Excerpt: Their experience is clearly visible in Unit 13, which is in many ways a kind of SOCOM with the serial numbers filled off. Players get to choose a character (the variety is certainly a welcome sight) and a load out, and they can then tackle more than 30 single-player missions, each with a layout and...
Excerpt: XIII is a cel-shaded first-person shooter based on a long-running French comic book of the same name written by William Vance and Jean Van Hamme. For those of you who are not familiar with the XIII comic, the comic features a conspiracy ridden story which includes themes of amnesia, in which you...
Excerpt: XIII begins with a premise not unlike the recent film adaptation of The Bourne Identity. The protagonist wakes up on a sunny beach to a United States of America that is also waking up in the aftermath of an assassination on the American president.
Summary: Ubi Soft's XIII is a unique first-person
shooter that blends traditional gunplay with an immersive storyline to create an
original experience. The first thing that strikes you about the game is its
unique graphic-novel approach, with stylish cel-shaded visuals where the plot
unfolds in a series of...
Excerpt: When I first saw commercials for UbiSoft’s shooter entitled XIII, I was intrigued. About the only thing I knew about the game was that it used cartoon-like graphics and featured the voice acting of David Duchovny, who plays the main character.
Excerpt: Genre: Action Publisher: Ubisoft Developer: Ubisoft Release Date: November 18, 2003 Buy 'XIII': Xbox | GameCube | PC | PlayStation 2 The leader of the free world has been assassinated and you are the prime suspect. You wake up on a desolate strip of a New England beach.
XIII has a unique and potentially interesting premise, but the game doesn't really differentiate itself from the wide array of other first-person shooters on the market.
20 November 2003
Summary: XIII is a cel-shaded first-person shooter based on a long-running French comic book of the same name. The game definitely plays up its comic book roots, complete with readable sound effects and comic-book-like panels that pop up while you're playing.
Conclusion: In summary, XIII has several things going for it: its stylish and original art design, certain graphical elements, like the pop-up windows, that not only look good but add new gameplay nuances to boot and a good story that unfolds through enjoyable dialogue and atmospheric flashback sequences.
Pros: Oozing with unique visual style, flashback interludes, comic book elements add a few novel gameplay nuances, good thriller story, dialogue, action picks up in the later stages of the game;
Cons: The game ends as a mini series, core gameplay simply isn't addictive or fun enough through most of the levels, David Duchovny's voice "acting," unbalanced arsenal, game wouldn't save my key configuration after quitting.