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Deus Ex: Invisible War (Windows)

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Description

Twenty years have passed after the events described in Deus Ex. The actions of JC Denton have eventually led to a period of economic depression, known as "The Collapse". The world is on the brink of chaos after the dismantling of the mighty biotech corporations, and multiple religious and political groups lust after power.

The city of Chicago is destroyed in a devastating energy blast by unknown terrorists. Two trainees of the Tarsus Academy, Alex D and Billie Adams, are evacuated to another Tarsus-controlled facility in Seattle. Shortly thereafter the facility is attacked by members of a religious organization called the Order. Billie admits that she has been collaborating with them, implying that Tarsus may be involved in a conspiracy. It is now up to Alex to find his or her place in the new world, and ultimately shape its fate.

Deus Ex: Invisible War is a first-person shooter that retains many gameplay elements of its predecessor, such as conversations with characters, inventory management, exploration, and mixing various gameplay styles during missions. As in the original game, the style of play helps shape the game as it progresses, from how characters interact with the protagonist to the types of situations encountered. Each potential conflict can be resolved in a number of ways, through peaceful means or through violence, using stealth or a show of force. Hacking computer terminals and unlocking doors with special tools are prominently featured.

Weapons can be modified in a variety of ways, e.g. increasing their rate of fire, silencing the shots, allowing the weapon to shoot through glass, etc. Characters can once again outfit their bodies with an array of biotech parts, some of which include the ability to see through walls, disappear from radar, regenerate from critical hits, or jump forty feet in the air. Unlike the previous installment, there are no true role-playing elements in the game. The player must search for biotech canisters to install and upgrade biomods; however, no experience points are awarded for either completing missions or dealing with enemies. Inventory management has been simplified as well.

The sequel places more emphasis on decisions and different approaches to missions. From the beginning of the game the player has the freedom of performing missions for organizations and people of his or her choice. Like in the first game, several endings can be reached depending on the player's decisions.

Screenshots

Deus Ex: Invisible War Windows Today on Home Makeover, we're going to spruce up this living room by adding some plants, an electric eye network, and a gun turret.
Deus Ex: Invisible War Windows The Pit, where you can bet on Greasel fights.
Deus Ex: Invisible War Windows It may be useful to find a map of the area until you get more familiar
Deus Ex: Invisible War Windows Checking up what's new in the local bar

Alternate Titles

  • "駭客入侵" -- Chinese spelling (traditional)
  • "杀出重围:隐形战争" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "IW" -- Common abbreviation
  • "DX2" -- Common abbreviation
  • "Deus Ex 2" -- informal name

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User Reviews

Behold the greatness of Deus Ex: even its butchered sequel still rocks Oleg Roschin (164803) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
One hell of a mixed bag. kbmb (399) 3.57 Stars3.57 Stars3.57 Stars3.57 Stars3.57 Stars
A sequel designed around the limitations of the Xbox console Lumpi (197) 2.71 Stars2.71 Stars2.71 Stars2.71 Stars2.71 Stars
Invisible War is an underrated title, and despite its simplified elements, is still amongst the most intriguing of modern adventure titles. Kadath Bird (619) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
Deus meh Terrence Bosky (5237) 3.14 Stars3.14 Stars3.14 Stars3.14 Stars3.14 Stars
Not as good as the original but it's still Deus Ex Rambutaan (432) 4.29 Stars4.29 Stars4.29 Stars4.29 Stars4.29 Stars
Almost heaven, nearly hell. Scott Monster (919) 3.57 Stars3.57 Stars3.57 Stars3.57 Stars3.57 Stars
A classic turned into crap Mattias Kreku (424) 3.29 Stars3.29 Stars3.29 Stars3.29 Stars3.29 Stars
Heavily underrated, but not as good as the original MAT (66268) 3.71 Stars3.71 Stars3.71 Stars3.71 Stars3.71 Stars
A shorter, prettier, simpler extension of a great game with all the same flaws as the original. Marty Bonus (41) unrated

The Press Says

GamePro (US) Dec 02, 2003 5 out of 5 100
GameZone Dec 19, 2003 9 out of 10 90
Pelit Feb, 2004 84 out of 100 84
FiringSquad Dec 14, 2003 84 out of 100 84
GameSpot Dec 01, 2003 8 out of 10 80
GameDaily Jan 21, 2004 8 out of 10 80
Game Shark Dec 16, 2003 B 75
Legendra Aug 04, 2007 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Thunderbolt Games Apr 04, 2005 6 out of 10 60
Joystick (French) Mar, 2004 6 out of 10 60

Forums

Topic # Posts Last Post
It's not that bad! 19 Zovni (9384)
Sep 15, 2011
Screenshots 3 Pseudo_Intellectual (43888)
Sep 08, 2011
Dynamic Lighting 12 Ash Ligast II (1651)
Nov 15, 2008

Trivia

Basketball

Continuing the Warren Spector tradition, Invisible War features a basketball court. It's right at the beginning of the game and there's no missing it; one of your mandatory objectives will send you through there.

Engine

Ion Storm licensed the Unreal engine and heavily modified it for this game. Its a inhouse engine with a tiny bit of Epic's Unreal code left in. It is said that the engine programmer left mid-development with a largely undocumented code which caused the game's numerous technical problems.

Music

In order to bring popstar NG Resonance's music to life, Eidos licensed a few tracks from the industrial/techno band "Kidney Thieves". Said tracks can be found in their Trickstereprocess album. The original soundtrack for the game on the other hand, can be downloaded for free on Eidos's site.

References

    The coffee shops, Pequod's, and QueeQueg's are from Moby Dick. The Pequod, was the name of the ship. QueeQueg is the Indian harpooner.
  • In the abandoned curio shop over the 9 World Taverns, you can find a book containing text on the care and cleaning of Ohio State Bobbleheads. Chris Carollo, the lead programmer for Invisible War is an Ohio State alumni.
  • The Tarsus Academy shares a name with the city that was the birthplace of Paul, the apostle. Paul Denton acts as the apostle for J.C. Denton.

Awards

  • GameSpy
    • 2003 – #7 Game of the Year
    • 2003 – #3 Xbox Game of the Year
    • 2003 – #5 PC Game of the Year
  • GameStar (Germany)
    • Issue 04/2009 - One of the "10 Most Terrible Sequels" (It is a good game in its own right but it changes everything which made Deus Ex big for the worse, e.g. exciting story, clever level design, RPG elements and freedom of decision.)
Information also contributed by MasterMegid, Scott Monster and Zovni

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Jeanne (75633) added Deus Ex: Invisible War (Windows) on Dec 06, 2003
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