One of the more acclaimed first person shooter franchises for console games comes back with Timesplitters : Future Perfect. This time around, humanity is once again on the brink of extinction at the hands of the evil Timesplitters who force gamers to travel through time in order to save the human race. In a much improved story mode, gamers are taken from the turn of the 20th century all the way to 2041, as you get help even from your past and future self in this very addicting FPS game.
The features of the game:
Multiple gameplay modes: Featuring a story mode with co-op, an arcade and challenge mode and a split screen multiplayer and online mode.
Xbox Live Support: Play online with friends in 16 player death match or co-op modes.
Create and Share Maps Online: An improved mapmaker interface makes it easier to create multi-player maps and share and play them online with friends.
Time Travel Gameplay: An innovative meet and assist yourself time travel gameplay lets players be their own ally by teaming up with past and future versions of themselves.
The game will also feature a single an extensive Arcade mode, and a Multiplayer mode that allows gamers to battle in 16-player death match or co-op play online on the Xbox console, and much more.
If you're debating whether to get the game for XBox or GameCube, obviously our recommendation is for the XBox console because of the heavy XBox Live support for multiplayer play. However, the game looks fantastic for GameCube, so it makes a good buy either way. The thing to pay attention in the feature list here is the aforementioned multiplayer support for XBox, as well as the various game modes.
You can boil the graphics down to one word for Timesplitters: Future Perfect – solid. The game's environments look amazing and really show off both console systems extremely well. With all the various levels and time periods that the game offers, there's a real nice variety in the art direction. Solid graphics all the way around.
The sound effects behind the title are right where they should be with the necessary sequences and explosions. It sounds good on a surround sound home theater, and the music in the game is also pretty strong. The fact that each "era" has its own unique theme and music bring a great ambiance to the total time travel experience.
It's doubtful that fans of the original titles in this franchise will not immediately fall in love with this game. The storyline is very solid and arguably the best in the series so far. The game is story driven, but offers up a tremendous amount of multiplayer maps and support. It has a little bit of everything in it to satisfy all sorts of FPS gaming junkies – science fiction, history, and offers up a very fun gameplay experience. Playing with "yourself" was also pretty neat, going through various missions with your past or future self at your side.
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If Timesplitters: Future Perfect has a saving grace, it's the additive nature of both the first and multiplayer modes. The game is highly addictive and the strong story development really pushes things along for gamers. You'll easily lose three hours here and five hours there to this title. Many believe that the real gaming experience is in the multiplayer mode, but personally we enjoyed the single player mode just as much and felt that there was a lot of game to experience all the way around – which equates into a very solid longevity factor for your gaming dollar.
If you were a fan of the first few games, and love online competition in the form of XBox Live, then TimeSplitters : Future Perfect is a great title for you to jump right into. FPS junkies will enjoy the nice graphics, good sounds , and fantastic gameplay experience with a very solid amount of gameplay modes. Indeed, once you've played the game through it is ALL about multiplayer gaming – which is a fantastically supported feature.
Overall, TimeSplitters : Future Perfect is a great game to play with your friends in cyberspace or just in the single player mode. It comes highly recommended to fans or newcomers to the series.