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  • Summary: Approximately 20 years after the events depicted in Deus Ex, the world is only beginning to recover from a catastrophic depression. During this chaotic period of recovery, several religious and political factions see an opportunity to reshape a worldwide government to their agendas. In this techno nightmare, take part in the dark struggle to raise the world from its own ashes. With biotech modifications, you gain the ability to see through walls, leap 40 feet into the air, or regenerate critical injuries. Whether you prefer the path of violence or nonviolence, Deus Ex: Invisible War offers multiple solutions to problems and allows for radically different styles of play. Expand
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  1. Positive: 46 out of 50
  2. Negative: 0 out of 50
  1. This game is quality. You don't so much play it, but experience it...Invisible War gives us a new vision and for that we are nothing less than extremely grateful. It's legend time, right here.
  2. Deux Ex: Invisible War is incredible, pure and simple.
  3. It’s nice to see those of us who own the best hardware benefit from titles that actually push its limits; this seems to be the antithesis to many developer’s strategies, but one that will keep me an Eidos fan for a long time.
  4. Fans of the first game will find a lot to like here. But newcomers and those with unrealistic expectations will inevitably discover either that the multitude of references to the previous game will cause confusion, or that the few technical improvements do little to offset the fact that this is merely a logical upgrade.
  5. It’s difficult to convey a story in first person form without the use of heavy scripting and this is something that Warren and the boys haven’t gotten quite right.
  6. The game offers unparalleled variety and choice in the actual gameplay. The non-intrusive design sets just as much of a precedent as did Deus Ex, which is a joy to realize. The game feels a bit short -- especially considering how much choice the player is given -- and the presentation values could have been polished up more, but it's an experience like no other.
  7. Invisible War kind of looks like it was meant to be a much, much better game than it is, with a lot of half-finished ideas that aren't taken quite far enough.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. BingH.
    Dec 6, 2003
    Best game I have ever seen.
  2. AlexN.
    Nov 13, 2003
    Best game of Christmas 2004! The bumped maping and awesome story and physics, I give it a 10!
  3. DillonS.
    Nov 16, 2003
    This game is bad as hell. Better than the first. I have read breat reviews on it and i can't wait for it to come out.
  4. Youaremydad.
    Dec 8, 2003
    Being a serious Morrowind dork, I was really looking forward to a huge open-ended RPG. I've never played the first Deus Ex, but from the reviews I've read, I thought this game would blow me away. It's definitely a fun game, and somewhat open-ended -- but it doesn't blow me away. First of all, there's almost no freedom to explore the world of the can go all over whatever city you're in, but you can't go back and forth at will between cities...the environments, though expansive and intricately designed, are more like levels in a shooter than "worlds" -- which bugs me because, like I said, I'm a serious Morrowind dork. Not to compare this game with Morrowind, though -- it's a completely different different I have a hard time thinking of it as an RPG. Much more action-oriented. A good example is that there's no resting or sleeping to heal yourself -- in an RPG, resting (or whatever they call it) is essential to maintaining the sense of an ongoing quest. Deus Ex forces you to find little bits of food or very randomly dispersed "medical bots" (unless you have the regeneration biomod, of course) . No inns, no home base, etc. This to me stinks of an action game. Then, of course, there's the lack of leveling up...though I do appreciate what Ion Storm tried to do in eliminating some RPG cliches, it's just not strong enough as a shooter to not be an RPG. Does that make sense? The lack of some typical RPG elements, like leveling up, "resting" or skills makes it frustrating if you approach the game as an RPG. At the same time, with the tendancy to go all crappy when more than two people are firing at you, it's also frustrating to approach it as a shooter. The story is interesting, but despite the ability to decide who you're working for, it's actually pretty linear. No matter what you decide, you're going to go to the same place as a result of it and either do one thing for one group or the opposite for the rival. Anyway, I don't mean to put the game down...exactly. I would've liked more freedom to roam and tweek my dude. Other than that I basically enjoy it. Expand
  5. JamesH.
    Mar 18, 2004
    As with the preceding Deus Ex game, Invisible war is pitched as cross between the FPS and RPG genres. The degree to which you play to either of these styles is, to a certain extent, left up to you. However, due to certain (sadly quite noticeable) framerate issues I found the game most enjoyable if approached from a non-combative stealth perspective. It is allegedly possible to complete the game without firing a shot (i'll try this next time I play the game...). Whilst the story and plot is excellent and well told, it lacks the same level of attention to detail present in the first game and this is in some ways a little disappointing. Invisible War is still a very fine game though and minor niggles aside, well worth the 15 or so hours of your time you'll need to complete it. Expand
  6. Dec 14, 2011
    This is the only owned Xbox game I have ever played in my life. The controls are difficult for a FPS/RPG unless you master the controller. Despite weaker graphics and a weaker story, the overall gameplay is more tossed up than the original. Expand
  7. Uter
    Feb 10, 2004
    I bought it, popped it in my xbox and it crashed after i selected my character. I returned the game, got a new copy and the exact same thing happens every time. It doesn't seem to be compatible with my xbox - very strange considering I own around 45 other xbox games that have never had problems. Expand

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