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TimeSplitters on the Xbox--TimeSplitter 2 Review

Developer: Free Radical | Publisher: Eidos
Players: 1 to 4 Player Game | Release Date: 10/17/02 | Genre: First Person Shooter

When the PS 2 was released in North America, there were very few titles worth picking up. SSX received the most attention from the media, but the Free Radical developed shooter TimeSplitters also proved to be a hit with the players. Since then, two new consoles have entered the race, and this time, Free Radical decided to spread the time-splitting love to Nintendo's GameCube and also Microsoft's Xbox. TS 2 has been a long time coming for fans of the original, but does it live up to the hype? Or does it leave you yearning for something more?

TimeSplitters 2 does feature something resembling a single player campaign, and the story is a tad more defined than the original's. In the main game, you'll control various characters throughout time as they struggle to stop the diabolical race known as the TimeSplitters. Levels range from an old Cathedral to alien planets to technology labs in the distant future. In each level/time period there are enemies representative of that era. Also, the environments reflect the time period and location. The designers did a great job of making each level unique and showing off the different architectural styles found in each specific era.

However, the focus here is definitely on fast-paced shooting and an option-laden multiplayer mode. The game's action moves at a blistering pace with silky smooth controls and enemies that just don't know when to quit. If you're used to FPS games that rely heavily on strategy, you may find the firefights here a bit overwhelming in the beginning, but the faster you can pull the trigger, the greater your chances are for survival

By Ryan Schaefer - 11/18/02
ESRB Details: Violence
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