Let’s get one thing straight right off the bat. Deus Ex: Human Revolution was, unlike many others, not my game of the last generation. It could have been, it does appeal to many of my gaming likes but it wasn’t, for one simple reason – I never played it.
Nope, not even cracked the seal on my physical copy, not even started up my digital version when it was a deal with gold and not even booted up as it sits on my Xbox One drive in all of its backwards compatible goodness.
2011 was one of the golden years of last gen, and with that came the silliest of silly seasons. Driver: San Francisco, Tiger Woods PGA, Various Kinect Titles, Burnout Crash, Child of Eden, Dark Souls, Spiderman: Edge of time, Batman Arkham City and LA Noire kept me busy right up until Skyrim came out. There simply wasn’t enough time for Deus Ex as well. So I lived the game through Daren & Matt waxing lyrically about the game on the podcast. From listening back to shows around that time, the game was good but there were many nuances that was keeping it back from being a great game.
Mankind Divided seems to have sanded down those rough edges; with the visuals beefed up as you would expect in a generational difference; it’s not quite a huge leap forward but more of a game that displays its confidence in the genre.
You once again control Adam Jenson, an augmented agent of Interpol, now two years on from the events at the end of Human Revolution where a killswitch was flipped and the worlds augmented citizens were sent into a psychotic killing spree. People don’t tend to forget things like this and as such “augs” are now treated with suspicion or outright hostility – hence the games subtitle.
Eidos Montreal have added a lot of love to the Deus Ex franchise and whilst you can rush your way through the main quest line pretty quickly (9-10 hours), I lost hour upon hour within the Blade Runner-esq city from raiding a bank to expose media corruption to shutting down a drug lab, there is plenty to keep the completionist busy.
This isn’t to say it is perfect. The issue that most frequently breaks the immersion is the games freedom of choice itself. In order to allow players a choice on how they tackle missions there are things that just simply would not occur in a technology based future. Security Guards who routinely leave password laden PDA’s lying around, Adam sized ventilation shafts that conveniently skirt around laser tripwires, walls with spots so weak Adam can punch through them if he has upgraded correctly.
Mankind Divided is a great interpretation of first world issues ranging from social, to political via technology which makes you stop and think at times, all the while not being preachy. More character relationship development wouldn’t go amiss but this can be forgiven for how intricate the environmental exploration and storytelling can be. Adam Jensen is a man who doesn’t ask for much so on his behalf can we have a sequel…..this generation please.
Midlife Gamer Rating: 8/10 Format: PlayStation 4 / Xbox One / PC Release Date: Out Now
Disclosure: Midlife Gamer were provided with a digital copy of Deus Ex Mankind Divided for review purposes. The title was reviewed over the course of a week . For more information on what our scores mean, plus details of our reviews policy, click here.