Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is easily one of the most anticipated games of 2016, and even if it doesn’t offer quite the scope of its predecessor, it’s still a deep game that can you busy for a long time. Eidos’ highly-stylistic, cyberpunk, action role-playing, stealth video game offers a number of side-missions that can significantly add to the game’s playing time. Set a few years after the events in Human Revolution, Mankind Divided presents a compelling storyline that draws plenty of parallels with the divisive political climate of our own time. To help players sort through it all, Prima has created a Limited Edition Guide for the game.
Prima’s Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Limited Edition Guide is really a nice looking book and there is a good amount of information to be found in its nearly 300 pages. Utility, however is not among its strong points. The campaign isn’t covered until the second half of the book, and while there is plenty of great information about the game in the first hundred or so pages, it’s not something that’s easy to use as reference manual. Luckily, an e-guide is concluded, that is better organized, and offers more information about both, the primary missions and the side quests.
If you love Deus Ex, and want to read all about the new game, this Limited Edition Guide is a great book. If you’re looking for better information about what you need to do in the game, the included e-guide is a much better option. Finding information about the side missions is much more difficult than it should be with the physical version, and the maps only depict small portions of the gameplay area. It really seems that the guide book was written to be read, which by itself is fine. The problem is that it’s not terribly helpful while actually playing Deus Ex: Mankind Divided.
As a fan of the Deus Ex videogame series, I’m happy to own this book, despite its compositional issues. It is well-bound hardcover book, with an appropriately designed multi-surface cover. The included lithograph is an incredible piece of art. I only wish it was bigger. Speaking of size, the actual game is fairly short, so it’s no surprise that the walkthrough sections are such a small portion of the content. There is however, an interesting behind the scenes section, where the game makers discuss its development, along with a small concept art section. That is no doubt borrowed from “The Art of Deus Ex Universe,” a book offered separately.