DeUs ex: Mankind Divided
A Scandal In Bohemia
released out NOW! Reviewed on Pc | Also on Ps4, XO
Publisher square enix
It’s 2029 and cyberpunk Prague is in a bad way. At the end of the previous game a shadowy conspiracy hacked the brains of everyone with bionic augmentations, briefly turning them into violent lunatics. As terrorist bombings deepen divides, it’s your job to chase down the forces behind the “Aug Incident” and uncover the figures exploiting the unrest.
Our playable hero Adam Jensen is just the man for the job. He’s an ultra-violent one-man-band in a swish designer jacket, infiltrating facilities, pulling off bank heists, and kidnapping gangsters.
Deus Ex games are all about freedom of choice, and Mankind Divided is no exception. The game is structured as a series of small open-ended hubs, with Prague as its centrepiece. In the streets you can walk around freely, chatting to people and shopping for weapons. Restricted areas require a stealthier approach, or a violent one if you decide to play as a gun-toting maniac – a viable route if you want to treat the game as a shooter rather than sneaking around.
Mankind Divided is a great package, and intensely atmospheric. Prague at night, where old world architecture collides with glowing futuristic structures, is especially moody. Golem City is a bustling Blade Runner mashup.
Despite all the magnificent views, though, Mankind Divided is let down by its story, and a sense that the game’s initial ambitions have been curtailed. Fans expecting a series of major hubs will be disappointed by the game’s relatively fleeting hops abroad. The story feels similarly thin.
With expectations reset, this is a seriously decent sandbox action game. It left us wanting more, in a slightly unsatisfied way, but is still easily worth the trip. Tom Senior
Golem City, or Útulek Station, is based on Kowloon Walled City in Hong Kong, a slum which was demolished in 1994.
First job: organise a litter-picking patrol.