would she deliberately do this? She even acknowledges that she'll be working on a nanite virus chimera! Reed is Darrow's subordinate, lured to the scientist's side by the promise of unchecked research and development to allow her creativity to run wild.
Her upbringing has made her cold and uncaring towards people in the specifics, and she values her own research more than anything else; her parents were like that, and she is, too, as evidenced by how she seemingly throws away the potential marriage she may have had to Adam Jensen. She has been working for Darrow since before her return to the United States; she was likely recruited while overseas. She manipulates Jensen into a relationship via her CASIE implant and discards him once she's gotten what she needs from him his DNA via sleeping with the poor bastard, then uses his genetic code to achieve her 'next step' in science.
When Darrow informs her that Sarif, resistant to Illuminati influence and poised to offer their breakthrough to the public at relatively low cost, is too dangerous to be allowed to remain in control of their efforts, he 'pulls her out' to his newly refurbished, formerly-WHO Omega Ranch facility, where she can complete her research.
After Darrow is stopped, Reed has run out of lifelines. Returning to Sarif doesn't make sense for her, so she instead reaches out to Bob Page, who gleefully recruits her into his MJ12 splinter group, and with him she creates the Gray Death and literally almost ruins human civilization in the name of 'science.