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Each game is set in the near future between 2027 and 2072. You explore various dystopian cities, and use your body modifications, called Augmentations, to help you get around and fight. While the story in each game differs, they all feature you as a secret agent sent to infiltrate or expose various secret organisations, from the Illuminati to real-life conspiracy theorist and militant groups. Depending on your choices, some games even offer more than one ending.
In Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, you play Adam Jensen and face off against the Illuminati. You explore the streets of Prague, London and Dubai taking on missions that involve sneaking into various locations, gathering intel and defeating enemies.
As you progress you shape your character with Augmentations like arm-mounted blades, remote hacking tools, and speed dashes. Each one you add allows you to progress in different ways, like being able to reach high-up windows or open sealed doors. Tactically selecting the Augmentations that best suit the way you play is essential, and experimenting with your abilities can often result in finding alternate ways to progress. When around lots of enemies, you need to be stealthy and avoid detection, and the combat is fast-paced and precise and allows you to use guns and other weapons in conjunction with your Augmentation abilities.
The result is a series of games that empower you to make careful and impactful choices. Pair this with the tactical fights and stealth sections and you have a really immersive experience. Creating your own custom character through unique combinations of Augmentations is not only fun, but through experimentation and ambitious uses of the abilities they grant you, means you can progress through the story in unique ways.
The series is often considered a spiritual successor to System Shock, a 1994 game with a remake in the works, that's also set in a dystopian future and features dermal patches instead of Augmentations, which provide player benefits but also come with side effects.
- Deus Ex (2000) PC and Mac. Ported to PlayStation 2 in 2002 as Deus Ex: The Conspiracy.
- Deus Ex: Invisible war (2003) PC and Xbox.
- Deus Ex: Human Revolution (2011) PC, Mac, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Called Deus Ex: Human Revolution - Ultimate Edition on Mac.
- Deus Ex: Human Revolution - Director's Cut (2013) PC, Mac, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii U.
- Deus Ex: Mankind Divided (2016) PC, Mac, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
There have also been several spin-off games:
- Deus Ex: The Fall (2013) iOS, Android and PC.
- Deus Ex Go (2016) iOS, Android and PC.
- Deus Ex: Breach (2017) PC
- Deus Ex: Mankind Divided - VR Experience (2017) PC for VR headsets.
Release Date: 23/06/2000, updated in 2017
Platforms: Android, Oculus, PC, PS2, PS3, PS4, Wii U, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS
Content Rating: PEGI 18
Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds
Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Role-Play, Shooting, Stealth and Traversal
Accessibility: 15 features
Rated for younger players in Australia. Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is rated Mature Accompanied (MA 15+) for Strong Violence and Strong Coarse Language.
14+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. There are lots of complex systems in the game, including the various augmentations you can give your character, which directly affects the gameplay. In addition, the shooting and stealth sections of the game require precise button presses and accuracy.
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This report is based on the latest main game in the series, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided. Other games in the series will have different options available.
You can't remap controls, and you sometimes need to hold buttons down, press multiple, or rapidly press buttons. There are three difficulty options, which can be selected at the beginning of the game. After completing the game once, you unlock the hardest difficulty level, which doesn't allow you to respawn when you die, instead making you start again. Apart from on the highest difficulty, so can save at any time.
There are several instances throughout the game where you need to complete missions within a certain time limit.
While most text throughout the game is high contrast, there are sections where it isn't, and it is often also very small. While there are subtitles, they are very small and can be low-contrast, and only subtitle most sections of the game, not all.
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