The Jimquisition: How Square Enix Kept Meddling With Deus Ex

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Sterling’s little birdies are tweeting secrets again, this time bringing the delectable stories behind Deus Ex: Mankind Divided‘s cash-grab elements.

How much warning did Eidos Montreal get about the microtransactions? Exactly why was Breach mode included? And what about the next Deus Ex game?

The Jimquisition has naughty secrets to share.

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided – The Hottest Take

So I can’t review Deus Ex: Mankind Divided yet because I got a review copy last night and the embargo is up now. I also can’t do a Jimpressions video because Square Enix is disallowing footage to be shown until next week.

The best I can do for you while I continue playing the game and work on getting a written review up (hopefully) before launch is a general written assessment based on my time spent with the game so far.

So here we go…

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The Bullshit Roundup: Battlefield 1 and Deus Ex Get Microtransactions, Watch Dogs 2 Spams Us With Special Editions

Time for more stinking bullshit, delivered to you on an unwashed platter full of sick and blood. We’re here once more to bang on about the same old crap the “AAA” industry shoves down our throat, because lordy knows few other places bother.

On today’s edition of Bullshit Roundup, we’ve got two more cases of microtransactions announced for unreleased premium games, and Ubisoft is at it again with another ludicrous selection of collector’s editions for Watch Dogs 2.

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Metabombed: Hitman Is ‘A Complete Fiasco’

Last week, Square Enix launched Hitman to a decidedly mixed response. While it’s been almost universally praised for the quality of its content, the method of its distribution has left a sour taste in the mouths of many.

As reported on a recent Jimquisition episodeHitman went episodic as part of the publisher’s panicked plan to start carving games into pieces. This led to the confusingly titled Hitman: Intro Pack, and a fair bit of cynicism from fans.

Worse than this, however, is the game’s always-online requirement. Despite being a single-player game, Hitman utilizes online features that act as glorified DRM and have led to numerous negative expriences.

The result? Hitman just got Metabombed!

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The Jimquisition: The ‘Problem’ With Episodic Games

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There’s nothing wrong with episodic games. Not on paper, anyway. There’s plenty wrong with the current crop of entities eyeing episodic games up, however.

Last week, some people assumed I thought episodic content was, itself, a problem. This is not the case. Let’s look at what the actual problem is.