Deus Ex Mankind Divided Review
Deus Ex Mankind Divided is an action RPG stealth game which continues the story of the Human Revolution and it takes place in 2029 in a world that underwent an event called The Incident. This event led each augmented human to go into an uncontrolled psychosis and harm everyone around them, thus setting a state of unrest throughout the entire globe.
The game is impressive when it comes to the number of ways in which you can solve a problem, you can treat Deus Ex as a shooter and blow everything up, hack your way to success or sneak through air vents and try to avoid conflict.
The story of Deus Ex Mankind Divided
If you didn’t play any of the previous games, the main character is Adam Jensen, an augmented former police officer that is now working for the Interpol to stop a terrorist group of augmented humans while also working for the Juggernaut Collective hacker group as a double agent in the attempt of finding the heads of the Illuminati, the ones that started the “mechanical apartheid”. This might seem overwhelming due to the amount of politics and when playing the game it really leads to a state of paranoia, since you don’t really know who to trust, setting a great atmosphere and a complex story.
The action starts in Dubai where Jensen and Interpol’s Task Force 29 infiltrate an “abandoned” building with the purpose of finding a weapon smuggler and in the end several mercenaries with gold masks and heavy augments steal the weapon shipment. Jensen returns to Prague and there a terrorist bombing takes place, leaving Jensen without the aid of his augmentations and making this a great pretext to start leveling up and choosing your skills once again… so that you can play the game as you choose fit.
New augmentations were added, apparently they were in Jensen all along and the explosion just turned them on so to speak, and they give you more options to hack things from afar, become almost indestructible, jump really high as well as many others.
In the beginning Jensen might seem pretty weak to take on enemies in combat but Deus Ex Mankind Divided really makes this a much better option than it was in Human Revolution and now this is really a viable option. The augmentation added will make you really strong and there are no experience decreases or things like that from killing someone instead of avoiding the fight (unless they are key characters that might give you extra information). On the other side, you can go through the entire game without killing anyone so it should suit those who want a shooter as well as those who prefer the sneaky approach.
Prague, where most of the action takes place, is truly impressive and the side missions each feels like it adds more depth to the story but the main plot isn’t too amazing and you might be wondering how come they left so many threads untied at the end. We hope future DLCs or expansions will tie the loose ends because that was the biggest disappointment of the release (aside from the controversial pre-ordering system that was eventually dropped).
Overall the game offers a satisfying experience that will leave you wanting more and it manages to bring Deus Ex further from what we had in Human Revolution when it comes to gameplay, rewarding you for every decision although the story is less ambitious that in the previous games. Our score for Deus Ex Mankind Divided is 9 out of 10 but the first DLC released, System Rift, suffers from the same story problems as the main game, starting with some good ideas and leaving them hanging in the end making it more of a teaser than a full plot (“why do I feel like I’m in the middle of a bad screenplay?”).