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 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.
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...
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.
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: The gameplay showcases nothing new with the same point-and-shoot interface seen in most FPS games. However, missions range from stealth to straight ahead run-and-gun shootouts. The stealth missions are reminiscent of another Ubi Soft game that did pretty well, Splinter Cell .
Conclusion: XIII does a lot of things right, with it's stylised and really quite endearing cartoon graphics, comic-styled presentation, clever assortment of weapons, nice voice-acting and tongue-in-cheek script.