Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Deus Ex: Mankind Divided RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network 8 Games You Need to Play Before Cyberpunk 2077 https://www.gameskinny.com/4qqib/8-games-you-need-to-play-before-cyberpunk-2077 https://www.gameskinny.com/4qqib/8-games-you-need-to-play-before-cyberpunk-2077 Tue, 09 Jul 2019 09:00:02 -0400 John Schutt

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We'll have to wait and see if Cyberpunk 2077 lives up to the massive amount of hype it's built for itself, intentionally or not. I'm also curious where it will take its greatest inspirations from, at least when it comes to design and worldbuilding decisions.

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The games on this list are just a few of the possibilities CD PROJEKT RED might see as worthy of helping build their game, but I have a feeling there's much more in store for us than we would ever think possible.

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Cyberpunk 2077 releases April 16, 2020, on PS4, Xbox One, and PC.

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Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain

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  • Release Date: September 1, 2015
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If ever there was a game that gave players as many options as was humanly possible, it would be MGS 5: The Phantom Pain. While it's not an RPG, it does give players almost complete freedom in how, where, when, and why they overcome challenges.

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Headfirst into a firefight or complete stealth. Lethal or nonlethal. Change the weather or drop boxes from on high. If you can think it, MGS 5 probably gives you the option to do it.

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Time will tell if Cyberpunk goes as far as Hideo Kojima himself when it comes to player freedom, but from what we've seen so far, they're certainly going to try.

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DOOM

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  • Developer: Irrational Games
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  • Release Date: May 13, 2016
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First of all, do I really need to give any real justification for playing the DOOM reboot? Didn't think so.

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If you insist, though, one of the most important aspects of DOOM's appeal is the sheer pace of the gameplay. Once it gets going, your wholesale slaughter of Hell's hordes doesn't stop. All you have are brief moments of looking for more ways to murder more demons.

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When it comes to Cyberpunk 2077, you aren't necessarily incentivized to kill everything you see, but that won't stop some players from trying. More to the point, as far as we know, instant action is a viable way of making your way through the game. That makes DOOM a great game to play if you want to master fast-paced, murder-filled play.

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Bioshock

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  • Developer: Irrational Games
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  • Platforms: PS3, Xbox 360, PC
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  • Release Date: August 21, 2007
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The original Bioshock is one of the best test cases for how to merge storytelling and mechanics. Its major twist notwithstanding, the player's dependence on plasmids and their use in the decline of Rapture are integral to the overall worldbuilding of the game. 

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That and the way the world connects together into a cohesive whole is also something Cyberpunk is attempting to do. Thanks to improvements in technology, Night City won't be constrained by loading screens or individually contained levels, but the way everything connects is classic Bioshock.

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The gameplay variety offered by the plasmid system is another idea Cyberpunk is playing off of. Through augmentation and future-tech, players will be able to define not only how they play but also how the world plays around them.

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There's nothing more satisfying than turning a Big Daddy against his brethren to save yourself some ammo. Hacking that lumbering, juiced up dude in the corner to pummel his former friends? Same thing, just with tech rather than genetic modification.

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Mostly.

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Planescape: Torment

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  • Developer: Black Isle Studios
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  • Platforms: PC
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  • Release Date: December 12, 1999 (Original), April 11, 2017 (Enhanced Edition)
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Storytelling is a hallmark of any CD PROJEKT RED title, from the deep characters and compelling storylines to the difficult choices and player-driven worlds. To that end, the Witcher devs owe much to the likes of Chris Avellone and the developers behind one of the best RPGs ever made: Planescape: Torment.

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Though set in a classic Dungeons & Dragons setting, Torment helped to define and innovate on the complexity and depth a game could offer with its narrative. Many of Torment's systems — story-centric or otherwise — would go on to inspire developers across the genre, and there are plenty of gamers out there, our Ty Arthur included, who see this title as one of the pinnacles of gaming achievement.

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Dishonored 1 & 2

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  • Developer: Arkane Studios
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  • Platforms: PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PC
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  • Release Date: October 9, 2012, and  November 11, 2016
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Much in the same vein as Mankind Divided, both Dishonored games present players with complex, sometimes labyrinthine levels contained within a single larger location. In this case, each area has a different aesthetic and gameplay challenges, but the focus — unlike both Deus Ex and Cyberpunk in some cases — is on stealth and subterfuge.

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Players can use the Dishonored series as a means to experiment with stealth mechanics and learn how to navigate heavily layered levels. Cyberpunk looks to be offering that kind of level design and more, so understanding how to fight your way through a punk-style world through both lethal and non-lethal means will be critical.

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Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

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  • Developer: Eidos Montreal
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  • Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC
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  • Release Date: August 23, 2016
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Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is one of the best examples of a complex, layered, and interconnected world. It might not boast the same sized map as Cyberpunk 2077, but it is a great test case for how a single location can provide hours upon hours of gameplay and story.

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Another thing Mankind Divided brings to your Cyberpunk preparation is in its shooting and action mechanics. While what we've seen of CD PROJEKT RED's new title seems to indicate an increased focus on pace and movement, that shouldn't stop you from using the latest Deus Ex as a way to experiment with what's possible in a first-person action RPG.

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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

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Let's get the other elephant out of the room. You shouldn't go into Cyberpunk 2077 without having at least a working knowledge of CDPR's previous epic. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is widely considered by critics to be one of the best RPGs of the decade (I'm inclined to agree), and plenty of people think it to be the best game ever made.

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From its storytelling, deep customization, expansive world — itself enough to encompass several full-priced games — and overall quality, The Witcher 3 will give anyone a 100-hour masterclass in how CD PROJEKT makes games. 

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Final Fantasy VII Remake

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Let's get the elephant out of the room. The Final Fantasy VII Remake is one of the biggest games we know about in 2020. A total overhaul of both its systems and its world — both legendary in their own right — the Remake has four years of development expectations and more than 20 years of hopes and dreams to live up to.

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Coming out almost a full month before Cyberpunk 2077, the Remake will be an excellent primer for how developers build and evolve their worlds to match or exceed what their fans are looking for. 

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Plus, if it's anything like its source material, the Remake will offer fans plenty of options with how they want to build and play. Build experimentation and execution is a huge part of any classic Final Fantasy and it will certainly be an integral aspect of Cyberpunk's gameplay.

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Most of all, I would put money on the idea that Cyberpunk has at least a little bit to thank Final Fantasy VII for. And even when CD PROJEKT RED's next potential masterpiece has been well and truly conquered, we have more Final Fantasy to look forward to for years to come.

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Few games coming out in the next year carry a larger profile than Cyberpunk 2077 from The Witcher 3 developer CD PROJEKT RED. Perhaps only the Final Fantasy VII Remake holds the same kind of weight and expectation. 

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There's good reason for the hype:

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  • Cyberpunk follows The Witcher 3, one of the most beloved games of this generation. Players are expecting something at least on par with that experience. 

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  • More than six years of development time with seemingly no compromise between release time and content quality places expectations at a high level. 

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  • Direct consultation with the creator of the tabletop RPG source material means that the world, characters, and story ought to be very authentic.

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  • A 45-minute showcase of everything the game has to offer, followed by 26-minutes more recently, tease an intricate world full of complex mechanics. 
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And while Cyberpunk 2077 releases all the way in April 2020, there are plenty of games new old, and still unreleased you can play and should play to pass the time. We'll be talking about eight of them.

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8 Games With Alternative Timelines You Should Play https://www.gameskinny.com/y8lyr/8-games-with-alternative-timelines-you-should-play https://www.gameskinny.com/y8lyr/8-games-with-alternative-timelines-you-should-play Wed, 14 Feb 2018 15:32:50 -0500 Alberto C.

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Whether set in a nuclear wasteland or a cyberpunk megacity, alternative timeline games allows to us wonder and drift on about potential outcomes in history while still keeping one foot within reality.

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Know of any games that portray alternative timelines that we missed? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon

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If there's only thing nuclear technology has given us besides cheap electricity, nuclear waste, and big bombs, it's games based on a post-apocalyptic era. But don't worry, this one isn't focused on the consequences of nuclear fallout.

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Fan of the 80's vision of what the future would be like? Also a fan of cheesy commentary, comedic narrative, running-n-gunning gameplay complemented by power moves, lasers, and power-bows? if so, you're in for a treat.

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What was thought to be an April Fool's joke ended up becoming one of the most unexpected and awesome expansions in recent gaming history. Ditching the more serious undertone of Far Cry 3, this stand-alone expansion used the same engine and gameplay mechanics while completely revamping the visuals and giving us a new story set in a dystopian world of 2007 by 1980s standards.

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Taking the role of cybernetic super-soldier Rex Power, your mission is to stop an elite agent-gone-rogue who plans to transform the world into a prehistoric version. To do so, you'll need the assistance of Dr. Darling as you save scientists, fight off the rogue agent's army, and kill dinosaurs that roam the environment -- all while collecting cybernetic hearts, performing power moves, and enhancing your skills through a leveling system.

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I mean if lasers, cheesy commentary, cybernetics, power moves, and dinosaurs doesn't convince to play this game, I'm not sure what else I could tell you.

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Freedom Fighters

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If you enjoyed the theme of Wolfenstein's reboot but got tired of shooting the same old Nazis and their augmentated soldiers, Freedom Fighters will be of interest.

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Much like in Wolfenstein, you play the role of a resistance fighter fighting for American independence, only this time you're fighting the Soviet troops occupying New York. And instead of being an agent for an intelligence organization of the U.S. government, you're a plumber. Yes, a plumber.

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In a world where the Soviet Union first acquired nuclear weapons and swiftly ended World War 2 by nuking Berlin, the United States found itself at a disadvantage and eventually was surrounded by communist nations that facilitated a full-out invasion of the country. As a simple plumber who was on his way to see a client, the player goes from wielding a wrench at one moment to full-time resistance, mowing down Soviet troops with AK's with the hope of liberating the city.

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Wolfenstein

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Nazis are bad. Nazis messing with experimental technology and supernatural powers can only be worse. If you ever wondered what it would be like if Nazi Germany had not lost World War 2, the Wolfenstein series is the franchise for you.

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However, the series has two plots you should take into account if are considering giving the franchise a shot. Up to and including Wolfenstein (2009), the stories take place during World War 2, and you play as famous agent of the Office of Secret Actions B.J. Blaskowicz, who is sent deep behind enemy lines to investigate experiments and paranormal activity conducted by the Paranormal Division of the SS.

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Since the series reboot in 2014, the plot revolves around a world in which Nazi Germany was victorious in successfully defeating the United States and its allies and is now acting as an occupying force in the continental United States. Still playing as Blaskowicz, you lead a resistance fight against the Nazi occupiers, who have augmented their forces with bizarre technology.

