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XIII [Download]

by Ubisoft
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews) 72 / 100

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  • The President of the United States has been assassinated. The day this happened, you woke up on a beach with no memory, and the Roman numeral XIII tattoooed across your chest. Your only clue is the key to a safe deposit box in New York. To learn who you ar
  • Your identity, the President's death and America's future are all shrouded in mystery, but somehow intertwined -- it's up to you to figure out how
  • Use your internal sixth sense to detect enemies when they come -- use your cleverness and fighting skills to take them out
  • Work with a dizzying array weapons, from silent crossbows to furious automatic weapons -- you can even use chairs, bottles. even enemy soldiers as human shields

Product Details

Platform: PC Download
  • Downloading: Currently, this item is available only to customers located in the United States and who have a U.S. billing address.
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  • ASIN: B004Y6NWJ2
  • Release Date: November 18, 2003
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
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Platform: PC Download

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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, 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.


  • The Ultimate Conspiracy. Unravel a whirling conspiracy plot where your identity, the President's assassination, and the future of America are shrouded in mystery.
  • Unique Visual Style. Graphic novel presentation, flashback graphics, and pop-up windows create a groundbreaking entry into the genre. XIII marshals the power of Unreal II technology and unique comic book visual styles.
  • Groundbreaking Gameplay. Experience a wide variety of gameplay--cunning use of human shields, silent weapons, and XIII's internal "sixth sense" that detects approaching enemies. To survive, you'll master techniques ranging from covert infiltration to heavy combat as you battle sinister conspiratorial forces.
  • A Deadly Arsenal of Weapons. Handle a dizzying array of weapons, ranging from silent crossbows to precision sniper rifles, to furious automatic weapons, to chairs, bottles, ashtrays, shovels, and even enemy soldiers' bodies.
  • A New Kind of Multiplayer. Square off against other PlayStation2, Xbox, and PC players in innovative multiplayer modes such as Barfight and the cooperative Cover Me, along with classic modes such as Capture the Flag and Deathmatch.

