Soundtrack Review: Deus Ex Mankind Divided

Soundtrack Review: Deus Ex Mankind Divided

Deus Ex Mankind Divided Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the video game score Deus Ex Mankind Divided by Sascha Dikiciyan, Michael McCann & Ed Harrison.

At a glance:

Geek Score: 96.5
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 93.3
Album Excellence: 81.1%

How are the scores calculated and what does it mean?

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is an action role-playing stealth video game developed by Eidos Montréal and published by Square Enix. Set in a cyberpunk-themed dystopian world in 2029, two years after the events of Human Revolution, Mankind Divided features the return of Adam Jensen from the previous game, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, with new technology and body augmentations. Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is played through a first-person perspective, with a third-person cover system, and combines elements of a first-person shooter, with a role-playing upgrade system and dialogue trees. The game allows the player to tackle situations using combat, hacking, stealth, and social interactions. The score is composed by Sascha Dikiciyan,Michael McCann & Ed Harrison.

Deus Ex: Human Revolution was an outstanding game with an equally outstanding score. McCann was heavily involved in that one and I’m glad to see him back for the sequel with Dikiciyan and Harrison. Human Revolution is what a new version of Blade Runner would have sounded like. Now that we’re getting a new Blade Runner I might have to retract that statement, but it was something about the sound that put me right there in that kind of mind frame. I hope the sequel doesn’t lose that and continues where Human Revolution left off. The score opens with ‘Main Menu Theme’ by Sascha Dikiciyan and I think that’s how Human Revolution started as well and what a theme it was. And oh yes, the fat synth 25 seconds in is a killer, a killer of everything that’s bad in the world. Now everything is good again. Amazing. The theme was better in Human Revolution, but the sound here is top notch. There’s something about the sound here that makes it sound retro as well as modern. It’s a beautiful blend. I love it and it’s one of the better cues I’ve heard all year.

Michael McCann opens with a haunting cue called ‘Sandstorm’, a superb mix of Middle Eastern chanting and western synth music. It evolves into a sweet sounding rhythmic track and it fits well within this universe. McCann has written a great ‘Opening Credits’ theme as well, a bit on the sort side, but it sounds great. I love that it feels like a sequel to Human Revolution. The music is more intricate now than it was in that one. This one has less powerful themes perhaps, but it’s a beautiful evolution of what was already working. I still feel that we are in the same world, but it has evolved. I can safely say that if you enjoyed Human Revolution you’ll enjoy this one as well.

HIGHLIGHTS:
1. Main Menu Theme *
2. Sandstorm
3. Opening Credits
4. Safehouse
5. Distorted Reality
6. Dr. Koller
7. Sewers
8. TF29
9. Dark Days
10. The Utulek Complex: Golem City
11. Tensions Rising
12. Janus
13. Palisade Bank
14. The Machine God
16. Martial Law
17. Prague
19. Apex Towers
20. Battle For The Future
24. Breaching The Veil
25. Embrace What You Have Become Trailer
26. E3 2015 Trailer
27. Adam Jensen 2.0 Trailer
28. 101 Trailer
29. The Mechanical Apartheid Trailer

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Soundtrack Review: Deus Ex Mankind Divided, 8.8 out of 10 based on 10 ratings

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