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E3 Recap: Deus Ex Mankind Divided

Posted on June 17, 2015 at 10:30 am by Stephen Janes

Deus Ex Mankind Divided

Behind closed doors, Square Enix had a first look at gameplay for Deus Ex: Mankind Divided. The sequel to the well received Deus Ex: Human RevolutionMankind Divided is set two years after its predecessor and once again features an augmented Adam Jensen.

Adam Jensen is now working for Interpool and serving as a double agent, trying to persuade the human race that augments should not be perceived as negative. The Deus Ex franchise has done an incredible job blending a unique story with combat, stealth, and social elements and have taken that to another level. Non-lethal takedowns can now be executed from cover and can be executed with a simple button press.

Each level has several different paths to take and it’s ultimately the players decision on how to approach each mission. In the demonstration that was shown, the player started by avoiding any firefights and using non-lethal takedowns wherever possible. The player can decide how to play and change their minds whenever, offering another dimension of gameplay not often seen.

Jensen’s augmented abilities have received a huge facelift. Being able to scan for structural weaknesses in the environment, discovering enemies through walls, turning invisible and spawning battle armor add new ways to initiate combat and explore. An arm blade was used in various scenarios which show that the augments aren’t one dimensional. First it was used for melee combat, then it was fired as a projectile to knock out a security camera. The augmented abilities were definitely the highlight of the demo.

Towards the end of the demo, Jensen was face to face with an NPC (who will remain anonymous for spoiler prevention) he was tasked to find. The two squared off in a heated debate with the player deciding how to carry on the conversation. What would normally be a boring cutscene with adequate monologuing becomes an engaging decision making exercise that alters the game. Here, the player antagonized the NPC to the point of…let’s say he won’t be coming home for dinner.

While the demo has some amazing scenery and great lighting effects, this was an alpha-build. The demo would eventually crash towards the climax of the level, but Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is not scheduled for release until the first half of 2016 so there shouldn’t be anything to worry about.

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will be released on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.

Stephen Janes is also co-host of the Pixelated Podcast and occasionally writes for this fabulous site. You can follow his gaming nonsense on Twitter and YouTube.

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