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Generally favorable reviews - based on 59 Critic Reviews

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  1. Positive: 53 out of 59
  2. Negative: 0 out of 59
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  1. Aug 19, 2016
    100
    Mankind Divided is a wonderful, powerful game and a great addition to the Deus Ex mythos with rich, fully built characters and an amazingly immersive world. If it wasn’t for the many missteps that the marketing department took, you would probably have preordered this already.
  2. Aug 22, 2016
    94
    A stellar sequel and an outstanding game in its own right, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is a AAA experience worth your attention.
  3. Aug 19, 2016
    92
    Its impeccably designed environments are flush with possibility, remaining completely coherent while supporting a wide variety of routes and character builds, and Jensen’s prodigious new feats of techno-wizardry make add new dimension to both combat and exploration. Mankind Divided never stopped challenging me or rewarding my curiosity, which pushed me to thoroughly explore its beautiful, ruined world while carefully weighing my decisions along the way.
  4. Oct 12, 2016
    91
    Mankind Divided takes all the great ideas from Human Revolution and adds to them, making it just as good as the prior Deus Ex.
  5. Aug 19, 2016
    91
    It provided more of what I loved from Human Revolution, and certainly scratches a stealth-action itch that few games not called Metal Gear Solid fail to provide. I love the level of freedom granted to players with this series, and Mankind Divided capitalizes on that concept constantly.
  6. Dec 1, 2016
    90
    Mankind Divided isn't quite the Deus Ex game of our dreams, but it's a strong step in that direction. There's a high emphasis on choice and experimentation, killer side quests, and dense, detailed levels that are a joy to explore. With momentum pushing towards the next chapter in the story, here's to hoping it won't be another five years before we see Adam Jensen again.
  7. Oct 21, 2016
    90
    Mankind Divided continues the legacy of its predecessors with a high quality experience on all fronts. It may have an underwhelming ending but nevertheless it provides engaging gameplay with either a stealthy or all-guns blazing approach, it provides a beautiful and detailed Prague and it manages to maturely project the prevalent racists issues of our society to its dystopian world.
  8. 90
    Mankind Divided has its flaws, but its charms far outweigh those issues, especially for fans of Human Revolution.
  9. Aug 22, 2016
    90
    At its very worst, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is just as good as Human Revolution, which is really not a problem if you think Human Revolution was absolutely bloody marvelous.
  10. Aug 22, 2016
    90
    Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is a thrilling, suspenseful game that holds a mirror up to our own world without losing track of its own. Action, puzzles, a fantastical setting, and a compelling story merge together in a world where conspiracies are real, you can't trust the media, and a razor thin line separates your allies from your enemies.
  11. Aug 22, 2016
    90
    A great beginning for the new Deus Ex Universe, and a big improvement from Human Revolution, due to the new powers, the impressive amount of approaches and the amazing narrative background. It's a dark, mature and finely crafted game, that Deus Ex fans won't forget for a while.
  12. Aug 19, 2016
    90
    It would have been something to see all of the story ambitions come together clearly, but even without those elements striking the right balance, Mankind Divided sets a rather high bar for stealth/action-RPGs.
  13. Aug 19, 2016
    90
    Deus Ex: Mankind Divided doesn’t betray its heritage: it improves on several aspects of the previous chapter in the saga and provides a high quality experience along the whole adventure. However, some of the characters in the game are not as deep as in the previous game, and the underlying menace could be pushed a little more. Overall, one of the best games published in 2016.
  14. Aug 19, 2016
    90
    Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is an amazing game, much better than the previous episode of this franchise. Buying this game you'll get the best cyberpunk adventure available, along with an amazing brand new mode called Breach, which will blow up your mind.
  15. Aug 19, 2016
    90
    While Human Revolution was a promising title with some glaring issues, Mankind Divided is the work of a mature development team that has had the time to fix their weak points and improve on their strong ones. The result is a quality cyberpunk spy adventure with strong visual and level design, true opportunities for players to exercise choice, and some really cool cybernetic toys to play with.
  16. Aug 19, 2016
    90
    Deus Ex: Mankind Divided doesn't reinvent the wheel, nor does it need to. Compelling, tightly paced and most importantly, fun to play, Mankind Divided has created an exquisitely detailed world and now it wants to turn you loose in it. A stronger contender for Game of the Year in a year already filled with great games, what are you waiting for?
