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Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

The fourth major installment in a popular cyberpunk action-RPG series. The game was developed by Eidos Montreal, who previously developed two other parts of the cycle, as well as the 2014 reboot of the cult Thief franchise.

RPG | FPP | cyberpunk | science fiction | Stealth | FPS | action RPG

In the middle of 2000, Deus Ex, the first installment of the series that skillfully marries action RPG elements and dark cyberpunk reality, debuted on PCs. Three years later its sequel, Deus Ex: Invisible War, was developed by Ion Storm, studio led by the industry legend, Warren Spector. After the closure of the studio in 2005 and a few years' break, the franchise reemerged thanks to Eidos Montreal, which created the third major installment in the series – Deus Ex: Human Revolution. The game offered the best features of its predecessors enriched with a number of modern solutions and a significant element of stealth.

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, the fourth major entry in the series, was developed by Eidos Montreal with PCs and the 8th-generation consoles in mind. As far as content is concerned, every platform offers exactly the same. However, the PC edition is superior to the console ones in terms of visuals thanks to the support of DirectX 12 libraries. It also comes with a benchmark that lets the players adjust the visual settings to their machines’ capabilities.

Story

The action of Mankind Divided starts in 2029, two years after the events presented in Human Revolution. After the infamous incident with biochips that made augmented people attack everyone on sight, societies divided into supporters and adversaries of augmentations. The former group started to be rounded up in ghettos, where crime flourishes and the police are used to abusing their authority. In the wide-spread atmosphere of social unrest, terrorist organizations, claiming to fight for the equal rights for augmented people, begin to emerge, as well.

In the game, we once again assume the role of Adam Jensen. The heavily-augmented protagonist works for the Interpol as a part of group called Task Force 29, which was established to combat terrorism, and — at the same time — collaborates with a group of hackers by the name of Juggernaut Collective. Jensen's ultimate goal is to work out the sinister Illuminati. In subsequent missions, the two allies often have conflicting objectives, which forces the player to play a dangerous game where the fate of the entire mankind is at stake.

Gameplay

Similarly to the previous installments in the series, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided for PC, PS4 and XONE offers non-linear and varied approach to the gameplay. The developers let the players play in two basic ways: one is focused on action and open combat, while the other rewards sneaking, infiltration and silent elimination of our enemies. Foes are now much more dangerous thanks to the enhanced artificial intelligence and the ability to work in groups. Seldom do we encounter a situation when guards are on their own – this time around, they move at least in pairs, even when patrolling nooks and crannies. Moreover, the developers made sure our opponents are significantly more diverse, and thus we will face adversaries that use augmentations and exoskeletons as well as mechs. Much attention was given to improving the boss fights. These can now be played in various ways, including stealthy surprise attacks, full frontal assaults or a combination of both.

Adam Jensen gained a number of completely new skills. Augmentations in Mankind Divided are about twice as numerous as in Human Revolution. The protagonist can now hack turrets, robots and cameras remotely; he may also execute nearly instant jumps on short distances. The blade on his forearm might be used for direct melee attacks or to shot lesser projectiles. There is also an augmentation that incapacitates our enemies with electricity. As we progress, we unlock access to new skills that will be of use during combat, sneaking or both. However, using them uses up our energy reserves. Although they partially replenish themselves when Jensen is not using his enhancements, their complete regeneration requires special biocells.

Depending on our choices, the game can take unexpected turns in the long run. For instance: at the beginning, we bump into some criminals, and if we choose to cross them, we can later fall victim to their revenge. It is not everything, though – the events of Mankind Divided are also influenced by conversations we have with other characters, which allows us to resolve some conflicts with diplomacy alone (this is where C.A.S.I.E, the implant that analyzes the psychological state of our interlocutor, comes in handy).

Technology

As the first installment of the series created solely for the 8th-generation platforms, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided for PC, PS4 and XONE is powered by an entirely new graphic engine called Dawn Engine. It was developed by Eidos Montreal in collaboration with AMD in order to fully utilize the potential of high-end PCs as well as PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The game also uses the TressFX 3.0 technology, which is responsible for realistic recreation of hair behavior and looks, among other things.

System requirements

PC / Windows

Recommended: Intel Core i7-3770K / AMD FX 8350 Wraith, 16 GB RAM, graphic card AMD Radeon RX 480 / NVIDIA GTX 970, 55 GB HDD, Windows 10 (64-bitowy)
Minimum: Intel Core i3-2100, 8 GB RAM, graphic card AMD Radeon HD 7870 (2GB) / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 (2GB) or better, 45 GB HDD, Windows 7/8.1/10 (64-bitowy)

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Game Guide

game guide 16 September 2016

The Deus Ex: Mankind Divided game guide offers a complete walkthrough to all of the primary and optional quests, along with detailed maps of all main areas of the game. It also lists collectibles and includes character development tips.

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Review – lesser sibling of Human Revolution

Review 23 August 2016 14:00

Developing a sequel that surpasses the original is always a challenge. In case of Mankind Divided, the goal was partly achieved. While the gameplay hits all the right notes, the plot leaves something to be desired.

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided preload starts on August 19, system requirements revealed

News 12 August 2016 13:21

Dues Ex: Mankind Divided’s system requirements have been revealed, and they don’t stand out from what other modern games got us used to. The game will be available for preloading on August 19.

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will introduce a new difficulty level for hardcore players

News 18 July 2016 15:00

During our interview with Jean-Francois Dugas, the executive director of Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, we found out that the game will introduce a new difficulty level that will be a treat for all hardcore fans out there.

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided – which ending of Human Revolution is canon? [SPOILERS]

News 18 July 2016 15:00

During the interview with the creators of Deus Ex: Mankind Divided we asked them which of the four endings of Human Revolution was adopted as canon in the plot of the sequel. The answer is: all of them, in a sense. CAUTION: article contains plot spoilers!

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Will Allow You to Talk The Bosses Into Submission

News 27 July 2015 14:02

The creators of Deus Ex: Mankind Divided have confirmed that the game’s boss fights have been specifically designed around allowing the player to deal with the boss accordingly to his chosen play-through style.

E3 2015: Deus Ex: Mankind Divided – Square Enix Presents New Trailer

News 17 June 2015 14:06

During its conference at E3 Square Enix revealed a new trailer for the highly anticipated Deus Ex: Mankind Divided. The game will be released early next year on PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Hands-on – Adam Jensen is getting more upgrades

Preview 18 July 2016 15:00

After spending six hours with Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, I was able to develop a preliminary opinion about the new part of the classic series. The sequel is immersive, visually amazing, and manages to mend the shortcomings of Human Revolution.