Reviews for Deus Ex: Invisible War Capsule

74

Good game bad sequel

britishlad | May 8, 2013 | See all britishlad's reviews »

Being a great fan of the original Deus Ex, I have for a long time been looking forward to playing Deus Ex Invisible War. The game sadly is not a worthy successor to DE. The absence of the skills system from DE; the relatively small levels (generally rather disappointing given that the Unreal 2 engine which was used for DE IW should be able to handle large outdoor scenes); and the A.I of the enemies which was somewhat weak. and the game choices wer limited compared to the first gameBut also a lot of improvements to the original DE, apart from graphical side (both games of course falls short of todays standards, but that is hardly surprising given that DE are from 2000 and DE IW from 2004, and cannot hope to compare to the new fabulously looking DE 3) : good story, probably better than the original, and the whole atmosphere : music, leveldesign, the snippets of political and philosophical thoughts which also characterized the original DE game and the whole general "feel" of the game, sneaking around, taking guards out and avoiding surveilliance hardware - very much a worthy follow-up to DE. So give this, by now ageing, game a try, if you like games with a complex storyline and freedom of play.

81

Who are you Alex D?

Guardian412 | Feb. 3, 2013 | See all Guardian412's reviews »

Deus Ex: Invisible War continues where the original left off, twenty years after the events of Deus Ex, but unfortunately instead of being a great sequel, it is one of the first PC victims of the era when companies started to oversimplify and dumb down their games to the mainstream console audience. Unlike Deus Ex, which was well known for the well thoughout RPG-FPS hybrid gameplay, decision making and storyline, Invisible War was stripped from true challenge, meaningful storyline, real decisions, complex gameplay and even longer learning curve. While the storyline of Invisible War is definitely fit to the world Deus Ex, and its one of the redeeming factor of the game, still unlike the first one, the second doesn't want you to think, to meditate on the possibilities of conspiracy theories and their existence. This game, this storyline was made for the mainstream people who can't or don't want to learn new things, but accept everything blindly and never take up questions about their life or their surroundings in their whole life. Regardless of these mistakes the game is still better than most RPG-FPS hybrids we receive these days, but if you want a better Deus Ex-like combat experience with less RPG elements, I would also suggest the spiritual sequel, what I call DX2.5, Project Snowblind. However Invisible War worth one or even more playthroughs, especially if you love the universe. Playing as Alex D, you've to find your way to learn the secrets behind the terrorist attack which wiped out a whole city from you barely escaped, so learn the origin of the people trying to hunt you down for a reason you don't know, The setting, the characters are still great, - and if there wouldn't be the original DX, or if Invisbile War wouldn't be that ultra mainstream, this would be a classic as well. Still, you'll find the spirit of Deus Ex in the game, which is making the difference between standard games and the Deus Ex series.

70

One of the Most Infamous Sequels Ever

videopower77 | Jan. 27, 2013 | See all videopower77's reviews »

Strictly speaking, this is a bad Deus Ex game. However, if you're looking for a decent cyberpunk game, then Invisible War can satisfy that. However, Deus Ex is one of the most critically acclaimed games of all time and the fact that the sequel from the same developers turned out to be such a disappointment is pretty sad. However, Ion Storm more than made up for it with Human Revolution.

78

Deus Ex: Invisible War - review

carlyle | Jan. 8, 2013 | See all carlyle's reviews »

The freedom to act as we want and to do what you prefer is the pride of Deus Ex Invisible War, there is, in fact, a predetermined order to carry out the missions and we can choose how to act in every moment of our adventure. Compared to the first chapter of the RPG elements have practically disappeared: D Alex is not customizable, the only choice that is given us to do is to play as a man or a woman. The rest of the changes concern only the BIOMOD. We will be able to increase our capacity through the choice of six skills that will contain three specialties for each group, for a total of 15. Each BIOMOD is upgradeable to three levels and will give us the ability which interfacciarci electronic equipment. Skills allow us a very direct approach to the game and face the fighting or careful and measured as real secret agents. Some minor technical deficiencies and the approach is not just immediate do not enter into the category of masterpieces, but it is fair to say that the work of the developers has been more than good and the title in question is able to provide many hours of fun .