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S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Shadow of Chernobyl

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The incidents of Three Mile Island and the Chernobyl Disaster were significant enough to raise public skepticism towards nuclear power, but both were a cakewalk compared to S.T.A.L.K.E.R.'s setting.

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As you can guess, the game takes place in the Ukrainian area that was affected by the Chernobyl Disaster where humans, if present at all, live a hazardous life of survival fighting off other humans and mutants severely affected by the nuclear fallout of the power plant.

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Once again, game developers in the East delivered us a post-apocalyptic nuclear scenario FPS combined with survival and horror elements.

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Bioshock

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Another heavyweight franchise whose original title is now over 10 years old, Bioshock distinguished itself from so many other titles at the same for being a great combination of RPG and FPS gameplay mechanics that were supported by one of the most unique storylines and settings in gaming.

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The original game takes place in the 1960s and puts you in the shoes of a plane crash survivor who, by apparent sheer luck, finds a lighthouse and gains access to a secret underwater city known as Rapture. The city is the product of utopian visionary and businessman Andrew Ryan, who is also isolated from the surface. By the time you arrive, the whole city is anything but utopian, with the remaining survivors tearing each other apart.

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Bioshock's story is complemented by an art design and visual approach that resemble 1960s architecture, style, and technology in such a memorable way as to make its imagery easily recognizable even a decade later.

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Deus Ex

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Deus Ex might be set a few decades from now, but its backstory is one of conspiracies and power politics that go back hundreds of years. The Illuminati play a major role in this background as a mighty organization with power that supersedes that of nations themselves, including the US government.

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Set in a near future where human augmentation through cybernetics is a common sight, Deus Ex titles have you fulfilling roles ranging from ex-SWAT security managers working for corporations to rookie anti-terrorist agents of the United Nations Anti-Terrorist Coalition.

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Deus Ex's plots are blacklights for any conspiracy theorist enthusiast that will take you through twisted storylines and plot twists in a Blade Runner-esque universe where actors like the Illuminati, governments, international organizations, and multinational corporations are in a fight for survival with each another.

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Avoiding spoilers as much as possible in case any reader might just want to pick it up for the first time, we can tell you that the chronological storyline order of the games is not the same as their release dates. The latest titles of the series, Deus Ex: Human Revolution and Deus Ex: Mankind Divided were published in 2011 and 2016 respectively, and both take place before the events of the original Deus Ex itself. So if the outdated graphics of the original seem too off-putting, perhaps the enticement of continuing the story after the latest games will convince you to try it out anyways.

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Metro 2033

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There are quite a few games out there that hypothesize the consequences if the Cold War had turned into a hot one. In the RTS genre notably, titles like Wargame and World in Conflict portrayed scenarios where Soviet and NATO forces faced each other head on. Metro parted from a similar idea.

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The backstory of Metro 2033 is one where Russia, presumably along with the rest of the planet, is now suffering the consequences of the aftermath of nuclear warfare that took place two decades earlier. You play the role of Artyom, one of the survivors of the initial onslaught who sought refuge in one of the subway stations of Moscow. As a member of the underground community, you venture beyond the safe zones to advance the storyline and battle both rival human factions and mutants alike.

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Metro's story is not just one you should play because of the interesting post-apocalyptic setting (the Fallout franchise fills in that checkbox pretty well too), but because the perspective of playing as a Russian is rare enough, and playing as a Russian survivor in a post-apocalyptic nuclear world is absolutely unique in itself. The story and gameplay developed by Eastern gaming enthusiasts 4A Games gives us a significantly different experience from the more Hollywood-ish franchises developed in the West. The game was such a success in both Russia and the Western market that the third title of the franchise is currently in development and set to be released later this year.

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Half-Life

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In addition to solid gameplay mechanics and making possible the development of mods that went on to become franchises of their own, the Half-Life series gave us a story that was identical in terms of historical development ... right until you started the campaign.

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Set in the shoes of a "simple" scientist working at a research facility, you start the game doing the mudane things every other working person does: talking to coworkers, putting on your work clothes, going through security checkpoints, etc. ... And then all hell breaks loose when you and your geek squad accidentally open a portal to another dimension that is dominated by a multidimensional empire bent on conquering everything they can.

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If this premise isn't interesting enough, the second installment is even more intriguing by informing you that the multidimensional empire, The Combine, managed to defeat the whole Earth in less than a day. You go from MIT-educated scientist running around a top-secret research facility in one game to fighting guerilla warfare and inflitrating Combine strongholds in the second.

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The Half-Life universe portrayed an alternate version of Earth that was subjugated by an alien force and at the same time showed an unlikely alliance between humans and another persecuted alien species with their common goal of liberation from the conqueror's fists.

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Not matter how many Call of Duty titles Activision makes about World War 2 or how many RPGs we play about slaying the ultimate demon-spawn-destroyer of all that is holy and sweet, they always boil down to two things: we either know how the story really ends, or it's so far out that the game world feels more like another dimension in a whole other universe.

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Here's a list of some of the top games and franchises, regardless of genre or age, that have had some of the most memorable storylines and plots based on alternative historical outcomes.

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9 Xbox One Titles That Should Get X Support https://www.gameskinny.com/15eoc/9-xbox-one-titles-that-should-get-x-support https://www.gameskinny.com/15eoc/9-xbox-one-titles-that-should-get-x-support Tue, 06 Feb 2018 15:28:05 -0500 Joseph Ocasio

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Batman: Arkham Knight

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The last of the Arkham Trilogy, Arkham Knight delivered a satisfying conclusion to the series with the same great combat and stealth that the series is known for, the best depiction of Gotham City in any digital form, and the Batmobile for the same added pleasure. That said, it was still prone to slowdown and screen tearing. However, all screen tearing seems to be removed for games while running on Xbox One X. Batman's world may be dark and gloomy, but with the benefits of HDR and 4K resolution, it could look even more spectacular. 

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If you have a game that you'd like to see updated for the X that wasn't featured here, leave a comment down below.

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Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain

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As the last of the original MGS series, Metal Gear Solid 5 went out with a bang. While some fans lament the fact that it was missing an important chapter, it was still an amazing game in both gameplay and open-world design. While a patch was made for PS4 Pro, it did very little. With the power of the Xbox One X, we could, at the very least, see an improvement to resolution, seeing as how it's still locked at 900p on Xbox Consoles. 

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Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

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Deus Ex continues to have some of the most interesting settings in modern gaming. Its dark, neo-noir world may have borrowed a few things from other noir fiction, but it's distinctly its own creation. Mankind Divided continues this trend, with its unique depiction of Prague. While the 4K and HDR would be nice, it'd be more interesting to see if we could get an option of better frame rate, similar to what we got in Rise of The Tomb Raider. Deus Ex started its life on PC, so it would be interesting if we could get either the visual quality or frame rate to match Mankind Divided's PC version in some way. 

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Gears of War: Ultimate Edition

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Gears of War 4 already saw a patch for the X that allowed for improved textures and visuals as well as the ability to play at 60FPS, so it makes sense that this graphical remake should receive the same treatment. With its improved cut-scenes, beautiful artwork, and bleak world building, it would be interesting to see one of the most influential games of all time get that same treatment. Gears of War 3 saw an update for Xbox One X, so it would make sense that we'd get to see Marcus and Delta Squad's first adventure in 4K and at 60FPS for the campaign.

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered

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It's still hard to deny how influential the original Modern Warfare was to online gaming. Its tight, close-quarters map design and RPG Perk System helped reign in a new dawn of online shooters. That's not even mentioning its excellent campaign, which features some of the most iconic moments in gaming. Wouldn't you want to see this in 4K? 

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It's a bit shocking that Infinite Warfare received an X patch but not Modern Warfare Remastered, especially since MWR was originally locked to an $80 version that had both of them. So, why not do both? MWR already supports PS4 Pro, so it'd be a mistake for it to never get an update on Xbox's newest machine.

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Dragon Age: Inquisition

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Before Mass Effect Andromeda tarnished Bioware's good reputation (whether you liked it or not), there was still hope when Bioware released Dragon Age: Inquisition. Taking all the feedback that fans had with Dragon Age 2, Bioware created a game that balanced the storytelling and scope of the first Dragon Age with an improved version of the sequel's combat system. Inquisition's gorgeous art design and powerful effects were limited to only 900p on the Xbox One version (though it does run better than the PS4 version), so having it in 4K and HDR would help bring Bioware's last great RPG to life. 

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Halo: Reach

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Yes, this isn't an Xbox One game, but seeing how Gears of War 3, Fallout 3, Assassin's Creed, and even the original 360 version of Halo 3 have gotten a bump in improvements, it would be interesting to see how Bungie's last and, arguably, best game would look with X enhancements. Better lighting and a steadier frame rate would help this 2011 title stand tall, and with no word on if this title will ever get a remaster, we just have to hope that 343 Industries won't miss out on letting us play this fantastic prequel to the Halo franchise with Xbox One X improvements. 

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Grand Theft Auto 5

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It's one of the best-selling games of all time, so why wouldn't Rockstar want to put Michael, Franklin, and Trevor in 4K? GTA 5 was already a great-looking game on 360 and PS3 when it first came out, and when it was later ported to current-gen systems in 2014, it looked even better. So imagine how it would look in 4K? GTA 5 on Xbox One has already seen frame-rate improvements on Xbox One X, but it still would be nice to see some improved textures and a better drawing distance. Rockstar may be working on Red Dead 2, but that doesn't mean it can't have any of its other studios working on it. 

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Sunset Overdrive

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Released only a year after the Xbox One's Launch, Sunset Overdrive sadly didn't live up to the what Microsoft was expecting in terms of sales. That being said, it's still an absolute joy to play, with the same wacky guns and clever humor that Insomniac games has become known for with its Ratchet and Clank series. Even though it only runs at 900p, Sunset Overdrive's colorful, mayhem-filled world exudes so much personality and would benefit even more with a bump in resolution and HDR.

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With the arrival of the Xbox One X, games are getting huge updates for Microsoft's powerhouse machine, from looking even better by taking advantage of 4K and HDR to playing better with improved frame rates for each title. Even if you still have an old 1080p TV, it's been proven that games like Halo 5 and Gears of War 4 are benefiting from the higher tech. Third-party titles, like Rise of the Tomb Raider and Dishonored 2, have also been updated with enhancements that make already-great games look and sound better -- and there's more to come. 

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With more all that extra horsepower, it'd be interesting to see what other Xbox One titles would benefit from getting this treatment. Here are just 9 games that would be even better by getting an update for the X. 

