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This is a major let-down after near perfect Human Revolution. The two biggest flaws are writing and level-design. To put it briefly: though the playing area is small, I got lost a lot, and I didn't really care to find my way around. The story didn't compel me to explore either. I didn't care much for Jensen's cause. Neither did I feel empathy for other characters. They all feel flat and uninteresting, with boring dialog lines.
Additionally, the gameplay feels a bit clunky. Even when HR isn't without issues in that regard, it is way smoother than MD. And the loading times... Holy crap, when you have such small levels, it should NOT take several minutes to from press "Continue" to being able to play! And people dare criticising Witcher 3 on this.
All in all, this is a poor game that people should avoid. Especially the ones that fell in love with the previous Deus Ex.
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my_granny 2021-10-08T20:04:37Z
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I played this about a month ago and its been a little over a year since I beat Human Revolutions, I game I found to be a downgrade from the original Deus Ex but still found decent enough in its own right. This on the other hand is essentially Human Revolutions 1.5, it does nothing to improve the franchise and feels more or less like an add on to that game. There just wasn't much I remembered about this, most of the missions bored me and weren't as well designed as Human Revolutions. The characters were boring, the story wasn't that great, the ending was bad, and the game felt a lot shorter and more limited. The only decent thing about this were a few of the side missions were unique and interesting, but for every interesting side mission on the other hand you had one that was generic and had you going through the usual motions. The main story is incredibly short and even shorter than the side quests. I mean to be fair I wasn't expecting much from this since I didn't even think Human Revolutions was a great game, but I expected it to at least improve the formula and maybe go a little more back to its roots. Instead its just a pretty mediocre stealth game with an uninteresting story and it adds nothing to the franchise.
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While not exactly terrible, with some excellent level design when you get down to it, Mankind Divided falls well short of the mark with a borked pace, a story that starts interesting but just gets confusing and loses its luster, a refusal to commit to its message, and most of all, the most transparent instance of an ending being mangled in production. Whether it was to sell DLC later on or the developers simply running out of time, the ending is as far from traditionally satisfying as you can get, and soured me on the game in a way that had not happened in ages.

A decent purchase if on sale, or if the GOTY version turns out to be cheap, but by no means should you play this before Human Revolution or the original.
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Lowlander2 2017-08-12T19:55:56Z
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Despite a rift of five years between Deus Ex: Human Revolution and Mankind Divided, this new adventure feels rushed and lazy in the way one expects of annual sequels in the Assassin's Creed and Call of Duty series. It fails to take advantage of a new generation of consoles in novel ways, while failing to deliver a gripping narrative and excellent pacing of Eidos Montreal's first stab at the series. It is still a worthwhile game for series fans, but much like Deus Ex: Invisible War, the team comes across as clueless as to what made the first game such a success.

The biggest change in this sequel is largely superficial. Instead of taking place across multiple hubs, MD takes place in one large central hub of Prague with visits to interior environments elsewhere around the world for one-off main missions. What happens within them is identical to the previous game, give or take a few new augmentation abilities, a new -- and rather pointless -- crafting system and a revamped cover system that lets the player sprint to cover spots like in recent Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell games.

When the game gives you a lengthy mission in a large, detailed environment, it's as good as its prequel. The problem is that there are only three of these in the game and the first doesn't come until you are halfway your playthrough, assuming you do all the side-missions. This odd pacing doesn't only hurt player engagement, it also throws off the balance of the game as I went into the first major mission with most of my important augs unlocked and most of the weapons in my inventory.

A larger issue is that the game is so easy -- yes, even on the hardest difficulty available without beating the game -- that I rarely needed to make use of my battle augs or weapons. To put some perspective on things, the final confrontation in the game is four basic enemies and a turret at an elevator: I was able to take them all down with one ability and beat the game. The original Deus Ex opened with confrontations on the level that MD ends with. This made the game overall less fun than the previous game which, while not as difficult as the original Deus Ex, had difficulty spikes and got downright masochistic in its DLC.

Perhaps it's a more subjective topic, but I didn't like how most missions in MD revolved around innocent opponents that only a psychopath would kill in cold blood. We are talking security, police and grunt soldiers for neutral organizations. I liked how in previous series entries I was always justified in going loud with guns if the situation demanded it, but that only applies to the final missions of this Deus Ex. This resulted in a game that felt far more repetitive than its prequel. I am to blame as a player, but as someone committed to roleplaying Adam Jensen, it doesn't make sense for him to kill a bunch of innocent cops and guards.

On almost every level, Mankind Divided is a step down. Other than visuals and the new stealth system, nothing is improved upon. Some elements are downright terrible, like the character animation that feels like something from the early days of polygonal graphics with characters jumping around like cartoon characters going against the game's grounded tone and setting. Other elements are disappointing, like the city hub that feels underpopulated in comparison to other open-world settings this gen, including SquareEnix's own Hitman series. Then there is the unremarkable story and it's abrupt ending which is as graceful as a record slap.

I've hit upon a lot of negative points, but it's important to restate that MD still contains the great elements of Human Revolution. Whether you should pick-up this sequel depends on how you felt about that original attempt at a reboot. If you loved it, you'll be able to bare MD's shortcomings and find enjoyment in more of the same. But fans who want a game truer to the original will be disappointed to find a game that only goes further away from what made the 2000 original great.
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ThorUK3 Deus Ex: Mankind Divided 2022-10-02T02:49:51Z
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  • NoMooreMercy 2020-07-11 07:02:18.306391+00
    Real shame this game wasn't finished, the ending hits you so abruptly and I just kept wanting more. I enjoyed Human Revolution much more than this one.
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    • Wlliam_of_Baskerville 2020-11-21 09:11:15.457828+00
      Have to agree. You can totally tell Square enix had their way with this. It ends so abruptly. I enjoyed it but only feels like half the game and story
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  • Bengals 2021-07-17 19:22:55.208965+00
    Story is like a first episode to a show dragged out over 25 hours, with an additional 15 hours of content for completionists (dlc not included). The nearly flawless gameplay and setting makes up for the painfully abrupt ending IMO
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    • boopsnoot 2021-07-30 08:43:20.484028+00
      100% agree. Flawless gameplay, fun stealth, great gun systems, rich world to explore, and interesting tech trees. Story is fuckin cbs 'person of interest' episode lmao
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  • lowplacelikehome 2021-08-04 18:39:14.573576+00
    I did love the first 2 Deus Ex games, but I have to confess: this one is better in nearly every aspect except it's length which is redeemed by DLC expansions :)
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  • altertide0 2021-11-09 13:41:42.788899+00
    I have no idea why people dislike this so much. Everything about the game is better than in THR except for the less personal / emotionally engaging story. Because of that I get that you can prefer THR to this (I do too) but to love that one and hate this one? I don't understand.
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    • Fowlawneeshafow 2022-03-07 22:21:55.795467+00
      Mostly because it had a bad launch, and once the well is poisoned from a bad launch it takes a long time for people to let go.
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  • khaledo 2022-05-13 02:35:39.677005+00
    thank god square enix dont own the rights to deus ex anymore
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    • DaymanNightman 2022-05-29 22:42:15.385155+00
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  • stealmycorpse 2022-08-13 09:04:45.896762+00
    I will bear a grudge against Square Enix for the rest of my life
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