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SummaryNot as good as the original but it's still Deus Ex
The Good- Graphics are good and fitting for a game coming out late 2003.
- Sound and music are appropriate for the game. The Main Title Theme is the best as it pays tribute to the original Deus Ex theme.
- Voice acting is done well, except for a couple of poorly done foreign accents.
- You get to meet up with many familiar faces from the original series (but no Smuggler :( )
- Combat is simplified which makes it much more accessible to gamers at large.
- All the wonderful plot twists and conspiracy theories that made you love the original Deus Ex.
- Multiple endings depending on the decisions you make, like the original
The Bad- The RPG element that was existent in the original Deus Ex, has been taken away in this one. This makes it less fiddly (e.g. no need to mess around with an inventory determined by a grid) but it also gives the player less choice in making their character a sneaky back-stabbing spy, a gung-ho rocket gunner or an elite sharpshooter. The customisation in your character is now limited to just the biomods available. In the end, Deus Ex 2 feels more like a true FPS than the original. This may appeal to some, but not me.
- The maps are way too small - even the first game had larger maps. I think this may have something to do with the fact that due to the limitations of the Xbox, the levels had to be reduced in size - so this means lots of pre-loading of maps!
- Universal ammo: All ammo types are the same. This I assume was another aspect that was simplified to make the game less fiddly (and less like an RPG). You're able to modify the weapons somewhat but every weapon uses the same ammunition. That means if you're running out of ammo you won't be able to use ANY gun rather than just a particular one.
- Smoking 10 cigarettes in a row isn't as entertaining anymore.
- Dying sequence is not as good as the old one :P.
- JC was just cooler :).
The Bottom LineFor those FPS players that want to try something different, consider Deus Ex: Invisible War. It's got an interesting sci-fi/cyberpunk/conspiracy theory storyline and a really immersive world (our own one in a dark future). For the RPGers that gave Deus Ex 1 a shot and liked it, you'll probably not be as satisfied with the sequel.
Overall, Deus Ex: Invisible War is a good game. It has a great storyline, great graphics, memorable characters, ambient music that sets the mood and it's fun to play. When stacked against the original though, the original still comes out on top. However, the game *is* still Deus Ex and IMHO is a much better game than any of the ones out there at the moment :).