Review by Cory Wilkie
"Cory's TimeSplitters Review"
TimeSplitters is a first-person shooter that was released at the launch of the PlayStation 2. It was developed by Free Radical and published by Eidos Interactive. This game has been rated Teen for animated violence by the ERSB.
In TimeSplitters there are three different game modes to choose from. The first is Story mode where you will travel through time to kill the TimeSplitters. Each mission takes place in a different era and each mission has two selectable characters. There are a total of about twelve missions that each has three different difficulties. Depending on how fast you can complete each mission and each difficulty will depend on what weapons, characters, game types, and bots you will unlock for multiplayer. The second mode is Challenge where you will be given an objective to complete in a certain amount of time. These challenges will tone your skills and the challenges get progressively more difficult. The third game mode is Arcade where you can pick your level, the weapons to play with, bots with the ability to set teams and difficulty of each player, game type which includes escort, deathmatch, and capture the bag to name a few. In other words I am saying that you can fully customize your game to how you want in every way. Another feature in this game is Map Maker where you can build your own maps to make them look any way you want and have the items where you want. There are thirty-one weapons to choose from and the ability to have carry dual weapons such as two handguns, machineguns, and shotguns. While in the game you will be using the left analog stick to move forward, backwards, and strafe. The right analog will air your weapon and you will have the option to have it set to inverted or not inverted. The R1 and R2 buttons will fire you primary shot and secondary shot for your weapons. Triangle will reload you weapon and the X button will open doors or use switches. The left and right directional buttons will switch your weapon while the L1 button makes you crouch and the L2 button allows you to aim with a crosshairs.
*Back of case* The TimeSplitters are an evil race dwelling outside of time and space. Roused from an ancient sleep, they cross the threshold from their shadowy dimension, ripping through the fabric of time itself to make humanity history. Can we unite against a common enemy? Or will we be condemned forever to a realm ruled under the shadow of the TimeSplitters. I will decide to not rate story on this game because there is absolutely no story to this game except what is written above. No cut scenes or cinematic scenes, not even one at the start before the game.
In TimeSplitters the graphics are simple and consistent. This is a good thing and a bad thing at the same time. Nothing has really high polygons but since to models are simple you don’t need a lot of polygons to look good. With the fewer polygons you will maintain a high frame rate even when there are ten people on the screen firing like mad men. This is very important in first-person shooters because this is where many of them suffer. The medium detail and average shading in the game gives it a pleasant look but not over the top. The pleasant look is also to account for the very few jaggies in the game, were the game models are simple it is easier to reduce the jaggies.
In TimeSplitters the only sounds will be mainly that of your guns. All the guns sound realistic but I think it is missing the extras like the sounds of bullets on different surfaces or the echo of bullets when you are in a tunnel. All the characters have their own phrases that they say when you select them at the character select but none during the game.
In TimeSplitters the music is mostly beats done on a synthesizer. This suits the game very well and they sound good. In the western levels you will hear western music and in the Egyptian levels you will hear something more like Egypt, same goes with the other levels that include futuristic and modern days.
Play Time/Replayability 10/10
TimeSplitters would take the average person about ten hours to complete but to unlock all the extras and beat all the game modes you would probably have about eighty hours of playing ahead of yourself. Then the multiplayer mode has an unlimited amount of playtime so you won’t be short on things to do in this game.
I would recommend this game to anyone who likes first-person shooters or to anyone who is looking for a great game for a party because it has amazing multiplayer. This game is a must buy if you go under one of those categories. At the time of release this was definitely “The fastest first-person shooter ever created for a gaming console.”
I wish the weapons didn’t do as much damage because many of them take two or three hits to kill anyone.
Average Score 8.8
Cory's Score 8/10
Reviewer's Score: 8/10 | Originally Posted: 04/21/03, Updated 04/21/03
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