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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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.
I loved Mankind Divided and Human Revolution far more than the older Deus Ex games. While System Rift is an okay expansion pack, it's just too short to warrant a full price purchase, let alone a season pass purchase. It took me about 3 hours to finish this DLC the first time. You start at level 0 with no weapons or upgrades, but can get all the weapons in the game at the armoury early in this expansion pack. The story is okay, but adds nothing to the main game. It's more of a side story that seems to put its emphasis more on the Breach side mode than the real Deus Ex time line. There are a few endings to this expansion pack, but none are great. You can play stealthy or guns blazing, just like the main game. There's a lot of hacking, so use your upgrade points for that augment. Once you know what you're doing you can blow through the level in an hour or less. I wouldn't say not to buy this, but definitely wait for a sale because it's way overpriced for what it offers.
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