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  • Platform: PlayStation 2
  • ESRB: Mature
  • Players: 1
  • Online: No
  • Genre: Adventure
  • Publisher: Vivendi Universal
  • Developer: Black Ops
  • Suggested Retail: $29.99
  • Graphics: B-
  • Sound: A
  • Gameplay: B-
  • Replay: B-
  • Fun Factor: B+
  • Reviewer’s Wild Card: B+


The truth is out there for your PlayStation 2

By Troy Roberts     April 07, 2004

Even though the X-FILES hasn't aired a new episode in nearly two years, it doesn't keep fans of the series from remembering it fondly and clamoring for more. Luckily for fans out there, Vivendi Universal has released the newest X-FILES game, X-FILES: RESIST OR SERVE, which does a much better job than its predecessors of making you feel like you're controlling a lost episode of the show.

In X-FILES: RESIST OR SERVE, you will take control of either one of the beloved special agents, Fox Mulder or Dana Scully, who are on assignment to a small, quiet town in Colorado to investigate a series of brutal murders. Of course, all isn't what it seems, and the storyline gets much deeper than originally thought (just like the television show). Maybe the reason the story is so well done and in-depth is because it was written by the television show's writers. Of course, along the way you'll run into numerous characters from the show, including Agent Skinner, the Lone Gunmen and even the Smoking Man.

Of course, depending on which character you choose, you will progress through the game differently. The storyline for Mulder, who has always been more into the paranormal and been subject to weird experiments, borders a little more on the side of the bizarre, while the storyline for Scully, who is the more logical of the two, mainly relies on autopsies and mixing weird antidotes. The puzzles in the game, while mainly straightforward, can be a little difficult if you haven't looked in every nook and cranny.

Taking out the bad guys can be done fairly easily by the weapons that are presented throughout the game. Enemies are normally pretty easy to avoid, but you'll occasionally be thrown a group of baddies that will take most of your ammo to dispatch. There are also some very weird spawn points for enemies where they'll endlessly spawn; of course, when you first reach this point, you won't know that the bad guy keeps spawning so you'll waste most of your ammo by killing him numerous times.

Probably one of the biggest problems with RESIST OR SERVE is the camera. The camera is normally stationed in a cinematic view, which unfortunately hides big chunks of rooms and enemies. At times, you'll be running towards the camera, completely unknowing what may be three inches from your character. You can move the analog stick to realign yourself, but this is a bit of a problem at times because it's easy to lose your positioning. Also, the fact that your character can get stuck on a door or wall doesn't help.

RESIST OR SERVE is a bit of good and bad graphically. The models look very nice, with much emphasis being put into the main characters. The bad part is they are sometimes animated like a walking brick. You will also clip through many things, especially when your gun is drawn. The backgrounds look good, but are a bit generic; some variety would have been nice.

The shining point in RESIST OR SERVE is the sound. With the cast of the show lending their voices to the game, and the dialogue flows naturally and smoothly, just like an episode of the show. The music is also something a lot of fans will remember from the television series, as most of it was used during the show's run.

Although the show may have ended, the X-FILES myths continue in the video gaming world. While marred by a few technical problems, you won't find a much better game that captures the spirit of a television show (and at a price point that most can't beat).


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