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Xenus II: White Gold (Windows)

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Saul Meyers was once a member of a special military squad. During one of the missions, his squad was nearly annihilated; witnessing the only other survivor descending into insanity, Saul retired from the military. Meanwhile, a new powerful drug has surfaced in a troubled region somewhere in the Caribbean. The prosperity of the drug lords and the suffering of the victims are no longer possible to ignore. The government re-installs Saul as a special agent, and sends him on his most dangerous mission so far.

Xenus II: White Gold is a prequel to Boiling Point: Road to Hell. Similarly to its predecessor, the game is a combination of first-person shooter with free-roaming "sandbox" exploration, driving, and role-playing elements. As in the previous game, there are seven factions (civilians, government, mafia, guerrillas, bandits, natives, and CIA) Saul can perform missions for, which is needed to advance the story. The setting this time is an archipelago, and getting access to different islands is one of the main objectives Saul will have to accomplish.

The RPG system has been re-designed. Instead of improving skills by practicing, the player receives a set amount of experience points for completing quests, which can be then distributed to improve Saul's "perks". These perks range from weapon proficiencies and combat abilities to various immunities and skills, e.g. bartering.

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Xenus II: White Gold Windows Title screen
Xenus II: White Gold Windows Inventory contains a lot of stuff, helpful and otherwise. Looks like my arm aches...
Xenus II: White Gold Windows The hero, Saul Myers, up close
Xenus II: White Gold Windows Dialogues are well-written and funny (at least in the original Russian version). Here Saul and a local guy discuss the possibility of alien life

Alternate Titles

  • "Xenus II: Белое золото" -- Russian spelling
  • "White Gold: War in Paradise" -- Working title

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BestGamer.ru 2008 8.4 out of 10 84
StopGame Nov 27, 2008 3.5 out of 5 70
Absolute Games (AG.ru) Nov 09, 2008 63 out of 100 63
7Wolf Magazine Dec 09, 2008 6 out of 10 60
PC Gamer UK Mar 20, 2011 59 out of 100 59

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Werner Spahl (13) added Xenus II: White Gold (Windows) on Aug 24, 2010