Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Review

Better than the original Deus Ex? I didn't ask for this game to be so good.


Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is the ultimate video game. You can crawl through vents, hack computers, and everything in between. There's even a wonderfully realized fictional city called Prague (likely a reference to the series' Praxis kit items) to explore.

There was some controversy when Apartheid and Black Lives Matter were name-checked to promote the game. Thankfully, Mankind Divided is a tour-de-force of smart writing, fearlessly tackling real issues with respect and nuance. For instance, many unmodified humans go out of their way to yell at you for having robot arms that could kill them in an instant. Also, if you don't ride the subway car loading screen for augmented people, you get yelled at by more idiots. Since I can recognize that those examples are about bigotry, they are well done. This is interactive storytelling at its finest and most thrilling.

These heady issues are brought to life with eye-popping graphics and pitch-perfect controls that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Depending on your affinity for inventory management, a playthrough can last anywhere from 30 to 80 hours. It's a must-own for hardcore gamers!

Mankind might be divided over cyber augmentations, but when it comes to knowing this is the best Deus Ex game of all time, we're mankind united.