Deus Ex: Invisible War

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Deus Ex: Invisible War
Deus Ex: Invisible War cover
Ion Storm
Eidos Interactive
Square Enix
Unreal Engine 2
Release dates
Windows December 2, 2003
Metacritic 80
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives First-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Immersive sim, Shooter, Stealth
Art styles Realistic
Themes Antarctica, Cyberpunk, Egypt, Europe, North America, Sci-fi
Series Deus Ex
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Deus Ex: Invisible War on MobyGames
Deus Ex: Invisible War on Wikipedia
Deus Ex
Deus Ex 2000
Deus Ex: Invisible War 2003
Deus Ex: Human Revolution 2011
Deus Ex: Human Revolution - Director's Cut 2013
Deus Ex: The Fall 2014
Deus Ex: Revision (unofficial mod) 2015
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided 2016
Deus Ex: Breach 2017
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided - VR Experience 2017
Deus Ex GO 2017
Deus Ex
Deus Ex 2000
Deus Ex: Invisible War 2003
Deus Ex: Human Revolution 2011
Deus Ex: Human Revolution - Director's Cut 2013
Deus Ex: The Fall 2014
Deus Ex: Revision (unofficial mod) 2015
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided 2016
Deus Ex: Breach 2017
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided - VR Experience 2017
Deus Ex GO 2017
Sometimes referred to as Deus Ex 2: Invisible War[1] or simply Deus Ex 2.

General information Community Discussions for game series Support Page
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
SecuROM 4 DRM disc check. Patch 1.2 uses SecuROM 5 DRM.
Publisher website
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Includes: Manual (pdf), 2 wallpapers in 4 resolutions (jpg), soundtrack (14 tracks, mp3), developer's commentary (7:34 Min. Video, wmv), 2 avatars (jpg), and 24 artworks (jpg).
Green Man Gaming
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Humble Store
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Essential improvements[edit]


The v1.2 Patch updates North American retail versions to the latest version. Digital distribution and European retail versions already have this patch.

Visible Upgrade: Unofficial patch for Deus Ex 2[edit]

Requires v1.2 Patch to be installed for North American retail version
Fixes many issues encountered on modern systems
Additional tweaks available such as FoV adjustment, HUD options, custom aspect ratios and other display tweaks
Full version includes John P's Deus Ex Unified Texture Pack as option during installation. VisibleTweaker.exe offers a way to toggle on/off certain parts of the mod.

Dgvoodoo2 to force game to use GPU[edit]

Works best with Visible Upgrade.
Fixes game not detected/using GPU to run the game
Fixes various performance related issues

Skip intro videos[edit]

Use Visible Upgrade: Unofficial patch for Deus Ex 2 and set No Intro Movies via VisibleTweaker.exe in Tweaks section[citation needed]

Improve textures[edit]

John P's Deus Ex Unified Texture Pack improves textures and models for most of the game's assets and is a compilation of a variety of mods into a single installer.
The version of Invisible War is treated as the UK version. The Unified Texture Pack's installer will need to be set to UK to work.

Game data[edit]

Game settings.
Game settings.

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Deus Ex - Invisible War\user.ini
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/6920/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Deus Ex - Invisible War\SaveGames\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/6920/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud


Video settings.
Video settings.


Input settings.
Input settings.
Remap settings.
Remap settings.

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Toolbelt (keys 1 to 6), Biomods (keys F1 to F6)), Quicksave (F10) and Quickload (F12) can not be rebound.
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
Full controller support
see Controller support.
Controller remapping
Some buttons/axes may not be recognised.
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M

Controller support[edit]

This fix makes Xinput controllers fully navigatable in menus. The game itself has out of the box controller support

for (presumably) the original Xbox controllers , however it isn't fully compatible with Xinput controllers. This fix mostly fixes that.

Go to <path-to-game>
  1. download Xinput Plus [1]
  2. Open XinputPlus.exe
  3. Go to the DirectInput tab and check enable directinput
  4. Assign Right Stick to Z axis/z Rot
  5. Assign DPAD to POV
  6. Assign LT/RT to Button 11/Button12
  7. Select <path-to-game>/system/DX2.exe as Target Program and hit apply
  8. Go to Documents/Deus ex invisible war and Open user.ini
  9. Change Joy8=NoneEnter to joy8=MenuF22
  10. Set your write file permission to deny for all users for user.ini


Audio settings.
Audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Speech, Music, Sound effects
Surround sound
Up to 7.0 output with DirectSound3D restoration software.[2]
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
Requires DSOAL v1.1. Using later versions of DSOAL will cause game to crash on startup.


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Retail only. Can be added to digital versions with this mod.
Retail only.
Retail only.
Retail only. Download.

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native GG3D Notes
Native 3D
Nvidia 3D Vision

Issues fixed[edit]

Temporary switch to desktop or black screen when loading[edit]

Invisible War temporarily shows the desktop or a black screen prior to the loading screen. The game still works despite this.
Use Visible Upgrade[3]

Low FPS / Game not using GPU[edit]

Fix for Windows 8 or later[citation needed]
  1. Makes sure you have installed the Visible Upgrade patch.
  2. Download DgVoodoo.
  3. Extract D3D8.dll from the Archive into the game's executable directory. (%Archive%/MS/x86/)
  4. Extract dgVoodooCpl.exe into the game's directory as well.
  5. Run dgVoodooCpl.exe, under the general tab, set the adapter the GPU you wish to use.
  6. Close the program and run the game.

Game hangs when loading[edit]

Fix for Windows 8 or later[citation needed]
  1. Perform the following steps while the game is running.
  2. Open the Task Manager.
  3. Make sure the "Details" tab is visible and activate it.
  4. Find the "DX2Main.exe" executable, right click it, and select "Analyze wait chain."
  5. In the window that appears, there will be the DX2Main.exe as well as other program(s) that cause(s) the game to hang.
  6. Close those programs and the game will continue normally.
Logitech Users[citation needed]

SetPoint software can cause the game to hang while loading stages.

  1. Before the game is started.
  2. Right click the Mouse and Keyboard Settings icon in the system tray, click exit
  3. Alternatively, start Task Manager with Ctrl+Alt+Del, and in the Process tab, end SetPoint.exe

Crash when installed in a Storage Space[edit]

The game will refuse to run when installed on a drive which is managed as a storage space on Windows 8 and later. Specifically, the content\DX2\Maps folder must not be on a Storage Space.
Install the game on a drive that is not a storage space[citation needed]

Mouse does not move in menu, inventory, etc.[edit]

Windows 10 (and earlier?) desktop scaling prevents mouse from moving.
Turn down dpi scaling from 150% to 149%. Might need reboot (Setting the compatibility option for the game to ignore desktop scaling does not solve this.)[4][5]

Vsync option not working on Windows10[edit]

  1. Download dgvoodoo2.
  2. Copy D3D8.DLL from the \MS\x86\ folder to the game install directory.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 8
Shader Model support 1.1
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


Middleware Notes
Physics Havok
Audio OpenAL, DirectSound [2]
Cutscenes Bink Video 1.5v

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 98 SE
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium III 1.3 GHz
AMD Athlon XP 1300+
System memory (RAM) 256 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 2 GB
Video card (GPU) 32 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9 compatible
Shader model 1.1 support


  1. 1.0 1.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/6920/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (6920) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.