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  • Summary: Uncover the Horrifying Truth. Set in the show's seventh season, the fear begins when Mulder and Scully travel to the small Rocky Mountain town of Red Falls to investigate a string of unusual murders linked to ghost sightings, the undead, and other paranormal phenomena. The agents then pursueUncover the Horrifying Truth. Set in the show's seventh season, the fear begins when Mulder and Scully travel to the small Rocky Mountain town of Red Falls to investigate a string of unusual murders linked to ghost sightings, the undead, and other paranormal phenomena. The agents then pursue an inhuman killer to a secret research facility in the Siberian wasteland and finally into the depths of a buried alien spacecraft. If they survive, they will unravel the mystery of the black oil and prevent the alien colonization of the planet...for now. The X-Files: Resist or Serve contains three horrific, interwoven episodes created by the Executive Producers of The X-Files. The game features authentic X-Files characters, music and storyline, voiceovers by David Duchovny, Gillian Andersen and the rest of the original cast, and unique DVD-style bonus material containing exclusive commentary and interviews. [Vivendi Universal] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 31
  2. Negative: 2 out of 31
  1. Computer Games Magazine
    83
    Truly makes gamers feel as if they're controlling a lost episode. [July 2004, p.7]
  2. 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.
  3. 75
    Those expecting action as intense or as challenging as that of "Resident Evil" or "Silent Hill," though, may be disappointed. But if you're looking for a good introduction to the genre and don't mind some control and graphics issues, the FBI is waiting.
  4. 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).
  5. An unoriginal and slightly dull survival horror in the Resident Evil mould, the brilliant X-Files atmosphere and 20 price tag will save it for fans of the show.
  6. What really makes this game is the chilling music, which, even though the gameplay might not always be up to standard, builds the tension beautifully and ensures that the shocks that X-Files: Resist or Serve delivers have the maximum impact.
  7. Not even an army of laser totting, one eyed martians can save X-Files Resist Or Serve from being confined to gaming mediocrity.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. GeorgeH.
    Mar 29, 2004
    10
    Excellent story-line with challenging puzzles and action sequences. It was a delight.
  2. Jan 30, 2015
    8
    a servicable Resident evil clone that makes great use of the material from the show. Loved playing this back in the day. The game gets reallya servicable Resident evil clone that makes great use of the material from the show. Loved playing this back in the day. The game gets really tough towards the end and I could only complete it with cheats. There's a good mix of shooting, horror and detective work with loads of great touches and easter eggs from the show. Decent voice acting, particularly by Gillian Anderson. Expand
  3. Sep 23, 2018
    5
    It is hard for me to quantify the amount of fun and frustration I have felt from playing this game. Not only is there a great deal of fanIt is hard for me to quantify the amount of fun and frustration I have felt from playing this game. Not only is there a great deal of fan service for the X-Files fan but also the developer seemed to have a respect and admiration for the series as well. Sadly, as the game wore on, what I found was a fundamental misunderstanding of some of the most basic concepts of acceptable game play.

    In X-Files: Resist or Serve, the player can embody Scully or Mulder in the three episodes that have a connecting story. At the end of each episode you can switch characters or progress as the same person. There are minor differences between these scenarios based on who you choose like a few differing mini-games and locations that all seem inconsequential as any useful info is shared after they reconvene.

    It is clear that there is a quality drop off after the first episode though with all the minor gripes and woes in the first episode only magnifying in leaps and bounds. The horrid camera, broken and odd enemy AI, bad inventory management and unclear goals only became more distinct in each new area. All of these problems lead to a final boss that felt like an accumulation of every bad aspect of the game in one acute point. I cannot stress enough how aggressively terrible the end boss is without needing a soapbox and maybe a half hour of your time. Needless to say, by the end of the third episode as Mulder, I dreaded the thought of a second play through as Scully.

    Oddly enough, on my second fore into the town of Red Falls in Episode 1, I was reminded of the things that filled me with such hope for the game in the first place.

    I was absolutely charmed by the wonderfully written story mixed with survival horror elements reminiscent of Silent Hill and Resident Evil. All of the characters are voiced by their respected actors and there are quite a few cameos that genuinely surprised me. The controls also felt easily forgivable in the beginning and the variation in locations had me excited to see the next place I might get to explore. Even the inclusion of the X-Files episode opening caused me to ‘fanboy out’ a little.

    Sadly, these small glimmers of light were snuffed out by the overwhelming awful boss fights, aggressively terrible camera placement and baffling game play decisions. I would recommend only fans of the TV series play the game but even that feels like it needs to come with a heavy warning that they are might not want to finish it.
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#80 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2004