My first experience with the Deus Ex franchise was Deus Ex: Human Revolution. I thoroughly enjoyed its offering of open-ended mission structures, as well as the surprisingly unique cyberpunk, futuristic setting. I was eager to jump back into this world, this time with the series’ latest iteration, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided.
One thing that became immediately apparent was the 12-minute video offered at the beginning to catch you up to speed is almost mandatory. A huge game comes with a huge story, and Deus Ex’s story picks up right after the events of Human Revolution. The video is a welcome feature for those who, like me, haven’t kept up on their Deus Ex lore. While at the same time, I can’t help but feel those who haven’t played the first game will feel somewhat lost. There is a wealthy amount of information covered in the video, and I had some trouble keeping up, even with putting hours and hours into the previous game.
While the story’s inaccessibility may turn away some people, those who power through that barrier will be treated to a fun game. Deus Ex main allure is it’s open mission structure gameplay. There are countless ways to accomplish your goals and fully enables the player the freedom to explore these option without discretion. There would be times where I would struggle for an hour to bypass security in a section, only to find out later there was an easier way, whether it was a secret passage I could have utilized or a guard I could have convinced to cooperate with me. This highlight adds to the game’s replayability, especially with this year’s offer of a new game plus mode, something that was criminally absent from Human Revolution.
I am a little more than 15 hours deep, but most of that time has been exploring the sandbox levels; hacking and collecting everything I see. The world of Mankind Divided will quickly make you sidetracked, as there is something new around every corner. You’ll stumble upon crime scenes to solve, computers to hack, vents to sneak in and much more in your quest to complete one mission. It creates a feeling that no matter how far off track you go from an objective, you are always in a better position in the end because of the items or upgrades you discover, or information that can be utilized later in some fashion.
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is a game of endless possibilities; a yarn ball with threads to pull at every angle, all of them serving you in the end. My first impression is in the books, but let us know what you think of the game in the comments below! And stay tuned for our full review coming soon (hopefully.)