  17. Aug 19, 2016
    90
    Pure freedom: that’s Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, which lets you choose your path - it doesn’t matter if you are in a main military mission or just roaming around Prague looking for some side-missions while being discriminated for your augmentations. Adam Jensen is back and it's better than ever.
  18. Aug 19, 2016
    90
    As a game, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided has the power to draw me in. That's a power seldom seen at this level, where rebellious heroes and evil organizations are a dime a dozen. With enveloping gameplay, a stimulating story, a signature art style, an excellent soundtrack, and the spin-off-worthy Breach Mode, Mankind Divided is well worth the time and expenditure.
  19. 90
    Mankind Divided is a thoroughly satisfying Action RPG that understands how to make stealth play enjoyable, flexible and challenging. The design of its near-future world is remarkable, and the stories held within it are compelling. The only sour taste here is an ending at odds, and the slightest whiff of over-familiarity.
  20. Aug 19, 2016
    90
    That you can approach each problem posed in so many distinct and satisfying ways is this series’ continued triumph. If you’re new to the Deus Ex games, but familiar with Arkane’s Dishonored, you’ll feel right at home (by way of a few centuries of forward thrust). And if you’re arriving in the know from 2011 prequel Human Revolution, you’ll find a more resonant and refined continuation of its principles—exploration, cyber-puzzling, self-augmentation, story-altering dialogue, and action or stealth approaches—bolstered by less foolish enemies, smarter storytelling and far more robust combat.
  21. 90
    Once again, Eidos Montreal has created an engrossing, intense adventure that even FPS haters need to check out. Serious subject matter is explored; answers are not always cut-and-dry, much like in real life.
  22. Aug 19, 2016
    90
    A solid sequel that comes close to but never quite surpasses its exceptional predecessor, Mankind Divided is nonetheless an essential purchase for fans of stealth and story.
  23. Aug 19, 2016
    90
    Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is captivating from start to finish, giving players more freedom to make their own choices. Controls are sublime, whether you’re massacring the enemy or avoiding them; with enough tools to make both viable options. The take on a futuristic Prague is unsettling, yet hugely immersive, together with some interesting social commentary. It’s been a long time coming, but Mankind Divided was worth the five year wait.
  24. Aug 19, 2016
    90
    Deus Ex: Mankind Divided gives you truckloads of the great gaming experience already seen in the previous installments and polishes it into near-perfection. Prepare to delve into a thrilling story with lots of possible consequences and outcomes.
  25. Aug 22, 2016
    88
    Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is bigger, better looking and more often than not a better game than Human Revolution. If you liked the previous game, you'll want to spend time with this.
  26. Aug 19, 2016
    87
    Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is a brilliant game thanks to its mechanics and level design. Unfortunately, its technical problems stop it from being a much better experience.
  27. Aug 19, 2016
    87
    Mankind Divided works from almost every point of view, from the excellent narrative to the solid gameplay. The title is essential for those who have just Human Revolution, and for cyberpunk lovers.
  28. Sep 5, 2016
    85
    More akin to a great part one of a television two-parter – awesome, but not the whole story.
  29. Aug 28, 2016
    85
    Deus Ex: Mankind Divided offers you the freedom of doing things your way, in a cruel future that scarily has a lot of similarities to our current world. Sometimes the game has some technical failure, but Deus Ex is definitely worth your time.
  30. Overall, Deus Ex is perhaps less ambitious in its storytelling than its hot button ads might suggest, but is still an exemplary example of open-ended problem solving gameplay.
  31. Aug 19, 2016
    85
    Mankind Divided doesn't risk too much and follows closely the Deus Ex formula, but this isn't something negative. This new episode is a great mix of RPG, stealth and action you don't want to miss if you enjoyed Human Revolution.
  32. Aug 19, 2016
    85
    Mankind Divided stays at the same high level as Human Revolution but it also fails with some of the same mistakes once again.
  33. Aug 19, 2016
    85
    Deus Ex: Mankind Divided retains all of what made Human Revolution great and augments it. However, there isn't anything new and even has some gameplay mechanics that kinda take us back in time. Amazing for those who enjoyed the last installment in the franchise or those looking for an action RPG, with stealth options, a strong and mature plot and sophisticated gameplay.
  34. Aug 19, 2016
    85
    It's not a masterpiece, but it's such a wonderful game that it deserves the love from every fan of the franchise and from many new players.
