Originally launched in 2003, XIII was an important shooter that, largely due to a cel-shaded aesthetic primarily based on a French comedian, grew to become a cult basic. In 2019 Microids introduced a welcome remake of the game, however then it arrived and… oh. Oh expensive.

Among the remake’s crimes was an update to the visible fashion that frankly missed the purpose. It moved a game that was beloved for its cartoony, vibrant fashion in direction of one thing extra like Zuckerberg’s horrible metaverse. I imply have a look at this: simply have a look at it.

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The remake was so unhealthy, and reception was so unfavorable, that Microids and developer PlayMagic made an official apology.

The remake was so unhealthy, in actual fact, that in June this 12 months Microids introduced a remake of the remake, with a brand new studio (Tower Five) behind it. And now this re-remake has arrived, changing the unique remake on Steam and showing as a free download for all present house owners of the game.

For some cause Microids’ YouTube channel solely hosts the Switch trailer, which is what I’ve caught above, however from the primary seconds this appears prefer it at all times ought to have regarded. Which is to say, identical to the unique game however in HD. The trailer provides you a glimpse of lots of the game’s areas, and the brighter palette is a world away from the washed-out look of the primary remake.

It’s not simply concerning the visuals, both. The authentic remake had loads of bugs and poor efficiency points, in addition to an audio combine that did not stay as much as the unique, and I really feel kinda unhealthy having dunked on it a lot by this level. Credit where credit score is due. Something clearly went unsuitable with this undertaking, and Microids did not abandon it however determined to try to do it right.

The XIII remake presently has overwhelmingly unfavorable opinions on Steam. We’ll should see if this substantial re-working can change its fortunes however, simply on sight alone, it appears a lot nearer to what followers of the unique at all times wished from this undertaking.