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January 2018's Free PS Plus Games Announced https://www.gameskinny.com/uzvvv/january-2018s-free-ps-plus-games-announced https://www.gameskinny.com/uzvvv/january-2018s-free-ps-plus-games-announced Wed, 27 Dec 2017 20:56:25 -0500 bluedeviledegg

Christmas may be over, but Sony's got a few more gifts under the cyber-tree to help you rock in the new year. January's free PlayStation Plus lineup is one of the best we've seen in a while, and we can't think of a better hangover cure than free, quality games.

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

One of our top games of 2016, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is the latest installment in the acclaimed cyberpunk Deus Ex series. Featured Contributor Ty Arthur believes that this version of Adam Jensen's dystopian adventure is "among the best the series has to offer," scoring it a solid 9 out of 10 augmentations.

Batman: The Telltale Series

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The Dark Knight gets the Telltale treatment in this five-part point-and-click adventure. You'll reckon with the likes of Catwoman, The Penguin, and Two-Face all over again in Batman: The Telltale Series. Only this time, you'll do it in that signature Telltale fashion. Batman never looked so stylish.

 

StarBlood Arena (VR)

What's that you say? You've got a shiny, new PSVR headset, and you're dying for some intense arena combat? Sony's got your virtual back with StarBlood Arena. You'll blast other ships out of the galaxy in multiplayer mayhem -- that is, if you don't get obliterated first.

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What do you think about January's free PS Plus games? Do these satisfy that AAA itch so many of you have been talking about? Let us know in the comments below!

 

[Header Video Courtesy of PlayStation.blog]

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Release Date Announced For Deus Ex: Mankind Divided DLC: A Criminal Past https://www.gameskinny.com/q3ktn/release-date-announced-for-deus-ex-mankind-divided-dlc-a-criminal-past https://www.gameskinny.com/q3ktn/release-date-announced-for-deus-ex-mankind-divided-dlc-a-criminal-past Wed, 25 Jan 2017 10:31:23 -0500 Michael Llewellyn

Coming via an announcement from the official Deus Ex Mankind Divided website the second story based DLC for Deus Ex: Mankind Divided titled A Criminal Past has just been announced for February 23 2017.

The blog post on the website states the new downloadable content will see you going back in time to one of Adam Jensen's earlier missions for TF29 that is set before the events of Deus Ex: Mankind Divided. The mission is to go undercover and infiltrate a high security prison to track down a fellow undercover agent -- who has gone dark -- to retrieve some sensitive information. The new content will introduce new characters along with already established characters from the main game such as Delara Auzenne. 

The blog post promises that Adam Jensen will need to confront a darker side before the mission is done.

The game will be released on Xbox Live, PlayStation Network and other online stores it will also be available as part of the season pass.

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The Top 11 Games of 2016 as Reviewed by GameSkinny https://www.gameskinny.com/u4xkc/the-top-11-games-of-2016-as-reviewed-by-gameskinny https://www.gameskinny.com/u4xkc/the-top-11-games-of-2016-as-reviewed-by-gameskinny Fri, 30 Dec 2016 07:00:01 -0500 Clayton Reisbeck

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And that's it folks! These aren't the only great games of the year though. There were plenty of titles to choose from when making this list but in the end, these are our stand out's.

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2016 was an amazing year for games and I can't wait to see what is in store for 2017.

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What games do you think were the best this year? Let me know in the comments!

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Overwatch (PC)

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Rating: 10/10

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Full Review by ChrisDeCoster

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I don't think anyone will be surprised to see this game on the list. Overwatch is hands down one of the best shooters I've ever played. It's unique cast of characters, fantastic gameplay and emphasis on teamwork have made for a truly fantastic game. I have found myself coming back to this game time and time again only to have a hell of a lot of fun with my friends. This is to be expected by a Blizzard title.

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"Overwatch is a must play game. If you like shooters, it won't take long for you to find a character to play as and a role to fill in any team. If you're one of the few people who haven't played the game in beta or already bought it, you owe it to yourself to pick it up and play. I can guarantee you you'll be playing this one for a long time."

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- ChrisDeCoster

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Planet Coaster (PC)

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Rating: 10/10

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Full Review by Autumn Fish

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When I was a kid, I used to waste hours and hours building roller coasters in Roller Coaster Tycoon. In recent years, that franchise has taken a bit of a nose dive and what used to be the golden standard in theme park sim games, has fallen by the wayside. Enter, Planet Coaster.

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Planet Coaster has easily been one of the best games I've played in a long time. If you've been itching to play a good theme park sim, you owe it to yourself to get this game.

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"Simulation games have never seen this level of creative freedom before. If you're a fan of both Sandbox and Simulation genres, Planet Coaster is a must play. Even if you're only a fan of Sandbox games, you're likely to get dozens or even hundreds of hours of enjoyment out of it."

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- Autumn Fish

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Titanfall 2 (Xbox One)

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Rating: 10/10

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Full Review by Synzer

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Titanfall 2 is one of the best games I played all year. It just did so many things right. It's campaign was one of the best shooter campaigns I've ever played. The multiplayer is some of the best you are going to find. If you haven't played this game yet, you owe it to yourself to pick it up.

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The game's mechanics just feel fantastic.

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"Titanfall 2 is an amazing sequel and worthy of everyone's attention. There are many big games out and coming out around this time, but this game is definitely worth it.

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If you liked the first game at all, you'll love this one. If you wished there was a story mode in the last game, this one makes up for it tenfold.

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Overall, I was highly impressed with what Respawn has done, and hope they continue this franchise for many years to come."

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- Synzer

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Inside (PS4)

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Rating: 9/10

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Full Review by Jeremy "Digit" Brown

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Fans of the game Limbo have been waiting with bated breath to see what developer Playdead would do next. This year we got that answer.

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Inside is a side-scrolling, horror game where you play as a young boy trying to escape from a dystopian society. Using an interesting aesthetic, engaging gameplay and unique storytelling mechanics, Inside is definitely a game that you shouldn't miss.

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"Inside fulfills Limbo's aspirations in becoming a seamless, near-flawless experience. It took six years to craft this game; but just from its mysterious beginning to a literal jaw-dropping ending, Playdead has made a true work of art."

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- Jeremy "Digit" Brown

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Uncharted 4: A Thief's End

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Rating: 9/10

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Full Review by Chris Bowring

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This year saw the end of the PlayStation's finest exclusive series', Uncharted. Developer Naughty Dog has grown since it released it's first installment of the series. After releasing the critically acclaimed The Last of Us, people were excited to see what the developer had learned. According to reviewer Chris Bowring, Naughty Dog has found their voice and are using it to create some real works of art.

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"Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End is the swan song this series deserved. From stunning visuals, to awe inspiring set pieces, grounded moments of weakness, and fluid and organic gameplay. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End is one of the greatest experiences games can offer. Coming from someone who never truly resonated with the series, you owe it to yourself as a gamer to experience this."

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- Chris Bowring

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Pokemon Sun and Moon

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Rating: 9/10

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Full Review by Synzer

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I remember being given Pokemon: Blue Version when I was a kid. I played it non stop and fell deep into the Pokemon rabbit hole. That was back in 1996 and I've been playing Pokemon ever since. 

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Pokemon Sun and Moon are the latest installments to the Pokemon franchise and according to our reviewer, they are possibly the best to come out.

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"Pokemon Sun and Moon is one of the best, if not the best, Pokemon games ever made. It mixes up the formula and changes enough to be a fresh experience, while keeping the core of the game intact.

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Veteran and new players alike will have plenty to do and enjoy in these games to keep them busy for a long time. I look forward to the future of Pokemon and these games show great promise."

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- Synzer

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Battlefield 1 (PC)

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Rating: 9/10

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Full Review by Sergey_3847

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2016 was a year where your common military shooter was kind of turned on it's head. Battlefield 1 definitely fits in this category. As someone who misses the days when Call of Duty was exploring battles of old wars, Battlefield 1 was a breath of fresh air. 

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While the combat is much more fast paced and aligned with what people are used to in a modern military shooter, Battlefield 1 brings back the historical aspect of a military shooter that I definitely missed. And bringing the Battlefield formula to World War I just makes sense.

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"Battlefield 1 is a true successor of the Battlefield series and one of the best games of the year. Bringing the experience of a hundred year old war is not an easy task, but DICE made it work. However, the game is not perfect and will not receive the highest possible score due to some bad enemy AI and less than stellar design on some of the maps.

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On the other hand, Battlefield 1 has given us all an opportunity to dive into one of the most brutal wars in the history of humanity -- and this is something you don’t try every day."

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- Sergey_3847

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Hyper Light Drifter (PC)

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Rating: 9/10

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Full Review by Jeffrey Rousseau

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The image above still gives me chills every time I see it. Hyper Light Drifter was a game that sucked me in with it's engaging gameplay and gorgeous art. From the moment you boot the game up, you know you're in for a treat.

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"Hyper Light Drifter is a very well-made and well-executed game that succeeds in constantly challenging you forward. No adventure fan should miss out on this experience."

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- Jeffrey Rousseau

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Final Fantasy XV (PlayStation 4)

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Rating: 9/10

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Full Review by Synzer

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This is another game that fans have waited a long time for. After the mess that was Final Fantasy XIII, fans were clamoring for a return to the world an mechanics that made them love Final Fantasy.

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What originally started as a game called Final Fantasy XIII Versus, Final Fantasy XV released to pretty great reception. Fans loved the journey that these four guys were taking and the trouble they got into.

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"Final Fantasy XV is a dream come true for fans of the series and a fantastic RPG regardless of the name. This is a game that I'm sure any RPG fan will enjoy -- and even those that may not usually play the genre."

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- Synzer

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Deus Ex: Mankind Divided (Xbox One)

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Rating: 9/10

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Full Review by Ty Arthur

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Adam Jensen returned this year in the sequel to the the 2011 hit, Deus Ex: Human Revolution. Eidos Montreal refined what they presented to us in that game to bring us this wonderful sequel, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided.

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"If you dig games like Crysis but prefer more tactical, cover-based combat with a less confined world, then Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will hit the spot. There are some flaws here and there however -- repetition in level layout elements, spotty dialog, and getting overpowered if you work the augmentation system.

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- Ty Arthur

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The Last Guardian (PlayStation 4)

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Rating: 9/10

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Full Review by Ashley Gill

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This was a game that was announced almost ten years ago for the last console generation. Fans of Team ICO's work waited with bated breath for the successor to the critically acclaimed Shadow of the Colossus. Finally, that game was released, but was it worth it? According to reviewer Ashley Gill, it most definitely was.

