The X-Files: Resist or Serve Reviews (PlayStation 2)
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Sci-Fi Online (2004)
If you are an X-Files fan, or a fan of this genre of games, you need this in your collection. Destined to become a classic, and certainly one of the most authentic series tie-in games I've ever seen.
games xtreme (Jan 06, 2004)
Thankfully Vivendi did not give up on the concept, and some six years later on have given us X-Files: Resist or Serve. The game has had a complete overhaul and looks and plays completely different from the previous offering. It has grown up and has and developed a survival horror 3D style akin to Resident Evil with a touch of Silent Hill thrown in for good measure. What’s more you get to play the game from start to finish as either Mulder or Skully, thereby getting two different perspectives of events, and meaning it in effect two games in one.
Game Captain (Jul 03, 2004)
Die Frage zur obigen Antwort lautet: Lohnt sich das Spiel für mich? Wenn ihr Akte X-Fanatiker seid, jede Folge auf DVD habt und Scully als Pin-Up Girl über eurem Bett hängt, müsst ihr zugreifen - da führt kein Weg dran vorbei. Der Fan in euch wird vor allem aufgrund der vielen Insiderwitze und den gelungen Anspielungen (so tragen viele Straßen im Spiel die Namen bekannter Serienfolgen) Luftsprünge machen. Wollt ihr nur neue Survival-Horror-Kost ergattern, rate ich euch erst mal zu Silent Hill 3 oder den Resi-Remakes auf dem Gamecube. Habt ihr all diese Spiele schon rückwärts im Schlaf gemeistert, lohnt sich auch für Nicht-Fans der ein oder andere Blick. Gelegenheitsspieler ohne Draht zur Serie und mit genügend Alternativen haben hier genau so wenig verloren wie ein Beauty-Contest unter Zombies.
RewiredMind (May 25, 2004)
Anybody who played the last attempt at an X-Files licensed title on the Playstation a few years ago will probably be a little apprehensive about The X-Files: Resist or Serve. I certainly was. As far as I'm concerned, its only natural to feel that way when you spend forty pounds on a title that is little more than a collection of grainy movies with very little plot and for that matter, very little gameplay. However, this is a new title rather than a sequel and of course, there is always hope.
Silicon-Fusion.com (Jun 10, 2004)
I think I'll come out here at the beginning. I am not an X-Files fan, I have watched maybe a dozen episodes spread across all the seasons, it just never grabbed me. Which is why I can say quite cheerfully that the latest exploits of the FBI duo on the PS2 is pretty damn good, X-Files: Resist or Serve may be just the thing that all those X-Philes will need since the series has finished.
Game Chronicles (Apr 06, 2004)
X-File fans be warned. While this game manages a flawless presentation worthy of the X-File legacy, the gameplay deviates from the detective-styled adventure offerings of the past and chooses a more intense action style that might put off the more casual gamer.
Next Level Gaming (Apr 17, 2004)
I was never really a huge fan of the X-Files series. When the series first hit television I was somewhat intrigued because I have always been intrigued with aliens, UFO's, Art Bell, George Noory and things like that (and yes I do think the government is hiding stuff from us.. one word, Roswell!). But now the X-Files series has came and gone. And it seems that all that is left for those diehard X-Files fans out there is the videogame medium. This is where the Playstation 2 comes in to play with the surprisingly fun game The X-Files: Resist or Serve. I have to admit, when I was given this title to review I had many doubts in my mind that this was going to be another lame game based on a good TV show. But after playing this game for many sleepless nights I must say that Vivendi Universal has done a marvelous job in recreating the show as well as making a very fun survival horror game.
Gamers.at (Aug 02, 2004)
Als großer Akte X-Fan wartete ich schon lange auf ein 3D Spiel der Serie. Da bot sich X-Files: Resist or Serve richtig gut an. Anfangs war ich etwas skeptisch, weil Games von Serien oder Filmen meistens total daneben gehen. Doch X-Files: Resist or Serve gefällt mir ganz gut. Am besten finde ich die Auswahl zwischen den Special Agents und deren eigener Gang der Geschichte. Akte X Fans können alleine schon wegen dem Intro und dem Akte X Flair zugreifen, alle andern sollten das Spiel vorher erst antesten! Denn das Spiel kommt leider nicht an die Kracher Resident Evil und Silent Hill heran.
