Deus Ex is back and better than ever. Following up on its 2011 hit, Human Revolution, Eidos Montreal pushes forth with a direct sequel to Adam Jensen’s adventures. Despite the tragic optional conclusions to Human Revolution, our protagonist’s fate is sealed in leaving Sarif Industries and joining a new ant-terrorist organization called Task Force 29. While Jensen was no stranger to travelling the world, primarily Detroit and Shanghai, his new employment will allow him to go even further in this futuristic world setting. We were able to take look at what Square Enix was offering at E3 2016, and what they’ve shown only heightens our anticipation for Mankind Divided.
While last year Eidos Montreal showed off a later section in the game, at E3 this year, we are taken the luscious city of Dubai where Mankind Divided starts off. Right from the get-go, you will have flashbacks of Human Revolution as not only are you in a helicopter being briefed on a situation on the ground, but you’re able to choose how you want to approach the conflict: lethal or non-lethal. It’s once again Adam Jensen’s job to infiltrate a facility and take out a group of armed men along with their leader. While this level is primarily situated inside of a facility, a sand storm is raging on outside which comes somewhat into play in the later parts of the demo.
As ever before, players are able to play Deus Ex how they want to, be it being a pacifist sneaking around everyone, or engaging in intense firefights, the options are there for you to play with. The general combat mechanics are very similar to the 2011 hit where you can perform devastating takedown, open fire on unsuspecting enemies, move bodies around, and so forth. Customization is even more prevalent than ever before as, before you’d have to open up your inventory and attach specific unequippable parts to your arsenal, but now you can do it on the fly through a very appealing interface; but be warned, this won’t pause the action, so Jensen become vulnerable. It’s very much the first-person stealth RPG we’ve come to love.
Outside of the general mechanics, a lot of the augmented moves return as well, such as busting down walls, although you can add an electrical charge to it, dropping from incredible heights, cloaking, and plenty of others. There are a bunch of new abilities, though, such as a Mega Man-esque blaster that acts as a shockwave, incapacitating enemies, an explosive blade that flings out of Jensen’s robotic arm, protective shielding, a multi-targeted projectile taser, and even more. There’s a lot of options when it comes down to taking down your enemies and Adam Jensen does it in style. Hacking is more or less the same with similar nodes that need to be breached with different variables and RNG playing out in the background. The difference is the visual aesthetics are more three dimensional, giving off a sense you’re hacking the components rather than a simple interface.
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided was an extraordinary showpiece at the last E3, even taking home our Game of the Show award, and its showing this time is no less impressive. Even though Mankind Divided was originally scheduled to be released in early 2016, its delay has ensured that the developer has more than ample time to get things right. If the E3 2016 demo is any indication of what the final game will become, fans should be pleasantly surprised with the outcome.
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will be available August 23 for PS4, Xbox One and PC.