System Rift, the latest DLC for Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, finds Adam Jensen dipping a toe in the Tron-like digital world of the Rippers, a group of futuristic hacktivists. If you’ve played Mankind Divided’s Breach mode, you should have a fair idea of what to expect: namely, a luridly colored world filled with polygons that’s a lot more visually interesting than looking at a terminal coding screen. The System Rift DLC also finds Adam reconnecting with his old “friend” Frank Pritchard in an attempt to hack one of Palisade’s blade servers.
We’ve put together five tips for the System Rift DLC to save you some headaches — check them out below.
Dive Into the Breach
If you haven’t already, we recommend playing a bit of Mankind Divided’s Breach mode before jumping into the System Rift DLC. Breach mode gives you a little background on the Rippers and one of their key organizers, ShadowChild. It’s not necessary, but it adds a lot of flavor and context to System Rift and will help you figure out what to expect once you’re in the Neural Subnet.
A New Leaf
System Rift is a self-contained adventure, so don’t expect to have access to your arsenal from the main story mode. You do get 12 free Praxis points to spend when you start, though, making a basic build easy enough. Weapons are initially limited to a combat rifle and a stun gun, so make sure to loot enemies and search around for additional arms. Alternatively, feel free to take our next piece of advice…
Alternatively, feel free to take our next piece of advice…
A big portion of System Rift involves infiltrating a Palisade security building, so you’ll be up against heavily armed guards and robots. Taking them head-on is not advisable since your choice of weapons is extremely limited. Stealth-focused skills like movement speed, jumping, and hacking (see below) can be a huge bonus here, as the later parts of the DLC have too many robot guards to take out and you’ll need to sneak around them.
Learn to Code
Hacking plays a huge role in System Rift, and dumping some Praxis points into your hacking skills, especially remote hacking, will prove extremely worthwhile. Palisade security is heavily robotic and the facility is loaded with heavily armored turrets and cameras. If you can find the security terminal, disabling them via hack is the easiest way to get around. As an added bonus, those hacking skills will remain useful once you’re in the Neural Subnet as well.
Fans of cloaking will have a rude awakening with System Rift, as several of the high-security areas implement heat scanning. This means the security drones, bots, and cameras will enter suspicion mode if you’re close enough to them even when invisible or behind cover — a technology so sinister even John Cena isn’t safe.