Deus Ex Machina: Mankind Dividedby Mikhail Feb 1, 2018 | 1 Votes | 1 Played | 0 Reviews 10 rate Deus Ex Machina: Mankind Divided is set two years after Deus Ex: Human Revolution. This is the aftermath of the incident where mechanically-augmented humans went on a rampage, taking lives and destroying anything in their way. You will once again take the role of Adam Jensen, and unravel a vast conspiracy. Play Now Similar Games Played
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Deus Ex Machina: Mankind Divided is one of PlayStation 4’s free games for January 2018 along with Psycho-Pass: Mandatory Happiness and Batman: The Telltale series, making the lineup of the start of the year a loaded one. Developed by Eidos-Montreal and published by Square Enix, it is absolutely one of the most visually stunning and detailed games of 2016 and is another installment of the Deus Ex franchise. Here, you will play as a covert agent named Adam Jensen, also the protagonist of the previous title.
Apart from shooting down criminals and terrorists, the game has a stealth mechanic as well and its mission design and visuals are a major upgrade compared to previous installments. You can fully decide your approach to accomplishing the missions, whether through stealth or guns blazing. Moreover, you can pick which augmentations you want to upgrade, fully-customizing your Deus Ex-perience. Bad jokes aside, is it a game that warrants a playthrough? Let’s check out the experience that it offers:
Deus Ex has always been a story-heavy franchise. If you’re afraid that you will be missing the point of Mankind Divided because you haven’t played its predecessor, Human Revolution, don’t worry. The game is tailor-made to make first-timers jump into the action and the storyline without needing to know anything about the previous titles. In addition, note that Mankind Divided is set in an all new country, so it helps in delivering a fresh experience.
As soon as you start the game, you will immediately be given a backdrop of the storyline. Basically, it is set two years after Human Revolution, where the Aug incident occurred. During that incident, humans with mechanical augmentations went berserk, killing anyone on their way. Without diving deep into spoilers, the game gives you a glimpse of the severity of the incident at during the first mission. Anyway, the plot gives a good 20-30 hour story, and you’re sure to be immersed.
The gameplay is obviously Deus Ex Machina: Mankind Divided’s main draw. The game successfully delivers an experience makes you feel you are a cyborg that cannot be destroyed through conventional means. You will move around various locations either stealthily or loudly on a warpath, taking out anything with your vast array of augmentations. So yes, you can either play as Solid Snake or the Terminator.
You can either take out opponents with a wide variety of weapons ranging from assault rifles to handguns or use augmentations like the Tesla Arm which electrocutes enemies into submission (or their deaths). Other augmentations meanwhile, range from melee weapons like the Nanoblade to protective ones like the Titan armor which deflects bullets and explosives alike. It is extremely fun to poke and play around with the augs, but note they are a necessity when the going gets tough. One good example of when they are a must is when you start hacking into doors, which is a fun little minigame.
What sets the augs apart though, is they can interact seamlessly with the environment. For example, you can hack remotely with aptly named Remote Hacking Aug, and the Nanoblade aug lets you finish off opponents by stabbing them into the nearby wall. In addition, the Icarus Dash aug enables you to reach locations a normal human wouldn’t.
Apart from using your superpowered augmentations, the gunplay aspect of Deus Ex Machina: Mankind Divided is exceptionally well-done. Although the shooting aspect doesn’t feel realistic (why look for realism in a world of cyborgs in the first place?!), the best part is you can change your weapons on the fly with a variety of customizations. For example, you can turn your submachine gun into a silenced pistol-like weapon, allowing you to finish objectives stealthily while using the new cover-to-cover mechanic to your advantage. If things get a little rough, you can turn it into something that lets you cause havoc.
Deus Ex Machina: Mankind Divided is a singeplayer game, so you won’t be able to take to the field with or against other players. It has a leaderboards-centric breach mode though. That aside, it has a dedicated subreddit, so if you love the game, it warrants a visit.
Deus Ex Machina: Mankind Divided’s presentation elements are top-tier, especially the highly-detailed environments and facial animations. The cutscenes look and feel like a CGI movie, and it delivers a powerful visual-auditory experience. The lip synching is a little iffy, but the voice acting is outstanding, with Elias Toufexis nailing his role as Adam Jensen.
Overall, Deus Ex Machina: Mankind Divided isn’t just a game you have to get because it’s currently free, it’s a game you need to play even if you have to pay at full price. With its well-thought out gameplay, well-constructed missions and plot, as well as its RPG elements, it’s an experience you would want to go through.