So the review embargo for Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is up today and those of you who visit our site regularly will have probably noticed that we haven’t posted one. Why? Well it’s simply because we haven’t received a review code (yet).
You know what though, I won’t mind if we don’t even get one, having absolutely loved 2011’s Deus Ex: Human Revolution. With the deadline gone, once again I’ll be able to slip into the shoes of the gravelly voiced Adam Jensen in a fairly open cyberpunk world, leisurely switching between the main story missions and side diversions as I see fit, fully absorbing everything the game has to offer. I won’t have to constantly analyse all the aspects of my experience, taking notes of where I feel the game puts a step wrong or may alienate other players out there. More importantly though, I won’t feel like I have to try and complete the game as fast as possible in a bid to have a review out with everyone else’s, making what would normally be a leisurely experience effectively into work.
Reviewing games on the whole is highly rewarding, but, when it comes to open world titles like those set in the Deus Ex universe, the last thing you want is to feel like your enjoyment has been compromised because of the need to beat the clock; it’s neither good for the reviewer nor the person reading the review that will undoubtedly not be playing under the same conditions. So, like everyone else, I’ve pre-ordered Deus Ex: Mankind Divided and will gladly look forward to taking my sweet time with it. Hopefully it’ll be good. Maybe it’ll be a bit of a dud. Whatever the case, I’ll be playing it under the best of circumstances, and for the sweet price of £34.99 to boot. Happy days.