In Deus Ex: Mankind Divided you play Adam Jensen, a highly augmented Head of Security who treats his body like most of us treat our PCs, with regular and flashy upgrades! You’ll unlock augmentations (or Augs) throughout the game, but it can be tricky to know which ones are the most valuable or useful straight away, especially as some can have up to five levels of upgrading. If you want to know what we would recommend, read on.
Smart Vision, Glass-shield Cloaking
Mankind Divided is definitely a game that is designed to play stealthily. If you’re playing on anything above normal difficulty, it’s practically a requirement to keep out of sight. These Augs will help massively in that. Smart Vision allows you to see enemies through walls, and the last version of this even lets you see their cone of vision (and hidden items too). The Cloaking upgrade does exactly that, cloaks you invisibly. This Aug drains your power the faster you’re moving, so it’s more useful for short movements or hiding in plain sight. Beware though, if you don’t want your stealthy play through to turn into ‘Battery Power Management: The Game’, you may want to avoid this Aug and stick to normal hiding.
Hacking Capture, Remote Hacking
Hacking in Deus Ex is essential for getting into places where goodies are located. If you come across a locked door, chances are there is something on the other side worth taking. A lot of Augs are useful for getting to hidden or hard to reach areas, and hacking plays a large part in that. You can upgrade your hacking abilities to take on tougher security systems, as well as turrets and cameras, allowing you to turn a lot of obstacles into assets. Remote Hacking allows you to stay in your hiding spot and hack away to your heart’s content, avoiding all patrols. Speaking of hiding spots….
Cybernetic Leg Prosthesis, Optimised Musculature
If you want to find the best stealthy routes and places, you’re going to need Mario levels of agility and strength. Upgrading your legs will let you jump up into air vents and onto ledges, and giving your more muscle will mean large, haphazardly placed crates will pose no obstruction. If you want to find yet more nice stuff without going the hacking route, then upgrading your physical self is a must. Considering a hacking failure will lock you out the system anyway, it may be worth getting these Augs as back-up.
Icarus Landing, Icarus Dash
Sarif Industries decided to create Augs that would put a stop to an oh-so-common problem: For Adam Jensen and most other video game characters, fall damage is a much feared killer. With Icarus Landing, not only can Jensen survive ANY fall, but he’ll do so in a shiny, badass way that’ll take out enemies around him (preferably in slow motion). Icarus Dash on the other hand lets Adam ‘blink’ to areas, meaning you can move around silently and quickly, as well as reach some places you couldn’t before. Just ignore the fact these are named after some berk who fell to his death for trying to fly with feathers stuck together with leftover candle wax.
Inventory Space, Implanted Rebreather, Social Enhancer
These may not be the most flashy or cool or Robocop-worthy of the Augs, but they deserve a mention just for making life easier in Deus Ex. If you can’t really decide what to get, then these are almost always going to be useful. You can increase your Inventory Space, meaning you can carry more items (and more guns!), you can take the Rebreather which means poison gas doesn’t affect you at all, and the Social Enhancer gives you more options in dialogue which can lead to all kinds of benefits.
There’s our recommended Aug list, let us know if you agree or have one that we missed that you think is essential! You can get Deus Ex Mankind Divided in our Summer Sale now!