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"An emotional journey from start to finish, The Last Guardian shows that Fumito Ueda and the Team ICO staffers now at SIE Japan Studio still have the ability to create a mini-universe you can completely immerse and invest yourself emotionally into without even realizing it. It's a triumph, with its only detractors being some technical issues that, should you be invested enough, are easy to overlook and completely forget about once it's all over. And if you want to play it again once it's over, have at it -- there's replay-only content to be found that Team ICO fans should be tickled by."

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- Ashley Gill

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Life as a gamer was pretty good this year. We got a slough of great games over the course of the entire year. And I do mean over the entire year. From beginning to end, I was playing a new game that was pretty darn great all year long. My reflexes and patience were tested in Dark Souls III. I was introduced to a new world of unique characters and extremely competitive gameplay in Overwatch. I was allowed to rip and tear my way through the hordes of demons in DOOM.

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Yeah, I'd say that this year was pretty good as a gamer. But, before we welcome 2017 with open arms, we need to take a look back at the best games of this year. Yes, folks, it's time to go over the top 11 games of 2016 as reviewed by GameSkinny. This list isn't so much a counting down of the best but more a collection of what we determined to be the best games of the year. So without further ado, let's get into the list!

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The State of RPGs in 2016 https://www.gameskinny.com/ouolu/the-state-of-rpgs-in-2016 https://www.gameskinny.com/ouolu/the-state-of-rpgs-in-2016 Sun, 20 Nov 2016 09:34:36 -0500 Sergey_3847

Last year was huge for the RPG scene with such releases as The Witcher 3 and Fallout 4. The year of 2016, on the other hand, has really only one AAA title worth talking about -- but there are plenty of smaller games that kept the fans of the genre glued to their computers.

There also have also been some solid expansions for some of 2015's titles coming out this year and just as many remastered versions of even older cult classics. What's more, the future of RPG gaming looks super exciting, as there are some huge releases coming up at the end of the year and the first half of 2017.

So it looks like there is much territory that needs to be covered here, and without any further ado, let’s begin the analysis.

The Biggest RPG Releases of 2016

RPGs of 2016

Dark Souls 3

Undoubtedly, the best and the biggest RPG game of the year is Dark Souls 3 -- the last installment in a series of games that enriched the genre with precise mechanics, multifaceted progression system and hardcore bosses. And all this was encapsulated in a world of ever-growing gloom and doom.

Undoubtedly, the best and the biggest RPG game of the year is Dark Souls 3.

From Software is not scared to pull out a series of games that has no clear story and that makes new players run away from their PCs or consoles after a few miserable deaths. You can't do anything but respect such a developer in the current state of the gaming industry. Hopefully, Hidetaka Miyazaki and co. will deliver some more goodness in the future, albeit perhaps not in the Souls series.

Deus Ex: Mankind Evolved

Another game worth mentioning here is Deus Ex: Mankind Divided. The game has delivered exactly what it promised and there is really nothing to complain about. It builds upon every aspect of its predecessor, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, and adds greater scale, more freedom, infinitely interesting quests, weapons, stealth mechanics, and of course, better graphics.

The Technomancer

But before we move on, there is one more AAA title that cannot be ignored -- The Technomancer. It wasn’t received too well by the community, and understandably so. It was presented as a grandiose AAA project -- with the corresponding price tag too! -- but the final result was mediocre at best. Spiders Studios tried really hard this time, but the game just didn’t do it  for many gamers, either in terms of story and gameplay or graphics and animation.

The Remastered RPG Releases of 2016

RPGs of 2016

Skyrim: Special Edition

Talking about graphics -- here are some of the finest remasters of the year. This section must be launched with a discussion on The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim: Special Edition, which has been both praised and cursed by fans, with many critics saying the game doesn’t need a remastered version on PC and that it already has tons of cosmetic mods available for free.

However, console players have been more than happy to lay their hands on this gem. And to be honest, Bethesda planned this version mostly as a present for owners of current-gen consoles, anyway. 

JRPGs to the Remastered Rescue

A few classic JRPGs, such as Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen and Disgaea, have also been remastered and ported to PC for the rest of the world this year, with the latter having significantly improved textures and UI.

On top of that, all Final Fantasy fans could once again experience Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster on their computers. The FF port was released on May 12, and finally implemented an auto-save feature, five game boosters, three parameter changes and the option to skip FMVs and Cinematics.

The Biggest RPG Sequels of 2016

RPGs of 2016

Final Fantasy XV

It took ten years for Square Enix to deliver one of the most anticipated sequels in the history of gaming -- Final Fantasy XV. Finally, on Nov. 29, Final Fantasy XV will be available worldwide. (However, some gamers have reported that it is already possible to find a copy in a few countries of the world, such as Peru. So beware of spoilers!)

Up to this point, Final Fantasy XV has had many different reactions, some of which have mentioned that it will ruin the franchise once and for all, while others have actually put some faith into it

The Witcher 3: Blood and Wine

Although technically not a sequel, the “Blood and Wine” DLC for The Witcher 3 can easily be called a sequel because of its scope, secrets, quests and new NPCs, some of which are arguably the most diverse and interesting in the series. More than that, the developers have updated the game's UI and skill tree system. 

The Banner Saga 2

If you haven’t played the original Banner Saga from 2014 -- a small indie project started by the three former BioWare developers -- then you should halt before playing its sequel, Banner Saga 2, as they are tightly interconnected. The first game has already become a classic and the only thing that needs to be done is to finish the third one in the series – which will close the grand trilogy of the Vikings’ adventures.

Baldur's Gate -- Siege of Dragonspear

Last but not least, we have to mention the brand new expansion for Baldur's Gate -- Siege of Dragonspear. It unveils the mysteries behind the fight with Sarevok and the escape from the Irenicus Dungeon from the very first Baldur's Gate, released in 1998.

Siege of Dragonspear is a sort of bridge between the first two games, which is a really cool way of serving the old fans of the series, but completely confusing the new ones, thus evoking lots of unnecessary negative comments from the community -- that could’ve been easily avoided. Hopefully, the developers from BeamDog will try to redeem themselves next time with a completely new story that will satisfy both new and old players.

The Best Indie RPGs of 2016

RPGs of 2016

Tyranny

Many people have treated Tyranny from Obsidian Entertainment as an intermediate game that would fill the gap between Pillars of Eternity and Pillars of Eternity 2. However, little did they know that it turned out to be a truly great game. As a result, we now have an original title that allows you to turn to evil means in order to finish the campaign successfully It's refreshing to not have to save the world for the millionth time! 

Grim Dawn -- A Kickstarter Success Story

Early this year we could experience the results of another Kickstarter project success story -- Grim Dawn,  a game that clearly nods to the times of Diablo 2 and pays all respects to it. The classical RPG gameplay is supported by large locations full of secrets and dangerous traps. Give it a go and you will thank us later.

Darkest Dungeon

2016 has been a fantastic year for the RPG scene, and the future seems to be just as bright as ever.

No mention of Darkest Dungeon yet? Yes, of course, we couldn’t forget about this little masterpiece – a game with a perfectly dark atmosphere and visual style. The game is full of unexpected events and the gameplay is at times so hardcore that you can't but gasp in frustration. Darkest Dungeon is a unique product on the market, so if you never had the chance to play it -- now is the time.

Stardew Valley

But enough with the dark and broody games -- let’s talk about Stardew Valley instead. Imagine that this little farming simulator with RPG elements competed against such giants like The Division and XCOM 2. But two months later, the game had over a million sales on Steam, which is mind-boggling for an indie project that had been developed by one person -- Eric Barone. Stardew Valley definitely has the bright future with all the upcoming updates and fan-made modifications.

Looking Ahead: The Future of the RPG Genre

RPGs of 2016

Mass Effect: Adromeda & Horizon: Zero Dawn

Two big games are currently nominated for the most anticipated RPGs of the year at The Game Awards 2016 -- Mass Effect: Andromeda and Horizon: Zero Dawn. Let's look at Mass Effect first, undoubtedly the most recognizable brand here, since the other title is a brand new IP from the developers of the Killzone series.

Those who had the chance to play Mass Effect: Andromeda say that it is the best game in the series. That’s a pretty bold statement, but it probably would be wise not to jump aboard the hype train too soon, and instead just wait for another 4-5 months before the game is officially out.

But what about Horizon: Zero Dawn? This game is totally new territory for Guerilla Games. The developers have stated that they always wanted to make a game in an open world, but they never considered it as an RPG title. However, after a long period of testing, it turned out that all their ideas worked best exactly within the action RPG genre, and that’s what we all should expect from this new title… oh, and giant dinosaur robots, too.

Divinity: Original Sin 2

What other RPG games can’t do, Divinity: Original Sin 2 can. It’s the game that is proclaimed to be “the last hope of the RPG genre,” which may be a bit of an overstatement, but nevertheless, Larian Studios showed that they can do no wrong after the release of the first Original Sin. The newest installment of the franchise introduces a brand new co-op system, which sounds awesome, but the developers also promise a lot will return from the original, so there’s a lot to be expected here.

RPGs of 2016

South Park: The Fractured but Whole

South Park: The Fractured but Whole keeps getting delayed over and over again, and now the game that was originally planned for 2016, will only be released Spring 2017. Trey Parker and Matt Stone said that the new combat system developed for the sequel was inspired mostly by classic table-top role-playing games. Also, they said it will let you play as a girl character from now on, which is a really neat addition that, to be honest, should have been available in the first game, too.

Kingdom Come: Deliverance

Another highly anticipated RPG that keeps suffering from the constant delays is Kingdom Come: Deliverance -- it will be available Summer 2017. The developers promise 30 hours of gameplay for the main campaign, and an extra 100 hours for the rest of the side quests.

Torment: Tides of Numenera

Lastly, the long-awaited Kickstarter project Torment: Tides of Numenera should be delivered early next year. The first mission of the game has been available at Steam Early Access since January 2016, and currently, the developers are adding a few final touches to it and some more quests, as well.

Conclusion

2016 has been a fantastic year for the RPG scene, and the future seems to be just as bright as ever, showing that indie games can be just as good AAA titles. And apart from single-player RPGs, next year will be full of excellent massively-multiplayer releases, too, so don’t miss on those.

The only thing left is to find out what other projects we can expect from Hidetaka Miyazaki -- the definitive king of the RPG gaming. If one of them is going to be at least half as good as the Dark Souls series, then it will prove that he is a true master of his craft.

Other than that, let us know what RPG releases should have been mentioned in this article, and what games do you expect to see in 2017? Share your thoughts in the comments section.