GameSpot (Mar 25, 2004)
Although The X-Files saw its last original episode air in 2002, the popular series that followed a pair of federal agents who investigated the paranormal is still held very dearly by its legion of faithful fans, who still believe that the truth is out there. X-Files: Resist or Serve is one of those rare games based on a television license that successfully transitions the spirit and soul of its source material into a new medium. While the game is marred by some graphical and gameplay issues, it still crafts an intriguing and engaging set of "episodes" that will please fans--as well as survival horror aficionados--with the taste of some good, old-fashioned alien conspiracy.
GBase - The Gamer's Base (Mar 10, 2005)
Akte X: Resist or Serve ist leider nur ein durchschnittliches Adventure geworden, viel zu viel Potential wurde von den Entwicklern einfach sinnlos verschenkt. Zwar werden eingefleischte Serien-Fans, die einfach jedes Teil haben müssen, wo irgendwie nur Akte X draufsteht, Freude mit dem Spiel haben, dennoch müssen Adventure-Zocker nicht unbedingt bei diesem Titel zugreifen. Die Grafik ist etwas altbacken, das Gameplay ein wenig zu sehr auf Action ausgelegt. Zudem gibt es keine deutsche Version mit den bekannten Synchronstimmen. Ansonsten ist Akte X: Resist or Serve nur ein Durchschnitts-Adventure, welches unter der Masse nur durch den bekannten Namen heraussticht. Dennoch kann man ruhig einen Blick auf das Game werfen, da Vivendi das Spiel zu einem recht günstigen Preis auf den Markt bringt.
Armchair Empire, The (May 14, 2004)
All of the X-philes amongst us will now be happy for a while. X-Files: Resist or Serve plays out much like an actual episode of the X-Files TV show complete with the opening theme and witty banter between Fox Mulder and Dana Scully. Helping the banter be more realistic is the usage of every actor’s voice – having Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny would be a coup, but you actually get the voices of the Lone Gunmen and the Cigarette Smoking Man!
IC-Games (Jun 05, 2004)
For the purists though there are a wealth of in-jokes, subtle references and allusions. I confess they needed to be pointed out to me most of the time, but then that’s the whole summary of this gaming experience. For the X-ophile it’s a superbly rendered, all knowing, authentic piece of the jigsaw, for the rest of us a slightly flat third person effort revolving around a very 90’s license. If they want to appeal to the mass market again they need to produce a less flawed game than this, but I’d like to thank the for the effort – at least it’s not another FPS. I guess the concept of the show was always about the well informed minority, nodding and winking to each other, aware that only they know the true story – well enjoy your game it’s spot on for you, I’m quite happy in my ignorance.
UGO (UnderGroundOnline) (Apr 18, 2004)
X-Files: Resist or Serve is far better than the previous attempt at turning the hit television series into a game, but it took a while of play before I felt that I was really playing an X-Files title and not another entry into the Resident Evil series. This is perhaps the best format for a game using the license, but I was expecting more interaction with live individuals, more research and searching for clues, and more of an adventure game along the lines of those that appeared on the PC platform in years past. I did not mind the action-oriented nature of the title per se (despite the frustration sometimes involved), but there are already a few established series that have done the survival-horror thing to death. That said, fans of The X-Files that lament that Fox and Dana are no longer in their lives are honestly in for a neat treat with this title, especially if they avoided other survival-horror titles on the market.
4Players.de (Jul 01, 2004)
Zu PSone-Zeiten wäre Resist or Serve durchaus ein ernst zu nehmender Resident Evil-Konkurrent gewesen - heute wirkt der Titel allerdings sowohl technisch als auch spielerisch hoffnungslos veraltet. Angefangen mit der mäßigen Grafik über die hakelige Steuerung und unausgereifte Kameraführung bis hin zum altbackenen Rätsel- und Leveldesign halten Scully und Mulder den Vergleich mit aktuellen Genrevertretern einfach nicht Stand. Dabei wissen die authentische Präsentation sowie die dichte Atmosphäre dank Original-Sprecherriege, -Autoren und -Kompositionen durchaus zu begeistern. Selbst die schlechte PAL-Anpassung und fehlende Lokalisierung lassen sich angesichts des günstigen Preises und der spannenden Story verschmerzen, aber das Gameplay krankt trotz origineller Spielideen wie Scullys Obduktionen oder Mulders übersinnlicher Wahrnehmung an akuter Altersschwäche, worüber höchstens eingeschworene Fans der TV-Vorlage sowie frustgestählte Zombiemetzger breitwillig hinwegsehen werden.
