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I don't care so much if there's a focus on tricking out guns as long as I can stick a laser sight on my tranquilizer crossbow.

You mean a completely pointless scope for your GEP gun, no? ;)

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GI info dump:

-Takes place in 2029, 2 years after Human Revolution

-Listed as single-player, no mention of multiplayer
-Jensen is part of a covert, goverment-sponsored task force called Task Force 29, a new branch of Interpol, to combat a new breed of terrorism
-Jensen doesn't fully trust Task Force 29, also feeds intel to another covert organization called the Juggernaut Collective
-In true Deus Ex fashion, you often receive conflicting missions, neither can be fully trusted
-Boss encounters are designed in a way to allow players to approach any way they want (stealth, full combat, etc)
-Eidos won't comment on which ending it considers canon but is trying to string together different parts of each ending for the overall background of Mankind Divided
-Story is in many ways a story of redemption for Jensen
-The story they're telling is building to events that take place in the original Deus Ex
-With Mankind Divided, they're exploring the original game's past; "Is the depiction of past events from the original Deus Ex true? Will we discover stuff we never knew?"
-Added a lot of diversity to the environments
-Females are also now part of the regular enemies in the game
-One of Jensen's missions takes him to Utulek Station in Prague, now a ghetto for augmented individuals
-It is nicknamed "Golem City", based on the real life Kowloon Walled City
-Shops line the streets, temporary housing units stacked on one another reaching upwards toward the sky; claustrophobic atmosphere
-Mission to track down a leader of an aug group, but police have captured the informant
-Can choose to butter up the informant's wife for clues or cause a scene with the police
-Alternatively Jensen can bypass this area of the game altogether and find the leader's hideout on his own
-Mentions Jensen engaging in tense conversation with the leader, resulting in a diplomatic solution or violence
-Transhumans (augs) referred to as "clanks" by police
-"You can go full combat or full stealth throughout any part of the game"
-Side quests meant to be more meaningful; ex. players can choose to make deals with criminal organizations and its mob boss might call in a favor later interrupting main missions
-Doesn't want fetch quests, the team sees the extra quests as a way to explore the main themes of the game more deeply
-Features twice as many augmentations as Human Revolution
-Aug examples:
  • Tesla: little darts pop out of Jensen's knuckles allowing him to tag enemies and take them out quietly
  • Silent Run: Allows Jensen to move quickly across any floor without making a sound (can combine with cloaking)
  • C.A.S.I.E.: Allows Jensen to analyze the mental state of individuals, helping him to respond adequately in conversations
  • PEPS Gun: Non-lethal weapon that pops out of Jensen's bionic arm and fires a concussive blast allowing him to knock an enemy out, kill him or flee
-Augmentation features can be assigned on the d-pad for quick selection
-Augmentations consume a fixed amount of energy, when Jensen stops using them he regains a portion of it
-Can still refill his augs completely with bio cells, Eidos wants the recharge mechanic to encourage using augs more liberally
-New remote hack augmentation allows Jensen to activate shortcuts through areas to pass enemies
-No plan for Human Revolution saves to carry over, but Eidos is planning for a franchise now, want to expand further after HR's success
-No plans for a Deus Ex MMO
-Eidos noted fans who played stealthily enjoyed the game more so spent several years iterating on gunplay
-Mankind Divided's moment-to-moment action plays out like a series of set-piece moments, a 'remarkable feat' considering nothing is scripted
-Jensen can adjust his weapons at any point mid-battle, changing ammo type, firing pattern, scopes, etc
-Some enemies have external tech like exoskeletons and mechs to combat Jensen
-Variety of enemies have a diversity of weapons, augments, or other high-tech combat tools, some have high-jump abilities, etc
-Focused on making A.I. more aggressive, flanking, etc
-Certain elements of the environment now react to combat
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It's nice that the "social battle" stuff is back, that was an interesting feature that more games could do with nicking.

The only other example I can think of is LA Noire. On one hand you've got an unstoppable killing machine with a dubious grasp on reality in a city where technology cannot be trusted... and on the other you have Adam Jensen!

Ho ho!

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I liked the idea of the social battles; they helped further the Deus Ex concept of having multiple routes to victory; they were well-written, with some good performances from the voice actors, and on occasion some surprisingly good facial animations; but the mechanics were kind of rubbish. There was too much guesswork involved, even when the social augmentation told you that you should answer "Mostly A/B/C".

Jensen was a cop, so a bit of detective work would fit right in. He should be using information acquired from vent-sneaking or terminal-hacking or goon-bashing to gain leverage in an encounter. Perhaps the battles should be real-time, requiring responses within a certain time frame, but one of the social augs could have you hacked into their Facebook profile or display a recent chat log or something, for hints on approaches to take. Something to rewards players who explore their environment or rough up enough henchmen.

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It all sounds like good stuff! The thing about fully recharging augs, that's good as in the first game I horded power cells and didn't really use augs as much as I would like. I would still like to have your first power cell automatically recharge if you sat still, so if you get a bit too trigger happy early on in a level you don't have to stop using augs altogether. Also a melee attack please, he's got metal arms surely he just just punch a few people and not just impale them.

Bugger, guess this means I'm going to have to get a PS4.

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I thought it would be either Elder Scrolls or Fallout that would be the first must-have (for me) game for the PS4/Xbox One, but a new Deus Ex works too, especially if its a direct sequel to Human Revolution & continues the adventures of Adam Jensen.

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I need this game so much. As a piece of SF, with a convincing world tied into really grounded technology and social issues, Human Revolution was unique, and also Jensen is the best grumpy character in a game.

I agree on the conversations thing to a degree, but I thought the opacity worked for it - you can't count on reliably steering a conversation in real life after all, and you did feel like your understanding of the character's motivations were being tested. I think they even snuck in a few moments where background info from a mission could be used as leverage.

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Oh man, I hope this is going to be utterly amazing. Loved the original (still got it on pc disc somewhere), second left me cold after much pre-excitement and HR was just a fantastic 'third'. Totally forgotten all the story of HR so need to remember what on earth happened at the end.

Hope they let them take as long as they need.

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I was once part of a design team on a "secure" facility. In design meetings we discussed many aspects of the security features including whether the air ducts were large enough for a person to crawl through. If the air requirements were high, we would supply it via two smaller ducts rather than a single larger one.

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