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Deus Ex: Mankind Divided's Story DLC Delayed in Europe https://www.gameskinny.com/0sybl/deus-ex-mankind-divideds-story-dlc-delayed-in-europe https://www.gameskinny.com/0sybl/deus-ex-mankind-divideds-story-dlc-delayed-in-europe Fri, 23 Sep 2016 07:18:53 -0400 Brawler1993

Today, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided gets its first story-based DLC, titled System Rift... at least, for everyone who's not in Europe and doesn't own a PS4. While the rest of the world will be able to go on a brand new adventure with main man Adam Jensen, Square Enix has confirmed that they've had to delay the DLC's release for European countries, but only for the PS4.

A statement from the publisher reads:

"System Rift will not be available on the European PlayStation Store on September 23rd. Square Enix, Eidos Montréal and Sony Europe are working to have it live as soon as possible and apologize for the delay."

If you want to be one of the first to know when this will be sorted, it's recommended that you keep an eye on the official Deus Ex Twitter account.

System Rift sees Jensen teaming up with his old friend and colleague, Frank Pritchard. Together, they will attempt to find out new information on the mysterious Santeau Group and, with any luck, find new hints regarding the Illuminati.

This DLC is available right now for Xbox One and PC users at £9.59 and £9.49 respectively. It is also included in the game's Season Pass, which offers access to next year's A Criminal Past DLC.

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Great Games at a Steal: Grab these discounts before they disappear! https://www.gameskinny.com/c7m4i/great-games-at-a-steal-grab-these-discounts-before-they-disappear https://www.gameskinny.com/c7m4i/great-games-at-a-steal-grab-these-discounts-before-they-disappear Thu, 01 Sep 2016 14:00:01 -0400 Kat De Shields

Buying video games can get pricey, so when a discount comes along it's always worth taking a look. Today, there's a pretty sweet line up for some recent releases and oldies but goodies. Get your collection up to speed or fill in the gaps of your game collection with these discounted titles. 

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided 

Normally priced at $59.99, save 18% when you purchase the latest title in the series. Adam Jensen is a real BAMF. 

DOOM 

Scoop up this title at 50% off normal price. At least the price is kind, the game is guaranteed to kick your ass. 

Rocket League 

Rocket League is a crazy popular game. if you haven't had the chance to play this one yet, buy it now at 40% off normal cost. 

Mafia II 

Even though the game is 6 years old, it's still a ton of fun to play. You can purchase a digital download at an 80% discount! 

Sword Art Online: Lost Song 

Explore the world of ALfheim Online at a 25% discount for PS4. 

Mirror's Edge Catalyst

Let's be honest, we all wanted to try parkour after playing Mirror's Edge. If you're still not comfortable leaping from rooftops, pick up this game at a 25% discount. 

XCOM: Enemy Unknown 

Another 80% discount deal, pick up this award-winning game and save Earth from a horrifying alien invasion. 

Saint's Row IV

For $5 (an 83% discount) you can own the game and all the DLC. Wait are you waiting for?

BioShock 2

Now, you can be a Big Daddy for real as you travel through the city of Rapture. You don't have to have Big Daddy bucks though, as the game is available for purchase at an 80% discount. 

BioShock Infinite

More BioShock! More discounts! Pick up the latest game in the series for $6 smackaroos. 80% discounts are amazing. 

Sid Meier's Civilization V

If you don't have this game, you're a disgrace to mankind. Atone for your failings and purchase today for $10. You owe it to humanity.

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I’m always looking for new awesome products, so please send me your favorites at commerce@LaunchMediaNetwork.com.

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Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, Version 1.03 Patch released https://www.gameskinny.com/yy897/deus-ex-mankind-divided-version-103-patch-released https://www.gameskinny.com/yy897/deus-ex-mankind-divided-version-103-patch-released Thu, 01 Sep 2016 13:23:53 -0400 Sean Handler

In a recent post in the official Deus Ex forums, Square Enix has announced that a new patch has just been released for Deus Ex: Mankind Divided. Listed below are the patch notes posted on the official Deus Ex forums. The patch is currently active for the PS4 version of the game, and the Xbox One version will be on its way. 

  • Potential fix for the Subway crash in Prague 3 blocking progression for some users.
  • Fixed an issue in Breach where Master Packs sometimes wouldn’t be awarded when completing all levels. 
  • Fixed a crash that would sometime occur when completing all Breach levels and Prime Unit levels at the same time.
  • Fixed an issue in Breach allowing users to gain infinite Master Packs.

These four issues will certainly be beneficial to players, especially the fix for infinite Master Packs, which may have led to players getting an unfair advantage over one another in gameplay. 

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Deus Ex DLC In Desperate Need Of Redux https://www.gameskinny.com/kaoab/deus-ex-dlc-in-desperate-need-of-redux https://www.gameskinny.com/kaoab/deus-ex-dlc-in-desperate-need-of-redux Mon, 29 Aug 2016 01:20:53 -0400 Joshua Harris

It appears that the Deus Ex: Mankind Divided publisher Square Enix have some explaining to do, along with developers Eidos Montreal, after the release of the new DLC.  Apparently, players cannot download pre-order bonuses to more than one save, but that is not the only thing that has angered casual and faithful Deus Ex players alike. Pre-order bonuses are now 'single-use only', meaning that players can access their pre-order bonus content, but are only allowed to transfer said item into one save.

After that, it can never be used again. This means that items cannot be retrieved again in future playthroughs because the developers have decided to catalogue these items as consumables. Users over at /r/Deusex/ are just as salty over this bogus microtransactional scam as any reasonable gamer would. By constraining items to a single playthrough, the developers are alienating, or will, their consumer base and ensuring that any future Deus Ex games are not going to be met with the same candor they have had in the past.

What do you think of this? Do you see it as a scam, or a necessary method of ensuring the game is profitable? Let us know in the comments below.

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Deus Ex: Wallet Divided - Fans Respond to Microtransactions https://www.gameskinny.com/c1qo7/deus-ex-wallet-divided-fans-respond-to-microtransactions https://www.gameskinny.com/c1qo7/deus-ex-wallet-divided-fans-respond-to-microtransactions Tue, 30 Aug 2016 05:44:44 -0400 Brawler1993

It's pretty much safe to say that the general response to the recently released Deus Ex: Mankind Divided has been overwhelmingly positive. Fans and critics alike have fallen in love with the game, praising its gameplay and atmosphere. But, like all good video games these days, micro-transactions have to come in and ruin everything.

Maybe "ruin" is an over-exaggeration, but their presence is disappointing nonetheless -- and in some players' opinions, tarnishes the overall experience. And what makes Mankind Divided especially bad is that there are so damn many of the bloody things. Not just in the optional arcade-puzzle mode, Breach, but in the main single-player campaign as well -- with the game recommending you spend your cold hard cash on in-game currency and Praxis kits (AKA the upgrades for protagonist Adam Jensen).

While these may be technically optional, fans are still disappointed and confused as to why developer Eidos Montreal allowed this:

Some fans have even decided to forgo buying the game at all just by the mere presence of micro-transactions:

Even professional news outlets are irritated with this. Just look at how Eurogamer reported on it:

Key word there being "annoying." That said, there are a few defenders. Or at the very least, those who aren't particularly bothered by them:

 As if that wasn't bad enough, players who acquired the pre-order DLC were shocked to learn that the DLC items, upon being moved into the game's inventory, could not be used again on subsequent playthroughs. Basically, it's DLC that you can use once and ONLY once.

Eidos Montreal's community manager, Poticha, took to Reddit to explain the situation:

Hi everyone. Here's how things work:

Consumables (Praxis Kits, Ammo, Credits, Crafting Parts) are one-time use items. They will be in the storage section of your inventory, until you decide to add them to it. Once you do, they will be 'consumed' in your current playthrough, and not re-usable. Consumables work the way they do due to first party constraints.

Durables (Weapons, Skins, Augmentations) are not one-time use. They will automatically be available in all of your playthroughs, once you have downloaded and installed them.

He also later added that the micro-transactions had no impact on the game design:

Hi everyone. We've read your concerns, and we just wanted to step in and clarify things here. We have not, and will never, compromise the balance of the game in order to direct people towards microtransactions. The game was balanced 100 per cent independently of the microtransactions available in the store.

Rather than answer peoples' queries, these statements seemed to leave more people confused, and some users like FatherofCorgis were left particularly angry:

"...I won't be buying any more games from your 'first party.' This is absolutely absurd. I'm not spending one red cent in your goofy ass Microtransaction store, either..."

Others were left so outraged, that they're even calling out Eidos on the legality of it all, like one Carnagh who says:

"You need to check with your legal team in the EU, there's no way that justification is going to get past consumer protection in most member-states, and certainly not here in the UK.

There's the distinct possibility over the next week this is going to blow up in your face. Certainly from a European perspective your practices are starting to look exploitative."

It's very unlikely, though, that Eidos or publisher Square Enix will have to deal with legal action. Some fans tried to be more rational, yet were still left unsure as to what Potchia meant when he said that these were the results on "first-party constraints." One Adefice asked:

"...I guess I would want more insight on these "first-party constraints". Because as it stands, the workaround is to make a game, claim the items, save the game in a permanent spot, and start all subsequent playthroughs from this save to preserve the start bonuses.

"The fact this works holds the intended system in complete disregard. Furthermore, the existence of microtransactions makes things more complicated. By using this work-around, are we technically abusing the system? Because I'd imagine this would lessen the chance of people buying Praxis Kits with real money if they can start with a higher count every time.

"Please help us understand. Nowhere in the pre-order info does it say "one-time and one-save use" for consumables."

If you've been considering acquiring a copy of Mankind Divided yourself but are unsure now whether to invest or not following all this, I think this one Tweet best sums it up:

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Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Passwords & Code List https://www.gameskinny.com/29owk/deus-ex-mankind-divided-passwords-code-list https://www.gameskinny.com/29owk/deus-ex-mankind-divided-passwords-code-list Thu, 25 Aug 2016 19:24:32 -0400 Ty Arthur

It's what fans have been long waiting for - a true successor to the original Deus Ex and highlight of the series Mankind Divided has finally arrived (read our full review here)!

From Dubai to Prague to the slum Golem City, there's a whole lot of secured laptops and sealed doors trying to prevent you from finding all that sweet loot and secret intel. 

Something like a locked door is no match for augmented super human Adam Jensen, though, with his advanced hacking abilities. In some cases you might not have spent enough Praxis to unlock the toughest locks, however.

Finding Passwords

While exploring the game, it's important to grab every single pocket secretary device you come across, and always hack laptops whenever possible to read the emails within. These are often found in out-of-the-way locations, so be sure to check every nook, cranny, vent, and rooftop while you traverse an area.

Both pocket secretaries and emails frequently have codes to other computers or locked doors, vastly increasing both the lore of the game and also the areas you can explore. If you haven't managed to find a specific password or don't have the patience for the hacking mini-game, below we list out every single code and number combination needed throughout the entire game's main story mode.

