The reviews are in for Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, and critics agree that although it isn’t perfect, Mankind Divided provides an enjoyable experience for gamers.
After a solid showing by Square Enix’s Deus Ex: Human Revolution, gamers have had high expectations for the next game in the series: Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, which has gone gold and is set to release soon. The cyberpunk RPG from Eidos Montreal looks to live up to and even surpass the success of its predecessor, and based on the reviews rolling in for the game, it seems like it’s met the hype.
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided takes place just three years after the events of Human Revolution. After the conclusion of Human Revolution, mechanically augmented humans became violent and uncontrollable. It’s revealed that the Illuminati implanted technology inside the augmented humans, which allowed the Illuminati to control them. Unfortunately, a rogue member of the group abuses the control in an effort to discredit all augmentations.
Players will again take on the role of Adam Jensen with the goal of hunting down and stopping augmented terrorists. As players work their way through the game, they will uncover secrets about the Illuminati and discover who is behind the disasters taking place.
Gameplay-wise, Mankind Divided builds off Human Revolution’s unique gameplay system, albeit with a few additions and tweaks that should provide a better experience for players. Players will once again have freedom of choice when it comes to playing stealthy or run-and-gun.
Here’s what critics around the web are saying about Deus Ex: Mankind Divided:
Destructoid (Chris Carter)
“As a shooter, it has a nice action-RPG groove to it. With all of its moving parts you’d assume it would be clunky, but the platforming sticks very well, and aiming feels tight. You can swap out each individual aspect of the HUD on PC, and there’s several nice custom control schemes for both FPS and action fans. You can also still throw a giant trash can at someone’s groin and see through walls.”
Game Informer (Andrew Reiner)
“The narrative is often a slog (though it can be interesting and heady at times), and it devotes too much time to world-building and setup. As much as the game tries to highlight different walks of life, all of the characters, even Jensen, end up looking like faceless beings used to dump lore onto the player. I like seeing games tackle difficult subject matter, but that message, while occasionally coming through loud and clear, is ultimately lost in this dull and slow-moving story. It starts off with a bang, but quickly becomes a muddled mess of politics and techno-babble.”
GameSpot (Edmond Tran)
“Deus Ex: Mankind Divided refines and reinforces the defining foundations of the series. It creates challenging situations and gives players the tools and flexibility to deal with them in a multitude of ways, all within an absorbing cyberpunk world. Although not a significant departure from Human Revolution, Mankind Divided is still a uniquely fulfilling experience, one which feels rare in games today.”
IGN (Vince Ingenito)
“Aside from the smaller-feeling plot, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided improves upon its excellent predecessor in every other way. Its impeccably designed environments are flush with possibility, remaining completely coherent while supporting a wide variety of routes and character builds, and Jensen’s prodigious new feats of techno-wizardry make add new dimension to both combat and exploration. Mankind Divided never stopped challenging me or rewarding my curiosity, which pushed me to thoroughly explore its beautiful, ruined world while carefully weighing my decisions along the way.”
Polygon (Arthur Gies)
“Mankind Divided’s cybernetic playground feels fresh, even if it doesn’t go as far as expected. I’m left hoping that Deus Ex: Mankind Divided’s developers have an aggressive post-launch plan to continue the game’s story beyond its surprising endpoint. It’s a mottled cherry dropped on top of a game that otherwise makes for subtly major evolutions of action-RPG spaces, and for a world as interesting as Deus Ex’s, it would be a crime to leave it where it stands for another five years.”
In summation, it appears that Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is a strong follow up to Human Revolution and delivers on the expectations of gamers. The story continues well from Human Revolution and seems to have many real-life social struggles threaded through it. In Mankind Divided, police kill unarmed innocents, extremists conduct acts of terror, and the people face segregation and hate based on their differences. All of these are things gamers will understand and likely relate with.
It seems one of the biggest improvements Mankind Divided makes on Human Revolution is a new and improved boss battle system. However, while the toughest fights are more balanced, it seems the developers sacrificed the excitement of missions, which have become somewhat dull and monotonous.
Overall, those who enjoyed Human Revolution ought to seriously consider picking up Mankind Divided. Despite its shortcomings, the game builds upon its predecessor and delivers a strong, unique experience that is worth the time played.
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will release August 23, 2016 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.