I really liked this game. It’s better than Human Revolution in every single way.
The controls and mechanics of the game have been improved upon. It now handles like a fluid, FPS, if that’s how you want to play it. The stealth mechanics are better too. The cover system has been tweaked a bit and is now similar to the Splinter Cell and Gears of War games. Hacking has also been improved. There’s now a lot more to it, it’s a bit more detailed and layered but it’s still relatively simple.
One of the best things about the game is the variety. You can play this as an RPG, a FPS, a stealth game, a platformer & more. There isn’t a single part of the game that doesn’t provide the player with the freedom & choice to play however they like. There’s a lot of replay value as a result.
One of the most notable improvements are the in visuals & presentation of the game. The game is pretty good looking. Character models are detailed & environments are pretty. However, after a while, the open world Prague location does lose its charm. Luckily, the story has you visiting some very interesting & detailed locations outside of this main hub. This provides some much needed variety.
The only presentation aspect that the game flat out botches is the lip sync. I don’t think I ever encountered a character who spoke & moved their mouth at the same time. This isn’t that big an issue as its in a lot of games, but it is very distracting & it kind of ruins the immersion at times.
In terms of story, the main campaign is very intriguing. It’s better than the previous game & at times, it even repeats/copies elements from that games’ story. There are twists & turns throughout & the game does enough to keep interest levels up. It’s overall better written with more realistic dialogue & a more cinematic feel too.
The side missions are also well done. They’re just as developed as some of the main missions. However, some of their objectives are too often just simple fetch quests.
Sadly, the characters aren’t that great. The lead character is a bit stereotypical in terms of his look & his gravelly voice. The villain is even worse. Luckily, the story makes up for most of this & there are various documents you can read that can flesh things out a bit.
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is a great game. There are tonnes of things to do, many ways to play it and the gameplay & story are both enjoyable & fun.