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Why XIII is still a comic masterpiece

Chances are you didn't play XIII. Hey, don't blame yourself. It was a celshaded shooter based on a Belgian comic book. And it was called XIII - that's '13' in roman numerals.

It ticks every box on the form headed 'How To Alienate Buyers And Make Sure Your Otherwise Brilliant Game Is Ignored' marketing sheet.

If such a sheet exists. Ubisoft Paris took a genuine risk when adapting the series from its comic book roots. With nods to 1995's Comix Zone on the Mega Drive, XIII makes you feel as though you're playing through the pages of an actual comic - though the visuals are just part of the game's unique stylings.

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