Yeah, it's called 8%. So it's a good game and not a great game. The way people talk about it, it's the worst thing since porn hit the Atari 2600.
There was porn for the 2600?? Dammit...
When you break it down into numbers, the 8% doesn't seem so bad, however, this is game reviews we're talking about. So many sites simply REFUSE to give anything below 80% if it comes from a Big Name developer, or has paid for advertising, or for whatever other reason they might think of. IGN, Gamespy come to mind, and there are quite a few others that RARELY go below 80%.
For them, when they don't absolutely love something, they give it in the low 80s and say "If this is your thing, you'll like it."
How many reviews of Deus Ex were almost totally negative, and then they still give it 80%? It's a bigger difference between the two than the number would indicate.
Now, I will admit that DX:IW isn't a BAD game, but it's just plain mediocre. And given the franchise that they were working in, it's just as bad a fuckup as Enter the Matrix was.
And yes, Deus Ex sold like crap, like so many other great games, I got it the second it came out though, and had to wait for five weeks before the European release finally came out. I even emailed Warren about it asking when it was finally coming.
I know that most of my negativity for the game comes from expecting SO MUCH MORE than what they delivered. However, I'm still in Cairo, and just have no interest whatsoever in even continuing. Smaller maps "filled" with more things to do? FFS, I just cleared out the Apostlecorp lab in Cairo, and there was ONE fucking bot in the entire level where you find that woman from Tarsus. ONE!
Bah, I've ranted about DX:IW enough. However, if you like the game, you still have to admit that the engine just runs like fucking crap for what it actually delivers, because it doesn't look all THAT great. This is what's going to power Thief 3 guys and gals, and you can look forward to more of those "streamlined" levels...