Things you should know about Deus Ex: Mankind Divided!

by on August 25, 2016

                Deus Ex:
Mankind Divided is the current hot topic in video gaming, opening up the season
for AAA games. Considering its above the average complexity level, there are a
lot of things to know about Mankind Divided, even for the diehard fans of the
series. Here are a few tips and tricks that should make your gameplay experience
smoother and richer:
Pick your skills carefully
                While
the tutorial area gives a taste of some of Adam’s Jensen cool powers, through
story progression the players are given the choice of what skills to acquire to
fit their style. Choose wisely because the first skills define the starting
experience in the game by expanding or limiting the exploration opportunities
and the way how each mission and area can be approached. Mainly, skills should
be picked based on the play style, guns blazing or stealth, but keep in mind
that more content can be accessed with the right skills. Hacking Capture and
Hacking Stealth can make you a great burglar.
Rebreather comes in handy while exploring the sewers. Cybernetic Leg
Prosthesis will open up all kinds of exploration opportunities on the rooftops
of Prague and Cybernetic Arms Prosthesis will turn Adam into Hulk allowing him to
lift heavy objects and break through cracked walls. For those who want a more
streamlined navigation, Icarus Landing is a must, as Adam can’t withstand much
fall damage. Smart Vision synergizes extremely well with the above mentioned
skills as it’s not only highlighting enemies through walls but also shows vents,
consoles and other things that come in handy when exploring.
With this combination, you are set
to explore the beauty of Prague and even be quite competent at sneaking around.
Gun blazing style is another problem.
Staying away from the sun!

Because I have the right skill!
Explore Prague
                Skimming
through some of the early reviews (as I often do) of Mankind Divided got me
worried about its hubs, but reaching Prague myself made that fear disappear.
Prague is a vast multi-districts and multi-leveled hub system with a lot of
secrets, underground passages, hidden secondary quests and a special
atmosphere. Don’t close your eyes to the experience this city has to offer,
explore its beauty and earn its rewards.
Save before hacking
                Hacking
in Deus Ex was supposed to be some sort of mini-puzzle gated by the investments
in a Hacking skill.  In reality it’s a
click fest affected by RNG that more often than not forces the usage of special
items to get things done. It’s advised to save before trying to hack even some
of the basic consoles as you never know what will happen. It might sound
cheesy, but annoying mechanics call for desperate measures.
A matter of luck.
Experienced
                Experience
is an important factor in progressing through the game and enjoying its
content. Starting with the first 5000 XP points earned, Adam gets a Praxis Kit which can be used to
enhance his many augmentations. Shamefully, Eidos Montreal has put a cash shop
at the players’ disposal where they can buy Praxis Kits with real money
(apparently gaming is that complicated that we need legal paid cheats). But
don’t get tricked into it, there are plenty of ways to gain a ton of experience
and enjoy Adam’s bag of augmentation tools.
                Aside
of the story missions which grant a consistent XP reward, the first thing that
provides a great boost in experience is exploration. Finding pathways and
secrets grants a great deal of XP and loot. Hacking devices also (especially on
the first try) provides small bursts of XP, compensating through the high
number of hackable devices. Most of the time exploration and hacking
intertwine, with the first cancelling the latter, in case you find your way around
a hackable device, it’s better to turn back and still perform the hacking for
the experience points. Don’t forget to check out the eBooks, a first time read
grants 100 XP.

 

Praxis Kits can also be purchased from a few vendors in
Prague at the price of 10,000 credits, which might sound a lot, but credits can
be earned fast through exploration and continuously selling the guns taken from
enemies.
Yeah, right!
The way to go!
Make your way through
                Mankind
Divided has physics implemented in its gameplay. One of the most notable
implementation of this technology is in the amount of moveable objects. Boxes,
barrels, fridges and various other smaller or larger obstacles can hide valuable
loot, information or even hidden paths. It might be time consuming, but if you
are a OCDish completionist, Mankind Divided will have you working hard, but not
without rewards.
What do we have here?!
Read
                Privacy
is not something you should care for in a universe where Illuminati are pulling
the strings from the shadows. So don’t shy away from violating it in Deus Ex
Mankind Divided as you will miss out of a big part of the game’s experience.
Juicy mails which tie together in interesting side stories can be found spread
around the many computers and gadgets in the game. These small walls of texts
serve not only as story flavor but have various gameplay implications as codes
and passwords for locked areas can be found while browsing through the NPCs web
history. Quests can be triggered or progressed by the informations found on
these emails. So leave your morals home, there is no place for them in Prague.
Should I be ashamed?!
There is always a window
                Like
its predecessors, Deus Ex Mankind Divided is a game about choices and saying
this I don’t refer to the dialogues choices, but the vast amount of gameplay
options that the players have at their disposal through the combination of
skills and intricate level design. There are many moments when progress is
stopped by locked doors, guarded gates and deadly security systems, forcing
violent solutions or postponement. But the obvious ways is not the best or the
only way. Don’t give up on trying to reach your destination, there are always
alternate routes which require different skills or simple exploration to get
through. The beauty of Deus Ex is that there is always a window.
Or a door…
The fixed path of Achievements
                There
are a few achievements in the game that require a hard decision at the start of
the game that should be carried all the way through the game. If you are into
completing achievements keep this in mind as there is no turning back from
killing your first target or triggering the first alarm.
I didn’t ask for this… to be a completionist…

 

                I hope
the things I’ve learned from my personal experience with the game will help you
enjoy Mankind Divided more and not miss on the plentiful hidden content.
Nodrim