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Timeshift (Xbox 360)
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 3 November 2007
From the first time I saw the trailer, I was gobsmacked. Such a cool idea and a cool uniform. I couldn't wait for the chance to stop time and steal the enemies weapons to use on themselves. I played the demo too and that seemed very good too so I decided to buy the game.

Like most games now, there is a single player and online multiplayer of up to 16 players.

Singleplayer
The single player game is a bit confusing at first but I think it's designed that way as you try to figure out what is actually happening. You start off with a cut scene of a demolished building and a news review. Time goes backwards and you find out there was an expolosion in the lab and you use the suit to escape. Things are a bit hazy at first as the story unfolds.

Gameplay-Gameplay reminds me a little of call of duty but you are very limited on jumping movement. You can obviously slow, pause or reverse time and makes getting past obstacles very interesting. You really need some lateral thinking to help you get to the next level. This way of multidimentional thinking sort of reminded me of a PS2 game called Soul Reaver. Anyway, I found the gameplay very linear as there is always only one way to go/one door to chose which sometimes limited my enjoyment of the game. I also was a little disappointed that it's purely 1st person view and you can't even see your feet. I was sort of hoping that there would be an option for 3rd person view as I was rather looking forward to seeing myself in the cool suit in action. Especially when ripping the enemy rifle out of their own hands and using it on themselves (like in the trailer). Alas this isn't the case. By the way if you hadn't tried it in the demo, you can do this but you need to have paused time (not slowed it down). As you progress along the story, you unlock content like music tracks, video cut scenes.

Multiplayer
Although I've only had this a day, I have tried several times to attempt a multiplayer game as I thought the game would be a lot of fun with the potential of up to 16 players. However I have so far found that much like the problem that I have with HALO 3, the connections are very poor. Don't get me wrong I'm not on a super slow broadband (I've got 4Mb broadband with Virgin media) and have not had any problem with GRAW 2, but have found that with Halo 3, Rainbow Vegas and this game, I've been lagging all over the place. Maybe I just need to accept that I've got to go up to 20Mb package but I can't imagine many people having this as standard. I think many US players tend to host so maybe this is the problem.
Anyway, the few multiplayer games I've had are reasonably good. Maps are big and you have a variety of options, however it's understandable that not too many people are on yet as it's a new game. You have Ranked and Player matches like most games and each are split as follows;
Deathmatch - each man for himself
Team Deathmatch - team with the most kills wins
King of time - Grab the time sphere to become the king of time and impervious to all time effects
Metdown Madness - Throw Chrono grenades at the opposing team to prevent it from functioning. Your team wins when your machine completes its countdown
Capture the flag - self explanitory
One-on-one - one on one battle to the death
There are 14 maps available, each with a recomended number of players ranging from 2-8 players to 8-16 players.
You can't really pause, slow or reverse time in multiplayer mode as you can with singleplayer, but your timeshield does allow a bubble of time to be created around you allowing you to act at the same speed but everything around you becomes slow. I'll stick with it and see whether an upgrade to a faster broadband speed helps - maybe games now need to have broadband speeds that fast. I also found it hard to figure out which team I was on as you can't really see yourself so had to go into game review to find out.

Overall
An excellent concept with very cool suit and good gameplay. A shame about the multiplayer so far but may improve. I remain hopeful. I would advise to rent first if you have the option before you buy as your multiplayer experience may be limited.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 22 November 2007
If you've played through "The Orange Box" and "Halo 3" and are looking for more original FPS fodder, look away now. Almost all of the solo campaign play is reminiscent of HalfLife2 with dabs of the Halo trilogy added to mix it up a little. It's as if a committee of businessmen asked "what's gone down well lately then?" and set about steeling other developers ideas. And given how long this game has been in production, that probably did happen at some stage.

So why am I still playing it then? Because, even though this game is a loveless void of facsimile with fairly dated game-play, YOU CAN BEND SPACE-TIME.

After a while, you realize that the only weapon you would really need is a big spanner, because once you've paused time, run around a soldier and then happy-slapped him from behind, what's the need to have elaborate high-tech weaponry? Ok, there are those semi-scary time-bending supersoldiers to deal with from time to time, but since they are expecting to win, pinning them with explosive crossbow bolts is amazingly satisfying. I laughed once when I picked up a tossed grenade, reversed time to prevent the thing going off and then deposited between one of these supersoldiers' legs. He actually said "huh? impossible..." before going up his own posterior. Classic.

So there you have it. If you are a Valve or Bungie zealot, stay well away. If, on the other hand, you can get over the obvious influences (ahem) of this title, and especially the "circa 2004 feel", you might just have a good giggle with this one.

Oh, I should mention that there are some clever puzzle solving aspects to this game that are impossible to complete unless you utilize your time-space bending powers, so it's not all slow motion slaughter.

