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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, whileThe 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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  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. 80
    Has a great story-driven sheen, but at it's core, it's weighed down by some occasional bewildering flaws, in addition to the lackluster weapons and simple combat we usually see in lesser productions.
  3. 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.
  4. Edge Magazine
    70
    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]
  5. A pretty easy game to let go and move on from.
  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. games(TM)
    60
    It's one of those mixed-bag situations - flashes of genius and genuinely enjoyable moments of success, occasionally mired by unbalanced weapon damage, clumsy AI and the odd bit of unfair level design that requires astounding feats of memory. [Dec 2003, p.98]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 18
  2. Negative: 5 out of 18
  1. VishnuS.
    Jun 7, 2005
    10
    It's great man, with those compelling, superb, story. A mixture of nerve and adventure, its super.
  2. Jul 13, 2020
    9
    Pros.:
    - Style.
    - Music. - Story. - Concept. Cons.: - Saving system. - Level design sometimes is too primitive. - The game feels
    Pros.:
    - Style.
    - Music.
    - Story.
    - Concept.

    Cons.:
    - Saving system.
    - Level design sometimes is too primitive.
    - The game feels short after all. A bunch of plotters executed in an instant.
    - The cliffhanger with no sequel.

    Anyways, great game. Really! Don't forget the voice of David Duchovny as XIII.
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  3. Dec 12, 2010
    9
    Such a outstanding storyline outweighs the shabby graphics and game engine and, for me, makes this a classic. However people must not forgetSuch 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. Nov 2, 2015
    7
    A nice oldschool classic FPS game, one of those that used cel shading to stylize it as a live comic book. Although linear in design and withA nice oldschool classic FPS game, one of those that used cel shading to stylize it as a live comic book. Although linear in design and with checkpoint save system, the game with its interesting espionage/amnesia/conspiracy plot is still nice for a couple of passes. Expand
  5. Jul 11, 2013
    7
    The visual presentation is impressive and the conspiracy story is intriguing, but the level design is frustrating and the gameplay tedious andThe visual presentation is impressive and the conspiracy story is intriguing, but the level design is frustrating and the gameplay tedious and uninspired. Expand
  6. Bort
    Dec 20, 2003
    4
    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. 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
  7. Apr 17, 2022
    1
    XIII is a linear corridor shooter that makes Call of Duty look good. Gameplay is a clunky console port with way too much hand holding. Lack ofXIII is a linear corridor shooter that makes Call of Duty look good. Gameplay is a clunky console port with way too much hand holding. Lack of quicksaving and unskippable cutscenes are just the cherry on top. Expand

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