Verdict: What was the game like to play?
It’s not often you look at your TV screen and then look out the window to see the same image. But that’s exactly the experience you have when you are living in Dubai and playing Deus Ex: Mankind Divided on your Xbox or PlayStation. You couldn’t help but grin when you leap out of an airship and hurtle past the Burj Khalifa and land on a nearby strip of land. This isn’t the most immersive of experiences if honest, though, you aren’t running through the streets of Dubai a la Grand Theft Auto. That said, it is a unique feeling to be playing a video game that’s set where you live, I imagine it’s nothing to people from New York or London, but when you’re from a provincial town in the north of Ireland it’s a novel experience. It’s fun but there’s not much that screams this could only take place in Dubai. It does feel a little clichéd especially when a giant sandstorm engulfs the complex and you can’t see anything but sand. All in all, though, it’s a fun experience that’s enhanced by the local setting and, who knows, we might have full games set here in the future.