Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

Game review by
David Chapman, Common Sense Media
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Violent, mature sci-fi sequel raises big moral dilemmas.

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

Main plot focuses on issues of prejudice, segregation, other heavy sociological topics. The way situations develop dictated in large part by player's actions, with protagonist being a catalyst of change, for better or for worse.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Wide range of personalities in game: some genuinely good-hearted people, others downright evil. Most important character is player's character, Adam Jensen. Type of character Jensen becomes, positive or negative, purely based on player actions. He can go in guns blazing or never use lethal force.

Ease of Play

Simple controls, easy to learn, but difficulty lies in how player customizes character, chooses to play. For example, sneaking, using nonlethal methods makes game much more difficult but also pays off with higher XP gains.

Violence

Player can use variety of high-tech weapons, guns, explosives, blades to kill enemies. Plenty of blood in combat, but player has choice to use lethal force or not, can actually complete game without killing anyone.

Sex

Sexual references made throughout dialogue; some characters (both male, female) presented in sexualized manner. Some billboards also show topless women in "red-light district."

Language

Some strong profanity including "s--t," "f--k," "ass."

Consumerism

Latest entry in long-running Deus Ex franchise, direct sequel to 2011's hit game Deus Ex: Human Revolution. Franchise has since spawned novels, comic books, toys, apparel.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Players can buy, consume alcoholic beverages, which affects player's vision, control. Numerous bars, nightclubs scattered throughout game, showing people drinking, smoking. References to drug use; drug paraphernalia occasionally found in environment.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is an action/RPG game and the direct sequel to the 2011 game Deus Ex: Human Evolution. As the protagonist, Adam Jensen, players can sneak around, hack computers, and talk their way out of conflicts, essentially completing the game with a zero body count. Alternatively, they can go in guns blazing, killing foes with bloody abandon, utilizing a high-tech arsenal that includes everything from handguns to high explosives and even blades that shoot out and pin enemy bodies against the wall. Over the course of the story, players will be exposed to various references to drinking, smoking, drug use, profanity, and occasionally risqué content.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bySam Marrick August 25, 2016

Good

Optional combat is fairly bloody. Blood sprays in good amounts with each hit and bullet holes are seen in victims. However it does not stain surfaces. Melee kil... Continue reading
Parent Written byBrad S. August 28, 2016

Very fun and simple

My son recently got this game and he enjoys it very much, its not as bad as games like call of duty by a long shot. The game has a deep story and the entire gam... Continue reading
Kid, 7 years old August 28, 2016

Not bloody at all

The game really shouldn't be an 18. You play as a cyborg with tons of super powers which is really fun.

What's it about?

DEUS EX: MANKIND DIVIDED takes place two years after the events of the previous title in the franchise, with the world still suffering from the fallout of the infamous "Aug Incident," a mysterious event that caused those with mechanical augments to become uncontrollably violent. Since that time, humans have fostered a deep distrust of anyone with augments, going so far as to separate them from pure humans in a sort of "mechanical apartheid." When Adam Jensen is called in to investigate what appears to be a pro-augmented terrorist bombing, what he discovers is a plot that runs much deeper than a single attack. Now it's up to Jensen to use all his skills, both as an augment and as a trained investigator, to uncover the puppet masters behind this grand conspiracy and cut their strings once and for all.

Is it any good?

This massive adventure is an incredibly deep, surprisingly flexible adventure where the player's choices dictate the story, the action, and, eventually, how the world changes. The world of Deus Ex is a cyberpunk dystopia, a place where advancements in human augmentation that were meant to help people achieve their full potential have instead led to distrust and isolation. This is the world Adam Jensen -- and the player -- lives in. But Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is less about Jensen's story than the player's. You're thrust into a world where one group of people is separated from the rest for reasons that could be seen as justified and simultaneously inexcusable. While the plot has a fairly distinct beginning and end, it's the way you perceive and react to the world around you that makes the story more personal. The downside to this is Adam Jensen doesn't get much character development, feeling much more generic than he did in Human Revolution.

The personal options go well beyond the game's plot. You're given a ridiculous amount of freedom in how you can accomplish objectives and overcome obstacles. While you can always go in guns blazing, it's actually a lot more interesting to figure out alternative ways to bypass violence. Instead of charging into a guarded warehouse and letting the lead fly, why not hack a nearby terminal, open a high window, and dash over those guards' heads, leaving them none the wiser to your presence? In fact, the game even encourages it by offering up more XP for keeping your guns holstered. Whichever path you choose, though, there's no shortage of upgrades and abilities. If there's one minor drawback to this, it's that depending on exactly how you've customized your personal Adam Jensen, you almost feel a little overpowered by the time you hit the endgame. Thankfully, the various gameplay styles and the inclusion of the unique, arcade-ish Breach VR missions will give players plenty of reasons to keep coming back to the future.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about violence in media in games such as Deus Ex: Mankind Divided. When given a choice, are people more inclined to choose a more violent or pacifistic option, and why?

  • Talk about science and technology. How have advancements in robotics helped to advance medical care? Are artificial limbs and enhancements the wave of the future?

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