Resist or Serve

Format: PS2
Vivendi Universal/Sierra

3 348542 178205
Age Restrictions: 16+
21 May 2004

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 FBI 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 colonisation of the planet... for now...

The X-Files: Resist or Serve is a really pleasant surprise - a TV tie-in game that is actually very good. And what is even more remarkable is the ridiculously low £20 price tag.

The best way of describing X:Files: Resist and Serve is to imagine what a game would be like if you took all the best elements of Resident Evil and Silent Hill and then threw Mulder and Scully into the mix.

The game is set during the shows seventh season and is split into three interwoven episodes created by the Executive Producers of The X-Files. The game features authentic X-Files characters, music and storyline, voice-overs by David Duchovny, Gillian Andersen and the rest of the original cast, as well as unique DVD-style bonus material containing exclusive commentary and interviews.

Thankfully this is not a "finish it in an afternoon" game and will provide many hours of entertainment. My only real moan is that there was no attempt to make the player jump out of their skin - and there is ample opportunity. Every now and again you will hear some eerie music when you enter a room and see a corpse, or some other creepy object, but this is not really jumpy, and 9 times out of 10 the music is cued wrong, so you hear it a few seconds after you see the object, or a few seconds before the camera angle shifts to let you see it.

And that brings up another niggle I had with the game - the camera angles. Like Resident Evil, they are static, and this proves difficult when you are moving around. Suddenly the camera changes angle and you are a little disoriented and more often than not will end up moving your character back the way you have come without realising it.

But they are little moans, and certainly won't spoil your enjoyment of a well conceived horror game. Not only do you get a cracking game, but there are loads of extras to be unlocked - these consist of interviews and featurettes about the game and are actually rather entertaining.

If you are an X-Files fan, or a fan of this genre of games, you need this in your collection. Destined to become a classic, and certainly one of the most authentic series tie-in games I've ever seen.

Ray Thompson

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