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Deus Ex: Mankind Divided's new promo shows how live-action video game trailers should be done

By midian182 ยท 16 replies
May 27, 2016
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  1. The history of live-action video game trailers is littered with hits and misses, but there are definitely a lot more bad than good. With Deus Ex: Mankind Divided on the horizon, Eidos Montreal has just released a new promo for the game that uses human actors rather than clips from the upcoming title, and it’s being called one of the best live-action video game trailers ever made.

    ‘The Mechanical Apartheid’ doesn’t actually feature game protagonist Adam Jensen; he doesn’t even get a mention. Instead, it focuses on a couple – one augmented with a bionic limb and the other a 'natural' – as they struggle to keep their relationship together after the biologically modified woman tries to kill her husband during the ‘aug incident’ from Human Revolution - the broadcast signal sent out by Hugh Darrow causing all augs to go temporarily insane and attack people, resulting in millions of deaths worldwide.

    “This is an attack on humanity and the universal values that we share,” says secretary general Peter Roberts in the trailer.

    While the acting isn’t going to win any Oscars, the video isn’t the usual cheese-fest that you often find in live-action game trailers. It does an excellent job of showing how society has found itself at the point where naturals and augs are being segregated on the streets, setting the backdrop for the game itself.

    Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is one of our '10 Most Anticipated games of 2016.' Players will get to decide how Adam Jensen handles himself in this bleak world when the games is released for PC, Xbox One, and PS4 on August 24.

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    IAMTHESTIG TS Evangelist Posts: 1,155   +395

    Looks like a movie preview to me... well done I must say.
  3. davislane1

    davislane1 Inquisitor Posts: 4,505   +3,502

    Very well done indeed.
  4. I'd watch this movie.
    Reehahs and Adhmuz like this.
  5. Ranger1st

    Ranger1st TS Evangelist Posts: 348   +124

    Now that's some bad *** game preview making.. Does of very good job of evoking emotional value in the player.. I'm looking forward to playing this one.
  6. madboyv1

    madboyv1 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,446   +349

    I'd watch this movie too.
  7. amstech

    amstech IT Overlord Posts: 1,713   +874

  8. Adhmuz

    Adhmuz TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,769   +598

    So when does the movie come out? Not so interested in the game having not seen any real game play, but they sure have one hell of a budget if this is just the trailer for, the game and not the movie?
  9. Joba83

    Joba83 TS Rookie

    I must say, this is quite inspired.
  10. WangDangDoodle

    WangDangDoodle TS Addict Posts: 199   +71

    Now then, if only the game delivers. I bought the previous Deus Ex game, and it was a bit of a letdown really. All the characters were shaking, literally shaking, all the time, due to terrible animations. The game had so much promise, but it felt half-baked.
  11. Brock Kane

    Brock Kane TS Addict Posts: 132   +69

    Best trailer for a game I've ever seen! And yes, now the "movie" please!
  12. nickstricks007

    nickstricks007 TS Enthusiast Posts: 29   +11

    Well, it's not technically a trailer but a promotional video to boost hype and help people connect with the underlying story of how things arrived to the point where the game picks up. Brilliant marketing in my opinion. And for those knocking this video because it doesn't show any gameplay, try investing in something other than the visuals of the game and maybe you'll understand what the developers are trying to do here. E3 is days away, so you'll have plenty of opportunities to witness the gameplay.
  13. Ranger1st

    Ranger1st TS Evangelist Posts: 348   +124

    I had no problem with the motion systems, looking at it's contemporaries it have far more natural kinematics and a massive library of movements compared to COD/BF/ ME. For me, the series has been one of the bright spots in a fairly soft and lazy fps marketplace.
    Last edited: May 29, 2016
  14. WangDangDoodle

    WangDangDoodle TS Addict Posts: 199   +71

    I agree that Deus Ex stands out. I love the futuristic vibe and everything. But seriously, you didn't experience the problem I mentioned? It literally looked like every single NPC I talked to was suffering from severe drug withdrawal. They just couldn't stand still, constantly shaking. It was the weirdest thing I've ever seen in a game.
  15. m4a4

    m4a4 TS Evangelist Posts: 887   +437

    Compare it with a youtube vid. Sounds like your setup was the cause, not the game. No animation "jittering" here either...
  16. Ranger1st

    Ranger1st TS Evangelist Posts: 348   +124

    DE used the PhysX/APEX systems.. I think I was using a then brand new 6970 to play DE II and I had to jump through small hoops to get the two products ( physix/AMD drivers) to play nice. Something on Guru3d I think helped .
  17. Athlonite

    Athlonite TS Enthusiast Posts: 43   +9

    So whens the movie coming ya can't tell me they spent all that dosh just for a game promo it's gotta be part of a movie

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