Looking for more help with Deus Ex: Mankind Divided? For our complete guide to getting all the side objectives in opening level Black Market Buy, head over here.

Master Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Password List

Location Locked Object Code
 Dubai - 1st Mission 1st keypad you come across with no power  0451
 Dubai - 1st Mission Rooftop part 2 storage room door  4801
 Dubai - 1st Mission Penthouse / Atrium door  0682
 Apartment 22  Door in Prague starting apartment building  0310
 Apartment 23  Safe hidden behind refrigerator  9002
Apartment 23  Laptop on counter  KRODINE
 Apartment 41 Cultist's laptop on table  THEVOIDWHICHBINDS
 Svobody Beer Door to the basement 1015 
Capek Fountain Station  Door to ticket booth  3998
Hlavni 33 Apartments  Right side storage 4227 
Hlavni 33 Apartments  Left side storage  2913 
Hlavni 33 Apartments  Apartment 201 door  6864 
Toy Factory  Safe  2489 
Palisade Bank  Prybil safe  0310 
Palisade Bank  Miller safe  1363
Palisade Bank  Vault  5545 
Palisade Bank Executive Vault Room A08  1305
Palisade Bank 8th Floor Account Management  0863 
Palisade Bank  7th Floor Executive safe  2357 
Palisade Bank Account Manager Office  0831 
Palisade Bank  Vault A Secret Room safe 1114 
Palisade Bank 3rd Floor Security Room computer  CLEMENZA 
Palisade Bank  Vault B safe 1110 
Palisade Bank  7th Floor Security Room computer  AKLVD6681 
Palisade Bank Executive services safe 6477 
Palisade Bank  3rd Floor Maintenance 6745
Palisade Bank  9th Floor IT Services door 1969 
 Palisade Sewer Level 3 terminal  1363 
Palisade Sewer  Level 4 safe  4863
 Palisade Station Storage locker west of the station in "Fade To Black" mission 2565 
DaiTaga  Basement door  5622 
Task Force 29  Office Safe 2023 
Task Force 29   IT office  5545 
 Task Force 29  Duncan Macready's computer  SHARP007 
 Task Force 29  Server room computer CLOD04SFD8S 
Task Force 29 Ethan's computer FRAKKINGUPTHEA 
 Task Force 29 Aria's computer TUSCANY2023 
Task Force 29  Dr. Phillips' computer NEUROPOZYNE
Task Force 29  Vincent Black's computer ORIGAMI1970 
Ruzicka Station  Maintenance room door 0808 
Ruzicka Station  Security door 8066 
 Ruzicka Station Security terminal  DELLAROCCA 
 Ruzicka Station Ticket booth terminal ANTARES 
Golem City  Restricted area safe 2544 
Golem City Room 350420 VM451
Golem City Martine Onzome's safe  9990 
Golem City  Police barracks  2223
Golem City  Medical lockup  6123 
 Pilgrim Station Server room  9143 
Cyber Crime Office  Selina's laptop  7734 
Government Registration Office  Abandoned computer  SAMITHEDOG 
Lekarna Pharmacy  Nicholas Cipra's computer  OWNINGTHEDEVIL 
Time Machine  Koller's storage  1984 
LIMB Clinic  Door during "Taking Care Of Business" mission  4464 
LIMB Clinic Helipad  Door to helipad area  4465
Allison Complex  Fourth floor door  0011 
Dvali Base  Locked gate during "Neon Nights" mission   0311
London Apex Center  Second floor VIP room door 2202
London Apex Center  CSO office security override switch  5395
 Registration Building Back room door during "Golden Ticket" mission  6788 
 Safe House Third floor door during "All In The Family" mission 0666 
 Tube House Electronics Locked door  0310 
     

 

That's every single computer terminal and locked door we've come across so far in our playthroughs! With such a huge world to explore though, its always possible we missed a few. 

Let us know if we missed any door codes or laptop keys so we can get them added to the master list of Deus Ex Mankind Divided passwords!

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Sciencing the Shit Out of Deus Ex: Mankind Divided's 'Clanks' https://www.gameskinny.com/wvcog/sciencing-the-shit-out-of-deus-ex-mankind-divideds-clanks https://www.gameskinny.com/wvcog/sciencing-the-shit-out-of-deus-ex-mankind-divideds-clanks Fri, 26 Aug 2016 10:00:01 -0400 Larry Everett

The whole series of Deus Ex games, like all good science fiction, brings up a lot of thoughtful questions about the future and technology. However, more importantly, it brings up questions about humanity and how we as a species will deal with possible futures. I will let the story in Deus Ex: Mankind Divided answer the big questions: How will we deal with enhanced humans, will enhanced humans be a threat to those who aren't enhanced, and is there really a divide or are we all still a part of the greater human race.

The question I'm going to answer today might be simpler in scope but is just as difficult to quantify. Unfortunately, I don't have an hours-long video game to help me. Today, I want to know just how close we are to living in a world where augmented humans are the norm.

Cyborgs among us

We all know about prosthetics and other health-rated additions to the human body (like pace-makers). But many people would not consider those augmentations because most are needed to function or survive in our world. To consider them augmented humans or cyborgs is a bit unfair because these augments aren’t wants, but rather necessities.

But we know that some prosthetics can actually enhance the human body, even today. Although Oscar Pistorius is now mostly known as a convicted murderer, before, he was an Olympic athlete. At the time, many people were concerned that his prosthetic legs were giving him an advantage in his races. It’s distinctly possible that he could have run farther and faster than some of the "unaugmented" runners because Pistorius’ legs were thinner and springier than standard human legs. However, the world was assured that those specific legs that Pistorius ran in gave him no such advantage.

Pistorius isn’t the only person who could enhance his body to make himself better by external means. Let’s talk about someone a little closer to Deus Ex’s Adam Jensen. Let’s talk about Amal Graafstra. On his website called DangerousThings.com, Graafstra is called the pioneer of the DIY RFID implantation movement. Simply put, he likes to put microchips in his skin. However, just by looking at Graafstra, you wouldn’t think that he was enhanced in any way, unlike the Jensen, who clearly has cybernetic arms and thingers on his head.

Graafstra’s enhancement are two chips inside tiny capsules inserted under the skin between his thumb and forefinger. These chips have been known to store small bits of data, unlock doors, turn on lights, and many other mundane functions. It’s not remote hacking or long-range communication like Jensen, but perhaps someday it could be -- probably sooner than you’d think.

Everyday augments

There are many people on earth who intentionally modify their body for personal improvement. Grinders (as some are called) and body hackers have their own yearly convention in Austin, TX, every year simply called Body Hacking Con. These DIY augmenters share knowledge ranging from yoga to magnets in your fingertips. However, some body hacks are so commonplace today, that we don’t even think about them being hacks at all.

I would like everyone to check their wrist right now. Many people, maybe even you, wear a pedometer and heart-rate monitor on your wrist, like a FitBit. These little devices are used to enhance our knowledge of our own body. They help us understand what are good and bad habits for us, and hopefully, we use these items to make us better humans.

These technological enhancements to our everyday wear can go far beyond the FitBit. The summer Olympics just introduced us to the NFC ring. This crazy device looks very much like a solid-color ring, and unless people were already familiar with the technology, they wouldn’t know that it was an electronic device. The NFC ring is still in early stages of development, but it functions very similarly to Graafstra’s RFID implant with one major addition. You can open electronic doors and maybe one day turn on lights with it, but right now, McLear Ltd. has a deal with Visa which will allow you to make purchases at local stores in similar ways to Apple Pay on your iPhone.

Will Deus Ex’s world be our world?

We are not far from that world being our own. Most of the enhancements, minus the sentient AI, that you see in the video games are already here, more or less. It’s just a matter of funding and willing victims supporters to step into the machine and have it done to them.

The term “cyborg” was first coined by Manfred Clynes and Nathan S. Kline as a way to describe the enhancements humans would need to survive the rigors of space. At the time, the term was very broad and could include something as simple as protective eyewear, but it’s come to be known as voluntary human enhancement with technology. And if that were as simple as the definition needed to be, then I would say that we are living in a world of cyborgs right now, but as with all things philosophical, it’s not that simple.

I think the key step in saying that we are there -- saying we are living in the Deus Ex world -- is being able to interface with technology directly with our thoughts. We are getting closer everyday, actually. DARPA has high-precision prosthetic arms that respond to pressure and brain activity. So give technology a decade or two, and we will be there. Tread lightly, everyone, deus ex machina is upon us.

That’s how I science the shit out of Deus Ex. Although there wasn’t a lot of hard science in this article, I would still like to know your thoughts. Are we close to having cyborgs among us? Are they already here? Let me know what you think in the comments below.

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Deus Ex: Mankind Divided - completing all objectives in Black Market Buy https://www.gameskinny.com/mwkeb/deus-ex-mankind-divided-completing-all-objectives-in-black-market-buy https://www.gameskinny.com/mwkeb/deus-ex-mankind-divided-completing-all-objectives-in-black-market-buy Wed, 24 Aug 2016 17:32:02 -0400 Ty Arthur

It's time to get back into the action as augmented super human Adam Jensen! The opening mission Black Market Buy has you outfitted with a wider array of powers and weapons than you get in the next area of the game exploring Prague, so have fun here utilizing all the abilities.

Black Market Buy features several side quests that are easy to miss but offer bonus experience and even opportunities to unlock some difficult achievements early on.

During the opening cut-scene mission briefing, you can choose either the lethal or non-lethal loadout and still do everything in this level, but non-lethal is quieter and can be helpful in getting past the terrorists in the ending segment without being spotted.

Up to you!

There are a few things to keep in mind throughout the level: first and foremost, whenever possible loot every single body you come across, even the construction workers you didn't kill. You want those extra grenades and all that ammo or credits.

When given the option, be sure to also complete each of the cover, stealth, and combat tutorials throughout this level – even if you have extensively played the previous games. The area resets after the tutorial so you can complete the section however you want, and you unlock the Adept Of The Metaverse achievement after finishing them all.

There are alternate routes to going through all of these objectives below – this is just one method to play through, and finding the others is a big part of the Mankind Divided experience.

Restore Power To Keypad

The first section of the level is very self explanatory after you leap out of the plane and land on the roof. Just follow the path until you have to crouch to go beneath the fan blade, smash through a vent, and then climb up a ladder.

To pass the area here, you have to utilize the item pickup feature to grab the three large crates and pull them away from the opening to create a path.

Making your own entrance

Go forward and jump up the ledges, then crouch down and jump through the small opening into the next room. Turn on Smart Vision and then smash through the structurally weak point of the wall.