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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars This could have been a classic, but... December 13, 2003
Platform for Display:PC
This game has a lot going for it. The graphics are great and unique. Of course, the whole cell-shading aspect only carries the game so far. After a few levels, you won't even notice it anymore.
The game has a lot of good content presentation going though. The way it shows important scenes in "picture in picture" boxes makes sense to me even beyond the comic-book look and feel. Some of the gameplay however is pretty unique due to the comic-style presentation. For instance, you can see that guards are about to walk around a corner, because you can see little "tap tap tap" indicators on the screen. This adds a nice spin.
So why only 3 stars? Because of the damn save game mechanism. I mean: Why even allow to save anywhere, if you can only start over at the beginning ov levels?!? This completely ruins the game for me. And I mean, c'mon! Every game magazine criticises this! At every Game Developer Conference, everyone keeps repeating "the user must be able to save anywhere!", yet people still keep messing this up! And in this game this is particularily annoying, because the parts that have to be re-played are relatively lengthy, and (worst of all), one has to watch the same cut-scenes again and again, and there is no way to skip them.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "XIII" December 6, 2003
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Platform for Display:PC
First person shooters are a dime a dozen, and more often than not any one plays much like another. Games in this genre are only rarely groundbreaking. "XIII" does not buck this trend, but it does provide a visual style that is undeniably unique. The game, which is based on a popular French comic book, wisely decides to embrace its origins. From the cel-shaded visuals to the comic-like cinematics, "XIII" definitely differentiates itself in the visual department. In the realm of gameplay, however, it's rather standard fare.
You step into the boots of number XIII, an amnesiac who washes up half-dead on a beach. From there, it's up to you to piece the plot together as you work your way through the game. Because it's a conspiracy theory, it gradually becomes more and more clear what is supposedly going on around you, and of course there are some twists on what you initially perceive. Even so, the story is a little thin, and it's ultimately pretty disappointing. The presentation, on the other hand, is remarkable in some ways. For instance, you will occasionally experience interactive flashbacks. These black-and-white storytelling segments are seamlessly integrated into the gameplay, and really pack a nice cinematic punch. The cel-shaded graphics, speech bubbles, and picture-in-picture windows certainly add the right comic book flavor to the proceedings, but the game's irritating soundtrack and sloppy voice work do hamper the overall presentation. Yes, David Duchovny is on hand to voice XIII, but the character has so little to say that the actor is painfully underused. The rest of the game's acting is too over-the-top, even when the style of the game is considered.
One thing "XIII" has is style.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Developers should know better by now! December 14, 2003
By fixUpet
Platform for Display:PC
The cartoonish graphics are unique and the story line was pretty good...your character has amnesia! You're not sure WHO the heck you are. I enjoyed the pop-up comic-like small cut scenes. The game's most unique feature would be the "ta ta ta" of enemies walking...it gave the game a more realistic sense of sneaking upon the enemy...knowing where s/he is at by the sounds of their feet. And was it just me, or did I hear Batman's voice for a couple of characters?
I would have rated this game a 4-5 star if it wasn't for the "save" feature...or should I say the lack there of!! The menu shows that you can save the game, but it only saves the game from the front of that chapter. So for enstance, you have to fight Mongoose and it takes SEVERAL attempts. Well, hellsbells, every time you reload your so-called save, it's back to the beginning of the chapter with a lenghty cut-scence.....over and over and over. It's almost not worth playing because of this! The game should at least allow you to "skip" the cut scene by using "ESC" or space bar...something!!!!!!!! BUT IT DOESN'T! YOU HAVE TO LISTEN TO THE SAME BORING CUT SCENCES MANY MANY MANY TIMES! VERY AGRIVATING!!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The goofy save system nearly ruins a great game. December 16, 2003
Platform for Display:PC
I just finished playing XIII and I think its great. The graphics are really interesting, the controls are easy to master and the storyline keeps one engaged (and yes, Adam West and David Duchovney are doing some of the voices in the game).
I love the "zoom-in" cartoon panelling feature of the game; where you take out a bad guy or an enemy targets you. I liked the weapons selection - especially the crossbow. What I detested, however, was the incredibly stupid save game feature. I guess the programmers at Ubisoft created this almost useless system so that this short game would seem to last longer. Why else would it limit you to saving only at game chapter points?
Despite this annoying problem, I am still giving this game a mostly positive review since I did enjoy playing it; and I really liked the "fireworks" scene at the end - truly awesome graphics..
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Very action game , long and short distance fights that need high...
Nice game to play, like IGI ... Full of action and movings. Got to learn to shot from far away to stay alive too.
Published 3 months ago by Varta
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this game
Back when i had a xbox, this game was a strange game to me when i first played it. i wasn't so big with these game, but playing more of it got me dragged into the story. Read more
Published 19 months ago by James Ramdhaine
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Game but won't work on 7-64 bit
Awsome game played it when it came out. One of the first fps that had areas you had to avoid killing in. was wanting to relive the game but wont work on Windows 7 64bit
Published on December 20, 2012 by Albert Bottemiller
3.0 out of 5 stars For the love love?!!!
I just I'm going to say a few thing.To start the game for the love of cthulhu would not work past the first level, so let's talk about that. Read more
Published on October 20, 2012 by Tim W.
1.0 out of 5 stars wow
LOVE THIS GAME, BOUGHT THE D/L, doesnt work. cant get it to work for the life of me. i install it, but it still wont work. waste of 10 bucks, thanks alot.
Published on August 30, 2012 by koolkid
4.0 out of 5 stars good enough
Really enjoyed this classic FPS. Hardcore gamers wont be disappointed. i highly recommend purchasing. Read more
Published on August 2, 2012 by ojait2
4.0 out of 5 stars awesome game that doesnt work
Now don't get me wrong about the title this is a great game its just that the tages client in the game which is the anti-pirating software is about the worst anti-piracy program... Read more
Published on April 27, 2012 by will
1.0 out of 5 stars a joke
Game is a total joke and a waste of money. Storyline just jumps from one topic to another, its hard to keep up with whats going on. Read more
Published on January 19, 2012 by Nick
4.0 out of 5 stars PLAYING INSIDE A COMIC-BOOK
This is a unique game, effectively it is the father of both Far Cry and Borderlands. And it can now be enjoyed worry-free. Read more
Published on April 3, 2011 by NeuroSplicer
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this game!
I love this game. The Style is awesome, and gameplay is fun and challenging, and the storyline is amazing.
Multiplayer is pretty cool too. Read more
Published on August 9, 2007 by Robert Pallister
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