  35. Aug 19, 2016
    85
    Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is a return to form—but using a jump-off point as solid as Human Revolution was certainly a successful decision. Little is wasted in this clandestine RPG, and this compact adventure shirks some contemporary RPG practices to focus on its strengths. The story may be somewhat hit and miss, but if you’re here for gameplay, it’s tight, it’s diverse, and it’s fun.
  36. Oct 12, 2016
    80
    The continuing of Adam Jensen's saga delivers on visuals and style, yet again it misses a key ingredient that's expected from a high-profile RPG and that's narrative. It is a game with a complex and serious premise that does offer an amazing journey but drops the ball in the story department.
  37. Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    Sep 28, 2016
    80
    Makes huge strides forward, is held back from total greatness by two things: a story that falls just short of the shading around it, and bugs. [November 2016, p72]
  38. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Sep 26, 2016
    80
    A focused and nuanced game that addresses the majority of Human Revolution's flaws without feeling like a retread. There's a real experimental thrill, but niggles with the story and engine weaken the experience. [Oct 2016, p.88]
  39. Sep 11, 2016
    80
    Mankind Divided is a solid follow up to Human Revolution, but it does come at a price. While it definitely has the weaker overall storyline, and it left more questions than it did answer, it's hard to deny that the game will have its appeal for fans who love to explore environments to the fullest while also kicking ass and taking names.
  40. Sep 9, 2016
    80
    It’s painfully easy and the story falls apart under scrutiny, but it still hits a lot of the buttons that make a Deus Ex game what it is.
  41. Sep 8, 2016
    80
    While I’m not sure any game will replace my nostalgic, rose-coloured memories of the original Deus Ex, Mankind Divided is a small but satisfying step forward for the franchise, offering tons of player freedom in a dark, dangerous and intricately detailed future.
  42. Sep 6, 2016
    80
    If you like sneaking around but hate engaging with provoking, meaningful discourse then Deus Ex: Mankind Divided has you covered.
  43. Aug 31, 2016
    80
    Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is a very strong game that's dragged down by a lackluster plot and weak story structure. If you enjoyed Human Revolution for the gameplay and exploration, you'll find a lot to like here. This is not a story-driven narrative that advances the world of Deus Ex, but anyone who enjoyed Human Revolution will have fun with Mankind Divided.
  44. Aug 29, 2016
    80
    Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is still a Deus Ex game through and through, even if it doesn’t always manage to hit the same highs as its predecessor. But for all its faults, its numerous other triumphs made it utterly compelling to play through until the end.
  45. Aug 25, 2016
    80
    Storywise, it's the logical evolution of Human Revolution, but it's gameplay is recycling its predecessor here and there. That's not a bad thing, though the framerate issues are a little less easy to forgive.
  46. Aug 22, 2016
    80
    Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is a very good game that the fans will enjoy, the gameplay mechanics, and graphics engine are a bit dater though but the storyline and the general feel of the game are enjoyable indeed.
  47. Aug 21, 2016
    80
    An impressively complex action role-player, where every problem has multiple solutions, but it’s not always quite as smart as it thinks it is.
  48. Aug 21, 2016
    80
    Though the story could have brought more attention to the ending and more fully developed the character relationships in the game, the environmental storytelling and exploration through the city of Prague is intricate and memorable. The stealth-based first-person gameplay, paired with the flexibility of the augmentation system, remains as one of the best in the business.
  49. Aug 19, 2016
    80
    Deus Ex: Mankind Divided builds and improves on its predecessor in every way. More freedom of choice, better versatility in the environments and a more balanced experience. And breach adds a fun, arcade-like and action-packed experience to the game.
  50. Aug 19, 2016
    80
    Deus Ex: Mankind Divided keeps you engaged and touches on some serious issues, with great combination of stealth and action to boot. Some elements have been improved and there's no shortage of new gadgets, but players expecting significant changes in Human Revolution's formula will be disappointed.
  51. Aug 19, 2016
    80
    It has nearly all of the strengths of Human Revolution, but in a smaller, shorter package. The relative length, and the overall lack of evolution from a game made five years ago is striking. There are minor improvements, sure, but given how long it’s been, frankly I expected a lot more. I don’t regret my time with the game as I love this world, and gameplay is still a lot of fun, but what was revolutionary five years ago seems rather ordinary now, given that so little has changed.
