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  • Summary: The President of the United States of America has been assassinated. You wake up on a desolate strip of New England beach. The near-fatal impact of a bullet has left your head pounding, and your memory erased. What's more, the number "XIII" has been mysteriously tattooed on your chest, while your pocket holds a key to a New York City bank box. Head swimming in amnesia, you struggle to your feet only to encounter more assailants intent on finishing the job. To your shock, you handle the hitmen with the killing skills of a professional - before heading to the bank in search of any shred of information about your lost identity and your involvement in the President's murder. What lies ahead is a deadly quest not only into your shadowy past, but America's darkest corridors of power. [Ubi Soft] Expand
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  1. 100
    From the incredible visual presentation to the frenetic action to the jaw-dropping effects and pulse-pounding music, XIII is where it's at.
  2. If you love first person shooters, or stealth, or being able to break chairs over people's heads, and then swing away on a grappling hook, than this is for you.
  3. Thrill-seekers in search of a stylized 3-D shooter with a compelling story will find plenty of both in Ubi Soft's XIII.
  4. It's not a failure by any means, but feels mostly like a fun afternoon (or more) spent watching pulpy spy and war flicks.
  5. This is definitely a single player title first, multiplayer title second. Even in the former, it lacks the material to vault it into the stratosphere and turn XIII into a classic. Style and visuals can only do so much for a game.
  6. While it definitely has a certain sense of style to it, the game itself misses its mark, and the total package isn't one that will hold the interest of most first-person shooter players.
  7. Stylish and interesting, but still in need of some animated substance. [Feb 2004, p.66]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 10
  2. Negative: 4 out of 10
  1. VishnuS.
    Jun 7, 2005
    It's great man, with those compelling, superb, story. A mixture of nerve and adventure, its super.
  2. Apr 6, 2012
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Excellent game.It has only one - and that is saving , because you will always get game saved on last checkpoint.Everything else is for 10+ except graphic which is for 8.5 in my opinion . Nothing more to say because the score shows everything else Expand
  3. Dec 12, 2010
    Such a outstanding storyline outweighs the shabby graphics and game engine and, for me, makes this a classic. However people must not forget the graphics are like that since this is based on a comic book series. I really enjoyed playing this game and am a little gutted there is no sequel :(. Definitely worth the buy. Expand
  4. MikeM.
    Apr 5, 2006
    Would've been an 8 easily if it didn't suffer from (typical) console-itis. By this I mean, as many others mentioned, the complete lack of a useful quicksave function. I can't remember how many times I had to repeat tedious trial-and-error sneaking levels simply because the next guard 'round the corner spotted me. On one occasion an alarm was sounded by a guard who wasn't even anywhere near my line of sight! Frustration should not overshadow fun in a game; players should not constantly be penalized for a single misstep. (I really do loathe games where you have to sneak around most of the time anyway, unless they have working quicksaves/quickloads, or you can at least blast them with some silenced weapon). The tragedy is this is something that could have easily been fixed by a short afternoon of coding had they cared enough to put forth the effort. And that's pretty much the impression I get playing this game: lack of effort. Expand
  5. Bort
    Dec 20, 2003
    Interesting style. Crapy save system. What is the point of a quick save system when it always brings you back to the last save point. Graphics are mediocre. Below average polygon count detail. Textures are bland. Performance is good. Expand
  6. Sep 21, 2014
    XIII is a beautiful "riding on the rails" game. It's cute, and amusing, but when it comes to weapon variety, and explorability it's a real stinkaroo. It answer's the question "What if 'Archer' wasn't funny and had amnesia". Turn that into a FPS and you'd have this game. Don't get me wrong, the graphics, and presentation are entertaining. Put this in your gaming library, but don't brag about it. Everyone will laugh at you. Expand
  7. JasonB.
    Feb 5, 2004
    Graphics are interesting but another example of the poor publishing job by the French company Ubi Soft. They are ruining the software industry.

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