Deus Ex Mankind Divided w/ MSI Gaming GTX 1070

nataix13

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This is a quick preliminary review after just under 6 hours of play.
This is Deus Ex; closest to the original I've seen yet. So far, this game actually has the same feel as the original. As much as I liked Human Revolution, it wasn't able to quite achieve that.

Cons: 
Yes, Square is unabashedly making a money grab with the store. But in no way does it impact the game, nothing is available to you exclusively through the store. It's really not a big deal. Only downside is that the preorder items are treated like store purchases, so you won't be able to use them on a second playthrough.
Lipsyncing is a little off, and occassionally the enemies are a little jerky, which can make combat feel a bit... twitchy at times.
Software takes up inventory space. Uh, in a cyborg?
Yes, mouse sensitivity is jacked up to 11. Turn it down in the options. Another tip mentioned in a guide is that turning it to 0% effectively turns off mouse accelerations, suggesting it might have been better labeled in the settings.

Pros:
So far the characters are well written and presented. Prague feels fairly open and there is definitely plenty of flexibility in how you approach things. As it should be with Deus Ex, you get a lot more of the story if you take the time to read things. A lot is true to the original game. I found myself cursing not being able to carry every gun around - even after upgrading my inventory - but then remembered that choosing what to carry with you is a standard trope of the series.
If you're wondering, stealth is totally a viable option.
And the game is quite pretty to look at.

Ugly:
Edit: Have to say the interface - it's clunky. While better than many other ports, it's obvious the interface was built around consoles. You have to reach for the Esc key way too often to navigate menus - and sometimes (depending on context) instead of backing out it just jumps to the menu screen. I'd recommend mapping Esc to a spare mouse button if you have one. Might have made sense to actually use RMB to back out of menus, since I believe it is only used for ironsights. Long-pressing the Y key to bring up the weapon menu is another example - no reason long-pressing should be necessary on a keyboard. As a final example, you should be able to mouse over an item in your inventory to see what it is, but instead you have to click on it which brings up a menu and blocks many other items.

Anything that involves item manipulation (throwing, grabbing and moving) is overexagerrated. Trying to stack objects to reach a vent is a pain when each item want to slide all over the place. Throwing an item can send it ricocheting off walls. Why is this not listed under cons? Because it feels exactly like the original Deus Ex.

The really ugly: the ridiculous number of people that are not recommending this game because of one issue (the one issue varies by individual) is absolutely absurd. Also, take the comments about terrible performance with a pile of salt. I've seen very few AAA titles truly optimized at launch. If you expect all the drivers to work perfectly and no need for patching on launch day... go fire up your console. If you're running a 970 or 980, be sure to adjust your settings as widely recommended (disable MSAA and turn volumetric and contact hardening shadows to On instead of Ultra). As to people reporting 30-40 fps on GTX 1080 SLI or other such beastly rig: They likely need to adjust something (game settings, drivers, OS, etc.).


The day before the game's launch I took my aging rig (i7-3820, ROG Formula X79 MB, 16GB RAM) and replaced 680 SLI with a new MSI Gaming GTX 1070. I also went ahead and updated to the latest Win 10 Anniversary patch and updated all my drivers. I am using the default OC mode in the MSI app (not manually OCing). At 1080p, no MSAA, volumetric and contact shadows to On, and everything else using the Ultra settings, I am getting 100fps and my GPU temp isn't even clearing 70???. Not even close to stressing this card, and everything is running great.

I have heard that Afterburner sometimes misreports GPU memory usage, but for those running older cards I will mention that my numbers are showing the game using 6GB of VRAM. If accurate, that might explain why some are having issues.


I also benchmarked the game at Ultra settings (including volumetrics and contact shadows) and reported an average fps of 51. Again, this didn't appear to even begin to stress the card so it is likely an optimization or CPU bottleneck issue.


Overall really happy with my new card.  Feel free to ask any questions.
 

nataix13

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I should also mention that the Game DVR automatically enabled in the latest Windows 10 update (anniversary) reportedly impacts performance in some games.

To disable the Game DVR feature, open the Xbox app (installed by default with latest update), and go to Settings.  You should see a tab for DVR and a setting that defaults to On. Turn it Off.
 

s.vesselov

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Thanks a lot for the review, many useful details here to optimize settings. I?m looking forward for getting GTX 1070 and playing Deus Ex Mankind divided:)
 
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