10. Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
I can count the instances that Cyberpunk 2077’s writing investigated the effect of cyberware on the human psyche on one finger. That finger is neon pink and made of metal, and is probably my middle finger, but I’ve got no idea what it’s actually trying to say. That’s ok, though, because neither does Cyberpunk 2077. While we’re never really told how most of Night City’s citizens actually feel about their implants, Mankind Divided at least lets you know if its chromed-up protagonist Adam Jensen ever “asked for this”. Spoilers: he didn’t.
On top of exploring many of the cyberpunk genre’s actual themes, Mankind Divided also does Cyberpunk 2077’s generous, play style-accommodating level design better. The hacking is better. The conversation system is better. The roleplaying is better. The abilities Adam Jensen’s cyberware grants him are better. Is Deus Ex: Mankind Divided simply a better game than Cyberpunk 2077? That’s not for me to say. But yes, absolutely.