Re-unite with Frank Pritchard, Adam’s friend and former colleague at Sarif Industries, and assist him in hunting down information on the mysterious Santeau Group. Desperate to get more information, Pritchard targets one of the most secure data banks ever created – the Palisade Blade. In agreeing to help, Adam may also be able to uncover hints as to who the Illuminati really are.
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The System Rift DLC is the first story addition for MD, reintroducing Francis Pritchard from HR as well as a new cool character. This time, Jensen is helping Pritchard to hack into the most secure bank of the Palisade Blade-01, a completely new location, which we saw in the main game only from afar over the Vltava River. Infiltrating the most secure data warehouse in the world as of 2029 is an excellent challenge for the masters of stealth that are the Deus Ex players. I do not know why so many people scold this wonderful DLC. You can see that the developers really ironed out the errors from the main game. True, the plot does not reveal almost anything new and we get only a small piece of open location near the entrance to the Palisade Blade itself. Still, we do get to learn more about BREACH, what it really does and where it came from. And, despite its short length, there is much to explore; the gameplay ideas are quite original and a lot are exclusive to this DLC. Personally, I found the gameplay pretty damn good, though I have to say that most of the time it was designed for stealth players. Most of the time, the challenge came from having a lot of opponents in a relatively small area. What I also found surprising was the new function of the bots and drones (heat seeking). Some of them could even recognize Jensen through walls. Definitely a refreshing change. The level design was also more successful than in the main game. The environment was quite colossal and impressive, and thus creating a much better Deus Ex mood. Just a pity it was limited to this DLC. While I certainly really enjoyed playing a great DLC such as System Rift, I couldn't ignore the downside that, just like in the Extreme measures addition, the character has to be developed from scratch; same with your inventory. Other than that, there's also the price that's a bit steep for the DLC's length, not to mention I got the feeling that this could've just easily been in the main game, instead of being cut and sold separately (this isn't the only instance where one could say this was the case). Still, for such quality, it's hard to complain. An absolute recommendation.
Mankind Divided's 1st story DLC, which feels like a fan service having an arbitary reason to include Pritchard. The story is short, not really interesting and neither are the characters. It doesn't help either that there is even more "Breach" part which even bugged on me almost making my progress completely stuck. Buy it only when discounted!
This is so worth buying the full game for it always feels like these too are dear friends even though they are always throwing barbs at each other. But perhaps that's because they have been through so much together. I don't care that people say its short its a great moment in the history of these two likeable characters.
System rift is not bad of a DLC and gives us some information about what happened to Jensen and what Pritchard had to do with it, it's not important. The point of this DLC is mostly advertising/demo for Breach mode, explaining every mechanic of it and giving its story more significance, although for the main game it doesn't do much. While sneaking around the bank is fun, it's incredibly short and new gameplay element, thermal vision for cameras and robots, is criminally underused. 2-3 hours tops, which is a shame, because it could've been much more. Nice extension of the gameplay, but sadly not absolute must. Pick it up on discount, because it's not worth full price.
System Rift is the first of two announced single player DLCs for Mankind Divided, you can access this content at anytime from the main menu, the same as the preorder/deluxe edition mission Desperate Measures. Because this can be accessed at any time, you will not start with your praxis points or equipment and will instead be given 13 points to assign to your augmentations at the start of the DLC which doesn't give you that many options. You can find stashes of weapons and mods to outfit yourself equipment wise but you barely have enough points to go over the more essential augmentation upgrades, before even getting into anything meant to be more fun. Your low supply of biocells, gun ammo, and augmentation ammo is also unfortunate. The story revolves around Adam helping his old "friend" Frank Pritchard hack into a data bank in the Palisade Blade to learn more about who is working on the city for augmented people that is in development during the main game. This struck as disappointing since one main story mission and two side missions from the main game already had you traversing every level of that bank. Lucky this is a different bank and before going there you do get taken to a new area of Prague to explore. The new area of Prague is well detailed like the rest of the game but it is a small area that has you recovering something for Frank and then meeting an extremely badly dressed friend of his that you might know from playing the Breach mode of Mankind Divided. Once you are inside the bank it is a bit more detailed than the Desperate Measures add on in that it gives you a few side missions to complete. If you are looking for more content it is enjoyable but the story just isn't interesting and it will only last you about three hours which may make the cost a bit too high for some people. Giving you so few praxis points and equipment and placing you in a fairly easy level environment also seems like a wasted opportunity.
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