User Rating: 8.3 | Deus Ex: Invisible War PC
Real quick to address the people giving it ratings of 1's for "unplayability." After 10 hours of gameplay, I have not had a single crash or bug anywhere, the game runs perfectly. Added to that, I run with all the details jacked up to max, with an anti-aliased 640x480, and I've yet to see the fps drop below 30 on my Athlon XP 2200, with a GeForce 4 Ti4400. Not the best system, but it works, so there's no reason for your ultra computers to not work. Ok, the game itself. As is expected with a Deus Ex game, the gameplay itself is slow and not too interesting, if the game relied solely on the fighting and sneaking, it would be terrible. Luckily, there's the ever amazing plot, and while I haven't been able to get to deep into the plot, I'm still hooked (Those 10 hours were on restarts). You're playing this game for the plot, not the action. Although it couldn't have hurt to improve the action. The best part about the plot though, is that when you're done with it, you can do it again, and again, and again, because you simply can't see everything in one go. The graphics, when you have them working, are simply beautiful. The lighting really brings the game to life, and the atmoshpere is overwhelming. Until HL2 comes out, the graphics here are king of the hill, 'nuff said. The sound could be better, firefights never overwhelm the auditory senses, they're simply "good enough." I find the voice acting to be pretty good, it could be better, but I can still feel emotions being conveyed through the dialogue. As for the music... I can't even remember there being any music, but I'm sure it's there, obviously not the most memorable stuff if I've already forgotten it. All in all, I'd recommend the game to anyone who played and enjoyed the first Deus Ex, or anyone who values an excellent story in a game. However, if you're looking for the next "Serious Sam" (ugh...) keep on walkin'.