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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. InApproximately 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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Score distribution:
  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. 80
    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: 11 out of 19
  2. Negative: 2 out of 19
  1. Aug 28, 2016
    10
    This is an incredible sci-fi action adventure stealthy FPS with RPG elements, arguably one of the top 10 games in the entire original XBOXThis is an incredible sci-fi action adventure stealthy FPS with RPG elements, arguably one of the top 10 games in the entire original XBOX library. It is pretty depressing how MetaCritic and other sites continuously allow MORONS like Uter below to infect the compiled user score for this amazing game with their idiotic nonsense and 0 scores. Expand
  2. DillonS.
    Nov 16, 2003
    10
    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.
  3. Apr 17, 2017
    9
    Honnie, décriée et sévèrement vilipendée à sa sortie, la suite du très bon Deus Ex n'a jamais mérité pareil traitement. Je le trouvais aussiHonnie, décriée et sévèrement vilipendée à sa sortie, la suite du très bon Deus Ex n'a jamais mérité pareil traitement. Je le trouvais aussi brillant que le premier et avec le recul, je le trouve même un cran au dessus.

    Le jeu était très beau et très stable sur Xbox, l'interface était bien pensée et l'ambiance cyberpunk toujours aussi agréable. Ce mélange d'infiltration et de JDR est unique (même si le jeu laissait aussi le choix de se la jouer gros bill cela va de soi). Superbe ambiance et grande liberté d'approche.
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  4. JamesH.
    Mar 18, 2004
    8
    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 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
  5. Jan 9, 2020
    7
    I'm basically reviewing this game here in 2020 to see if this game holds the test of time. Games today have become quite linear and made forI'm basically reviewing this game here in 2020 to see if this game holds the test of time. Games today have become quite linear and made for every Tom, Dick, Harry, Sally, Beth and little Beth Ann too which has inspired me a bit to give up on today's graphics in order to try to recapture gameplay again. This game has a very different feel to it compared to today's games and is a good game however by today's standards I'd say it's quite niche and I see why games have become so dumbed down after playing this. I found it quite frustrating and unenjoyable having such terrible maps and mission markers. Some of the quests in this game had only single conversations to identify your next goal and if you didn't hear the conversation for whatever reason you were kinda lost where to go. This at times makes you feel quite stupid. On the other hand this helped immersion. Similarly you had to basically learn the game world with very sparse help with maps if any. Again, immersion bonus but also time consuming and frustrating sometime even leading to complete boredom. To offset this though the game throws many weapons, mods, and choices at you very early in the game allowing you a highly personalized gameplay. I do respect that. I personally enjoyed that within the game real time events could happen and if you failed to listen or properly respond these events could pass and youde lose or gain a possible reward. This dramatically improved immersion. AI was as youde expect from 2000 or so and to be honest even today some games still have equally bad AI. Overall I'd say this game is a niche game and it will come down to your personality. If you are willing to overthrow today's OCD pacing and style and slow down to a more cottage style game this one is probably worth a try. I found it had decent design and although not intense you could make a great experience with it with some patience to accept the games style based off its creation date standards. Despite dating I'm happy to own this. It can be beat by many styles and it does have a realism mode which basically is one shot kills against you and one to two vs enemies. Although not perfect I'd definitely say this game is still worth checking out today. It does have its unique style merits. I rate games must buy at 8/10 so I'd say this is pretty decent but again not universal in appeal. Expand
  6. MichaelR.
    Dec 8, 2003
    6
    Big shoes to fill, considering how good the first one was. This one's dumbed-down and much shorter, and stresses the choice angle Big shoes to fill, considering how good the first one was. This one's dumbed-down and much shorter, and stresses the choice angle instead of character development. Many things were changed that didn't need to be--weapons & ammo (everything uses the same ammo, and only 2 mods/wepaon are allowed), the interface (the new one looks cool at first but ends up being a neverending nuisance) and skills acquisition (gone) come to mind. Mods are somewhat more useful (in particular, the obscenely high energy requirements for many have been reduced) but absurdly easy to get, and your success relies too heavily on them. The plot is interesting but much less engaging (and ultimately, surprising) than the original. I'd have been happier with an expansion pack that just smartened up the AI a little, improved the visuals, and left the interface alone. Considering they had three years to work on this, the shortness is truly disappointing. Could have been much better, but still a worthwhile diversion. Expand
  7. Uter
    Feb 10, 2004
    0
    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 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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#28 Most Discussed Xbox Game of 2003