Deus Ex: Human Revolution / Mankind Divided
Games Like Cyberpunk 2077
Deus Ex was championing the cyberpunk aesthetic years before CD Projekt Red’s latest RPG even started development, and so it’s a crying shame the franchise was put on ice shortly before the whole cyberpunk scene has suddenly become popular again.
Both Deus Ex: Human Revolution and its sequel, Mankind Divided, are superb in their own right, boasting quality stealth gameplay and robust RPG mechanics. The stories are top-notch, too, set amid a dystopia that near perfectly captures the grittiness, somber “high tech, low life” tone so intricate to the cyberpunk genre.
Both games are actually a “new” generation of prequels based on Eidos Montreal’s original Deus Ex and Deus Ex: Invisible Warfare PC games of the early 2000s, iterating on their immersive-sim design in clever ways that pay homage to the originals but defining themselves with a compelling new setting and storyline.
If you like the branching dialog, role-playing mechanics, and stealth gameplay of Cyberpunk 2077, then you’ll find all that here. But Deus Ex’s vision of the future is much darker and frightening than Cyberpunk 2077. It’s less funky and more serious, but a must-play for those interested in the cyberpunk genre. Here’s hoping the franchise returns sometime soon.