Review by NeoGeo

"Looking for some good FPS action? Step right up!"

Timesplitters was a hit early on in the Playstation 2’s life, but was more famed for it’s multiplayer mode than the actual one player experience. Now it’s time for the sequel, Free Radical design have made many improvements to the original formula, so in steps Timesplitters 2, and this time the story mode isn’t half bad.

Graphics: 7/10
The graphics on show here are ok, the textures are smooth and of high resolution, but you can see that they developers were building this game on the Playstation 2 so it could be then ported up onto more powerful console. Everything on show here is of a medium quality; more time could be spent on improving the textures and gun models. That said the Timesplitters 2 was never going for gold in terms of visuals when it was up against Halo and Metroid Prime. It focuses more on a massive range of weaponry and catroonish drawn characters, I wonder what this game would look like cel shaded?

Sound: 8/10
I would say there are literally hundreds of different sounds to recreate the effect for all the weapons and voices. There is constantly the noise of guns firing in the distance, the screams of someone who has just been set alight, and you can hear the whistle of bullets as they fly towards you. Then the sound you don’t want to hear, metal hitting flesh then the hiss as you life goes down. In multiplayer mode there is the option to choose any of the tracks featured in the game, which is a nice bonus. You can even play the music from the first game for nostalgia.

Gameplay: 8/10
They got the game right apart from one thing, when coding they really messed up the aiming system. When you are running through a level there are no crosshairs in the normal gun mode, if you want to be accurate then you have to click the right thumb stick. When doing this though it is harder to move about, so running and aiming is not a good combination. It would have been simpler to have a constant crosshair similar to the one found in Halo. The overall feel when playing is that of Goldeneye and Perfect Dark the games that some of the coders worked on. If you loved these games then you might be a bit disappointed because of the two-stick control method which changes the controls around totally. You can persevere like many have and master the controls. In which case you will find more of the same gameplay except spread across many different time zones, past and present.

Overall: 8/10
Timesplitters 2 tries to improve and succeeds but doesn’t quite topple Goldeneye from the Fps tower. It however does have a shed load of replay value that will keep you coming back for more. There are many mini games and challenges as well as a great multiplayer and arena creator mode.

Rent or Buy?
Rent it if you are not fully into Fps games. For anyone else this is a great game to move onto if you have finished Halo and need more of a challenge. If I had to line up games in order of value for money then Timesplitters 2 would definitely at the front.

Reviewer's Rating:   4.0 - Great

Originally Posted: 12/04/02, Updated 12/04/02

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