10 out of 11 people found the following review useful:
an underrated game!
bad_eend from Belgium
17 October 2008
Imagine yourself positioned on the first floor of a highly devastated
building. Your trapped and you need to get out of there because in a
couple of seconds this place will be blown to dust. So you take a
grenade and blow a whole in the floor and you jump through it. But now
the place starts falling apart because of the damage you created! So
you start rewinding time until the whole vanishes and the floor is back
to its safe state. Now you see a door in front of you, and the shotgun
you have equipped is not strong enough to brake it. So you stop time,
and shoot the door 5 times in a row. When you let time continue, the
power of all those bullets you fired accumulates and the door gets
shattered. Finally you get out of the building, into the open, but you
have only a couple of seconds left before the building explodes. So you
slow down the time to get to a safe position. And so the impossible
occurred, you watch the building getting destroyed while you were just
in there a couple of seconds ago!
I think this little example demonstrates what Timeshift wanted to do.
However the game actually focuses more on the use of time powers in
shootouts, and not that much in the environment. You will not encounter
a situation like described above in Timeshift. And that's just a shame,
because some more original use of the time powers could have made
Timeshift an instant classic. Now it just stays "a good game with time
Still, this game is very good and deserves your attention. The
atmosphere and graphics are excellent: indoor environments in a post
apocalyptic scene, outdoor in the snow, in a big factory where the army
gets assembled, or a dropship or... Especially the beautiful shadows in
some levels are remarkable. The sound effects are also great and they
get altered when for example time slows down.
Like i said the only minor thing about Timeshift is a lack of good
situations where you need your time powers both to kill your enemies
and to manipulate your environment at the same time. Now the game
serves us good shooting gameplay and occasionally a more or less
original "time" puzzle.
I hope a sequel will come, because this game has still a lot more
potential to be discovered. Until then, if you enjoyed the Timeshift
demo, or you want a more original shooter, go out and try this game!
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