previews\ May 30, 2002 at 8:00 pm

TimeSplitters 2 - GC - Preview

Some shooter games allow you to merely get close. Well close doesn’t count in TimeSplitters 2 – this game is about accuracy.

Time Splitters 2, from Eidos Interactive, is a fast-paced shooter program that will have you firing with purpose across a variety of environments. Oh, there is a storyline, too.

Eidos showed off the graphically capabilities of TimeSplitters at E3 2002 in Los Angeles, and the first thing one notices about the game are the graphics and its pacing.

The TimeSplitters, an evil race out to enslave mankind, is traveling through time to change the course of human events. With a motley crew of “renegade characters” by your side (the game does support up to four players), your job is to recover the crystals needed to seal the rift in time and save humankind.

Environments for this game include the gangster-ridden 1920s, an Aztec temple in the jungle, Soviet military installations of the Cold War era, and futuristic robot factories in space.

TimeSplitters uses an upgrade of its own engine to deliver bright and smooth graphics, not only in the environments, but the animation is very well done. And when you are talking weapons, you only need to go into sniper mode to really get a feel for the graphical quality of this game. It is, in a word, excellent.

Of course, you can play the multiplayer game as either a cooperative game or in the Unreal style of competitive gaming.

This game is not only about shooting accuracy but it takes on the all-action frenetic pace of a hard-core shooter game.

Whether you like single-player action, or wish to indulge in the multiplayer carnage available within the game, TimeSplitters 2 delivers with great special effects, huge environments, a solid AI, and a map editor to expand the gaming experience.

This appears to be a well-crafted game.

This program will be released for the Xbox, PlayStation2 and GameCube in September.  

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