XIII is a first-person shooter video game, loosely based on the first five volumes of the 1984 Belgian graphic novel series of the same name. Developed and published by Ubisoft, it was released in November 2003 for PC, PlayStation 2, and GameCube; an Xbox version of the game, released at the same time, was developed by Southend Interactive, while an OS X version was developed by Zonic, published by Feral Interactive, and released the following year in June 2004.
Designed with a comic book-style, cel-shaded presentation, the game incorporate single-player and multiplayer game modes. The game's main story focuses a confused and amnesic man who searches for his identity after being found stranded on a beach, and slowly finds themselves caught up in a conspiracy by a group who aim to overthrow the government, having already assassinated the President of the United States, in which the man is wanted by the FBI for the crime.
XIII received mixed reviews and made poor sales upon its release, suspending plans for a sequel, but received a cult following. It also received a follow-up game for mobile phones entitled XIII ²: Covert Identity, with a re-imaginging of the game as a point-and-click adventure entitled XIII: Lost Identity being released in October 2011. A planned remake of the original game, aimed for Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, is scheduled for intended release in 2020.
XIII is a first-person shooter with elements of stealth and action in certain missions. The game centers on the main character, named XIII, who has awakened with amnesia. He uses a variety of weapons and gadgets to uncover the mystery of his identity throughout the 13 chapters and 34 missions. The characters and weaponry in XIII are cel-shaded, giving a deliberately comic book style appearance, including onomatopoeic words contained in bubbles for sound effects. It uses Unreal Engine 2 because it was "really strong for level design" and allowed development "across all platforms using one engine". The graphics were compared with Jet Set Radio Future and Auto Modellista. The developer felt that the appearance reflected the comic book and innovated in its portrayal of violence; blood splatters are shown in a cartoon manner.
Screenshots from the game XIII
System requirements XIII for Mac Os:
- OS X 10.2.3 or later
- Mac OS X 10.3 or higher
- 800MHz PowerPC G3 processor
- 256 MB of RAM
- 32 MB video card
- 1.6 GB of hard disk space