DescriptionIn 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: The Game that stalks back!" -- Tag-lined title
- "XS: Shield Up, Fight Back" -- European tag-lined title
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|All Game Guide||1998||80|
|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||60|
|PC Joker||Feb, 1997||57 out of 100||57|
|GameSpot||Feb 18, 1997||4.9 out of 10||49|
|Computer Gaming World (CGW)||Jul, 1997||40|
|Computer Games Magazine||1997||40|
|Power Play||Feb, 1997||39 out of 100||39|
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TriviaThis 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.
Related Web Sites
- XS - SHIELDS UP - FIGHT BACK - SCI (official game page at the SCi Games website from 1996, archived by the Wayback Machine)