Frankly though, I think this game would have worked much better as a third-person shooter ala "Gears of War". Maybe next time, eh lads?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 16 May 2008
I'm normally quite good at spotting a good game, or at least one that i'd enjoy and at first completely wrote this off my list. im so glad i bought it now, the gameplay is amazingly fun and addictive, slowing down time and sprinting around everywhere causeing mayhem is exactly what it looks like on the trailer, but the clincher has to be pausing time and stealing an enemies gun, pure genius!!!!!

now to go into the game in more depth, the storyline is well....errrr its ok, but its nothing to write home about, graphically its great but isnt the best on this console, but saying that, it has some of the best destructability i've seen in a long time. It isnt too easy but not mind blowingly hard, there are some slightly repetitive bits where you have to use certain powers but the game helps you out, by saying you need more agility when facing a giant robot, oh sorry yeah i forgot to mention the giant robots.

on the whole this game is pure unadulterated fun, and quite hard to put down a complete change from the "prince of persia, with guns" game i thought it would be!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 17 July 2011
Timeshift isn't a particularly bad game, it just isn't great. A FPS with the added feature of being able to manipulate time a bit. Note learn to use this function, you will use it a lot.

Graphically, it shows its age nowadays but they are still good. I liked the futuristic retro feel, a bit like Bioshock. The game auto saves at intervals but you can also save at any point ~ handy. Sound is so so, a musical score would have added to the atmoshere.

The time feature is a double edged sword. Initially it was a bit unusual and takes a bit of time to work out when to use it. You can stop time, reverese time or slow it down aka FEAR. However, it also recharges your health. You need to use it a lot and I began to find it offputting and frustrating at times. Also, you need it to solve puzzles to move forward and some of these take some though and experimentation which ruined the flow of the game for me.

Not a bad FPS but it didn't win any awards for a reason!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 17 January 2008
OK, I'm telling you now, the story is crap. You are trying to get this guy, who has another one of these time suit things and while you do it you have to go into various places and shoot lots of bad guys.

However...there are some things which make this game very very good! Firstly, the whole concept of stopping, slowing and reversing time is amazing and (in a sick kinda way) fun. Also, this game is rated 18, and this makes it so much better, because they put tonnes of gore into it - like when you put a grenade on someone, they're limbs, head and rest of their body blow up and scatter around the place.

The creaters have thought very carefully about use of time as well. You can stop time, and walk on water and not fall in. Or you can walk through fire and not get burned, etc. There are great selection of weapons from Assauslt rifles and crossbows to flamethrowers!

I really really wish they had made this game so you could play it in 3rd person view - that would have definately cranked the score to 4/5. The suit looks cool on the advert and game cover, yet you can't see it in the game.

All in all, if you like the idea of stopping time and totally destroying your enemies (and there is nothing they can do about it) then I would get this game. If you're looking for a game with a fantastic storyline and challenging enemies who can anticipate your every move, this is not the game for you really
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Well it's a ok game , about as average a game as i've ever played , fear crossed with Half life 2 is the best description but without the wow factor. It never goes anywhere much but works well and looks ok .. worth a try for the price but you'll never play it again
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 11 November 2008
All I can say is I enjoyed this far more than Half-Life 2. It has a lot more 'whizz-bang'. That's my main recommendation. It has the same physics engine and graphics, and so looks brilliant. All the objects roll and splinter realistically and the guns are all good 'n loud. The levels are varied and atmospheric. The gameplay is part Half-Life, part Farcry - the very cool Timeshifting gizmo adds a little 'superhero' touch to things. All in all Timeshift is an excellent game that has more sheer FPS fun under its bonnet than many others, IMHO.
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on 8 July 2011
Hey peeps,

Timeshift is a game I played on PC and then when I got a Xbox I had to get it again because its such a classic.

After you get used to the different button layout (Many a time I used secondary fire instead of aim down sights by accident and subsequently blew myself up) and if you dont mind the graphics being mid range you can really enjoy this game.

The only other game I have played with time effects is Prince of Persia and this game is so very different. When playing on Elite you cannot win a fire fight with a group of enemies without using time slow and the clever introduction of constant threats that require time powers to avoid is great fun.

The story line is pretty standard but with interesting cut scenes that unveil slowly parts of the past.

Only let down probably is that there are no real boss fights until the end and even then it feels a bit static and repetitive.

Still however there is an interesting mix of challenges and fighting coupled with some fun guns (<3 Crossbow) which makes the game worthwhile.

A good buy now its at such a reduced price!

Cheers

M Galbraith-Helps
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 21 April 2012
This game is very good considering its age, better graphics than some new games, game play is fun, stopping time and killing is a very unique way of playing a fps which is why this game is fantastic, it can be hard if you play on high difficulty but any other is very easy, but very fun! Buy it, its cheap and what a game
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 8 August 2008
Before I got this game i thought it would be really easy and i didnt think it would be very good. i saw he game had a demo so i downloaded that and i thought that was very fun. the controls are quite hard but you will get used to them. the multiplayer isnt very good but its a break from the single player
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