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XIII

MobyRank MobyScore
Xbox
77
3.0
Macintosh
80
3.8
PlayStation 2
76
3.1
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Description

XIII is a cel-shaded first-person shooter based on the popular Belgian cult comic created by Jean Van Hamme and illustrated by William Vance. The game is loosely based on the first five comics. The main theme of the game is based on Robert Ludlum's book The Bourne Identity, and features a man who is suffering from amnesia and quite possibly involved in the recent assassination of the President of the United States. The hero knows almost nothing except that he must be important, since everyone is trying to kill him. Gradually uncovering the mystery, the hero, learns more about his secret agent past and his curious name: XIII.

The player unravels clues, trying to solve a conspiracy set in an environment that breathes a comic book ambiance. Footsteps and shots are visualized in text and actions: for example, head shots are shown in a series of still images. Aside from that, the game I has all the typical FPS elements: both stealth and action, more than fifteen weapons (shotguns, crossbows, rifles, ...), interaction with environmental objects and plenty of enemies in levels spread all over the world. During the game, the player can learn a number of skills such as silent walking, lockpicking and dual weapons handling.

Screenshots

XIII Xbox Safe and silent... quick kill from a distance
XIII Windows Helicopter
XIII Xbox Taking care of the enemy with a hand grenade.
XIII Windows Various environmental objects can be picked up and used as weapons or projectiles.

Alternate Titles

  • "杀手十三" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "XIII: le jeu vidéo" -- French title
  • "Thirteen" -- Common title
  • "Shashou Shisan" -- Chinese title

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User Reviews

Old shed, new paint... but such sexy paint! PlayStation 2 Bill Clay (31)
High on Graphic, Low on Novel Windows Terrence Bosky (5234)
Best attempt at a playable comic book yet Windows Paul Sinnett (497)
Superb graphics, good gameplay GameCube Paul Jones (275)
A fantastic FPS. Blew away all my expectations. Windows kbmb (399)
It looked great and played terribly. Windows Ricky Pugh (7)

The Press Says

Nintendo Difference GameCube Apr 03, 2006 17 out of 20 85
Jeuxvideo.com Xbox Oct 28, 2003 17 out of 20 85
4Players.de GameCube Dec 22, 2003 83 out of 100 83
Gamesdog Xbox Nov 05, 2003 8 out of 10 80
IGN Windows Nov 17, 2003 8 out of 10 80
PC Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Nov, 2003 79 out of 100 79
GameZone PlayStation 2 Dec 10, 2003 7.8 out of 10 78
Worth Playing PlayStation 2 Dec 14, 2003 7.6 out of 10 76
GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands) Windows Nov 26, 2003 70 out of 100 70
Netjak Windows Dec 01, 2003 6 out of 10 60

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Trivia

Characters

Not all the enemies in the game are pure fantasy. The look of at least two of them is based on real persons. One of them is Niels Bogdan, German PR-guy from Ubi Soft, the other one is more interesting: In cooperation with the German games-show NBC GIGA GAMES, the designers gave the viewers of the show the chance to get themselves into the game. They just had to send pictures - and the other viewers decided, wich was the meanest looking villain, you could imagine.

Well, in the end, they didn't choose some mean looking guy - but a very, very mean, in a strange way, looking, young, ultra-nerdish guy. So, if you come across some really questionable villain who looks a bit like Bill Gates, you know why...

References

In the Canyon level, you can find three deserted graves. Unlike the tomb in the garden of the mansion, later on in the game, the names written on them do not refer to in-game characters, but to members of the development team: Olivier Dupin (2D), Marc Chevalier (3D Artists and Special Effects) and Nath Moschetti (Artistic Director).

Soundtrack

The groovy seventies music is composed by artists associated with the San Francisco's Future Primitive Sound art collective. The soundtrack has been made available exclusively in a XIII game bundle that could be ordered from the Ubisoft site. There are no song titles, just 13 unidentified tracks that flow one into the other in one continuous mix.

Awards

  • 4Players
    • 2003 – Best PC Story of the Year
    • 2003 – Best PC Innovation of the Year
  • Computer Gaming World
    • March 2004 (Issue #236) – Special Achievement in Art Direction
Information also contributed by Felix Knoke

Related Web Sites

  • Official Webpage (Mac) (The official product page for the Mac version of XIII on the publisher's website, which provides trailers, an overview of characters and weapons within the game itself, desktop wallpapers, a demo, and purchasing information, among other such particulars.)
  • Official XIII site (Official website)
  • Treize (Official comic book site)
  • UBI Soft XIII site (UBI Soft website for XIII)
  • XIII - le site non-officiel (Unofficial XIII comic book site)
Contributed to by Corn Popper (69780), Sciere (257330) and Kabushi (122970)