Stylish Shooter XIII Getting Remake This Year

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The stylish shooter XIII is coming back as a remake slated for release on PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch this year. The original 2003 game was known for its mind-bending story, and the remake is said to be borne out of a desire to introduce the story-driven game to a new generation who may have missed it more than a decade ago.

An announcement on the PlayStation Blog includes a few pieces of concept art for both the environments and one character, showing off the new visual style. Among other things XIII was known for its cel-shaded aesthetic, which has been maintained here but updated with a lot more detail.

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In XIII, you play as an amnesiac soldier named Thirteen. You've been accused of killing the President of the United States, and the story revolves around your efforts to uncover the truth with only a few clues to go on. This remake is said to be based on the first five volumes of the comic series.

"XIII has a unique and potentially interesting premise, and some will certainly want to drag their way through the single-player campaign just to watch the story unfold, but the game doesn't really differentiate itself from the wide array of other first-person shooters on the market," said critic Jeff Gerstmann in GameSpot's 2003 review. "The cel-shaded graphical style works in the context of trying to re-create a comic book, but the models and other graphical elements fall short. Given the extreme amount of competition in this genre, fans of first-person shooting are advised to spend their time elsewhere."

The remake of XIII is coming November 13, 2019.

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C'mon MS... Give us a Brute Force remaster or sequel. And what's up with Mech Assault? I don't get their logic. So many good IP's that they do nothing with.

Avatar image for Pyrosa

Never finished it the first time... something about the controls, maybe? Rail-shooting or QTE segments (automatic DQ failure IMO)? Can't remember, but it was a showstopper of a problem.

Whatever it was, I hope they fix it.

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Lol back then we was so hard on video games. Now every game feels like the most popular game in its genre and we dont complain at all.

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‘Member when critics only said something was good if it was good, not because they were paid to?

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@el_swanno: I member!

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The million dollar question here is whether David Duchovny will reprise his role as the protagonist?

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@Blk_Mage_Ctype: Why would he need to?

Seems like changes/updates are on the technical side.

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This is a remake I’m actually excited for. I think about this game from time to time and I’ve been holding out hope for a second one. I’m cool with a remake though.

Avatar image for DarkReign2022

Oooh. Now there's a remake I can finally get behind. All of these 360/PS3-era remakes and remasters are a waste, but I'm definitely behind these 5th- and 6th-gen remakes so long as they're priced appropriately. For the right price, a game like XIII with some control and visual upgrades could be a welcome revival as the gameplay still holds up really well by today's standards.

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Loved the grand canyon level and the James bond kinda story.

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I enjoyed this game on my Xbox. I would be interested in a remake.

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Nice as I never got around to playing it on my original Xbox, but still have the game (late acquisition to my Xbox collection, had already moved to the 360 primarily and lack of achievements has hindered me from revisiting or finishing many older titles). Wouldn't mind seeing that become backward compatible on the One which is now more likely, though will still play the remake due to the added achievements.

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Remake a game that was promised a sequel and had an open ending? Why not just give us the sequel?

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@odolwa99: My guess is that only releasing a sequel would be a lost opportunity to gain a new audience, and therefore, lose out on earnings potential. This way, they get to market it as a relatively new game, even if a lot of people do remember playing it a few generations ago. They are cashing in on the nostalgia of those who have played it, and if it does well, then they could finally release the sequel and make even more money.

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@Xanthus179: Hopefully, or alternatively their next game could be an adaptation of 13 Reasons Why.

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I member!!!

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Great game! Had it on GameCube and loved it! Grim Reaper multiplayer mode was dope!