Jump up onto the rafters and then crouch down through the small opening to reach the breaker. Flip the switch, but don't go through the open door to your right – it's now electrified. Instead jump up on the breaker box and return the way you came.

Walk up to the keypad next to the locked door. Instead of hacking the keypad, enter the code “0451” to unlock the A Heated Combination achievement.

First opportunity for an achievement!

Jam The Signal Booster

The next few segments of the tower are teaching areas that show you how the cover, stealth, and combat systems work. You can approach these sections any way you please, and they are fairly self-explanatory. Decide whether you want to go for full stealth and non-lethal take downs or instead go loud and chuck grenades with your rifle set to full auto.

Either way, the next part of the game you want to pay special attention to is when you enter the Conservation Lounge. Turn into the Penthouse segment (if you aren't sure where you are, pull up the map – each room is labeled) and go up the ladder. This area is swarming with guards if you went the stealth route, so you may need to throw a grenade first to quickly clear the floor.

Finding the signal booster

Follow the scaffolding above the ladder and then enter the vent to your left that's filled with dirt. Don't turn at the end – instead punch out the grating and keep going forward into the next vent segment. Turn left at the end of this section. You should be able to see two guards in a room filled with equipment.

This is the room you want

The signal booster is the device with the green blinking light sitting on top of a dented yellow tripod. Just approach and interact with it to finish this side objective and earn yourself an extra 250 experience.

Taking out the signal booster

Disable The Chopper / Save Singh

After sealing off the Atrium by hacking the control pad you have two options – jump straight down, or take the elevator. Either offers stealth opportunities, as you can use Icarus Strike to take out the guard beneath without being spotted.

The point of this section is to disable the chopper before the unknown assailants in gold masks kill Singh, which is much harder than it sounds.

The entire area has zero visibility due to the standstorm. You will need to make extensive use of Smart Vision or you are going to accidentally walk into a field of fire or bump into a shooter, which means you need to have several energy-restoring items on hand until you learn the layout.

Getting into a big firefight is a sure fire way to lose as the battle drags on against overwhelming odds. The best method to both take out the chopper and save Singh is to bypass the firefight altogether and stealth your way to the back of the helicopter. There's two different routes to take, left or right, and either can work.

What you need to do is quickly get all the way to the far left or right wall and hug it until you reach the chopper. If an enemy gets in the way, take them out using a non-lethal takedown whenever possible so you make no noise and don't alert anyone else in the storm to your position. The key here is stealth and speed together as one.

To take out the chopper, you just have to open the hatch on the back right side and mess with the engine, but the panel itself is invisible in the storm until you activate Smart Vision. Disabling the chopper effectively finishes the mission.

The chopper's hatch location

If Sing survives, you unlock the Singh No Swan Song achievement. If you make it to the chopper and disable without alerting anyone, the Ghost achievement will also pop.

Now that you've done it once, be sure to go back and try it again, exploring more of the nooks and crannies riddled extra items in hidden caches and go through alternate routes using a different play style!

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Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Unites Different Play Styles into a Very Satisfying Whole https://www.gameskinny.com/1gtnd/deus-ex-mankind-divided-unites-different-play-styles-into-a-very-satisfying-whole https://www.gameskinny.com/1gtnd/deus-ex-mankind-divided-unites-different-play-styles-into-a-very-satisfying-whole Wed, 24 Aug 2016 07:18:29 -0400 Ty Arthur

The original Deus Ex is a hallowed classic of gaming that redefined what could be done in a first person "shooter," but I'm going to let you in on a dirty little secret: the first one hasn't aged well at all. In fact, if you didn't get in on the action when it was fresh, you probably don't need to tread down memory lane at all.

That's where the "reboot" series comes in, giving the options of stealth/hacking/combat in a more updated gaming world. While the end result of recent titles has been hit or miss, I'm happy to report that Mankind Divided is among the best the series has to offer.

World And Story

For those new to the series, what you are dealing with here is essentially Dishonored meets Shadowrun, but with more dystopian social commentary.

That latter comparison in particular really sticks out on this go around, and I was repeatedly struck by the thought of how awesome a full Shadowrun game would be if done in this style and with this level of polish. After all, what's a street samurai if not an augmented human?

According to IMDB, the voice of main character Adam Jensen is provided by Elias Toufexis, but every time he speaks I swear its Timothy Olyphant. Seriously, listen to any scene where he's talking and tell me you don't hear the Olyphant in the room!

 Leaping straight out of a plane to land on a building? Why Not?

While Deus Ex cuts out the magic elements of the previously mentioned games, you still get to go invisible, dash at impossible speeds, fire explosive projectiles, and so on.

For a little bit of that creepy supernatural occult vibe though, there's also a cult of the machine god thrown in the mix. In fact I'd wager that the cult was inspired by Shadowrun's Universal Brotherhood, with its talk of personal development for those who have the potential.

 The dude who lives here is totally sane and stable.

There are loads of real world events and themes on display – police getting away with extremely bad behavior and finding no wrong doing when investigating themselves, the Black Lives Matter movement, Apartheid, bombings in Europe by a feared segment of the population -- mixed in with dystopian conspiracy theories like black flag operations.

If you don't enjoy reading pages of text while playing a game, then this will have less appeal. On the other hand, for those who want to really dive into a universe's back story, there's a ton to learn while reading newspaper tablets or hacking computers and snooping on emails. A unique lexicon has also been built, with slurs like "wrench" getting thrown around for augmented humans.

 Evidence was "mishandled" for a third time in a row

While the story has some sluggish down points, I did enjoy the strong contrasts in there between characters with differing goals and diametrically opposed ideas.

For instance one group is working to force "augs" into a slum city, while another is building a utopian augmented paradise where they can evolve humanity on their own while free of government persecution. Of course there's a shadowy cabal of power brokers behind the scenes steering events towards a desired, pro-human conclusion you see every now and again.

Overall, there's a really great melding of what has occurred, what we fear occurring, what could actually occur in the near future, and what only occurs in the minds of the truly paranoid.

 One line for augs, another for naturals

Gameplay

The controls on the earlier games were incredibly clunky and not intuitive at all – especially if you are used to the standard FPS layout -- but they are cleaned up quite a bit here. While using the updated scheme, Mankind Divided features oodles of options on how to approach any given mission, with tons of extra side content to find if you spend the time exploring.

Obviously the developers want you to go stealthy, but that's not the only option, as killing everyone is always on the table, although it can make things more difficult. For the truly skilled, there's the difficult path where you can play the vast majority of the game with absolutely no lethal takedowns of any kind.

Jensen starts out at his superhuman maximum in the first mission, but everything gets reset after a bombing as he needs to acquire and tinker with new augmentations, letting you start off with a fresh skill tree.

 Weapons can also be modified on the fly in combat

Some augmentations are obviously better than others, with Icarus Dash and Remote Hack absolute must-haves whether you are going stealth or loud combat on your build. There's overall an excellent spread available though, and it pays to use the augmented abilities like enhanced sight even outside of combat, revealing many locations you can access to find new story info or complete missions in unexpected ways.

One of the highlights of the game is the unique and in-depth hacking system where style meets function. It's way more interesting than the typical "A, B, C" or "Guess the letters" type system in any other stealth or open world game. Learning the hacking system and finding different routes through the files is honestly a huge part of the fun here.

 This is one of the few times a mini-game isn't an annoying afterthought

The Bottom Line

If you dig games like Crysis but prefer more tactical, cover-based combat with a less confined world, then Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will hit the spot. There are some flaws here and there however -- repetition in level layout elements, spotty dialog, and getting overpowered if you work the augmentation system.

That being said, there's a ton of fun to be had here and lots of exploration to do outside the main quest line. Fans of the earlier games or anyone wanting a stealth exploration haunt before Dishonored 2 lands should pick this one up post haste.

Note: GameSkinny received a copy of this game to review. 

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Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Review https://www.gameskinny.com/4j0o8/deus-ex-mankind-divided-review https://www.gameskinny.com/4j0o8/deus-ex-mankind-divided-review Thu, 08 Sep 2016 06:00:01 -0400 Joseph Ocasio

It's been 5 years since the Deus Ex franchise came back from obscurity in Deus Ex: Human Revolution. Praised for its choice based style of gameplay and it's techno-noir storytelling and atmosphere, Human Revolution reinvigorated the once dead franchise with a new lease on life. Square Enix and Eidos Montreal plan on continuing this hot streak with Mankind Divided, but have they augmented enough to make this title perfect, or are there still some chinks in the armor.

Set 2 years after the events of Human Revolution, Mankind Divided has players returning to the role of Adam Jensen, who's now been promoted from head of corporate security to part of the anti-terrorist group Task Force 29. After a mission goes wrong, Adam must find the root of the attack and put an end to it, before things escalate any further.

Mankind Divided's main story does do enough to keep players engaged, thanks to it's strong writing and Voice Acting, but it can easily get convoluted. With so much government and political conspiracy afoot, it's really hard to find characters to root for or get any type of emotional attachment to. Add to that an unsatisfying ending that feels unfinished, and you get a plot that feels weaker than the first game, even if some individual sections are much stronger than others.

What Mankind Divided story does add is an interesting look at the augmented debate that wasn't quite explored in the previous game. People now look at Augmented as lesser beings and inhuman, referring to them as "Clanks," and forcing Augs to now live in slums. These underlying themes evoking racism from the 1950's and even from today. It an interesting look at the darker side of humanity and does help the underwhelming main plot. While it can get a little cartoonish at times, Mankind Divided isn't afraid to tackle it's themes.

While Human Revolution felt more role playing than action game, the opposite is true with the sequel. There's still plenty of leveling up Jensen to fit your playstyle and choosing dialog to avoid conflict, but the action has been ratcheted up significantly in both it's lethal and non-lethal options. Stealth has seen some small but important upgrades, like the ability to take enemies down from cover. Shooting, on the other hand, has seen more improvements. Guns feel more impactful than before and the game's cover system is far less sticky, now that's relegated to a button, rather than the left trigger/L2 buttons.

Enemy A.I is also far more intelligent in combat than in HR. Enemies no longer constantly just stand in the open and shoot you, and now take cover while trying to flank you. It makes combat more intense and enjoyable and will even give the more trigger happy players the chance to actually question if they want to play more stealthy. You can still get by with either method, but it's better to go stealth first. 