70

A good game? Absolutely, but...

Lekes | Jan. 7, 2013 | See all Lekes's reviews »

A huge step down from the original Deus Ex. It's hard to believe that it's even by the same developers. There is still an interesting story, and there is some options. Unfortunately the world is tiny, and the lack of larger hub style, gameplay approach laden levels/worlds makes this less of a Deus Ex game, and more of a Deus Ex spin off. A good game? Absolutely. Holds a candle to Deus Ex and Human Revolution? Not even vaguely.

70

Awesome Finale of DX1's Story, Mediocre Gameplay

Brumbek | Dec. 29, 2012 | See all Brumbek's reviews »

Although clearly inferior in depth to Deus Ex 1, Deus Ex 2 is a must play simply because it is a direct continuation and resolution of the Deus Ex story. The story and characters are as good as DX1, but the gameplay is dumbed down, with incredibly small levels. Everything feels compacted, like you are in miniature versions of buildings and locations. Then again, the story is more tightly paced than DX1, which could meander at times. So yes, the gameplay isn’t great, but the story is worth it. Play it once and move on; you need to find out how the awesome DX1 story finally resolves itself.

80

Good game, poor sequel.

Engin33r | Oct. 5, 2012 | See all Engin33r's reviews »

Deus Ex Invisible War is an entertaining game that suffers in comparison to the great game it is a sequel to. It has good atmosphere, but important design elements like multiple ways to solve problems have been simplified. Still, it is worth a playthrough for anyone that relished the first Deus Ex' world, and didn't just admire its innovative gameplay.

71

Decent, but not great

dark2025 | Sept. 26, 2012 | See all dark2025's reviews »

As a Deus Ex game, it was kind of lacking. As a game in general, it's actually pretty decent. There's still choices to be made when playing the game, such as being more stealthy or be more direct, but it's lacking in the sense that it's kind of limited - the game is much more linear and you can't do as much as you can in the original Deus Ex. Still, if you're looking for a game with a mix of FPS/RPG, you might want to give this one a try, even if you haven't played the first one.

70

It´s not that bad

Sharptap | Sept. 24, 2012 | See all Sharptap's reviews »

This game is a good stealth based FPS with RPG elements. Even though the first one was better , this game is not that bad and its very enjoyable. The graphics are good and the gameplay is good. Even though it is not perfect like Deux Ex 1 , it is still a Deux Dx game so you know it´s good.

70

Good but...

Zinzun | Sept. 11, 2012 | See all Zinzun's reviews »

don't expect another masterpiece like the first Deus Ex. Many features have been removed, so Invisible War is nothing more than a FPS masked into a RPG. It's a good game and I've fun with it, but it's not really the sequel to the legendary Deus Ex.

70

Good game, but the first is better

panz3r88 | July 21, 2012 | See all panz3r88's reviews »

Deus Ex Invisible War is an hybrid between an FPS and a RPG. In each zone you explore you can accompish your objectives using your favourite approach: you can draw your weapon and shoot to everyone or try a stealth approach. Sometimes you can accomplish your objectives without killing everyone. This game has only one defect: it' the sequel of Deus Ex, probably the best game in videogame history. In this sequel many feature of the first chapter have been removed, probably to allow casual player to enjoy more this game. An other weak point of this game is the story: if you played the first chapter yoiu'll be disappointed when you'll see how some of the character that appeared in the first title have lost their charisma, in particular JC Denton and Tracer Tong. In the end this is a good FPS/RPG game, but if you are a Deus Ex fan you will be very disappointed

60

much worse than the first one

zironite | June 29, 2012 | See all zironite's reviews »

if you played the first one, be prepared to be dissapointed. a lot of features were taken out: the location based health, the story line is completely chaotic and sometimes you will say "WTF?!" and not in a good way, all the guns use the same ammo (it sounds pretty cool right? well it isn't. it means that you will be using only 1-2 guns until the end of the game), the inventory system is stupid - only 12 spots and 6 of them is hotkeys, physics sometimes dont make sense (for example, you try to pick something up and it says its too heavy but if you just move a bit forward it would start bouncing around as if it were a balloon and last thing, sometimes i felt like i was forced to act in a certain way, but it didnt happen quite a lot. also you cant hack without a special biomod and its very annoying because you need a special canister to get it. this is a big dissapointment if you played the first deus ex and hacked pretty much every camera and turret. in the first deus ex you could enter codes by yourself and for me it really was one of those small things that affect the level of immersiveness in the first deus ex. if you didnt play the first one this game might be OK for you, but if you did play the first deus ex and loved, do yourself a favor and dont play it. you are only going to be dissapointed and you will always feel like something is missing.

