My favourite thing about a Deus Ex: Human Revolution was its versatility – how I tackled a problem may be completely different from how you approached it, but both are equally valid and both can result in the same (or very different) outcomes. While Human Revolution set the bar pretty high for any sequel, I can confidentially say that any fans of the series will not be disappointed by Deus Ex: Mankind Divided.
DEMD has retained the strong core gameplay of highly choice-driven stealth and RPG elements that defined the series, but with a more complex environment, a new story and an ever growing augmentation.
For me personally, the key highlights of the game were the stealth, the gadgets and the choices. While there is an extensive array of augmentation choices, my play style focused on building the stealth and persuasion augments and trying to ninja my way through missions. The levels rewards exploration and there are multiple ways to sneak around depending on which augmentations you have equipped or how you choose to use your environment.
The game builds on the augmentations you unlocked in Human Revolution – all the old favourites are there plus a range of new “experimental” augmentations. The new experimental augmentation are more edgy – some of my favourties are the Icarus rush (which gives your super speed) and Titan (which basically makes you invincible for a short period of time).
If there is a criticism to be levelled at DEMD it would be with the inclusion of micro transactions, which includes the ability to buy credits, crafting parts and praxis kits for real cash. While I’m not against this in principle it does feel like some of the game mechanics in DEMD have been tweaked to encourage micro transactions. In comparison to previous games both experience and credits seem harder to come by and the effect of consumables deteriorate much quicker. While I don’t want to be cynical it does feel like these changes have been made to encourage further spending.
Notwithstanding, DEMD is still a fantastic game and that fan of the series will enjoy. DEMD successfully builds on the legacy of Human Revolution and delivers a challenging game which rewards exploration and creativity.