Review by BraveOdin

"WARNING: This game may cause sleepless nights."

After a long wait, TimeSplitters 2 is finally here. Was it worth the wait? You bet.

The first TimeSplitters was a very good game with it's extremely fast paced gameplay and wacky sense of humor. It was flawed in some areas, however. The Story mode quickly got repetitive, there was practically NO storyline whatsoever, and a lot of the guns were virtually identical. All these things have been fixed in TimeSplitters 2, however, making it a truly wonderful gaming experience.

Lets take a look at the game modes:

Story: This is a collection of 10 missions. Rather than being simply ''grab an item and run to the exit'' like in TimeSplitters 1, you actually have objectives to complete now. These put you in a wide variety of time periods, from a dam in Siberia (this should sound very familiar to GoldenEye fans...) to the Wild West to a futuristic robot manufacturing facility.

Arcade: This is the game's multiplayer mode, and probably where you will spend the most time. There are 2 submodes in Arcade. One is ''Arcade League'', a series of preset scenarios, some of which can be VERY challenging. If you do well enough in a challenge, you get a bronze, silver, gold, or platinum trophy for that challenge. The other submode is ''Arcade Custom'', where you can set up your own multiplayer game, choosing from 16 modes, 16 levels, and 26 weapons. If you don't have any friends to play with, you can put in up to 10 ''bots'', which are computer controlled players. You can also network up to 4 PS2s via i.Link to have a maximum of up to 16 players.

Challenge: This is probably the game's most humorous mode. This mode contains a series of challenges, each putting you in a wacky situation. Like Arcade League, you can get bronze, silver, gold, and platinum trophys depending on how well you do.

MapMaker: The name says it all. This mode allows you to make your own maps! You make your maps with a set of 30 preset tiles (unfortunately, you can't make your own tiles), and can place items and powerups on the map with ease. The MapMaker is an improvement over the one in the first TimeSplitters: the tiles they give you are much better than the ones in TimeSplitters 1, and you can even make your own Story missions! The bad thing about the MapMaker is that it can be fairly limiting in what you can do. As I already mentioned, you are limited to placing preset tiles, plus there is a limit to how big you can make levels, due to memory limitations. The plus side of the MapMaker is that it is extremely easy to use, and you can just jump right into it.

OK, now that we've gone over the modes, I will now give scores (out of 10 points) in the following areas:

Graphics: 10

This game has some of the most awesome graphics I've ever seen on a console. There is plenty of detail everywhere, and the game never seems to slow down, even when the action gets really intense. The game always runs at a constant 60 frames per second, making the game run very smoothly.

Sound: 10

The sound is flawless. The music is absolutely wonderful, the sound effects are awesome, and the voice acting is top-notch.

Control: 10

After playing this game, it almost seems like the PS2 controller was designed for this game. The controls are very responsive and are very easy to learn. The 4 shoulder buttons on the PS2 controller make it easy to do many things at once with ease. If you don't like any of the preset control schemes, theres a custom layout as well.

Storyline: 7

In the storyline, you are a space marine that has to travel through several time periods recovering Time Crystals from the TimeSplitters, assuming the identity of a person from each time period. The storyline is by no means great, but it isn't bad either, but the storyline in an FPS isn't as important as in other types of games. However, it is certainly an an inprovement over the one in the first TimeSplitters game, which... had no storyline at all.

Fun Factor/Replay Value: 10

This game has some of the most replay value I've seen in a long time. With several modes, an insane amount of unlockables, and excellent multiplayer play, you will be playing this game for months, if not for years. TimeSplitters 2 is one of the best PS2 games available right now, and surely will be for years to come.

Overall: 10/10

Rent or buy? I'd probably rent it first, because you might not like the game for it's ultra fast pace, or it's lack of realism, but if you can get past these factors, you will have an absolute blast.

Reviewer's Rating:   5.0 - Flawless

Originally Posted: 10/18/02, Updated 10/18/02

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