TimeShift Reviews

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K0mrade
128,850 (80,780)
K0mrade
TA Score for this game: 1,966
Posted on 29 April 09 at 05:22
This review has 37 positive votes and 1 negative vote. Please log in to vote.
Timeshift is one of those gems that was left behind in a wake of bad reviews. To say Timeshift is a great game, or even original, would be a lie. But to say Timeshift deserves the bad rep it's been given would also be a lie.

The first thing most people will probably feel when playing Timeshift is that they've already played something very similar before. What earned this game its bad rep is the fact that basically every feature in the game is stolen from somewhere else. There isn't much originality here. If you've played Half-Life 2 you'll probably feel like you're in some form of a spin off where a more elaborate version of bullet time has been added on. The backbone of the game is stolen from Half-Life 2. An oppressed resistance fights the vaguely defined enemy. The games feel very similar. Bullet time is nothing new, and this game operates much the same way that Prince Of Persia does in its bullet time. It is a standard shooter that takes its pieces from other games and meshes them together.

That being said, Timeshift does what it does very well. It takes the great parts from a lot of games and mashes them together into something fun. If you're looking for something completely novel, this game is not for you. If that isn't an issue for you this is a game worth checking out. Everything has been done before, and while Timeshift doesn't try to hide that fact the game is fun. It won't blow anyone away, but it will be a good play through once. The boss fights can be a bit frustrating, especially the end one. Other than that it's an enjoyable experience.

The graphics, though I'm sure fine for their time, look poorly done today. The sound is nothing to write home about, and there's no one to get attached to. Not even the main character is very likeable as neither the plot nor the character has much depth to them. The plot follows essentially the same principles as Back to the Future with guns.

The multiplayer, while actually novel in what it does, is a barren wasteland of activity. No one plays it, and unless you find a boosting partner you'll have a very difficult, if not impossible, time finishing the multiplayer achievements. It's a bit of a shame that the multiplayer is so dead because it is actually very unique. Although, I have to admit, from the few actual non-boosting games I did play it's not very much fun.

Overall I would say Timeshift will never be a classic, but it will take the best parts of some of the classics and mesh them together into a game that is good, not great.
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Helmaroc
129,662 (77,142)
Helmaroc
TA Score for this game: 1,024
Posted on 10 April 10 at 20:54, Edited on 12 April 10 at 12:48
This review has 21 positive votes and 0 negative votes. Please log in to vote.
Timeshift was a game that was in devlopment for a long, long time, starting off for the original Xbox. It's out now but was all that time worth it?

STORY
Honestly, I found the story hard to follow, which made it even harder for me to care about it. Basically, you play as a physicist working on two suits that can alter time, the Alpha and Beta suits. The facility your work in gets destroyed by a rogue scientist named Krone. He has taken the Alpha Suit and warped himself back to the year 1936. You decide to take the Beta suit, which isn't as functionl as the Alpha suit, and decide to go back in time, make your way through the dystopian Alpha District and its outskirts, and destroy Krone, and preventing him from destroying the facility again.

It may sound like an alright story, but there are very few cutscenes that tell you what's happening, and even the ones that are there aren't that interesting.

DESIGN
The main mode in Timeshift is the single player. You start off by selecting one of three difficulties, though the hardest one isn't even that hard, and shoot and alter time through 24 different levels. It's a good length, taking about 8-10 hours to complete, and it's pretty fun throughout. Unfortunately, there isn't much inventive to go back and replay it, as there is nothing to really collect.

Once you're done with the single player, you'll probably want to jump into the multiplayer. There are many different modes and maps to keep you busy, though they're not quite as engaging as other shooters on the market.

Other than that, there's a few unlockables, though these are mostly just concept art. So while the game is kind of light on modes, it should keep you playing for a little while.

GAMEPLAY
As you may have guessed, Timeshift has nice gameplay hook using time. Basically, you can slow down, reverse or stop time to help with your killing. There's a meter that shows how long each can be used. Stopping time drains the meter pretty quickly, while slowing down time drains it slower. Reversing time drains it depending on the situation; if it's need to advance, it usually drains it slower. Most fo the time, you will probably slow down time instead of stopping it. A nice touch is that you can just press the left bumper, and the game will automatically choose the most appropriate time alter, though you can choose manually too.

Other than that, you got the basic shooting mecahnics seen in most games. In multiplayer, there is a slight chnage. Time alters are relegated to grenades, that explode into a bubble of time manipulation. If anyone steps into the bubble, the desired time alter will take effect on them, allowing you to shoot them more easily. As in the single player, the time stop grenade lasts a shorter time than slowing down time.

Overall, Timeshift is a tight gameplay package, and it's always fun to use your time manipulation abilities.

PRESENTATION
Timeshift is a great looking game most of the time. It easpecially stands out when using you user time alter abilities, and you see how different things react, like rain slowing down or stopping dead in its tracks. Though it seems quite apparent that more time was spent on how the first few levels look. The lighting and detail are magnificent in these levels, but the later ones all have flatter detail, and no great looking effects in them.

The sound is good too. It's especially cool listening to your gun shoot after you've stopped time, or how people talk like when you slow down time.


Overall, Timeshift is a pretty good game. The time manipulation is fun to use throughout, and there some pretty good effects that come with this, though it is disappointing that it took so long to make and it didn't end up as a spectacular game. I'd still recommend it to anybody looking for a cool twist in the FPS genre.

I give the game a 4/5.
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MatthewMk2
329,220 (199,895)
MatthewMk2
TA Score for this game: 2,929
Posted on 29 September 12 at 02:55
This review has 5 positive votes and 4 negative votes. Please log in to vote.
I really liked TimeShift. It has great graphics and the time controlling mechanics really add to the game play. Multiplayer, with it's Timeshifting grenades is like nothing else out there.

To bad it released around the same time as Bioshock, The Orange Box, Halo 3, and Call of Duty 4. Timeshift, a better than average FPS had no hope against 4 of the best FPS games in history. If you come across Timeshift pick it up, it's a great game and MP is awesome. Send me a friend request on Xbox Live I'll gladly play with you whether or not you need achievements.

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CHRI5T0PH5R
192,197 (100,085)
CHRI5T0PH5R
TA Score for this game: 2,929
Posted on 22 April 09 at 15:28
This review has 4 positive votes and 8 negative votes. Please log in to vote.
Timeshift was popular was some time but the multiplayer function is not used very much and finding anyone to play would be lucky. The game has a good storyline and is a game that no other game has to offer in the manner of the ability to go past in time, go in slow motion and pause time. The game is great in single player andf has some easy enough achievements to get. The game is first person shooter and has a big variety of weapons and is fun to play. The graphics are not the best but in this game, it does not really matter too much. The game has vehicles to drive and follows a storyline of the main character(unknown and not known what they look like) who goes back in time using a suit(which makes the character unknown)and is intend in killing a bad guy, who has turned the world into a wrecked place and find and kill him to end the madness.
The multiplayer offers at least half a dozen different game modes and 14 maps to play on. There is dlc which adds more fun to play on(if only there was enough people to play with though). The game online offers the same functions as in singleplayer and the same weapons, but no vehicles. There is nothing more to say, and due to it been unpopular, it deserves 3 stars.
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