The Deus Ex series has always been known for its detailed backstory, great RPG mechanics, stellar decision-making, and strong gameplay features. Past titles have been so good, that the bar has been set pretty high for Deus Ex: Mankind Divided.
The world has been divided. Set two years after the greatest catastrophe seen in history, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided picks up in a world where the augmented people, and humans now fear each other. This happened after an evil organization lead by Hugh Darrow, activated a biocell, forcing every person with mechanical augments to act out in violence, killing millions. The world is still healing from the disaster, and Adam Jensen now find himself caught in the middle of a new plot as a bomb detonates, and he is forced to hunt down the suspected terrorist.
Along the way Adam is faced with new threats and tough decisions to make. New characters add to the world of Deus Ex in exciting ways, and locations are just a true vision to look at. From the hub, which is a stunning interpretation of Prague, to the dingy streets of Golem City. Do not feel bad for spending a few minutes just looking around at the gorgeous architecture and sheer beauty that is a rural settlement.
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, has taken a more subtle approach to the story compared to the last title in the series. Its the gameplay here that has been polished and improved in every way possible. Gone are the clunky shooting mechanics and buggy cover systems, and welcome new refined gameplay elements that really make you feel like a badass half robot. Deus Ex can be approached in anyway you wish. You can go all stealth and pick off enemies one-by-one with a tranquilizer rifle, or just go guns blazing with a tactical shotgun. Either way your choices still have a big impact on the outcome of a combat area. On-the-fly attachments are easily accessible, which let you change a gun from a loud, high-damage pistol, to a silent pistol with EMP ammunition. This feature adds much-needed depth to the shooting mechanics.
Cover-to-cover movements gives Adam a more tactical approach to enemies around him. Jumping in and out of cover to get closer, then quickly taking them down, is fun and rewarding. Often there would be a handful of enemies, and you would not stand a chance against them in a gun fight, so picking them off before opening fire, is wise. Every environment you find yourself in, has been carefully crafted, so your approach can be planned accordingly. It’s thanks to the polish and new features in general, that working through an area, is the most fun you will have in a Deus Ex game. Be it hacking a terminal to open up a gun cache, or using your arm to punch through a wall. Everything you can do in a scenario, is enjoyable.
Those familiar with it all from previous Deus Ex games, will feel right at home, while those who are new to many of the game’s mechanics, will pick it up quite easily. Hacking a PC to just read through someone’s personal email, might sound fun, but the process could get you into trouble, as your hacking skills and item knowledge needs to be on-point to do so, making the game feel authentic.
Then we have the game’s newest additions to Adam Jensen, the experimental augmentations. Like the word suggests, these are never-before-seen actions in the series, and Adam can use them, but at a cost of great energy. These augmentations are extremely fun to use and will make Adam feel even more powerful. Abilities like a Tesla Arm that can shoot down multiple enemies at once, and a nano-blade that can pin enemies to walls with one press of a button are cool additions. All these new powers are a much needed boost in the character development of Adam, and they all help make the experience worthwhile.
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is a well-rounded experience. Everything in the game has been carefully tacked together, and it shows while you play through its 30-hour campaign. We never questioned the choice of the developers and never was there a moment when we thought something did not gel well together. Fans of the series will love it, and newcomers will find it easy to get into. This is thanks to the game’s well-detailed intro that highlights its backstory, as well as the spectacular polish that makes every mechanic feel great.