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XIII demo

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Built around Epic's Unreal technology, XIII (pronounced "thirteen," for non-Latin readers) uses cel-shaded animation to create a first-person shooter that looks like an animated comic book. The story is based on a series of French comics by Jean Van Hamme, and it places the gamer at the center of a political mystery involving the assassination of the U.S. president. You play an amnesiac special agent, whose only information comes from a "XIII" tattoo on your neck and a safety-deposit key, and you must discover your past while avoiding a murderous secret army.

Although the graphics aren't as realistic as some other 3D games, the comic book animation is very cool, especially combined with gameplay effects such as visible noises and multiple zoomed frame shots for detailed replays--the crossbow is particularly brutal. Assassins leaping from cliffs, dive-bombing helicopters, and earthshaking grenades are only a few of the highlights from the demo. The only major complaint is that the demo levels are simply too short, leaving us wanting a bit more time to get into the game.

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  • All versions:

    4.0 stars

    out of 37 votes

    • 5 star: 22
    • 4 star: 0
    • 3 star: 2
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 10
  • Current version:

    3.7 stars

    out of 34 votes

    • 5 star: 22
    • 4 star: 0
    • 3 star: 2
    • 2 star: 0
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  • 3.0 stars

    "tommy"

    December 11, 2007  |   By lollol123123

    Version: XIII demo

    Pros

    oui

    Cons

    gh

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Refreshing Change"

    August 28, 2007  |   By SoftwareGuy

    Version: XIII demo

    Pros

    I have always liked First person shooters, and this game is no exception. Although the cartoon elements are a bit getting use to, it's not that bad.

    Cons

    The website appears to be all but gone. Guess this game didn't sell as well as say "Doom 3", or The Quake series.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Awesomes!"

    August 7, 2006  |   By Princess_Buttercup

    Version: XIII demo

    Pros

    This game oozes with style...anime/graphic novel fans will wanna play this...sort of reminds me of ghost in the shell...

    Gameplay is awesome...weapons aren't really unique - 9mm, revolver, ak-47, m16, crossbow, shotgun - but it's a good set; I love M16s, and you can pick up objects and throw them. Also, plot looks sort of interesting in a Bourne Identity sorta way. And, although it's like a graphic novel, there are plenty of effects, like smoke, that you see in other shooters, and even more you don't, like inset panels showing guys falling of cliffs and such...Truly a unique, awesome shooter

    Cons

    Not much here...the AI is excellent, and all that...The demo is kinda short...my main complaint is that there's no quicksave, which can make the game really hard, since the damage model is like a Tom Clancy game...you can die against 1 guard if you're unlucky...also, experienced some of the bugs people complained about, but they went away.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Freakin ****"

    November 7, 2005  |   By CoolVj

    Version: XIII demo

    Pros

    System gets hung everytime i start the game. though i have a high config system. this pile of **** is worthless

    Cons

    everything i should say.. DONT DOWNLOAD THIS

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Good long game so far."

    March 6, 2005  |   By tycobb09

    Version: XIII demo

    Pros

    Ran well on my crapper pc(low end).Better than it's ps2/xbox version's.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Nice, unique first-person shooter"

    February 16, 2005  |   By John.Wilkinson

    Version: XIII demo

    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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  • 1.0 stars

    "The zip file is currupt"

    January 20, 2005  |  

    Version: XIII demo

    Summary

    what a waste of time downloading this :(
    ! C:\Documents and Settings\admin\Desktop\downloads\xiiidemo.zip: The archive is corrupt !

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  • 1.0 stars

    "won't run on AthlonXP 2200+"

    December 25, 2004  |  

    Version: XIII demo

    Summary

    It won't run on my machine, either. I have an Athlon XP2200+ with an S3 ProsavageDDR graphics card. It installs fine, but hangs whenever you attempt to start a game.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Outstanding Break from the standard genre..."

    September 5, 2004  |  

    Version: XIII demo

    Summary

    The demo of XIII was extremely interesting. A standard 1st person shooter, but the cartoon look and feel, and the film noire effects and atmosphere, really give this game a character that is quite unique. The demo itself is simple to learn and play... Items such as the ability to "hear" approaching footsteps in "cartooneeze", make this a really good game. Thumbs up. Only downside might be the fact that single player will become stale too quickly...

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  • 5.0 stars

    "AWSOME!!!!"

    August 1, 2004  |  

    Version: XIII demo

    Summary

    THIS GAME ROCKS!!!!! If the whole game is white lines then chances are that ur graphics card sucks. I beat this game in about a month and it really leaves u on the edge at the end. I would recommend this game to EVERYONE!!!!!! this game rules.

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