Review by gameringerrr

"A fun but limited fragfest"

Well, first person shooter fans are probably asking themselves ''which one should I buy, Timesplitters or Unreal Tournament?'' This review should give you the answer to that question and more.

Gameplay- The gameplay is fun and addictive. However, even people that are not too experienced with Unreal or have no experience at all should skip the first 2 skill levels and go to master. In other words, the game's easy as pie. If you are pretty good at first-person shooter games or have a lot of experience with Unreal, you should undoubtedly go to the ''ultimate'' skill level which is inhuman.

Story- Well, to the disappointment of some (like me), Unreal Tournament has (not surprisingly) no sotry whatsoever. You just play until you get the championship of a ladder and move on. Unfortunately, Timesplitters has no intricate, detailed story line either, so don't let the Story line be what makes you decide which game you want.

Audio/Video- Well, can't quite diss this aspect of the game. The video is perfect.... except for one minor flaw. When there's a lot going on in the game, the game slows down A LOT. Even though this is fairly uncommon and rare, when it does happen for about 10 secs you'll be very, very annoyed. The audio, on the other hand, is simply perfect (except when it's affected by the video's slow-down). The music is invigorating and never gets monotonous. The sound of guns, splashing water, and the voice-overs of your teammates and enemies are accurately rendered. If music is a huge factor for you, then you can't go wrong with this game.

Replayability- Well, once you've beaten the game at the inhuman skill level, there's really no reason you'd ever play the one player mode except for the heck of it, which I doubt a lot of people would bother doing. The only reason you'd want to not sell this game after you've done everything in one-player mode is because of the fun you can have with up to 4 friends on multiplayer. However, the multiplayer (sigh), also has it's own flaw. You're limited to VERY few areas and ONLY 2 out of the original 4 modes in single player. In total, you have about 10 arenas to play against or with your friends in. Which brings me to something you don't see often:false advertising. On the box in says ''over 50 levels''. Well, there are TWO things wrong with that sentence, belive it or not. 1) The only reason it has ''50 levels'' are because the single player levels that you can play in multiplayer are counted twice. In single player you can only play about 36 levels. 2nd problem) even when you count those levels twice, you only get 50 levels. Not more. So don't be fooled by false advertising.

''To buy, or not to buy''- All in all, Timesplitters is better. After you buy that game, if you're a fan of first-person shooters or have enough money to buy both go ahead and buy Unreal Tournament. It's not that bad. But, if you don't want to buy it, then you should rent it. No question about that.

Well, I hope this review helped you out a bit. Have fun with whatever you're going to buy!

Reviewer's Rating:   3.5 - Good

Originally Posted: 11/23/00, Updated 12/03/02

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