Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Has Something for Everyone

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Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Has Something for Everyone

After playing two hours of a near-final build of Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, I can say with confidence that it comes the closest to matching the singularly special original. That’s the highest praise I can give.

Mankind Divided layers on the expected modern niceties, of course. There’s a sizeable arsenal of weapons, from nonlethal shock pistols to combat shotguns and battle rifles. You can swap between specialized weapon mods mid-battle, à la Crysis, to add armor-piercing rounds, scopes, and more.

There’s also a helpful visual enhancement augmentation that’s a mere L1 press away. It highlights nearby threats, shortcuts, and item pickups, reducing the guesswork in navigating the game’s sprawling, multi-level cyberpunk cityscapes.

Multiple controller layouts are available, including one that more closely emulates the layout of 2011’s Human Revolution, and one that’s geared towards helping speed runs.

Much like the 2000 original, Mankind Divided tightly intertwines different genres and play styles. Are you a Rainbow Six purist? You’ll love the broad tactical FPS combat options. Splinter Cell fan? The strong stealth possibilities will impress you. Mass Effect devotee? Get ready for the deepest character building and branching dialogue choices this side of the Citadel. Fallout fiend? You’ll love the ability to influence the narrative and act like a jerk if you want to.

I could go on — Mankind Divided, like the best Deus Ex games, truly offers something for everyone. It’s all in how you choose to play.

And then there’s the narrative itself, a byzantine behemoth of social commentary, conspiracy theory, and old-school speculative fiction. What would happen if society discriminated between “naturals” and the augmented, who are equipped with artificial arms, legs, or organs? The team behind Mankind Divided thinks the resulting conflict would look eerily familiar.

One surreal sequence set in Prague played like a highly evolved game of Papers, Please. Most of the unmodified, “natural” NPCs I encountered mistrusted or even disparaged me, simply because protagonist Adam Jensen is augmented — a “clank.” It was an unnerving and dehumanizing ordeal, but it firmly planted me in the game’s universe. I’m betting all that societal strife pays off nicely in the final game.

Mankind Divided comes out on PS4 August 23 and it looks promising, and unique. If you’ve got questions, leave ’em below — I’ll set aside some time today to shed more light on what I can.

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  • This looks beautiful! The detail is very impressive. Looking forward to this.

    • It’s got great art direction – if you’ve never tried a Deus Ex game before, definitely keep this on your radar.

  • Boo, where’s a new video? Ok, well maybe not a new one as i don’t want much spoiled, but I honestly can’t wait for this game. No Man’s Sky will have to take a backseat mere weeks after releasing for this bad boy.

  • my games keep loseing connetion my ps now i bought for 14.99 i cant use becuse network errors

  • Hi Sid, aka heddystuff here. I adored Human Revolution, but felt the shooting mechanics were off. CQC was peculiar, it took me a bit to ACCEPT the almost cut-scene like approach. How are these elements this time around, and overall, is the game simply better than HR?

    • Would love to see a PS4 port of deus ex human revolution.

    • Melee attacks still take on that cinematic approach, though there’s a lot more variety. Personally, I’ve always been a sucker for the exploration, fiction, conversation, and stealth tactics, in roughly that order — and MD definitely raises the bar there.

  • Sounds awesome ! This is the game i’m going to vote for Game of The Year!

  • Something for everyone. No coop , no thanks. I still prefer the first game. Wasn’t about graphics. It was a huge game considering Hardware was on in Single dimm ram tech. I am sure it will be good but the high volume of single player sandbox games don’t make sense.

  • Cant wait August 23rd will be a busy day for me between this and Madden NFL 17

  • I loved the last game, and as long as it builds on that I’m ready…!

  • let’s see If Shuman is right about Deus Ex MD has something for everyone
    does the game has no AutoRegen health? or even an Option were I can disable the Autoregen health

  • How is the lip sync? in the trailers it was pretty bad.

  • Woo! So happy this got some more coverage on the Blog. Thanks Sid! Have been looking forward to this game for a long time since it got pushed back by quite a substantial amount – but I’m excited to see how that has hopefully polished the game even more.

    The one thing I remember most about Human Revolution was such a powerful atmosphere. It was so immersive thanks to the art, lighting, and the music tied it all together and transported me to another world. While I’m excited for the gameplay as well, I think I’m most excited to experience this again in Mankind Divided.

  • Are there gear/loot drops? Is that style of gameplay included?

  • I see that it’s 10% off, if pre-ordered off the Steam store for the PC version. Please offer us console players the same discount. I suspect more people will get it at launch too. Other that that, looking forward to immersing myself into another cyberpunk thriller!

  • I see from the previews that David Sarif survived Human Revolution. What about Francis and Malik? Were they affected by the Aug Incident?

  • Great article.Sid Shuman.It’s nice to meet someone who knows how to speak about a game without spoiling the game :)

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