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The X-Files Game (Windows)

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MobyRank
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
3.8
MobyScore
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User Reviews

This game could have been an episode of the real television show. Jeanne (75601) 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars
A great live-action FMV game. Simon SŠkafar (69) 4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars
A very good adventure game James1 (240) unrated

Our Users Say

Category Description MobyScore
Acting The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting). 4.4
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.3
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 4.0
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.7
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.8
Overall MobyScore (33 votes) 3.8


The Press Says

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100
Science Fiction Weekly
The X-Files Game tells the story of Seattle FBI Agent Craig Willmore (Williams) and his encounter with the paranormal. Agents Dana Scully and Fox Mulder have gone missing from the Seattle area, and Willmore is assigned to find them, with the help of Assistant Director Walter Skinner (Mitch Pileggi). The investigation begins at the motel where the two missing agents were last seen, and it progresses (through seven CD-ROMs) deeper and deeper into strangeness, paranoia and danger.
90
Pelit
X-Files - The Gamen vahvuus piileekin siinä, että se tuntuu yhtäaikaa sekä peliltä että tv-sarjan jaksolta. Tällaisia niiden kovasti mainostettujen "interaktiivisten elokuvien" pitääkin olla! Vaikka teknisiltä ratkaisuiltaan peli ei ylläkään jonkun Bladerunnerin tasolle, se on kuitenkin sisällöltään niin huolella ja taitavasti suunniteltu, että se pärjäisi omillaankin ilman X-Files-lisenssiä, Mulderia ja Scullya.
90
Just Games Retro
Even if you're not interested in, or have no prior knowledge of, The X-Files, the investigation as a whole comes off as a well-made and realistic detective adventure. You should certainly prepare for the spooky and the paranormal, but none of the topics change how you control the game and unravel the well-planned mystery. Bonus points if you're either a fan of adventure games or a fan of the show. Worthy companion of the show, interesting story, and one of the few titles out there that does FMV right.
83
Entertainment Weekly
The most rousing X-Files summer diversion may not be the movie: This 7-CD adventure lets players act out their own episode and rub elbows with video versions of stars Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny. You are Craig Willmore, a fellow FBI agent assigned to collaborate with Scully and Mulder on a typically byzantine case. Lavish production values plus input from X-Files creator Chris Carter make for a first-rate effort, though the typical click-and-ye-shall-find approach results in an interactive experience as aloof as FBI boss Skinner.
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PC Gameplay (Benelux)
Conclusie: X-Files - The game loste in ieder geval mijn verwachtingen in. Wie dit spel koopt zal een pareltje in zijn bezit hebben dat baadt in de typische X-Files sfeer. De spelomgeving is afwisselend humoristisch, akelig en geheimzinnig. De echte fans mogen dit in ieder geval niet missen. Het enige minpunt dat ik heb kunnen ontdekken is de lineariteit van het verhaal. Mijn geld zal in ieder geval over de toonbank rollen eenmaal dit spel bij de softwareboer verkrijgbaar is!
80
Gambler
X-Files jest bardzo przyzwoitą grą przygodową. Może trochę staroświecką, może za mało rozbudowaną, ale na pewno dobrze wykonaną.
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PC Player (Denmark)
Spillet OSER simpelthen af X-files-stemning og det er helt klart stemningen (og skuespillerne), der hæver X-Files: The Game fra blot at være et traditionelt film-eventyr, til at være et klart 'must' for fans af TV-serien.
80
Adventure Gamers
The X-Files Game will delight fans of the series by placing them wholly inside a world of lies and conspiracy, complete with a torrent of in-jokes and interaction with their favourite series regulars. Even non-fans will enjoy this spooky sci-fi romp, due to its slick interface, gripping plot-line and highly immersive quality. This franchise game succeeds in appealing both to established fans and the wider market, while stretching the limits of FMV technology. As an interactive episode of The X-Files the game is an undeniable success, and that’s The Truth.
