Parents' Guide to

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

By David Chapman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Violent, mature sci-fi sequel raises big moral dilemmas.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 6 parent reviews

age 17+

PEGI 18 rating is completely reasonable.

Excesive amount of violence (despite the fact that game rewards you for not killing anyone): the scenes of neck-snapping, penetrating enemies with a blade etc. are not the only reason of PEGI 18 rating. Children under the age of 17 will not understand this game, they dont notice the fight between the police who straight up abuse a group of people and the people getting abused. The game explains the way terrorism works on practice, which is also not for kids. Also a lot of scenes of people lying dead, rotting after they died due to drugs, alcohol, poison etc. The scene of Rucker's death would alone make this game not for kids.
age 12+

Very good

Great game, shouldn’t be MA

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (6 ):
Kids say (3 ):

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.

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