A Review of XIII - An Unlucky Day for a You

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XIII is a first-person shooter based off of the graphic novel of the same name. You’ll be fighting a standard conspiracy to take over the United States and you’ll have to fight a bunch of numbered assassins while trying to discover what your part may have been in the conspiracy.

Features (3 out of 5)

The main feature is the comic book style of the game. It doesn’t just refer to graphics. Enemy movements in distant rooms are noted by sound effects projected on the screen. Picture-in-picture reveals your best shots and unveils enemy movements. In short, it’s just like you were playing a comic book. The problem is that this feature gets old really fast and it doesn’t add much to the game.

The weapons for your fighting are standard shooter equipment. You have a pistols, assault rifles, throwing knives, sniper rifles, etc. They are all at your disposal, but you will probably end up just picking a favorite and sticking with it.

The missions are not very varied unfortunately. You will basically just keep moving around linear paths and killing the soldiers in your way. There are also forced stealth levels (because everyone loves those in a shooter). The only good news is that there is a minor combat out for a number of these, as you can use objects lying around the room to knock them out and hide the body.

The story should be a big feature of a comic book game, but it’s really just standard for the genre. Anyone who has seen Bourne Identity will also have a big feeling of deja vu in the process. There’s a conspiracy theory and you have amnesia and it’s not clear what side you’re on. The story isn’t bad, but it’s not good either. It’s also annoying. Most of the story is revealed in files that you gather in the game, but you have to stop playing and review them from the main menu if you want to. That really breaks the flow.

Graphics (3 out of 5)

The graphics aren’t bad. They are standard cel-shaded graphics, so I hope you like comic books. The look is unique and it’s well done for the style. Everything really does look just like a comic book. It does really limit the detail though, so you may not be wowed by it. It will depend entirely on your personal tastes as to whether you’ll like it or not.

System Requirements (4 out of 5)

The system requirements are pretty light. You just need 128 MB of RAM and a 32 MB graphics card. I played this before on my older computer using 1 GB of RAM and a Nvidia MX 420 graphics card. I didn’t have any issues playing it at at the high specifications.

Overall (3 out of 5)

The game is just mediocre on the whole. It’s boring for the most part. There’s a lot of gunplay, but it’s repetitive and without any real challenge. There’s no tactics or strategy. You just point and shoot for the most part. The graphics were nice for me personally, but they aren’t that impressive if you don’t like cel-shading. It’s mainly just a disappointing game. For every cool section there are two mediocre ones that drag it down. The only bright side is that it’s cheap and provides a lot of gameplay. If you are looking for a new shooter at a good price, then it will be just fine.