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Dr. Aiden Krone is a former professor of Applied Physics at MIT, notorious for his unrivaled brilliance and obsession with Thermodynamics, Advanced Propulsion, and Quantum Electrodynamics (QED). Despite his increasing tendencies to demand control and secrecy, he became the Founder and Lead Physicist of a classified Time Travel research program. Over a decade later, Krone's program had successfully developed the world's first time-traveling suit technology. However, as the program's equally secretive decision-makers demanded this technology be adapted for military applications, Krone's feelings of self-entitlement and anger grew. He secretly desired a new existence, a new world where his scientific endeavors could be shaped and experienced without outside interference. The combination of Krone's mind and his suit technology gave him the ability to create and control another existence - an existence where a man of science could finally operate without restrictions and do so within a place where science itself was properly respected¿ regardless of the effects on humanity. It is now up to you to trace Krone's last known appearances and stop his tyrannical rule over Alpha District. In a twisted world where scientific accomplishments reign, it's up to you to don the Beta Suit and Master Time to Become the Ultimate Weapon.
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The graphics in Timeshift are pretty good to be honest. But I felt throughout the course of this game that there was something missing to really propel the graphics beyond just looking pretty good. For example, in first person games, I'd prefer not to just see a floating gun model. But in Timeshift, it's slightly beyond a floating gun model but not much to look like anything beyond the category. At times, I could barely see my characters arm until he reloaded.
The gun models are decent in my opinion and especially when you compare it to games like SOF-Payback, COD, Battlefield, Bulletstorm and such. One thing I really, really liked about this game was the enemy's reactions to being killed.
Enemies will fall off buildings, roofs, through windows, or tumble over in a more satisfying way rather than just falling. This was reminiscent of games like Black or Killzone (though better than Killzone IMO)...this was easily one of the best graphical features within the game.
There are also the time effects which look pretty good.
The framerate is very smooth and I didn't have problems with any hiccups during gameplay; at least nothing major.
Overall, the graphics are good, but could've been much better. I felt that the enemies looked a bit too generic, the gun models were passable, the backgrounds were pretty good, but man is this game dark in the beginning,
The sound in this game is a mixed bag. On one hand, I can say that I liked some of the sound effects and on the other hand, there's no way to actually equalize the sound to hear the speech clearly in a coherent manner. At times, a character would try telling me something only for his voice to be drowned out by the overpowering ambient volume. To make matters worse, there's no way of adjusting the volume in any way that's beneficial. This was the game's low point IMO.
At first, I thought the concept of using time in a FPS was a wasted concept in the genre, however, this is where the game shines. You don't HAVE TO USE THEM unless you have to solve some obvious puzzles or perhaps slow down the pace of action only to steal an enemy's weapon and or take out an entire group of enemies without them knowing what happened. This was a cool concept, but is far from what I'd like to play in this game.
The story is a bit on the dull side and honestly, I didn't bother with it much being that the cutscenes just didn't quite have that "oomph" factor.
I did like solving certain puzzles using time powers and the gunfights are nicely done.
One thing that was not good in this game would be the fact that there's no way to run which is a standard set by BF, COD and such. There's also not much of a selection in guns to choose from even though this is the future. Nothing is being done with weapons in this game that any other game has done; which is a good thing in my opinion. I could care less about using high tech lasers or scopes on every gun and thankfully, the game doesn't feature much of that.
Timeshift also features a number of vehicles which makes the game feel Halo-esque and the game itself lasts quite a while beyond the usual 6 hour FPS's available.
Overall, I'd definitely recommend this as a buy. It's very cheap and is worthy of being in your 360 library.
Opponents: 3 stars -- Very little variety. Their AI is weak (like most shooters). As long as you stay back hidden, most will run to you one at a time where you can easily blast them. Those who stay back can easily be picked off with a long-range weapon. The game is pretty easy, which I prefer to being overly hard.
Weapons: 4 stars -- You get a nice variety of weapons which are effective and fun. Ammo is plentiful.
Time Shifting: 4 stars -- Freezing/slowing time makes battles pretty easy. Time shifting is also used to solve puzzles throughout the game which enable you to continue on the game's linear path. Most of the puzzles are not too difficult but others can be real posers.
Other: Graphics are good for 2007. I would die every couple of minutes (more often in some situations), but you can save as often as you want, which lessens the sting. The dying is not because of difficult battles so much as figuring out how to solve puzzles. A typical FPS flaw is having someone talking in the background incessantly at times; I had to mute my speakers. As others have said, the story doesn't amount to much. Every mission is kill a bunch of soldiers, figure out how to get to a button/switch, activate it, repeat for next mission. Most of the time I didn't even know what the current mission was.
If you are new to gaming, Dead Space 1&2, BioShock 1&2, Halo, Fallout, etc., are better games which are now cheap; get them first. But if you want a break from those games, this one is well worth $10.
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