I am unnaturally excited for the imminent release of Deus Ex: Mankind Divided. The very first Deus Ex (thought its engine and its frame rate made me want to baby vomit in my mouth) is still one of my most favoured games. Its conspiracy-laden cyberpunk universe was spellbinding – and its branching and divergent storyline made my brain leak from my ears.
Its sequels were less incredible – so in 2011 when I had the opportunity to do a lengthy preview of the game, I really wasn’t expecting much. It blew away what little expectations I had, and then some. It ended up being one of my favourite games of that year, and one of the best games of the last generation. Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, then, has a lot to live up to.
Reviews will be dropping later today, but in the mean time you can enjoy its launch trailer.
“We were all created equal… But in 2029, after the Aug incident which caused the death of millions, mankind stands divided. The oppression of the mechanically augmented has created a climate of fear and resentment, resulting in an escalation of crime and acts of terror. Amid all the chaos, Adam Jensen goes after are the Illuminati, the men and women responsible for tearing the world apart. Armed with a new arsenal of state-of-the-art weapons and augmentations, he must choose the right approach, along with who to trust, in order to unravel a vast worldwide conspiracy.”
This time, the game delves even deeper in to its themes of segregation – something it needs to handle very, very well in today’s climate. So far, it’s not off to a good start.