79
Power Play
Wenn man mal davon absieht, daß Scully nur in sehr moderaten Dosen auftaucht, gefällt mir das digitale X-File recht gut. Vor allem Grafik und deutsche Sprachausgabe verdienen uneingeschränkten Applaus – die hiesige Originalstimme von Direktor Skinner beispielsweise war sicher nicht gerade billig. Auch sonst sind offensichtlich professionelle Sprecher engagiert worden, was sich wohltuend vom leierigen Gestammel manch anderer Lokalisation abhebt. Ein paar Ecken und Kanten beim Gameplay bzw. der Steuerung lassen sich allerdings nicht leugnen. So knirscht die interne Logik der Videoszenen manchmal etwas, wenn man vom geraden Optimalweg abweicht. Auch gestaltet sich die Spurensuche eher als ein Ringen mit der Handhabung („Ich weiß, daß da ein Blutfleck sein muß. Aber wie komme ich dahin, daß ich ihn anklicken kann?“), doch im Notfall hilft ja die witzige Erfindung der KI (Künstliche Intuition) weiter. Dennoch, das Spiel fängt die X-Files-Atmosphäre geradezu vorbildlich ein.
73
PC Games (Germany)
Etwas enttäuscht war ich darüber, daß Mulder und Scully im offiziellen Akte X-Spiel nur in passiven Rollen zu sehen sind. Zu gerne hätte ich gewußt, was sich in den Köpfen der kühl-korrekten FBI-Leute so alles abspielt. Jetzt muß man sich halt mit einer weniger interessanten Hauptfigur abfinden, die in vielen Situationen dafür umso menschlicher wirkt. Ansonsten kann ich Fox Interactive bescheinigen, daß die Serien-Atmosphäre im Verhältnis 1:1 eingefangen und wiedergegeben wurde – vor allem den Schauspielern und Synchronsprechern merkt man die Professionalität in jeder Einstellung an. Zieht man den Akte X-Bonus ab, so bleibt ein sehr geradliniges und kurzes Adventure, das für fortgeschrittene Spieler keine echte Herausforderung darstellt.
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Power Unlimited
Al met al moet ik bekennen dat ik een beetje teleurgesteld ben over X-Files, The Game. Ik had er veel van verwacht. De gameplay is echter te saai, de speelduur te kort en bovenal zijn Mulder en Scully te lang afwezig.
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PC Action
Mulder und Scully, die Mystery-Klassiker, feiern einen gelungenen Einstand in der Spielewelt. Und das, obwohl sich die Entwickler eng an die TV-Serie gehalten haben und das Genre nicht gerade Top-Hit-Lieferant ist. Geschickt reichert Fox das bekannte Fernseh-Szenario mit spannungsgeladener Atmosphäre an. Technisch und genrebedingt ist mir aber der Spielverlauf zu linear, teilweise zu anspruchslos und vor allem zu kurz. Trotzdem, nicht nur für X-Files-Fans ein gutes Stück Software-Unterhaltung auf hohem technischen Niveau.
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Aventura y Cía
Expediente X se define como una aventura decente y correcta cuyo interés radica en interactuar con el granado universo de los agentes del FBI siendo éste el principal reclamo para los seguidores de la serie que no acostumbren a acercarse al mundo de Roger Wilco y compañía.
70
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
In other words, its better than most adventure games on the market today. There are generally two types of adventure games: those that offer nothing more than a series of unrelated puzzles (slide the tiles, figure out the combination, align the planets on a mobile to open up a gateway to another dimension), and those that are built around an actual storyline, where plot and character development are actually integral to the gameplay. The X-Files is an interactive episode of the TV series, with all the twists and suspense one has come to expect from creator Chris Carter. Sometimes you find yourself wanting a little less story and little more interaction, but if you allow yourself to get swept up in the mystery this design flaw is easy enough to forgive.
69
GameStar (Germany)
Scully, Mulder, Skinner, alle sind sie da. Dazu Musik von Mark Snow, professionelle Filmszenen und eine ordentliche Prise Verschwörung: X-Files bemüht sich redlich, an die Atmospähre der Fernsehserie heranzukommen. Doch ärgerliche Mängel verhindern den Erfolg. Daß die Schauspieler nicht dem Niveau der Serie entsprechen und die Rätsel sich meist auf ödes Indiziensammeln beschränken, kann ich noch verschmerzen. Wirklich schade ist, daß die stimmungsvollen Videos durch ständiges Nachladen und mangelhafte Synchronisation zerstückelt werden. Trotzdem kommen Akte-X-Fans auf ihre Kosten.
67
Just Adventure
