The game begins when Kevin Myers receives a call from the magazine his sister works for. He is told that she didnít contact them in more than 10 days and they are afraid she is missed in Colombia during her journalist investigation. So, Kevin departures to this country in order to rescue her. Having arrived he finds himself in the world of violence where 70 out of 100 hundred people are killed each year. There are many forces that fight for the power in Colombia. There are officials, guerrilla, narco mafia, Indians, bandits and the CIA. The player has to manouver between them to reach the main goal; to find the lost sister.
All actions take place on a huge territory of 25x25km. Due to this size several kind of vehicles are introduced, such as helicopters, different types of cars, tanks and motorboats. All of them are driveable. In the world of Xenus everything costs money, so you have to buy a vehicle you are going to use or take it for a rent. You also need to purchase weapons, ammo, gasoline, etc. For each accomplished mission for a specified force the player earns some money.
The player has got 20 different parameters that may be enhanced during gameplay. A lot of NPC and dialogs, nearly 20 types of weapons with wide possibility to upgrade each one and a nonlinear plot. As for the multiplayer mode, it includes cooperative, CTF, death-match and others. Cooperative mode is a variant to play through single-player missions. You may play over LAN and Internet. The game supports the in-game GameSpy browser.
Xenus is based on the in-house developed Vital Engine 2. The main features of the engine are:
- Unique technology of rendering huge (but very detailed) territory 25x25km.
- Skeleton animation with blending between up to 3 bones.
- Facial animation.
- Multilayered textures 512x512.
- 5000 faces per character.
- View-independent progressive mesh for models and view-dependent progressive mesh for level geometry.
- Rigid body physics comparable with Math Engine and Havok (a set of predefined models: car, helicopter, box, player).