Game Over Online (May 04, 2004)
If there’s one thing you can say about The X-Files: Resist or Serve is that it wasn’t a rush job. The sci-fi conspiracy drama that the game is based on has been cancelled for almost two years now. But the show lives on in the hearts of loyal fans and it looks like that’s who Black Ops had in mind when it made the game.
Game Informer Magazine (May, 2004)
The sarcastic banter between Scully and Mulder is done very well, the story moves along at quick pace; and the gameplay is solid. Not bad. Not bad at all.
Darkstation (May 06, 2004)
For all of you X-Files fanatics out there who have been counting down the days to the release of the game, well your wait is over. My recommendation to all is to go out and rent this. The story is enough to make any X-Files fanatic excited, and the gameplay does a nice job of holding up its own.
Gamers' Temple, The (Jun 02, 2004)
Two years after the show has left the airwaves, X-Files: Resist or Serve attempts to end this unfortunate trend. In an effort to recapture some of the show’s magic, Vivendi Universal Games recruited some of the series’ writers to pen the game’s storyline. This was a brilliant move as the game’s story will be sure to please most X-Files fans and remind them of how much they miss the show. These fans will also be delighted to see that the Lone Gunmen, AD Skinner, and nemeses Krychek and the Cigarette Man all make an appearance. Unfortunately, the effort put forth by the game’s programmers does not match the quality of the writing and the game suffers as a result.
Gamehelper (Jun 05, 2004)
It will probably take the average gamer around 15 solid hours to complete the game from both character’s perspectives and doing so will unlock a few extras including video footage of the cast’s voice-over sessions, storyboards, artwork, and dossiers of the game’s (and show’s) regular characters. Overall, X-Files: Resist or Serve stumbles a bit in its attempt to bring the beloved series to the PS2, but it’s still the best X-Files game to date, which, sadly, isn’t saying much.
IGN (Mar 23, 2004)
Like so many of Vivendi Universal's games, The X-Files: Resist or Serve is game based on a license, the X-Files license, and it mainly caters to the huge horde of fans who are just out there hoping something like the X-Files, or even the X-Files itself, will return. As such, it's an authentic game, complete with a good script, good voice acting, pretty good re-creations of the characters in video form, and an enormous amount of references to the details of the series. If you're a fan of The X-Files, you'll really enjoy it.
Science Fiction Weekly (Apr 05, 2004)
The X-Files: Resist or Serve returns to the heart of the science-fiction series of the same name, when Fox Mulder and Dana Scully were still a team, alien bounty hunters stalked refuges from the Syndicate, and black oil infection was a lurking fear.
Just Adventure (Aug 23, 2004)
As a rabid X-Files fan for years and considering that survival horror is my second favorite game genre (guess which is the first!), I was naturally excited when an X-Files survival horror adventure game was announced! Now that I’ve finally played X-Files: Resist or Serve, let’s see if it lived up to the expectations.
Gameswelt (Jun 17, 2004)
Spielerisch wird in 'Akte X' nichts geboten, was in anderen Titeln nicht schon besser umgesetzt wurde. Zudem stört die unglückliche Kamerapositionierung, wohingegen die originalen Stimmen inklusive Soundtrack gefallen können. Nur für Fans ein Pflichtkauf.
Game Informer Magazine (May, 2004)
Unfortunately, regardless of the agent you choose, the basic formula never changes. You spend so much time wandering aimlessly and kicking prone undead that you never really have a chance to get wrapped up in the exceptionally intriguing and involved story that was clearly intended to make Resist or Serve stand out.
