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(All consoles; Ubisoft; Mature)

The impact of comic-book-panel graphics can be seen everywhere: in movies like ”The Hulk” and ”Kill Bill,” and now in this first-person shooter. After the President is assassinated, players awake in the tattooed body of Agent XIII, who apparently has some murky involvement in a quasi-governmental conspiracy. The hero is voiced by former ”X-Files” star David Duchovny, whose deadpan delivery is mostly forgettable. More impressive are the cel-shaded graphics, which give some much-needed flavor to the old bag of tricks found in every first-person shooter: hostage-taking scenarios, grapple-swinging heroics, and bullet-spewing slaughter. By the end of the game’s last chapter, ”XIII” takes the genre further than expected but, alas, not quite far enough.

Originally posted November 21 2003 — 12:00 AM EST

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