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. The game is set 2 years after the events of Deus Ex: Human Revolution. The player again assumes the role of an Interpol agent, Adam Jensen, who fights criminal organizations in different parts of the world. In accordance with the tradition of the series, gameplay is non-linear, allowing the player to choose the ways of dealing with in-game problems: from open confrontation to stealth approach. As compared with the previous game, this time you have access to twice as many biochips and special abilities that are gradually unlocked throughout the gameplay. Another vital element are the consequences of your choices – all your actions and conversations can bear consequences later in the game.

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PC / Windows
Game Deus Ex: Mankind Divided (PC) Cover
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided | PC

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

Companies responsible for Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

Eidos Montreal | game developer

Square-Enix / Eidos | publisher   Official website

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided release date for PC:

game language:
English

23 August 2016 | Worldwide

23 August 2016 | Europe

23 August 2016 | USA

Game mode: single player
Game score 8.2 / 10 calculated out of 673 players' votes.  
Expectations before the premiere: 9.3 / 10 calculated out of 703 players' votes.  

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.

Sony PlayStation 4
Game Deus Ex: Mankind Divided (PS4) Cover
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided | PS4

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

Companies responsible for Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

Eidos Montreal | game developer

Square-Enix / Eidos | publisher   Official website

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided release date for PS4:

game language:
English

23 August 2016 | Worldwide

23 August 2016 | Europe PAL

23 August 2016 | USA NTSC

Game mode: single player
Game score 4.5 / 10 calculated out of 388 players' votes.  
Expectations before the premiere: 8.4 / 10 calculated out of 165 players' votes.  

Warren Spector is a legend within the gaming industry. The developer who started his career by creating tabletop RPGs gave the world games such the classic System Shock. As a member of Looking Glass, he also contributed to the birth of the cult Thief: The Dark Project. In 1997, Spector established his own studio, Ion Storm, whose creations — Deus Ex and Deus Ex: Invisible War — made history as innovative (in their time) combinations of a first-person shooter and action RPG married with cyberpunk reality (which was becoming more popular back then). Deus Ex: Mankind Divided was created in the similar vein, although it was developed by Eidos Montreal, which previously made Deus Ex: Human Revolution, the third main installment of the series, universally praised by both fans and critics alike.

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is the fourth major game in the series and the first one to be developed with 8th-generation consoles in mind. Compared to the 2011’s Human Revolution, the title has significantly better graphics, although the PlayStation 4 version looks somewhat more modest than the PC edition. Content-wise, however, all versions offer the same.

Microsoft XBOX ONE
Game Deus Ex: Mankind Divided (XONE) Cover
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided | XBOX ONE

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

Companies responsible for Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

Eidos Montreal | game developer

Square-Enix / Eidos | publisher   Official website

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided release date for XBOX ONE:

game language:
English

23 August 2016 | Worldwide

23 August 2016 | Europe PAL

23 August 2016 | USA NTSC

Game mode: single player
Game score 9.2 / 10 calculated out of 283 players' votes.  
Expectations before the premiere: 8.3 / 10 calculated out of 105 players' votes.  

The Deus Ex series, launched back in 2000, made history by offering a revolutionary (in its day) combination of action RPG and first-person shooter set in a cyberpunk reality. After the closure of Ion Storm, the franchise disappeared for a few years to come back in 2011 with the release of Deus Ex: Human Revolution for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Deus Ex: Mankind Divided for Xbox One is the fourth major entry in the series, developed by Eidos Montreal, the creators of the aforementioned Human Revolution as well as Deus Ex: The Fall, a spin-off initially released for mobile devices, and the 2014’s Thief.

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is the first game in the series to be released on the 8th-generation platforms: Xbox One and PlayStation 4, which translates into significantly improved visuals, when compared to its predecessor. As far as content is concerned, the console versions do not differ from the PC edition, although the latter offers somewhat better graphics.

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 / Windows 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 / Windows 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

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 15th Anniversary trailer

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided 15th Anniversary trailer | 2:00

Animowany zwiastun gry Deus Ex: Rozłam Ludzkości, który opublikowano z okazji 15-lecia istnienia serii.

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.