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  • Summary: The president of the United States of America has been assassinated and you are the prime suspect. In XIII, you must unravel a conspiracy that left your memory erased, the President dead, and a bullet wound in your head. Evade assailants eager to end your life or use them as human shields. Select from a deadly arsenal of weapons including silent crossbows, furious automatic weapons, and ashtrays. Face off against other players in multiplayer modes such as Barfight or go co-op in Cover Me mode. Uncover both your shadowy past and America's darkest corridors of power. Expand
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  1. Positive: 21 out of 38
  2. Negative: 0 out of 38
  1. 100
    A truly dazzling, inspired game that mixes a riveting story with a stylish look and absorbing gameplay.
  2. First and foremost, you're going to get your hands on some cracker-jack weaponry, both firearm and silent. Each weapon has a standard and secondary fire, which depending on the weapon is pretty cool.
  3. 82
    Fortunately for XIII, it doesn’t fail at all and it creates a very compelling game by adding new elements like cel-based shading and an off-beat soundtrack.
  4. I, like many others, get tired of the same old weapons and the same old shooting sequences with the only delta being changing environments.
  5. Seeing the game from beginning to end reveals its true artistic merit: it never gets stale; every episode has been drawn with minute care and attention. It would have been an incredible achievement if the gameplay had matched the outstanding art direction. [Dec 2003, p.94]
  6. 68
    Flat textures are still flat textures, however they are dolled-up -but at least Ubisoft have attempted to make the whole experience an immersion in a politically-charged, adult-oriented, comic book world.
  7. The game's aesthetic design choices are great, for the most part, but they can't entirely overcome the clunky control system and overly simplistic A.I.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 8
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