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While most of this puts The X-files in a bad light, I must emphasize that this is only out of a familiarity with the series itself. Most of the problems pointed out would have little or no affect on an unacquainted player, though there isn't much of a chance that someone who doesn't know what the X-files is, or even worse doesn't like the X-files, would be playing this. The developers, industry veterans Hyperbole Studios, have been creating interactive movies for years and have done many excellent, though severely under-rated games, such as Quantum Gate. Despite their minor betrayals to the mechanics of the series this is an excellent work, and possibly one of their best.
The quality of the footage is excellent as is the plot and acting. This is what keeps you interested and makes a change to the serving of ham we usually have to put up with. Humour, sarcasm and even a bit of sexual tension between Mary Astadourain – a feisty female cop – and your good self adds further to the strange experience of negotiating a photo-realistic flick-screen world. There’s certainly nothing technically praiseworthy in The X-Files, but given the obvious shortfalls, such as the way you vainly look over certain areas with a fine tooth comb for a cigarette butt in a dimly lit warehouses, it holds together well. Sony has taken an old formula, cleaned it up and even reduced the number of discs from seven to four, for a thoroughly involving delve into the unknown. The truth is out there…
I can only assume that the actors that portray Mulder and Scully were on a very high hourly rate of pay for them to appear in so little of this game. Still the rest of the cast did a great job in creating a believable atmosphere in a genre that usually promotes B-movie acting. Skilled adventurers will find this a shallow experience, while less experienced and younger gamers may find the whole thing a little too frustrating. I'm not sure which of these audiences the game is aiming at, but it fails to impress in both camps. This type of movie-adventure still has a lot of mileage in it and I feel sure that we will see some stunning games produced on the forthcoming DVD equipped PlayStation2, but on our current console their lack of depth still leaves me feeling cold. X-Files a classic weekend rental choice, in that you will play it, complete it, enjoy it and then forget about it all over a couple of days.
Spel för Alla
The X-Files är fullständigt oumbärligt för alla fans. För alla andra är det ett kul spel om du gillar svårknäckta gåtor och klurigt detektivarbete.
Geen sfeer. Geen aktie. Geen Scully & Mulder. Geen reet aan. Blaaarghhhh!
In the end, if you're a fan of the series, the game's worth renting. If you find that the game's storyline hooks you, and you don't mind the interface, keep it for a couple of extra days and beat it, since the game only takes about ten hours to complete. However, if you're not a fan of the series, you shouldn't even really bother.