  52. Aug 19, 2016
    80
    I'm left with the feeling that a sequel to Human Revolution could've told a more engaging story, but at the same time I had a really great time crouch-walking through Prague. It might not be an especially surprising sequel, but it all comes together quite nicely, with solid side missions and a mix of action and stealth that lets you mess around and find your own way of doing things.
  53. Aug 24, 2016
    75
    With familiar characters and concepts, upgraded visuals, excellent level design and some new toys to play with, the changes made between the last instalment and this one are welcome improvements without invoking the “if it aint’ broke” rule. Veteran Deus Ex players will likely jump in head first and love every minute they spend in this world. This is certainly one for the fans.
  54. Aug 24, 2016
    73
    For being a cyberpunk ode to the potential promise of transhumanism, the missions around Mankind Divided‘s central narrative feel terribly familiar.
  55. Aug 31, 2016
    70
    Mankind Divided feels like a game that's torn, and not just between the story-centric campaign and gameplay-focused Breach.
  56. Aug 19, 2016
    70
    An intricate, intelligent journey through a well crafted cyberpunk world. Eidos Montreal's creation tries its hand at many things, offering an impressive amount of player choice, but it struggles to excel in any one particular area. As a result, we're left with a game that's solid when taken as a whole, but flawed when analysed piece by piece. Still, a great art style, a compelling plot, and a rewarding sense of progression do a lot to bolster the experience, ultimately contributing to a successful sequel.
  57. Aug 19, 2016
    70
    In going for detail and variety it often overshoots into complexity; where it wants to be insightful it's not as clever as it thinks it is. Mankind Divided isn't bad, but it already feels a few years old.
  58. Aug 19, 2016
    65
    A strong narrative and stellar cast manage to hold together an experience that is absolutely rife with bugs and downright questionable design choices.
  59. Aug 19, 2016
    60
    Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is the epitome of the phrase, one step forward, two steps back. I hate comparing it to Human Revolution as it was something special, but Mankind Divided feels like an underwhelming, repackaged experience.
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  1. Aug 19, 2016
    DX:MD packs in more Deus Ex, mostly polished, with tons of plot that we don't want to spoil, a bazillion side quests and optional plot to sink your teeth into, a likable story, missions so good that I have described them to friends as "boss levels," and a free side game with a tolerable microtransaction system. I'm still shocked. August is usually the triple-A dumping ground of the game-industry calendar, but August hasn't seen a game this good in years.
  2. Aug 19, 2016
    It might be a little overwhelming for series newcomers, but to these people I say: have patience, from what I've seen so far, it'll more than likely be worth it.
User Score
7.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 1128 Ratings

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  1. Aug 23, 2016
    10
    That crook Sean Murray should take notes, THIS is how you create and market a game. Everything that was advertised is here and then some! TheThat crook Sean Murray should take notes, THIS is how you create and market a game. Everything that was advertised is here and then some! The action sequences are phenomenal and the combat feels perfect whether you're playing the game stealth or going in guns blazing. It's been a terrible last six months for game and Deus Ex has broken the drought! Full Review »
  2. Aug 23, 2016
    8
    This time around the conspiracy is a lot less engaging but the action is much more thrilling. The stealth approach less rewarding, probably inThis time around the conspiracy is a lot less engaging but the action is much more thrilling. The stealth approach less rewarding, probably in effort to try and push players into the arms of Jensen's new augmentations. One of the more impressive aspects of this run out is the choices you're making without fully realising there were alternatives. I find myself looking back, ten hours in, with '20/20' vision and reflecting on the exact moment I made Jensen's life go to s***. So yes; it's a more adventurous game with a lot to explore and yet somehow manages to feel less than the sum of it's parts. Still a very smart game, and now you finally have more than one/two ways of getting rid of your big bad guys. Full Review »
  3. Aug 23, 2016
    7
    I looked forward to this game, I really did...but even early on I am disappointed to find that they did not touch the AI or the combat system.I looked forward to this game, I really did...but even early on I am disappointed to find that they did not touch the AI or the combat system. It's still clunky, which was okay 5 years ago, but they could have done something with it in that time. The story is good and visuals are great but the AI and combat system needed an upgrade. I should not be able to knock out 5 people patrolling, leave the bodies visible (right next to where I am hiding) and not get caught. But, on the flip side, you make one mistake and the entire floor is on you and immediately knows where you are, even if you got rid of the closest guard before he called out or shot at you. Full Review »