Video Game / XS

XS is a first-person shooter released by SCi and GT Interactive on December 31, 1996. While not a runaway success, the game introduced many aspects (like shielding) which were later used in games such as Unreal.

The game is set in the far future during a gladiator-style blood sport. The main character was told about the event by an associate who is believed dead at the start of the game. The player has to fight through a number of rounds of free for all deathmatch-style combat, choosing a pair of weapons to use before the match begins. The battles are to the death with the corpses of the losers used as meat for fast-food burgers.

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This Video Game contains examples of:

  • Crapsack World: Everything is dark and grim, bloodsport to the death seems a national pastime, and losers end up as burgers. It qualifies.
  • Dead Man Writing: The message from the associate starts by saying that if the main character is watching this, then he is dead. That turns out not to be true.
  • Downer Ending: After defeating all the enemies the player's associate reveals himself and murders the player, taking the prize money for himself.
  • Gladiator Games: Fights to death have become a fairly standard sport in the setting of the game.
  • Human Resources: The final fate of those who aren't bad enough to win.