81

Tons of options in finishing levels

simonsix | June 18, 2012 | See all simonsix's reviews »

Deus Ex gives you tons of options in finishing levels, as well as gives many side quests to keep you entertained, though the endings were quite disappointing. Although, it is a bit more linear than a traditional RPG, it does offer some FPShooter thrills. Not as perfect as Deus EX.

70

Not Bad as people think

ObsidianEagle | June 15, 2012 | See all ObsidianEagle's reviews »

Deus Ex: Invisible War is often laughed at, considering it was a seemingly average game after the masterpiece that was Deus Ex.

But, in it's own right, this is a very good game. It has a decent amount of gameplay, fairly colourful graphics and it is quite a lot of fun.

79

Worse but still very good

Finka_Karfein | June 13, 2012 | See all Finka_Karfein's reviews »

This one is not so good as the original but still amusing. It has a good non-linear plot, quests with at least 2 solutions each, fine graphics and music and a large equipment, especially of guns and their upgrades. However, this game is simplified beyond any recognition. Firstly, ammo for weapons - your arsenal shares a common ammo but guns consume it at a different pace so you never know how much you are left with. What is more, the game is a bit easier and only half the length of gameplay of the first Deus Ex. Despite the flaws it is worth playing. Especially if you are a Deus Ex fan and want to get more of it.

86

Worth it, good game

kalil | April 24, 2012 | See all kalil's reviews »

This game is not bad, has a very interesting story and confusing if you played the first part, the graphics are good, but the characters move in a very rigid, this goes a bit unnoticed by the excellent lighting, physics not bad game can take objects from the stage and throw them anywhere including the bodies but it is difficult to stack, the sound plays in all times there are slight pauses between dialogues of the characters but this defect does not stand out too much, the missions are very good both principal and secondary schools are not boring and there are many ways to overcome them, either step opening you find anyone shooting or getting into ducts disabling turrets, hacking cameras poisoning enemies, etc, a great freedom.

Recommended for those who like action and the role futuristic story with a very good

65

Not as good as the original, or Human Revolution

mevidek | Sept. 2, 2011 | See all mevidek's reviews »

This game is the sequel to the original Deus Ex, and fails to live up to its predecessor. Although not really a bad game, it still falls massively short when compared to Deus Ex, and therefore this game may let down some. With marginally improved graphics, there are virtually no other improvements. However there are things that have been taken away, so this is not a classic. Get this only if you are a die-hard Deus Ex fan.

90

Pretty Solid

gaff84 | Aug. 20, 2011 | See all gaff84's reviews »

Considering when the game was released, it is actually still a pretty solid gaming experience. I was a little put-off at first by things like the universal ammo and limited inventory capacity... it wasn't until I got used to the flow of the game did I realize it was not that big of a deal.
What really shines (and in my opinion is impressive considering the games age) is the ability to really play the game how you want to. You are presented with a lot of options and goals from various NPC's who will give you different rewards provided you do what they ask. You can blatantly ignore them and pretty much do what you want. It makes it very non-linear and easy to enjoy. There is no karma system, so you aren't really rewarded or punished for say, breaking into somebody's apartment, killing them and then taking their stuff (provided you don't get caught, of course). It is cool to experiment with different options and replay certain parts to see the different results of your actions. I prefer playing somewhere close to stealth. I generally hide and then shoot enemies with a silenced weapon. If you like melee, you can go that route, as well. There are a lot of options, and that is exactly what I look for in a game. It reminds me a lot of another game from the same year, Vampire the Masquerade Bloodlines - except it feels like your actions matter more in this game. Very solid RPG and action gameplay. 90/100

85

Good Sequel

Ratmandu79 | Aug. 19, 2011 | See all Ratmandu79's reviews »

After the amazingness of the first game this was an obvious buy when it was first released. not as memorable as the first game but all the mechanics are still there and it really adds to the story from the first game.

