Honorable Mention: Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
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2011 saw the return of the acclaimed Deus Ex series with Human Revolution, introducing us to a brand new protagonist named Adam Jensen. Jensen’s story continued this year with Mankind Divided, a direct sequel to the previous title. Taking place directly after Human Revolution, Jensen is now working with Task Force 29 to help bring down terrorists that have been attacking recently. After the events at Panchea setting Augmented people haywire, tensions between the Augmented and non-Augmented have risen resulting in segregation from the world’s governments.
Mankind Divided holds many of the same gameplay functions that Human Revolution did, expanding Jensen’s arsenal with new weapons and powers. Each mission has multiple ways to approach its objectives, and the city-hub of Prague packed in a bunch of sidequests on top of that. Adam Jensen is just as gruff as ever, and there’s some interesting secrets to uncover about him this time around.
Mankind Divided was a bit shorter than expected and many of its story themes don’t quite stick the landing, but there’s still an interesting dystopian world to run around in and explore.