This game is ESRB rated M for mature 17+
Blood and Gore
TimeShift is a FPS (First Person Shooter) that exposes you to a variety of environments from large cities to open plains and a variety of weapons which include many unique effects for any situation you may encounter. TimeShift also has three time control abilities that allow you to stop, slow, and reverse time. These abilities will help you get though many puzzles and combat situations that litter every map in the game. Each level in the game is a different experience. Every level is fun to explore and watch come apart while you shoot your way through them.
You are a part of a team of physicists who designed a pair of suits that can control time. One of your colleagues, the lead physicist, Professor Krone, stole one of the suits and went back in time to change history and make himself the ruler of the known world. You manage to get into the second suit. It takes you back to the same time period so you can locate the professor. Your mission is to find and kill Professor Krone.
The story line had a great deal of potential. However, the story line is not explained. There are intermittent cut scenes that attempt to explain the story line as you progress though the levels. They are extremely short. They don’t give you any kind of understanding as to how that affects your goals. There are only four characters you learn about. What little you learn from the cut scenes has no noticeable connection to game play.
Unfortunately Time Shift is very linear. Most of the game you can only go in one direction. You are given a specific series of guided tasks that must be completed in a certain order. You are able to carry a total of three weapons. Fortunately, you are able to choose from a variety of weapons which include options such as sniper rifles or crossbows with explosive projectiles. All weapons are very effective and fun to use.
Thankfully the game provides enough ammo for each weapon. This makes it possible for you to use any weapon of your choice without having to depend on any one weapon that is more dominant than any other in the game. Also in TimeShift you are given three time controlling abilities; time slow, time stop, and time reverse. Each of these can, of course, be used to give you an edge in combat when you are overwhelmed by enemies. But you will also use them to solve any number of small puzzles in every map such as; ramps that sway from side to side, walkways that can be destroyed and fall away, dodging bullets from large enemy vehicles firing on you, multiple switches that must be pressed at the same time, running through mine fields, or maneuver through moving laser fields. Time reverse can be used to “reassemble” destroyed bridges and remove sticky grenades.
The only downside to the game play is that the levels are very short and relatively easy. I completed the game in just under seven hours on the hardest difficulty setting.
Each weapon, vehicle, type of material and type of enemy have a number of different sounds associated with them. Each of these are clearly distorted when you use time control abilities. This auditory diversity immerses you in the game making it all the more fun to play.
The graphics in TimeShift are exceptional. The amount of detail put into the characters, weapons, vehicles and terrains make you feel like you are in a real environment. This is especially important considering that fact that during fire fights the structures around you break apart. You can see pieces of brick and cement flying around you when they are hit by any of the projectile weapons. You can even shoot down entire walls to get to the enemies behind them. Explosions are very entertaining to watch because with the right amount of ordinance you can destroy parts of the maps, making walkways and bridges unstable, (some even break away completely).
The physics engine put into TimeShift is very detailed. The details include things from the momentum of moving vehicles that run into enemies, (causing them to roll around), to blowing enemies apart with heavy explosives, (watching the parts fly around the map), to ramps that sway up and down based upon when you’re standing (like a teeter-totter),and large fans that push you around that map at high speeds. The most advanced part of the physics engine is the effect on the environment when using time effects. You can walk on water, though raindrops, electricity, fire and reverse the movement of machinery to use it to your advantage. Bullets even react realistically with enemy weapons, (bouncing off, sparks fly, etc.); allowing you to shoot guns out of your enemies hands. The most intriguing part of the time control for me is the ability to stop bullets in mid air and watch them fly through the air as you run by.
There are a variety of enemy units you will encounter in TimeShift each with unique abilities and reactions based on what you do. These include exclamations and observations when you use you TimeShift abilities to get behind them, run past them or take the weapons out of their hands. At that point they will raise their hands and say something like, “I’m unarmed please don’t shoot.”
If you shoot the gun out of their hands, they will look around for it on the ground and pick up the nearest weapon. Enemies will often spread out and take cover behind any kind of barrier, like walls containers, tanks, etc. Some enemies use the time shift abilities. This requires a battery life which depletes and must be recharged, so they hide to avoid fire.
There is a multiplayer option in TimeShift. For the PC version there are usually not more than three servers with a total of five people online. So, if you are looking for a fast-paced multiplayer FPS, this is not the game for you.
Windows XP with latest service pack installed or Windows Vista
Intel Pentium 4 2.0 GHz or higher or AMD equivalent
1 GB ram 8x or faster DVD drive
8 GB or more free space
128 MB directx 9.0c-compatible card with pixel shader 2.0b support (NVIDIA Geforce 6600/ATI Radeon x700 or higher) with latest direct drivers
directx 9.0c-compatible sound card
Intel core 2 duo e6400/AMD Athlon 64 x2 4200 ram
2 GB ram or more a sound blaster x-fi or equivalent sound card
NVIDIA Geforce 8600 GTS with 256 MB ram
Pros & Cons
Incredible sound effects
Many weapons with unique abilities
Unique time control abilities
Weapons are equally useful
Short single player
Single player very easy even on elite (the hardest difficulty)
Storyline not explained well
Multiplayer not very popular
On a side note this game has issues with some graphics cards. I personally experienced a great deal of difficulty with the NVIDIA Geforce 8700M GT. I have also read about several other cards that have issues with TimeShift, but it played perfectly on the 6800 GT.
Overall, TimeShift is an entertaining game for anyone who like FPS’s even though the storyline and multiplayer aspects of the game fall short. The physics, sound, A.I. and single player campaign, though short, make up for TimeShift’s shortcomings making this game worth purchasing.
I give this game a 7/10
|JusTech'n editors' rating|