XIII demo

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Nice, unique first-person shooter"

    February 16, 2005  |   By John.Wilkinson

    Pros

    I reading some of the other reviews, I noticed that a lot of people had a problem with installation/graphics. I'm running Windows XP Home on an Athlon 64 3300+ with 512MB PC3200 DIMM and a standard 128MB graphics card and had no problem. Also, a "kontiki download manager" was not needed/recommended/mentioned (in response to Martha's post).

    As for the game itself, it packs quite a punch for such a small package. The overall graphics setup is like a unique cross between standard gaming graphics and that of a comic book. (When someone approaches, the text "tap, tap, tap" appears, growing larger in font, and when you shoot someone with an arrow, you are briefly shown a frame-by-frame of the hit.) Also, you have the option of going in guns-ablazin with standard military equipment, or try to make a silent enterance using silent attacks, such as a crossbow.

    Cons

    I didn't find any flaws in the game's setup, graphics, or AI. The comic-book-like style takes a little getting used to, however.

    Overall, the game is characteristic of any good first-person shooter, with a few unique twists, and I highly recommend it.

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