[Shock Value is a weekly segment which runs down inexpensive titles that are more than worth the money spent.]
- Title: TimeShift
- Developer: Saber Interactive
- Publisher: Sierra Entertainment
- Genre: First Person Shooter (Sci-fi)
- Release: Late 2007
- Platforms: PS3, Xbox 360, PC (Windows 2000 / XP)
- Pricing: PS3 New: Around $15, PS3 Used: $7 – $9, X360 New: $13 – 30, X360 Used: $5 – $8, PC: $13 – 15, PC Used: $5
The New World Order is out for change in TimeShift for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Windows PC CD-Rom. Released in 2007, this game is one of the most under-rated sci-fi shooters of all time. With a focus on the character’s amazingly dangerous journey through a world tormented by a corrupt futuristic army ruled by a dictatorship government, the game really delivers volumes of game-play in its single player campaign and should not be missed by shooter fans at all. It has been said that the story is not really anything to be enthralled in, but that simply isn’t true.
A suit capable of time travel and time manipulation powers is fused to your body and you are a scientist who takes it upon himself to make a risky jump or two through the game’s timeline to fight for the freedom of humanity after the timeline of the world is threatened by a rogue scientist hellbent on control. From the first cut-scene you immediately feel the intensity of what you must accomplish and the daunting road ahead becomes clear quickly as well. The game presents greatly challenging level design and A.I. with usage of guns and time powers playing a critical role in your success.
The graphics are great for the time of release and really do a great job of providing the detail needed for long distance shots and fast paced warfare. You will never have to deal with poorly placed checkpoints, impossible to figure out stages, or boring levels thrown in for filler with this title. Everything is on point to give you that solid feeling that is borderline role playing since you are so immersed by the game you begin to feel like you are truly in this fictional world and making a difference in its future.
Mastering the time control is a great, and necessary, part of TimeShift. There is no better feeling in this game than stopping time, putting shots into a group of enemies, then watching the results as time resumes. That new crossbow with explosive round in Black Ops has really been turning heads lately, well guess what folks — TimeShift had it. But this is just one tool among a great arsenal of futuristic weapons to be found in the game. You will only be able to carry so much at a time, and this is part of the fun as you can pick up whatever you feel is best to help you through the game without having to ever use something you didn’t want to or scramble and backtrack for ammo / weapons. The game makes sure that whatever your choice of firearms is, you can get the job done with the right skill. That is not to say it won’t be difficult. This is one of the most challenging games to hit in a long time and presents not only a difficult A.I. to out-gun but also a puzzle-style design of levels which requires you to think out your strategy and tactics before approaching each one.
Unfortunately the online multi-player component seems to have died out. This can be resurrected if you know people who own it and are willing to revisit it (count me in on that), but don’t expect to find a match unless you personally organize it yourself. That factor is really a shame because I also felt the online in this title was amazingly well done, with time grenades replacing the single player’s time control powers and a great emphasis on skills over luck. The variety of gameplay in the online mode is worth hounding a friend or two to buy this game with you, but even if you are unsuccessful in such a feat this game’s single player merits a run-through for any hardcore shooter fan. If you don’t like shooting then stay away, you will cry, but if you think you have what it takes then by all means pick this game up for your platform of choice and see it through to the end; you won’t be disappointed.