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The X-Files Game is an interactive movie point-and-click adventure video game developed by HyperBole Studios and first published by Fox Interactive. The game was released for Microsoft Windows, Mac OS and PlayStation in 1998, and is based on the television series The X-Files Plot summary The game takes place somewhere within the timeline of the third season of The X-Files series. The story follows a young Seattle-based FBI agent named Craig Willmore (played by Jordan Lee Williams) who is assigned by Assistant Director Walter Skinner to investigate the disappearance of agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully, who were last seen in the Everett, Washington area. Agent Willmore must use his state-of-the-art spy tools: night vision goggles, a digital camera, PDA (an Apple Newton), lock picks, evidence kit, a standard issue handgun, a pair of handcuffs, and a badge to follow their trail. Along the way, he is partnered with a Seattle Police Department detective named Mary Astadourian (played by Paige Witte) and a minor subplot involves a relationship developing between the two. The screenplay for X-Files The Game was written by Richard Dowdy, Greg Roach and Frank Spotnitz, from a story by Chris Carter and Frank Spotnitz.
The truth is out there. And this game, based on one of the best sci-fi TV series in history, is way, way "out there." Despite performances by original cast members David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi, and a few other favorites, The X-Files puts the "normal" back into paranormal.
Collaboration with the TV show's creator, Chris Carter, ensures that the game attains the eerie visual quality of the show, but the lack of any tension or pacing makes one wonder why the game is spread across an unusually voluminous four PlayStation discs.
Mulder and Scully have gone missing, and as the poorly acted Craig Willmore, a local FBI agent, you must find the clues that lead to their whereabouts. Most of the game is spent aimlessly wandering from location to location, hoping to find screen hotspots that may possibly give players a clue as to what they are supposed to do next.
Conversations with others seem strangely stilted, and often the script offers up red herrings that will frustrate players who try to play the game as if it were logically designed. In a number of instances, even though you know what course of action you should take, you're forced to wait for the game to catch up with you before taking it. Unless you are a die-hard X-Files collector, there is little reason to own this game. --Jeff Young
- Lots of well-produced video
- No sense of pacing
- Limited interaction
- Poor documentation
- Illogical design
- Scully and Mulder's appearances no more than cameos
Top Customer Reviews
Once you've completed the game you probably won't play again, unless you're looking for easter eggs.
+ Great for any aspiring X-Files fan to play
+ Several cast members make appearances throughout the game
+ Makes references to X-Files episodes and mythology
- No close-captioning/subtitles available
- Compatibility issues with the PlayStation 2 and PlayStation 3
I played this game on my PC years ago, and I recently got a copy for my PlayStation. It's a point-and-click adventure game with video clips which takes place around the tail end of the 3rd season of the X-Files.
In this game, you play as agent Craig Willmore, an FBI agent based in Seattle. You're called in by A.D. Walter Skinner to investigate the disappearance of his favorite pair of FBI agents from Washington D.C., Fox Mulder and Dana Scully.
The story is quite linear with slight changes that occur depending on choices you make during dialogues with non-playable characters. During the game you'll be searching for clues, going to different locations on your PDA, interviewing people, checking items on your computer, with occasional shootouts thrown in for good measure. Some of the rooms are very dark and it's hard to know exactly what to click on to move the game forward. Thankfully, there's an "Artificial Intuition" option to help find difficult items throughout the game.
The PlayStation version is a 4-disc game, distilled down from the 7-disc PC version of The X-Files Game.
Because of this, some gameplay elements were removed for the PlayStation version (like figuring out Willmore's computer password), but the plot doesn't suffer as a result.
Some in-game jokes might be overlooked by casual X-Files fans, but if you were a regular watcher (or you've discovered the show on Netflix), you'll notice references to episodes like "Syzygy", "Blood Money", and "Piper Maru", among several others. One of the series writers, Frank Spotnitz, helped to write the game's screenplay, and I feel it could have worked as a two-part season 3 episode...the story is very good.
The game has appearances by David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi, Steven Williams, and William B. Davis.
I was disappointed to find this game had no option for close captioning or subtitles on the PlayStation, but these options were available for the PC version.
Here's the biggest knock to the game: The X-Files is one of the games which "backward compatibility" forgot.
When I tried playing this game on my slim PS2, everything worked...except the video, it was completely blacked out. When I tried it on my PlayStation 3, it worked, but all of the navigation and interaction icons were glitched. I've uploaded some pictures to the "Customer Images" section, so you can see what I mean.
This game isn't too difficult, but some of the puzzles might require a peek at an online walkthrough, or use of the Artificial Intuition option.
It's a great trip down memory lane for X-Files fans such as myself, and if you're lucky enough to have a PlayStation 1 lying around, it's the best machine to get the clearest picture.
If you only have a PlayStation 3, it'll take some time and patience to get used to the visual glitches.