For many X-Files this game is a dream come true. Devotees can now interact with screen presences that are usually isolated in their ethereal box: Mulder and Scully, Skinner, the Cigarette-Smoking Man, and other series regulars make their appearance in Fox Interactive's very interactive seven-disc extravaganza. You play as Craig Wili-more, a junior FBI field agent, whose first job is to track down the charismatic couple who disappear in the game's opening cut-scene.
Your quest for the truth will take you through numerous locales, all permeated with the show's unique atmosphere: That weird indoor-fog clouds the FBI's Seattle office; streams of smoky light filter through an (almost) empty warehouse; a single bulb illuminates your spartan apartment. If you feel you're in a genuine TV episode, it's no accident: X-Files creator Chris Carter is responsible for the game's story concept, which takes place between the series' third and fourth seasons.
Despite its crystal clear cinematography and cinematic sound, you'll need the patience of a Mulder to get trough The X-Files: The load times are very slow. Luckily, the plot actually makessense fa rarity in video games), and clues lead to other clues which lead to discoveries with Holmesian logic (you can use the game's Artificial intuition if really stuck). Tine simple interface also makes playing enjoyable, help compensate for the game's mechanical shortcomings.
X-Files, give thanks! And if you're unfamiliar with the show, but enjoy a good yarn, consider: jing nto a surreal world vhere the quest for the truth is at least an option.
- Your boss, Amistead Shanks (on the right), will be glad to assist you with dues.
- Because he's a Civil War buff, Agent Willmore's computer password is Shiloh.