(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 Nov 21, 2003 Published in issue #738 Nov 21, 2003 Order article reprints

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