Cel-shaded first-person shooter XIII is making a return in November

Fan-favourite first-person shooter XIII is coming to the current generation of consoles, with a remake scheduled to be released on Wednesday 13th November for PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC.

XIII originally released on the PS2, Xbox, and PC all the way back in 2003. Distinctly recognizable for its comic book-inspired cel-shaded graphics, the game puts you in the shoes of the the titular character who wakes up on a beach in Brighton, confused and suffering from amnesia. Accused of murdering the President of the United States (which is highly frowned upon FYI), you must fight your way through a 34 level single-player campaign as you try to clear your name and discover the truth.

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The remake is being handled by developer Playmagic and publisher Microids, who said in a blog on the PlayStation website that the idea of remaking XIII “came naturally as we felt this unique kind of story driven FPS experience was missing in today’s gaming landscape”. They say that their goal is to “bring XIII’s compelling story to a new generation of players with the best possible graphics and animation. The result will be nothing short of spectacular as we promise to celebrate the amazing work done on the original game.”

XIII received relatively positive reviews when it released way back when, with particular praise aimed at its story and fantastic art style, but it did receive some criticisms for featuring at-times boring, run-of-the-mill gameplay and poor weapon balancing. The original game did feature a similarly mixed reviewed player-versus-player multiplayer mode, but it’s unclear at the minute whether that will be included in the remake. I have distinct memories of XIII being touted as the next big FPS in the months leading up to release, and although I still enjoyed the single player portion of it, I do remember it not quite living up to the hype.

XIII will be released (again) on Wednesday 13th November for PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC.

Chris is our resident FPS-obsessed football fanatic who, when not playing an FPS or FIFA, can probably be found spending the odd 100 hours or so building his perfect farm on Stardew Valley. Chris has grown up on gaming and loves nothing more than talking about games and hearing the opinions of his fellow gamers before stubbornly arguing with them until they agree with him. Chris comes to you with a hint of cynicism and plenty of sarcasm.

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