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Video GameDeus Ex (Series) Review
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Posted: 6 weeks ago, last updated 8 days ago.

Author: Ben Kendall, @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

The Deus Ex is a series of narrative-driven role-playing games where you use stealth, shoot enemies, and upgrade your character with body modifications to progress. In the latest main game, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, you explore a dystopian future on a mission to prevent social and civil unrest. These are games all about choices, not only upgrades but story and progression so that each play through is a unique experience.

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.

DetailsGame Details

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

Players: 1

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Role-Play, Shooting, Stealth and Traversal

Accessibility: 15 features

Developer: Eidos Montreal (@EidosMontreal)

 

ListsLists

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 10 hours and 22 hours to complete. The latest main game, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, takes on average 15 hours to beat.
 

Play StylePlay Style

This is a single-player game.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is rated PEGI 18 for Violence and Bad Language. This game features violence against multiple innocents and vulnerable people, and strong language. Though it is not encouraged, players can shoot random people in civilian settings. When they hear shots, civilians will try to run and hide and though police are dispatched to stop the player, they are not prevented entirely. In another scene, the player can watch as a bloodied and bruised man is punched hard in the face, while his hands are tied behind his back. The game also features frequent use of the word ‘*!@?*’. One scene in the game shows a bombing in a train station.

Rated for younger players in Australia. Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is rated Mature Accompanied (MA 15+) for Strong Violence and Strong Coarse Language.

Skill Rating

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.

CostsCosts

Deus Ex usually costs £3.99 to £39.99.
 

DEUS EX MACHINA

Steam Store PC £7.19

DEUS EX MACHINA 2

Steam Store PC £4.99

Deus Ex Machina, Game of the Year, 30th Anniversary Collector’s Edition

Steam Store PC £3.99
App Store Mac £3.99

Deus Ex: Game of the Year Edition

Steam Store PC £4.99

Deus Ex: Human Revolution

XBox Store Xbox One £11.99

Deus Ex: Human Revolution - Director's Cut

Steam Store PC £12.99

Deus Ex: Human Revolution: Director's Cut

Switch Store Wii U £29.99

Deus Ex: Invisible War

Steam Store PC £4.99

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

XBox Store Xbox One £24.99
PlayStation Store PS4 £24.99
Steam Store PC £19.99

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided: A Criminal Past

XBox Store Xbox One £9.59
PlayStation Store PS4 £9.49

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided: Digital Deluxe Edition

XBox Store Xbox One £39.99
PlayStation Store PS4 £34.99

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided: System Rift

XBox Store Xbox One £9.59
PlayStation Store PS4 £9.49

Deus Ex: The Fall

Steam Store PC £7.99
Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience. The latest main game in the series, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, has several pieces of content you can buy. These include more story content, and extra items and augmentation options.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Our Deus Ex Accessibility Report documents 15 accessibility features:
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.

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

We haven't documented diversity and inclusion information for this game yet.

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