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  • Summary: Three years ago, when Fox Interactive first approached us about being involved with this project I almost turned them down. I had never seen an episode of the series and wasn't too keen on the idea of working on a project connected with a TV show. That changed as soon as I saw my firstThree years ago, when Fox Interactive first approached us about being involved with this project I almost turned them down. I had never seen an episode of the series and wasn't too keen on the idea of working on a project connected with a TV show. That changed as soon as I saw my first episode - the creative possibilites just exploded in my imagination. The hook was set. From that point on we fought like crazy, first to get the project and then to keep it alive. I'm sure glad we did. It's been the most challenging, frustrating, scariest, coolest thing I've ever done. It's pushed us as a company to go beyond even what we thought was possible and it's allowed us to push the boundary of what a computer game can be. [Greg Roach, Hyperbole Studios] Collapse
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  1. The X-Files Game will delight fans of the series by placing them wholly inside a world of lies and conspiracy, complete with a torrent of in-jokes and interaction with their favourite series regulars. Even non-fans will enjoy this spooky sci-fi romp, due to its slick interface, gripping plot-line and highly immersive quality.
  2. Considering the relatively inexpensive price of "The X-Files: Unrestricted Access" (at the time of review the program was only half the price of most new games), this is an X-Files souvenir well worth the money to the casual watchers and a must-have for the die-hard fan.
  3. The X-Files repeatedly bellies up to near-greatness but always slips back to mere above-adequacy.
  4. The gameplay is a cross between Police Quest and Spycraft and is quite entertaining for a while even taking into account those long searches for a black cat in a cellar at midnight.
  5. It's like an X-Files primer, filled with cute references to events from the show and following a plot that the devout will be able to predict within the first 15 minutes of the game.
  6. Unfortunately, the game falls victim to standard full-motion video problems, namely, linear game play. Since there are a limited number of filmed sequences, you must adhere to a specific path in order to progress through the game.
  7. One good aspect for people who tend to get stuck on these detective game (and I mean myself here) is 'artificial intuition', ie help. When you seem to have hit a wall, this swirling symbol will suggest areas to concentrate on in that location - and the more you use it, the less subtle the hints get! It's a good way of offering a helping hand without spoonfeeding players.

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  1. Jun 8, 2013
    5
    Using live action footage The X-Files Game doesn’t really offer much gameplay other than looking around environments in the manner of a pointUsing live action footage The X-Files Game doesn’t really offer much gameplay other than looking around environments in the manner of a point and click adventure. X-Files fans will likely get some enjoyment from the storyline and cameos from Mulder and Scully but ultimately it’s fairly forgettable. Expand