Review by kiriyama2
The Only Game That Let's You Kill Human-Sized Ducks That Have Guns
This was a really fun little twitch shooter that my friend introduced me to. I have never played the original TimeSplitters so I dont know if this one is better or worse than that one. But hey any game that lets you hunt down and kill human sized duck people with double barreled shotguns is alright in my book.
The story in TimeSplitters 2 is an okay sort of story. You play as Cortez a soldier in the future. The game starts out with Cortez and his comrade fighting against an alien species called the Splitters. As they get to the time control room they see that the Splitters already went through the time portal with several time crystals. So now its up to Cortez to go through the time portal fight the Splitters and retrieve the time crystals. Its not exactly the most imaginative of stories but youre mainly just here for the shooting.
The graphics in TimeSplitters 2 are really good. Not great exactly but theyre not bad either. Free Radical uses a graphics style similar to the one used in the game Second Sight (which was a terrific game), it looks somewhat cartoony but thats okay this sort of game actually benefits from using a style like that, it shows that the game doesnt want to be taken as an ultra serious game. No it shows that the game is a semi-serious game that has a sense of humor. The character design in this game is astounding they look really cool. Even the weird characters look cool (Duckman Drake Im thinking of you!) and its really hard to make a human sized duck with a double barreled shotgun look cool. The environments look pretty cool and not bad looking at all. Even two years after the game was released and the sequels coming out.
The sound in this game is terrific. The voice acting is absolutely solid and doesnt sound bad at all. It sounds like a cartoon. The music is also terrific. They have some absolutely great music pieces in this game. Especially the levels set in a club setting it is some of the greatest ever. The music sounds like something out of an anime like Lupin the III. The weapons in the game also sound good. I can hardly think of anything wrong with the sound in this game.
This is where the game positively without a doubt excels. The shooter action is positively fast and furious. Everything moves at such a quick pace. Its no problem to simply pick up this game and play it. Plus there are all sorts of challenge modes. Like one will just have you fighting against fifteen or so opponents, then youll go and play a match where you have to avoid these flaming monkeys or youll die. Then youll play a mission where you and five other guys have to attack a group of business men in a canyon so they cant open an online consultancy business. But by far my favorite is the one where you play as a guy who went to a doctors office to undergo some major hair transplant surgery, but he got too drugged up, so now hes hallucinating that giant ducks are trying to kill him and steal his hair, so you fight against them for as long as possible. Another great mode they have in this game is the Mapmaker program. Making maps is really fun and challenging but when you finally create a really difficult hard to complete map you get a deep sense of accomplishment. As for the main story mode, its not exactly long but that doesnt really matter because theres so much more fun to be had with the arcade, challenge, and mapmaker modes. Multiplayer is another spot where the game excels you can easily lose a few hours of your life playing multiplayer with three of your friends. You can also spend a lot of time playing the challenge modes to unlock more characters, maps, and modes in the multiplayer.
I would definitely recommend this game to anyone whos a fan of first person shooters that dont require a whole lot of time to be invested into it, and has a sense of humor. It is really a fun FPS that I think everyone should own or at the very least play.
Rating: 4.5 - Outstanding
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