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In the far future, gladiator-style blood sports were revived. The hero of the game gets informed of them through an associate, whom he believes to be dead. In order to get to the bottom of the mystery, he has to become a player in those cruel battles, where only the most ruthless survive. Everyone fights to death, because the loser's fate is worse than just death - the meat of defeated contestants is used in fast-food burgers...

XS is a first-person shooter that consists entirely of these gladiatorial arena battles, in a certain way simulating deathmatch competitions in a single-player frame. The player has to fight through a number of rounds of free-for-all combat, being able to choose two weapons before a match begins. Otherwise, the game follows standard FPS rules, with strafing, jumping, occasional platform-hopping, etc.


XS DOS One of the rooms.
XS DOS Rival.
XS DOS Menu.
XS DOS Login.

Alternate Titles

  • "XS: The Game that stalks back!" -- Tag-lined title
  • "XS: Shield Up, Fight Back" -- European tag-lined title

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The Press Says

PC Player (Denmark) 1996 78 out of 100 78
PC Games (Germany) Feb, 1997 66 out of 100 66
High Score Jan, 1997 3 out of 5 60
PC Player (Germany) Mar, 1997 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
PC Joker Feb, 1997 57 out of 100 57
GameSpot Feb 18, 1997 4.9 out of 10 49
Computer Games Magazine 1997 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Jul, 1997 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
Power Play Feb, 1997 39 out of 100 39
Gamezilla Aug 17, 2000 30 out of 100 30


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This game was ahead of its time in its use of bots. All the levels were just arena-style tournaments against the computer AI. The AI was its big selling point, which reviewers seemed to like. Its whispers of Quake III: Arena and Unreal Tournament didn't catch on when it came out, so it was met with ill success in the marketplace.
Derrick 'Knight' Steele (2133) added XS (DOS) on Apr 01, 2000