If you're a fan of the show, and even if you are not, you will enjoy this game. It is excellently done, if you keep in mind the limitations of full motion video. I suspect that the casual gamer would enjoy The X-Files a lot more than the hardcore computer adventurer who has cut his or her teeth on the Zorks of the world. If Fox were to release a sequel that was a little less linear, had more difficult puzzles and doubled the playing time, I suspect they would have a classic on their hands.
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PC Player (Germany)
Zieht man den TV-Bonus ab, bleibt ein durchschnittliches Spiel übrig. Das anfangs leicht trockene Suchen nach Indizien ohne ernstzunehmende Rätsel bekommt jedoch zur Spielhalbzeit storybedingten Aufschwung. Stellen Sie sich aber auf viel Rumgeklicke und wenige Puzzles ein.
61
Gaming Entertainment Monthly
The game play goes pretty much as follows: click around on everything and win. Now don't get me wrong, I actually did enjoy this game. However, if you are looking for a strong adventure game, you might want to look elsewhere. This is designed more for X-Files casual gamers than hard core gamers.
60
Computer Gaming World (CGW)
THE X-FlLES was too short and too easy, with the exception of some of the action sequences, but the atmosphere manages to pull the game up enough to earn an average rating. The ending hints at a sequel, and I hope for a more challenging and less annoying game the next time around.
60
Quandary
So the X-Files game has shooting sequences, lots of death scenes -- mainly your own, dark locations, an alien who is able to assume human form and evidence of corruption in high places, but is it scary? Well, no. The scariest moment for me was unintentional. I had my gun drawn and was exploring a warehouse when instead of clicking to go forward I accidentally fired the gun. It frightened the life out of me I can tell you, so on that score I have to say the sound effects were pretty good. As an interactive movie it certainly has its moments, and the available help makes it attractive to newer game players, but for me it doesn't really measure up to similar, more involving games such as Black Dahlia, Gabriel Knight II or the Tex Murphy series.
51
GameSpot
The game gets better when Willmore finally catches up with Mulder and Scully. Their presence considerably livens up the game and almost redeems the confusing endgame sequence. You get to interact with them - and that is, after all, what you're most likely here for. But beyond these brief interludes with the characters, The X-Files Game is nothing more than a throwback to the earlier half of this decade, when cheap Myst clones and interactive movies were a dime a dozen - and, perhaps, when it was conceivable that someone could forget the password to his workstation.
50
Cincinnati Enquirer
Though far from perfect, The X-Files Game does offer a fun romp through the mysterious world of the ''hidden'' FBI. So if you're one of those fans that can't seem to get enough of the X-Files, you'll probably enjoy it. But if you're just looking for more Mulder and Scully, you'd be better off seeing the movie for a third time.
50
Attack Games
Den stora nackdelen är spelbarheten. The X-Files består i stort sett av en samling filmsekvenser vilket innebär att din medverkan är kraftigt begränsad. Är du ute efter ett bra äventyrsspel är X-Files: The Game inget för dig. Är du däremot ett riktigt Arkiv X-fan kan du ju alltid köpa "spelet" och placera det i bokhyllan bredvid dina andra Arkiv X-filmer.
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WomenGamers.com
I first saw the X-Files game at E3 a little over a year ago right before its big debut. Gillian Anderson was there promoting the game and there was a line all the way from Atlanta to Tennessee filled with people aching for her autograph. Now *there* is a female lead character I would have fun playing in a game! Intelligent, Sexy, Cool-headed. Alas, I realized soon on in the game that I was not going to play her at all and that I was going to play some unknown agent Craig Willmore. [sigh]
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Svenska PC Gamer
The X-Files Game är en tråkig studie i ointressanta dialoger, dåliga actionsekvenser och ändlösa filmer. Jag kan avslöja att spelet börjar på bottennivå, fortsätter i samma stil tills den sista skivan, då spelet plötsligt höjer sig och blir mediokert. Spelet kanske tilltalar de riktiga X-Files-fanatikerna, som tittar på bandade avsnitt varje dag - andra bör hålla sig borta från den här titeln.