Review by DaGame007
"So much bang for your buck!"
Welcome to Timesplitters 2, where the robots are your friends and the monkeys are your enemies. If you haven't heard of this game, you're missing out on one of the more lesser known hits. Timesplitters 2, developed by a group of former Rare employees, is a more advanced version of Goldeneye - better graphics, more characters and of course multiplayer excitement. In this game, you play Agent Cortez, a time traveller from the future out to get all the time crystals before the Timesplitters, who are a group of monsters, do.
I have to say this is one of the better parts of the game. The controls are easy on the hand and they are fairly flexible due to the fact that nearly anybody can pick up the controller and jump right in. The menus are well organized and extremely easy to access. If you're looking for a good game that is hard and extremely challenging, you've come to the right place. This takes difficulty to a whole new level and gives your ''abilities'' a test that it might just not pass. The single-player missions are one of the good things in this game due to the fact that there are a lot of objectives to do as you increase the difficulty. I'll warn you beforehand that Hard is not for the weak-at-heart - you can gather up a friend and try to beat it in co-op, but it will still take a lot of effort.
Despite the fact that there is a single-player mode available, the main focus seems to be based on the multiplayer aspect and the story seems to suffer because of this. As mentioned before, you'll go across a lot of locales that vary from the 19th century to as far as the 25th century. The big drawback here is that the story is paper thin. You really won't be paying attention to the story because the gameplay is just so much fun. But the thing that I find fairly cool is how the developers created an arcade mode. In the arcade mode, they have tons of levels with their own backstory to it. It may not be that much but at least the arcade mode is not a lot of mindless dribble piled up together.
Marvelous, absolutely marvelous. The graphics run at a firm 60 frames per second. In all my time of owning this game, I haven't seen a moment where there is a slowdown. The FPS remains stuck at 60 even in a match where there are 4 human players and even more simulants involved. The models are extremely crisp and fluid, as they all make their movements. The only slight drawback I found in the game's graphics was the fact that there is no blood at all. Blood would have been more preferable but it is overshadowed by all the other graphical features. In the sound department, the developers seemed to make their mark in a very clean manner. The music is extremely catchy and you'll find yourself just sitting there and listening to it. It has the ability to make your heart pump and get you into the game. Another thing I found extremely awesome about the sound was the fact that they made the music fit the locale that you were playing in most of the time. Besides the music, the voices, gunshots, alarms and whatnot seem to be on par with today's standards.
Like the title says, you get so much bang for your buck. The game can easily last you 6 months if you want to get absolute 100%. You'll be picking up the game even after all the time you have logged into it. You have a lot of things to deal in here:
-Arcade Mode - a scenario is presented to you and you have to fulfill a certain goal to get a medal (Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platnum).
-Challenge Mode - a time-attack type mode, where you are again presented with a scenario and you have to fulfill within the time limit.
-Single Player - 10 levels, yet tons of difficulty that will take a while to complete.
-Mapmaker - yes, you read right! You can make your own multiplayer level or your own single player level with the given tools in the game. You have to have a lot of practice to use this feature.
-Multiplayer - there are so many modes in this that they made up, and they are actual modes that make sense. You invite friends over or possibly play alone with simulants.
The Final Verdict
For $50, you'll be getting so much that you'll probably be wondering why the price of games are not based on replayability. If renting a game costs $5, you can easily shell out $100 if you rent it so much, but who'd do that? The features far overshadow the shortcomings of this game and it should be a definite buy for you or your loved one.
Gameplay - 10/10
Story - 7/10
Graphics/Music - 9.5/10
Replay Value - 10/10
Overall Score - 9.6/10 (round off to 10)
Reviewer's Rating: 5.0 - Flawless
Originally Posted: 08/11/03
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