Up For Debate - Mouse And Keyboard vs Gamepad In Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

Written by Neil Soutter on Sat, Aug 27, 2016 2:00 PM
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I’ve been playing quite a bit of Deus Ex: Mankind Divided this week and I found it a bit of a strange one. The game is great, no doubt about it, but at times it feels like the series’ PC roots has practically been forgotten in the chase for those console dollars. The PC version looks fantastic, much better than PS4, but there are a number of strange design choices which feels like Eidos Montreal funneling PC players away from a traditional mouse and keyboard setup.

Firstly, the mouse acceleration. Not having a toggle for this immediately sets alarm bells ringing. It’s almost as if no one on the project is familiar with playing games on PC. With mouse acceleration turned on, the movement of the crosshair is based on the speed you move the mouse rather than an accurate 1:1 representation of movement. It makes it feel horribly inaccurate and laggy. I know some people prefer, but what about the millions who don't? An on/off toggle is surely coming soon, but it’s a bizarre oversight at launch.

Then there’s the small matter of the UI. On PC your augmented abilities are mapped to the (F)unction buttons on your keyboard, with the exception of a quick access skill via middle mouse click. Fair enough, that’s standard. But then your equipped skills are laid out like a console d-pad (+), along with slots for shoulder button shortcuts. It makes actually identifying what skill is attributed to what button an absolute nightmare.

I gave it go for a little while but then I thought screw it, I’m using a gamepad. It works like a charm, even if it isn’t necessarily the way I wanted to play Deus Ex: Mankind Divided.

So what do you make of the mouse and keyboard support in Deus Ex 4? Are you preferring to use gamepad or M&KB? Let us know!

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04:17 Aug-29-2016

I heard some people have problem with M/KB control. Well, it's new game. Need to adapt to it... My finger reflexes still remember Dues Ex Human: Revolution control, 90% similar to Mankind Divided. So, no problem to me.

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22:37 Aug-28-2016

THis isn't the first game that gets the UI and controls designed for consoles despite the PC release. FarCry4, Fable Anniversary, DOOM, Witcher 3 - a lot of games these days. Long are the days of pure PC awesomeness like we had in the original Fable TLC.


That being said I will absolutely REFUSE to EVER use a blasted gamepad on a shooter game. It's blasphemy to PC gaming. I understand console emulation where you have no choice, but for a PC title - never!

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14:41 Aug-28-2016

Not even a question, Mouse and Keyboard will always be my preference in FPS games.


I only play 3rd person RPG games, like The Witcher 3 and racing games on controller or wheel.

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10:49 Aug-28-2016

I always use a gamepad on PC. I grew up playing consoles all the time, but I moved to PC for the graphics and performance improvements over consoles, not for the controls.

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07:18 Aug-28-2016

Where's the Kinect motion sensor option?

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06:24 Aug-28-2016

Pfft a steering wheel? Skrubs


Real players use the Wii Balance Board.

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22:38 Aug-28-2016
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05:41 Aug-28-2016

Like I mentioned in the other Deus Ex post, the game works absolutely great with a controller, and there are a few different schemes to choose from.


I usually pick one or the other depending on which way the game is optimized for. More and more these days put controllers first - MGSV, Watch Dogs, every Assassins Creed ever, etc. But some, like Far Cry, Skyrim, Dishonored, feel better for kb/m.

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04:33 Aug-28-2016

I play all my games with a flight stick

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02:36 Aug-28-2016

I played human revolution with a gamepad on both console and pc.. but im currently using a m&kb to play Mankind Divided

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23:37 Aug-27-2016

Depends on the game. But i've always used joystick on fifa and assassin's creed games. All series except the mini series of AC.

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20:50 Aug-27-2016

For competitive shooters, M&KB all the way. Racing, third person, flying it feels much more natural with gamepads.

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21:09 Aug-27-2016

nah man third person is kinda like a mix that goes well for both but ofcourse M&KB are still more accurate in it.

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20:00 Aug-27-2016

Lol. That amount of people who vote for steering wheel, tho :D

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19:28 Aug-27-2016

Steering Wheel 100%.. Makes it eazi to 360 dem scrubs.

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18:03 Aug-27-2016

Why did people even vote for steering wheel how are u even gonna play on steering wheel???

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18:45 Aug-27-2016

I thought of the same thing but it seems people do use it.

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03:31 Aug-28-2016

It's a joke.

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17:56 Aug-27-2016

I prefer guitar hero controller. gid gud scrubz

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17:14 Aug-27-2016

any fps game or anything where I need precision. It's KB and mouse. Otherwise joystick is OK for me though.

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16:06 Aug-27-2016

mouse and keyboard, much more smooth and detailed moves

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16:03 Aug-27-2016

steering wheel? that is so damn softcore. try playing the game with nothing at all and see how far you can get.

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15:45 Aug-27-2016

No option for Resident Evil 4 chainsaw controller?

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15:31 Aug-27-2016

Ever considered remapping the keys? If you don't like the layout, change it. That's the beauty of PC gaming. If the game doesn't offer that functionality, then I'm afraid they really, really stopped caring about their PC players.
I don't have it, so no idea if that's in it. If it is, there is virtually no room for complaint.

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