69

Undeserving Sequel

rhiannon9998 | Aug. 15, 2011 | See all rhiannon9998's reviews »

To be fair the Deus Ex: Invisible War is not a bad game, it could even be considered a good game with some questionable design decisions like the universal ammo for the guns. but what it's greatest sin is perhaps in the name calling it Deus Ex and then scrapping all the things that made the original a classic, interestingly enough that was done for the Xbox players.

90

Great by any other standard

wengart | Aug. 11, 2011 | See all wengart's reviews »

If you were to play Deus Ex: Invisible War without every hearing of the first game you would probably think it was amazing. It is only when compared to the first game does it show it's flaws.

The story choices are weaker and the different factions are more black and white than they were in DX and you lose some of the RPG character bulding from the first game, but other than that it is mostly a solid game.

79

Cyber Punk Fantastic

pauljebe | Aug. 9, 2011 | See all pauljebe's reviews »

Deus Ex : Invisible War tends to get a bad reputation for not living up to its predecessor, but the reality is that it’s still a very noteworthy game. Many of the things that made the original Deus Ex great are still present including RPG style skills and mission running. The story line in DE:IW is arguably more impressive if not more linear, but still gives the player a fun and worthwhile experience.

Graphically DE:IW is dated but still has many of the effects that are standard in modern games like lighting effects. The action is fast paced and fun, and the story is immersive and dynamic meaning replay value is present. If you’re looking for back story for the new Deus Ex game buy this without hesitation… you’re bound to get more than you expected.

80

Okay

hotmando1 | June 25, 2011 | See all hotmando1's reviews »

Scaled down from the first game but still reaches out to a larger crowd. Game still retains some elements of the first game and thus, makes it beyond good for new players in the series. However, some may find it harder to play the second one once they've played the first due to a huge difference in game play. Loading is a hassle but every game has it. Lots to do and explore, overall: good game.

80

Not a masterpiece like the original, but pretty good.

kuevyubh | June 16, 2011 | See all kuevyubh's reviews »

dues ex 1 was one of the best games that i ever played, it had a great story, great non-linear gameplay, great soundtrack, and also a cyber-punk setting which i really liked.

dues ex 2, feels like a "light" version of dues ex 1, the story is actually the strong point of 2, and while its not as good as 1, but its pretty close, you will need to play dues ex 1 to understand the story of dues ex 2, and to really enjoy and appreciate it.

deus ex 2 main problem is the gameplay, actually its not really a problem, its just that the gameplay of the original deus ex was far superior, there are less options in which you could approach a situation, mainly because the environments are more linear, the dialog choices are just worse(again not bad, but worse then 1), and the game is just more linear, like a lite version of 1.

also all the endings kinda sucked, and the cyber funk setting seems more like a fantasy now(which for a game like this, is less attractive, in my opinion).

overall, its still dues ex, and its a good-great game, far worse then the original, but anyone that play dues ex 1 will enjoy this.

82

Not as good as the original

simonsix | May 24, 2011 | See all simonsix's reviews »

As its own game, I enjoyed playing Deus Ex: Invisible War. The story and gameplay kept me interested and playing for long periods at a time. However, compared to the original Deus Ex, I was disappointed. I didn't mind the simpler interface that a lot of people have complained of, and it really didn't bother me to not have to change different ammunitions for each weapon and what not. I wish there could have been more diversity and use of the characters abilities however. My biggest disappointment was with the story. I think they tried too hard to make each faction in the game an equal so that a player could choose any particular side.

90

You feel like you can save, or at least change, the world

MisterSlimm | May 19, 2011 | See all MisterSlimm's reviews »

While initially appearing to be not quite as good as its legendary predecessor, this remains a fascinating and compelling game. Like the original it manages to draw you into a wonderful game universe where you feel like you genuinely get the chance to save, or at least change, the world.

This game contains graphic violence.

