Finished Mankind Divided and the DLCs today. I think MD is a good game, but for a game released 5 years after Human Revolution, it just doesn’t quite live up to being a sequel, even if it is an improvement in ways like the new augmentations, existing augmentations fine tuned (you don’t need to spend 4 Praxis Kits of improving your sprint), the graphics are superb.
It just feels smaller. Only 1 hub world, which while far more dense in content, doesn’t really feel much bigger compared to Detroit and Hengsha from HR. You spend so much time in the hub world, and you never really get the globe trotting feel other Deus Ex games have had. No boss fights except for the end. Stakes don’t feel that high.
DLC is a bit of a mixed bag I think. Desperate Measures is very obviously a mission that was in the game but stripped out to serve as pre-order content, and really needs to be reimplimented properly into the main story if they ever give the game a re-release, which is what they did with Human Revolution’s Director’s Cut. It’s pretty lame by itself and screams side mission.
System Rift is alright. Getting Pritchard back is nice, but the plot which winds up basically being yet another tie-in to the awful Breach mode is a bit of a let down, and really there is barely any plot, aside from giving us a bit of lore about the Palisade Bank.
I think A Criminal Past is definetly the highlight, it feels like it had a lot more love poured into it, and the story is pretty interesting. Saying that though, both DLCs aren’t massive, and I am glad I bought the season pass at a discount rather than at full price. I’d have to go replay it, but I think The Missing Link might still be a bit DLC as well than the MD DLCs, although A Criminal Past does have the better story.