Deus Ex has always taken pride in giving the player choice throughout every aspect of the experience; the routes you take to the objective you choose, the responses you make to who you give the privilege of conversing with you. Every step you take, every word you utter can impact the outcome of each scenario and the game as a whole. Deus Ex is one of the finer games of 2016 so far, but it comes with its fair share of flaws too.
Set two years after the ‘Aug Incident’ in Human Revolution, Mankind Divided sees players return to the shoes of Adam Jensen; ex-Chief of Security at Sarif Industries, current member of anti-terrorism group Task Force 29. What sets Adam apart from everyone else at TF29 is his augmentations. They’re fairly commonplace in the Deus Ex universe, although Adam’s are military grade enhancements whereas the people you’ll walk past on the streets of Prague have simple limb replacements at best. To the ‘normal’ people though, there is no difference. The Aug Incident has led a large portion of the world to believe that all augmented beings are dangerous and that’s the pre-conception Adam is working to defeat.
After the tutorial mission, set in a large hotel in Dubai where Adam and the TF29 crew are to prevent an illegal deal from going down but get ambushed by some fellas with fancy gold masks, the majority of the game is set in Prague, Czech Republic. A busy train station is bombed by a terrorist group, causing widespread panic and blame falls upon the Augmented Rights Coalition (ARC). Jensen sets out to discover the real culprits, helping as many individuals as he can along the way. He’s a Good Samaritan, if you ignore his tendency to break into every single locked property, hack every computer and steal every bottle of Neuropozyne he finds for his own financial gain.