SPOILERS AHEAD

In what is a remarkable move that will probably prove to be unique in video game history, the climax of Invisible War saw me deciding that the best option was to kill my own character (and his brother) from the first game, J.C. Denton. Yes, you get to kill yourself. Amazing. Poor old J.C. had turned into a bit of a Nazi after merging with the Helios A.I. and, instead of adding his humanity to the A.I., logic had unknowingly signed away his soul. His plan was for every being in the world to be the same, fully kitted out with nano-technology bio-modifications. I decided against that but that is one of several different endings (related in a video epilogue) that see the world pass through 200 hundreds years of peace or violence. The peace isn't necessarily all roses, however, as by uniting with J.C. and the Helios A.I., humanity has all vestiges of, well, humanity removed.

END SPOILERS

POSITIVES

  • Ambitious

  • Addictive, when I'm not playing I want to play it

  • Impressive genuinely real-time lighting effects (if you walk into an overhead light blub dangling from the ceiling, it will sway around casting dramatic shadows all over the place, awesome)

  • Impressive rag-doll and physics effects, even if they are greatly exaggerated (walking into a dustbin will send it flying across the room)

  • Plenty to do with lots of interesting character choices and moral decisions to make. Do you go immediately settle into life as a mercenary, killing people for money, or do you take a more noble approach?

  • Architecture. The good thing is you will remember your way around the environments without needing to keep going back to maps. Though maps are provided for most of the locations, you will never need to use them. This is extremely uncommon in FPS-style games.

NEGATIVES

  • Clunky menu system and in-game interface

  • Overheard voice conversations have large gaps between sentences

  • There is no casual character animation. For example, if someone is talking to you they stand feet rooted to the spot with arms generally fixed at their sides. The camera in cut scenes is also 100% stationary, it never ever pans, zooms or crawls.

  • Unconvincing AI

  • Tiny levels always asking you to load the next bit (generally blamed on cross-platform requirements)

  • Architecture. The bad thing is that some of the levels don't feel connected to each other even though they are. The most obvious example is Sophia Saks hangar which needlessly feels like it has Sid Black's plane at the wrong end.

74

Pretty good in fact

nigel_t_e | May 19, 2011 | See all nigel_t_e's reviews »

I seem to remember at the time this game was not that well received, and to be fair it isn't as exceptional as Deus Ex, but really considered in its own right it is not a bad game at all.

It has some annoyances, in particular the frequent interruptions to load the next area, but I've found overall experience pretty engrossing.

75

Deus Ex 2, or is it?

xtrench | April 14, 2011 | See all xtrench's reviews »

Deus ex invisible war feels like the younger brother of the original deus ex featuring smaller levels single ammo type and a different HUD. With smaller world comes less choices. With limited slots for bio mods you have to make a choice what kind of player you want to be. This game is driven by it's story and hurdled by the small world but still provides some of the core elements that deus ex fans were waiting for.

79

Good but could have been great.

GAMERamble | April 11, 2011 | See all GAMERamble's reviews »

Despite its flaws and bugs Deus Ex went on to become one of the biggest games of it’s time and proved that Ion Storm was actually capable of making a great game. While it was far from perfect many people managed to overlook its shortcomings simply because it was such an engrossing and addictive experience. It’s never easy to improve on such a success story and many games have fallen foul of either changing too much thereby alienating the hardcore fans or too little resulting in little more than a glorified mission pack. Deus Ex : Invisible War definitely falls into the love/hate category with many fans that will adore it’s new interface and streamlined locations while others will label it as a console sell-out. While there’s still a lot to be excited about with this one I have to admit that I was one of those that expected a little more. There’s still plenty of fun to be had with it and fans of the first game should check it out if only to see what happened to their favorite characters. The game isn’t half as big as its predecessor and there are times when it feels more like a chore than a game but stick with it and you’ll see that it’s not all bad. The question is would it have been a better game if it wasn’t designed with a console in mind?

86

Worth trying

nurz | April 7, 2011 | See all nurz's reviews »

Maybe it's not as good as the first one but it still can give a lot of fun. Personally, i liked simple level designs - it was hard to get lost. Playing Invisible war isn't just time wasting - or maybe it is but wasting in really good way. Two thumbs up!