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The XIII remake is still on the way — here’s what we know


Will a remix lose some of what made the original great?

In recent years, the story mode for first-person shooting (FPS) games has started to feel like an afterthought, something to shoehorn into your multiplayer experience. There are exceptions to this, of course, and some FPS have started to use the story mode in earnest, so now seems the perfect time to bring back an FPS that spent hours telling a great story. XIII, the PlayStation 2 classic, is getting a remaster for the PlayStation 4, and from what we are seeing it could be a good one.

  • What is XIII?
  • So is XIII – Remake a sequel?
  • What is the XIII going to look like?
  • What is the XIII release date?

What is XIII?


Based on the comic book of the same name, XIII is a Jason Bourne-style story of an assassin that loses his memory. In the case of XIII — you are called XIII because you have a tattoo of it on your chest — you have also been accused of killing the President of the United States. What follows is an excellent and story-driven example of how to make a great game.

Back when it was first created, a lot of the game styles and mechanics were almost unknown. Cel shading was in its infancy, but by using comic book panels to break up the story, XIII maximized the impact of that aesthetic.

It also used a lot of in-game mechanics that made for some fascinating moments. Using people as hostages and human shields is not seen very much, even in modern games, yet it added a layer of depth to your gaming session that made XIII stand out. Even the use of furniture to use non-lethal force against enemies was almost unheard of at the time. It felt to me like you could do almost all of the game and never fire a shot if you put your mind to it.

So is XIII – Remake a sequel?


No, this is a remix. The developers are taking the story from the original game and reworking almost all of it to better fit today’s demanding gaming standards. It starts with the most obvious thing to overhaul: the graphics. The graphics engine is getting a massive makeover using the power of the PlayStation 4 to push the graphical fidelity forward while still maintaining that cel-shaded feel that made the original XIII stand out.

Along with the graphical changes, some of the gameplay mechanics will be tweaked to better fit with the way modern FPS games work. I’m hoping we don’t lose some of the more enjoyable mechanics because of these changes but I think PlayMagic will do a good job.

The studio is also remixing the sound for the new game, though I hope they don’t update the dialogue. One of the best parts about looking back at old games is hearing the style of dialogue from that time. Plus, the original XIII had TV’s Batman, Adam West, and anything with him in it should be preserved at all costs.

What is XIII going to look like?

As of right now, we have no gameplay footage. The only thing we’ve seen is the teaser trailer above, which doesn’t give us much to go on at all. The trailer itself is wonderful, styled to look like a James Bond opening credit sequence, but it gives us no hint as to the gameplay mechanics or even what it looks like.

It’s clear the designers aren’t quite ready to show us what they have, and I think it will be much closer to the release date before we see anything concrete.

When is the XIII release date?

According to the Sony PlayStation blog the release date was initially set for Nov. 13, 2019, but has now been pushed back to sometime in 2020 to further polish the remake and improve the overall quality. We should see some actual gameplay footage in the coming months.

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Updated Feb. 4, 2020: Clarified the release date, which was delayed to 2020.


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The Nixplay Smart Photo Frame, available in a variety of sizes, is a Wi-Fi digital picture frame that displays your favorite images. Similar to traditional picture frames you can hang it on a wall or prop it up on a table. Unlike the one on your grandmother’s wall, it can cycle through more than 2,000 pictures.This is the sort of product you’d gift to parents and grandparents as you can send photos or playlists directly to them. Additionally, it might be a good product for new parents, newlyweds, or college students who might want to keep an eye on things back home. It works just as well to give one of these to someone as it would be to receive on.There are a different sizes and finishes available so it ought to be no problem finding the right fit for your home. And because of its flexibility, you can move it to different rooms or environments without hassle.The 10.1-inch version features a 1280 x 800 HD image that’s bright, easy to see from a variety of angles, and works in both landscape and portrait orientation. As one might expect from a device like this in 2020, there is support for Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa.The built-in motion sensor is able to identify whether there are people in the room which means it automatically turns itself off.Configuration and SetupSetting up the Nixplay Frame includes creating an account, pairing your frame to it, and adding photos. Using the mobile app you can manually add photos, but we found it easier to manage it from the website.Once logged in, you can pair your social media accounts with their respective library or albums. That includes Google Photos, Facebook, Instagram, Dropbox, Flickr, and Verizon Cloud.It’s also in this dashboard where you can set up timers to turn on and off the frame. Additionally, you can shuffle the playlist, opt to display a clock, adjust the transitions between photos, and more.If you’re purchasing one of these for a family member or friend, you’ll be able to set it all up and essentially make it a turn-key gift. All you’ll have to do is set it on the right Wi-Fi network.We appreciate that you can make as many adjustments that you can, especially to keep things updated. There’s no need to insert a microSD card or plug into the frame. Anything done in the cloud is automatically updated.As for the Google Assistant stuff, it’s more or less just being able to turn the frame on and off using your voice. It’s handy, but not necessary. Amazon Alexa appears to have a little deeper integration with options to pull up specific playlists. 1 of 4 The viewing angles on the frame are really good and we found it to provide sharp color and high contrast. Some of the transitions do feel a tad dated, however, they are quick. Fortunately, you can opt for longer delays between changing and decide which transition you want.Where to BuyYou can learn more about the Nixplay Smart Photo Frame at the company’s official website. There, you’ll find it available to purchase for about $180. A limited time discount sees the company taking $27 off, bringing the total to just $153.There are also other sizes to choose from, ranging from 9.7-inches up to 15.6-inches. From the looks of it, there are often chances to save on your frame. Be it centered around a holiday or just an instant discount, it pays to look.

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