Deus Ex takes us back to the future in cinematic bliss as Eidos Montreal release the latest in Cyberpunk brilliance with Deus Ex: Mankind Divided - "The old rules no longer apply!"
Mankind Divided is set in 2029, amidst the aftermath of the 'Aug Incident'. A full two years on from the events of Human Revolution, Mankind Divided puts us right back into the tech heavy hands of Adam Jensen.
Adam Jensen is appointed to a special task force belonging to Interpol (Task Force 29). Jensen and his team are tasked with bringing the terrorist organisations down. This will not be the only team that Jensen can fight for and with during the game. Mankind divided allows the player to choose how they wish to play the game.
Never drop your guard, although Adam can choose who he wished to fight with, remember that not everyone is to be trusted.
Freedom of expression
What becomes apparent very quickly in Mankind Divided is that the game is running along on a similar engine to the Director’s Cut of Deus Ex: Human Revolution. Players must now choose from a variety of options to progress through the missions.
This edition of Deus Ex will never push a player into an area of gameplay they are not familiar with. For example, the stealth players can play through the entire game without killing a single person.
The action junkie can go through the entire campaign without entering into a single stealthy position. Eidos have invested significant time, money and research into catering for varied game styles.
Previously in Deus Ex the player would eventually be brought into a situation where they would have to eliminate a target in a certain way. Those days are gone my friends.
Augs old and new
Mankind Divided will incorporate over twice the amount of augmentations that appeared in the previous title, Human Revolution. The latest edition will herald the return of some of the already existing weapons and augs that we all know and love. The PEPS gun and the Cloaking aug both make a welcome return.
The team at Eidos have introduced brand new, super cool augs too that will allow players to approach situations in a manner never before attempted in Deus Ex. One example of this is the all new 'Focus' mode. This mode allows for the player to slow down the surrounding environment.
This can allow for players to gain the upper hand in many situations. Whether you just need that little extra time to think or you want to make that perfect headshot, the focus mode is here and it rocks.
Another example is the Titan shield. This allows the player to deploy a shield that forms to the body which allows the player for a brief time to take high levels of damage, effectively turning himself into a walking tank.
The inspired new aug named the 'Nano Blade' is built into Adam's wrist, it is a projectile type weapon and can literally staple people to the walls. I will not get bored of using this. Takes me back to my beloved Aliens Vs Predator game. This projectile blade can also be used as an explosive.
The 'Icarus Dash' is an all new way to travel in Deus Ex; it allows the player to dash from one place to another on a beam of energy. This will allow players to reach otherwise unreachable areas in one swift fluid motion. It can also be used as a weapon. You will see this used a lot in the gameplay below.
As part of Adam's non lethal asset collection Eidos have introduced an all new taser weapon. The 'Tesla Gun Arm' is capable of targeting four targets at once. This will render them completely incapacitated. A new favourite for the stealth fan.
Bringing the 'Intelligence' to A.I.
Another key point to note is that there are now women antagonists in the game. In all previous Deus Ex games the enemy henchmen were all male. Female grunts have been added to the roster in Mankind Divided. Some of these women fighters will be armoured up with exo-suits, so make sure you don't make any of them too angry. Hell hath no fury as they say.
The level in AI is ramped up significantly in this edition also. There is an extensive variety of bad guy that will stand in your way; this will not be an easy ride.
The keypad hacking system returns to Deus Ex but what I really like the look of is the remote hacking element. This brings the best of Watchdogs to 2029. Adam is able to hack into nearby cameras, sentinels and gateways to gain a further advantage over his foe. Using the enemy's tools against them is a great way to stay on top.
The extended gameplay
You are about to see all of the above put into serious action. Deus Ex: Mankind Divided feels fresh and dynamic, I can't wait to give this baby a spin.