Bordersdown (Mar 26, 2004)
There are better ways to unveil a video game than to delay it for a year. Similarly, to withhold it from the press, make it belatedly single-platform and reduce its retail price can be somewhat disquieting to the consumer. Between them, Sierra and developers Black Ops ended up embracing all of the above options. With the series over, only a pessimistic fraction of an audience now remains to examine The X-Files: Resist or Serve.
GameSpy (Apr 05, 2004)
When we last saw the The X-Files on TV, it had clearly jumped the shark. (Of course, in this case, it was actually an alien being that could assume the form of a shark.) The team of Mulder and Scully had been replaced by the forgettable pairing of the dude from Terminator 2 with the answer to a really good trivia question. We watched, but it was like seeing Michael Jordan in his umpteenth comeback with the Wizards. It was kind of the X-Files, but not really. Thankfully, Vivendi Universal's The X-Files: Resist or Serve is set in the show's heyday. And, while not perfect, it does scratch that itch that Files-ophiles and conspiracy nuts have been feeling since the show was cancelled by the government.
Entertainment Depot, The (Apr 13, 2004)
Taking place as three consecutive episodes in season 7, The X-Files: Resist or Serve allows players to control both Mulder and Scully as each plays their part in discovering why a town's dead have arisen, and why the government is involved. When witchcraft is suspected in murder in the town of Red Falls, the beloved FBI agents begin their journey through Renascence, Resonance, and Return, the three episodes that introduce all the twists and turns that the show was known for.
Boomtown (Jul 18, 2004)
Resist or Serve may appeal more to fans of the X-Files mythos, where others may find it too wilfully obscure and old-school to get stuck into. However, there’s still the problem that this suffers from elements that the survival horror genre really should have sorted out by now. Its playability may be assured simply because of its clone status to Resident Evil, but the overall package just isn’t that well put-together to warrant more than an average recommendation. Had it been released five years ago it might have received a better reception but things have moved on from then and Resist or Serve needs drastic improvements in order to cut it in today’s market.
GamingTrend (Oct 28, 2005)
The fact that I've been staring at the screen for hours trying to motivate myself to write a review of The X-Files: Resist or Serve should tell you all you need to know about the game. I've played the game as both Mulder and Scully, and while I suspected one would play better than the other, little did I suspect the game would not be fun either way. But as I'm prone to doing, I'm getting ahead of myself.
Gaming Target (Jun 15, 2004)
It's almost hard to believe that this only the second X-Files game to be released for any platform. And the first game is almost completely lost to history because it was an obscure point and click game for the PC and PSone that didn't even let you play as Mulder or Scully! And sure, the last few seasons dulled interest in the show for all but the most dedicated X-Philes and masochists who just had to see the end. But it's still a quality license and someone could make a good game out of it. Someday someone will.
GameZone (Mar 28, 2004)
So what is it then that makes The X-Files: Resist or Serve compelling? The answer is any number you can come up with times zero. If you don't know your math, then you're just going to have to play the game yourself to get the answer.
Game Infowire (May 26, 2004)
Black Ops Entertainment, probably the most unfortunate developer of 2003, is back with a Vivendi Universal-published addition to the "X Files" franchise. You might remember a few of Black Ops' 2003 releases: "Fugitive Hunter: War on Terror," and "Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines." The public was NOT pleased. With "X Files: Resist or Serve," Black Ops now adds to a long list of games based on television and movies...that is, games that people hate. "Resist or Serve" isn't ALL bad, but the bad parts are tough to mask with the good parts.
Jeuxvideo.com (May 25, 2004)
Un jeu qui arrive beaucoup trop tard et qui singe de façon trop voyante Silent Hill et Resident Evil sans jamais parvenir à leur hauteur. L'ambiance de la série est restituée de façon anodine, la technique est on ne peut plus décevante et on fait vite le tour du titre, même si celui-ci est entièrement en anglais, sans sous-titres ! Une déception à petit prix...
G4 TV: X-Play (Sep 07, 2004)
It's been over two years since the last episode of The X-Files, and quite a bit longer than that since the series was at its creative peak. But thanks to the entertainment industry's ever-present desire to keep successful properties alive, the exploits of agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully will once again grace your TV screen. Not on the Fox network, but courtesy of your PS2 or Xbox.