Along with new improvements to combat and stealth, new abilities are open up in this sequel. A personal favorite is the new remote hacking that allows Jensen to deactivate turrets, cameras, lasers, and sentry attack robots from a safe distance. Others include the Icarus Dash, that allows you to dash to different vantage point, the gun blades that can either stun or kill your enemies and much more that I won't spoil for you. Even old abilities, like Jensen's smart vision, have gotten a few tweaks. All in all, Mankind Divided Improves in almost every way possible from HR

While HR wasn't a absolutely stunning game, it made up for it with a unique art style and great CGI cutscenes. That isn't the case for Mankind Divided. The latest Deus Ex is a far more varied and better looking game; the environments and hub world you explore are much more varied this time around, and help sell the world MD has created. MD might borrow a few elements from other cyberpunk work, but is able to find it's own identity by blending them all together. CGI cutscenes look amazing as you would expect, and though the framerate in game occasionally stutters, it mostly hits it's 30FPS target.

That being said, it's not without some occasional glitches and a game crash. It only happened once for me, but it shouldn't be ignored in case. The biggest offender with the presentation is the some in-game cutscenes. They can look pretty jagged and features godawful lip-sync. It doesn't hurt the game too much, but it can take you out of the story.

Mankind Divided's story may not be as strong at Human Revolution's and it can suffer from tech issues, but it's still an outstanding game that's worth playing. The improved combat and stealth mechanics, coupled with the great new toys to play with, are worth experiencing. As for the subject matter, it isn't something that has been tackled in many games and should at least be commended for that. With all that said, MD has been augmented for the better.

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Deus Ex Mural Found Outside Custard Factory https://www.gameskinny.com/owx0q/deus-ex-mural-found-outside-custard-factory https://www.gameskinny.com/owx0q/deus-ex-mural-found-outside-custard-factory Tue, 23 Aug 2016 07:55:59 -0400 Brawler1993

What do Adam Jensen, star of action-RPG-FPS hybrid Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, and custard have in common? ...I don't know. Chances are you don't know. But Square Enix seems to see a connection, as shown by this recent publicity stunt.

Created by Jim Vision, a street and graffiti artist based in London, a 65 ft mural of main protagonist Jensen has been spotted in Birmingham, outside the Custard Factory of all places. It was commissioned to promote the release of the aforementioned title, which was recently launched on PS4, Xbox One and PC.

You can watch a short video detailing the creation of the mural right here.

Developed by Eidos Montreal, Mankind Divided is a sequel to 2011's Deus Ex: Human Revolution. Set two years after the events of that game, Jensen is now an Interpol agent sent to thwart a terrorist organisation comprised of augmented individuals. Not only that, but Jensen is also secretly working with a hacker group called the Juggernaut Collective in an attempt to confront the shadowy Illuminati.

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6 Cyberpunk Games to Play before Deus Ex: Mankind Divided https://www.gameskinny.com/1as0p/6-cyberpunk-games-to-play-before-deus-ex-mankind-divided https://www.gameskinny.com/1as0p/6-cyberpunk-games-to-play-before-deus-ex-mankind-divided Sun, 21 Aug 2016 06:08:09 -0400 Richard Sherry

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Any and all of these games should get you right back into the swing of cyberpunk gaming, just in time for Mankind Divided, which you can pick up on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Windows this Tuesday 23rd!

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What are your favorite cyberpunk games? Let us know what we missed in the comments below!

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System Shock 2
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The precursors to BioShock, System Shock and System Shock 2 took to outer space to deliver an intriguing story involving malicious AIs, corrupt oligarchic rulers and corporations covering up illegal activities.

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Whilst System Shock is an award-winning classic in its own right, it’s System Shock 2 that epitomizes cyberpunk themes and solidified SHODAN as a cult favorite villain to this day. It has one of the better narratives in the medium and nails the atmosphere and immersion of a creepy infested spaceship.

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A first-person action-RPG with intelligent use of horror, System Shock 2 is often praised for having been ahead of its time and having huge influence over the FPS genre. Combining RPG-like classes, abilities and skill upgrades with tight first-person gunplay, System Shock 2 still holds up as a great game today.

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The game was first released in 1999 but is still available today via Steam on PC.

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Invisible Inc.
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Invisible Inc. (we see what you did there, and we like it) is a turn-based, tactical stealth game that follows a clandestine spy agency as it works to take down mega-corporations through covert missions.

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The player must guide their agents through hostile territory, remaining hidden from guards and cameras and collecting resources and intel with which to complete their overarching goals. Beware, though: if an agent dies whilst on assignment, they’re lost for good unless an ally can rescue them.

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You can expect a single playthrough of the campaign to last around 6 hours, but with its randomly generated maps and insane difficulty levels there’s plenty of replayability and continuous fun to be had. As you progress, you’ll unlock new agents and face new challenges that can drastically change the way you need to approach levels.

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Invisible Inc. boasts a colorful cartoonish art style and provides a suitably tough challenge for even the greatest tacticians.

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The game is available to download on PC and PlayStation 4.

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The original Rez came to PlayStation 2 and Dreamcast in 2001. Rez HD is a remaster of the original -- and is much easier and cheaper to pick up today.

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Rez is not your standard cyberpunk fare. Perhaps one of the first ‘games as art’ and also one of the first music games, Rez has a one-of-a-kind style that has been emulated but not equalled since. It’s an on-rails shooter that creates sound effects and manipulates the music based on the player’s actions; it really has to be experienced rather than explained.

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So what, I hear you cry, is cyberpunk about any of that?

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Apart from some of its weird and wonderful psychedelic designs, it’s Rez’s story that makes it a cyberpunk game. Playing as an avatar of a hacker, the player’s goal is to revive an advanced AI system called Eden which controls a huge computer network of information named Project-K. Under the pressure of too much information and knowledge, Eden has tried to shut itself down after having something of an AI identity crisis.

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Whilst the narrative often takes a backseat to the distinctive mix of gameplay and sound, this is a remarkably noteworthy game and a welcome innovation to more generic cyberpunk ideas.

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The game also spawned a sequel, Child of Eden, which came to Xbox Kinect in 2011, and Rez Infinite is expected to come to PlayStation VR this October.

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Remember Me
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Remember Me was the first game from Dontnod Entertainment; the company that would go on to create Life Is Strange. Released on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC in 2013, this futuristic romp through "Neo-Paris" has an engaging and unsettling story involving memory wiping and corporate domination through the controlling of peoples’ memories.

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Playing as Nilin, a “memory hunter”, gamers ally themselves with an underground resistance fighting against the corrupt stranglehold of a huge corporation named Memorize. It’s a quintessential cyberpunk story of sci-fi technology and oppressed society, and whilst it is far from perfect it’s an ambitious and entertaining experience.

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Unfortunately the general gameplay is a little lackluster. Made up of light platforming and Arkham-style combat, it is generally quite clunky and repetitive, balanced somewhat by innovative “memory remix” segments whereby Nilin can actively change a person’s memories to her advantage.

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Remember Me isn’t the most innovative nor the most polished game on this list, but it earns its place for weaving an interesting cyberpunk tale.

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Transistor
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Transistor is a stunningly beautiful isometric action-RPG from Supergiant Games, the guys behind the equally awesome Bastion. The game follows a singer named Red as she ventures to reclaim her stolen voice with the help of a giant spirit-infused sword -- the titular Transistor.

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Featuring an evil robotic army called the Process and shady figures pulling strings for nefarious gains, Transistor is full of cyberpunk themes. This is combined with atmospheric architecture, cavernous concert halls, entrancing music and sublime hand-drawn artwork.

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It’s a relatively short game, but that time is unforgettable for its balance of deep gameplay and intriguing cyberpunk story.

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You can pick up Transistor on PC, PlayStation 4 and iOS!

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Shadowrun Returns
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Shadowrun Returns is an isometric, turn-based tactical RPG. Based on the popular tabletop game published by Harebrained Schemes. It takes place in a cyberpunk re-imagining of Seattle in a near-but-troubled future. The setup is something of a sci-fi murder mystery but the story soon becomes embroiled in conspiracy, cultism and cyber warfare (there’s even a Matrix).

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Like many games on this list, Shadowrun Returns puts a twist on the standard cyberpunk tropes. In this case, this comes through an ingenious merging of fantasy and sci-fi, bringing elves, orcs and trolls into a futuristic but run-down ghetto version of Seattle.

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This is all realized through massively detailed backdrops that, whilst limited to linear paths, are a joy to traverse.

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You can expect to spend a lot of time in turn-based combat, expending Action Points to move characters, and to perform attacks and an impressive variety of skills.

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An excellent expansion pack titled Shadowrun: Dragonfall is also worth playing if you enjoy the main game, and it’s all available on PC, Android and iOS.

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The cyberpunk genre works extremely well as a premise for video games. Setting up interesting worlds with great technological advancements and societal volatility, cyberpunk games can deliver sci-fi gameplay variety and deep, intricate narratives.

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The Deus Ex series is one of the greats when it comes to cyberpunk video games. With the hugely anticipated Deus Ex: Mankind Divided coming on Tuesday, we’ve compiled a list of 6 suggestions of cyberpunk games to get you in the mood over the weekend.

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Note that this list will NOT include other Deus Ex games, but it’s highly recommended that you play both the original Deus Ex and 2011’s Deus Ex: Human Revolution; two highlights of not just cyberpunk but the whole wonderful medium that is video gaming.

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With that said, read on for lots of cyberpunk goodness!

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Are You Getting Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Next Week? https://www.gameskinny.com/62wrt/are-you-getting-deus-ex-mankind-divided-next-week https://www.gameskinny.com/62wrt/are-you-getting-deus-ex-mankind-divided-next-week Fri, 19 Aug 2016 12:49:45 -0400 Jeremy "Digit" Brown

The next (and possibly last) big title of the summer, Deus Ex: Mankind Dividedhits stores next week. Are you going to enter the world of augmentation once again?

The Square Enix-published title is the first direct sequel the series has ever had, keeping the same protagonist as Human Revolution, Adam Jensen. This time around he's on a mission to take down the Illuminati -- the people responsible for the drastic events that occurred at the end of the previous title.

The world, as the title states, is having segregation issues over the use of augmentations. People with artificial enhancements, or "augs," are being persecuted by more purist factions, leading to many different activist groups and terrorist organizations that Adam Jensen will meet along the way. The player's choices will once again shape the world around them.

But with his new challenges, Jensen brings new experimental augmentations to his battles, such as tesla shockwaves and speed boosts reminiscent of The Six Million Dollar Man. His expanded arsenal makes him more deadly than ever, but it's up to the player to use their powers how they want.

Deus Ex has always been a series about approaching scenarios the way you want to, and Eidos Montreal has been promising more options for stealth and action for all players to find their own style of infiltration. The only question left is -- are you going to pick up Mankind Divided when it releases?

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will be out August 23, on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. For more information on the game, head to their website. And if you still need to pre-order your copy, you can check out our Deus Ex buying guide

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