The fine line between technology and humanity has been explored countless ways throughout video game history. As technology grows, so does humanity’s thirst for the convenience that is technology’s bedfellow. What is the plateau? Where does humanity peak in terms of incorporating technology in our daily lives? The Deus Ex franchise has been diving into these topics for a long time, and running strong. The 6th release in the series brings us Deus Ex: Mankind Divided. Society is split on the stance of “augmented” humans, as some embrace them while others fear their enhanced abilities. But the real question… where does it land with the BBR standard?! Check out the details in our full video game review!
Blue Ball Score: 18.5 out of 25 balls
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is a first-person action/stealth game with third-person views when utilizing the cover system. The control system takes a few moments to become acclimated. Traditional shooter controls are in place, but this is mixed in with controls for abilities, cover, and more. In the heat of battle and the stress of going undetected with stealth, these controls can literally be the difference between life or death so learn those buttons! The game also features a cover system to assist you in being sssssneaky like a ssssssnake.
One of the largest, and greatest, aspects of Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is the ability to choose your own path. Choices are at every turn of the game, including how you play the game and in the narrative dialogue. Every dialogue provides multiple choices for you to play out your conversations. These can determine how much info you get out of the NPC at times, and can give you an option for the “short version” for an exit from the narrative. You may also choose HOW you play the game. Are you more of a “guns blazing” player who keeps the barrels as warm as grandma’s muffins? Or are you a “silent killer” like grandma’s gas? Whether you choose to decimate the enemy by brute force or to sneak behind enemy lines, missions can be completed using either method. This includes completing every single mission without killing a single enemy. But who the hell would want to do that??
With such a wide variety of ways to play, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided appeals to an array of gamers. Both play styles bring forth their own respective set of challenges and difficulties, so neither method provides an easier path to success. Due to the vast possibilities at hand, gameplay earns a solid 4 balls.
The story itself is very interesting. Nice character development packaged with a riveting storyline make for a great combo. Sit back and think about how the story’s concepts could apply to the not-so-distant future. The underlying topics can translate into a mind opening experience, if you choose to dive that far into the rabbit hole. The campaign is a bit shorter than previous installments, but it still provides a great experience. Completing the various side missions can help extend overall gameplay hours.
Throughout the campaign, you will be able to unlock new abilities and upgrades for your character as you level up. Each upgrade opens up new ways to play. This helps to keep gameplay fresh and exciting. Unlocking a new ability makes you feel like a kid in a candy store. Do you take the Jawbreakers? Jelly beans? Gummy bears? Licorice? Sweet tarts? Reese PIeces??? Sorry, this fat man lost focus…
A short story gives the otherwise great campaign a slight knock here, but still earns 4 balls.
Personally, I found the breach mode to be extremely boring. There’s not a lot to say here as there just simply wasn’t much to comment on in the first place. Who knows, maybe you’ll like it. But I doubt it.
2.5 measly balls for Breach.
Sound was less appealing. I feel like there should have been more. I realize that there is a fine line between “too much” and “not enough” in terms of sounds. Obviously, you don’t want the sound to distract the player or derail the overall game experience. However, I feel like my senses were not even close to an overload. Voice acting was a little dry as well. For a game with so much dialogue, I was expecting a stronger effort.
Great graphics but underachieving sound grabs an average score of 3.5 balls.
In conclusion, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is a fun, interactive experience. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys action/adventure or stealth games. Due to the short campaign, I would suggest renting the game unless you plan on multiple playthroughs. Deus Ex: Mankind Divided earns a total score of 18.5 balls.