Deus Ex: Mankind Divided ReviewGuest_Jim_* -
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At long last we are returning to the story of Adam Jensen with the release of Deus Ex: Mankind Divided. For those of you who do not know, the Deus Ex franchise is well-known for its combination of action and stealth to the point that it can be possible to complete some of its entries without killing anyone. This can be accomplished by sneaking around enemies and correctly selecting dialogue options, something an in-game enhancement can help you with. One of the things this new title brings to the table, at least for the current incarnation of the franchise (I have not played the classic games yet, but have enjoyed Deus Ex: Human Revolution, the previous game), is the bigotry augmented individuals, including playable-character Adam Jensen, face following an event known as The Incident. It does not help that there are terrorist attacks taking place that are being committed by augmented individuals. Part of your goal is to unravel who is carrying out these attacks, and for what purpose.
Something I need to mention is that I am playing a pre-release build of the game, meaning I got early access to it (yay!) but also that it is without the day one patch. I have been experiencing some performance issues on the GTX 1080, which I expect/hope will be fixed with this patch. For that reason, I am not going to cover the game's performance here. Instead I am going to wait to do a more in-depth performance analysis, when I will also try out multiple GPUs. (I have a GTX 770, GTX 980, GTX 1070, and the aforementioned GTX 1080. Sadly I lack a current AMD GPU to test with.)
Another reason this early access is important is that Square Enix has requested that no unofficial assets be shown until the game's release. Meaning no potentially spoiling screenshots or videos until the public has access to the game, which I feel is a completely reasonable request. After all, I would not want to accidentally spoil anything significant just for a cool screenshot. This does means that none of the screenshots in this review were taken by me or is from my specific play through. For that reason, combined with the performance issues I mentioned above, I am not going to include a Graphics section this time. When I do the performance analysis, I will also try to cover the appearance of the graphics. For now I will just say I am pleased with them.
Now, as per my usual, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided has an M rating from the ESRB. The descriptors listed on its website are blood, drug reference, intense violence, partial nudity, sexual themes, strong language, and use of alcohol. It ticks all of those boxes so it has definitely earned this rating.
Now on to the reviewing!