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“Life isn’t simple” in Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

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I liked Adam Jensen as a character. Now normally, whenever I watch a show where a character gets awesome abilities and starts whinging about they just want to be a normal cheerleader, I feel like putting my foot through the TV. Because really, super-abilities would be awesome.

But with Jensen, you felt his reluctance in Deus Ex: Human Revolution. After having several shades of poo clobbered out of him in the opening of the game, and having his body painfully augmented just so that he could survive, you get why Jensen was caught between two worlds.

And that impacted on Human Revolution. Or at least you did, with the decisions that you made at the end of the game. And that’s going to guide players throughout the sequel, in Mankind Divided.

“What Jensen discovers in the aftermath of Human Revolution is that life isn’t that simple,” Executive Narrative Director Mary DeMarle said to the Examiner, explaining how Jensen would be shaped by a turbulent new world.

You can make a choice in the end, but there are forces out there. There are a great many ways that people will try and sway and embrace the history and all of that. Maybe everyone else has perverted his intention in that moment.

At the beginning of the game, he basically realizes that he tried to save the world and he couldn’t. He comes out of that thinking, ‘well now I need to go after the people who are doing this.’ His journey becomes one of how do I re-establish my own self in this? #

How do I become something that can actually right the world again?

And those ideas are going to help shape the social environment of Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, as players interact with characters around them. “The social pillar covers so many different aspects of the game,” DeMarle said.

On one point, it’s interacting with characters, so by interacting with characters through dialogue, we have some social gameplay where what we call our Social Boss Fights, where you have to convince the characters and engage them psychologically.

Two, even little things that just in a simple conversation with a character you might meet on the street and might be able to help you is important.

DeMarle also explained that while you might interact with everyone in the game, that’s not enough, as your choices within dialog and those interactions could open things up, or shut them off entirely,

The way you handle that character might shut off that entry or something else. Side characters are there to give you a deeper sense of the world and what is happening.

Last Updated: October 15, 2015


  1. The social system sounds cool, I’ve wanted a sequel to Alpha Protocol.


    • PoisonedBelial

      October 15, 2015 at 12:39

      Was Alpha Protocol any good?
      I’ve always looked at it but never quite reached for the credit card.


      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        October 15, 2015 at 12:42

        Yes. I remember it getting savaged by reviews when it was released so I never picked it up, then a few years later I saw it in the bargain bin and thought what the heck. It was a fun game.


        • PoisonedBelial

          October 15, 2015 at 12:42

          In that case, the credit card shall come out soon.


          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            October 15, 2015 at 12:46

            $3.74 on Steam right now. 🙂

          • Corrie

            October 15, 2015 at 13:06

            Mmmm was just gonna pick up Dues Ex but decided what the hell lets finally play Alpha protocol.

            Love how $5.13 turns into R68.24 -_-

  2. Brady miaau

    October 15, 2015 at 12:41

    Dammit. Pre-order soon. Arg.


    • UltimateNinjaPandaDudeGuy

      October 15, 2015 at 12:48

      Just can’t get myself to pre-order anything lately… I have become one of those wait for the sale gamers…

      Except for Witcher 3… and Star Citizen… xD


      • Brady miaau

        October 15, 2015 at 13:06

        yeah, but…. Fallout 4. As well.

        I played 3 and New Vegas off game of the year editions, all bug fixes for Xbox 360 AND all DLC, so I got none of the reported problems. And having all DLC for a cheap price, with game was pretty cool. But I cannot seem to waitwith Fallout 4. Must learn patience.


        • UltimateNinjaPandaDudeGuy

          October 15, 2015 at 13:10

          I still need to finish Mad Max, Witcher 3 (completely at least on Death March)…

          Or at least that is what I keep repeating to myself.

          I want to avoid that glitchy release part and just buy it when all stable and stuff.

          BUT I did just upgrade my PC to skylake and DDR4…

          THE STRUGGLE!!!!!


          • Brady miaau

            October 15, 2015 at 13:13

            My problem is: In Theory we can afford to buy it, but will I use it quickly. Dues Ex, more than likely, yes. So I think that over Fallout 4, should I choose.

            Time + money. Also, buying a 2nd hand car, should be getting next week, is also making me think twice about impulse or splurge buying, i.e. I have gone throogh all my expenses and was not impressed, games did not feature, but other things were massively high.

          • Grand Admiral Chief

            October 15, 2015 at 13:21

            I tried Death March on New Game Plus. Now THAT is a challenge (read torture)

          • UltimateNinjaPandaDudeGuy

            October 15, 2015 at 13:23

            I am about to go onto finishing the game and then going to New Game Plus on Death March. I love the challenge behind it

          • Grand Admiral Chief

            October 15, 2015 at 13:25

            I tried it, while VERY difficult, it gets quite annoying after a while getting mauled by a wolf 10 levels below you

          • UltimateNinjaPandaDudeGuy

            October 15, 2015 at 13:27

            I must say out of all the things I find the hardest to kill wolves and nekkirs are probably at the top. They attack very quickly and come in groups.

            I think they should have added an ability to parry or at least deflect those attacks as well. Dodging only helps so much =/

          • Grand Admiral Chief

            October 15, 2015 at 13:28

            They are WAY more aggressive in the highest difficulties

          • Grand Admiral Chief

            October 15, 2015 at 13:29

            You can actually counter monster attacks if you have the ability

          • UltimateNinjaPandaDudeGuy

            October 15, 2015 at 13:30

            See I knew my lack of reading ALL THE THINGS was going to get me killed. Where is the ability hidden?

          • Grand Admiral Chief

            October 15, 2015 at 13:31

            One of the higher combat levels

  3. Grand Admiral Chief

    October 15, 2015 at 12:54

    “engage them psychologically”


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