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Gaming Classics: TimeSplitters Series

Written by by Levi Brown, Senior Columnist

It’s been a while since I last wrote about a videogame. I’ve been working on schoolwork for a good while, and haven’t been able to write about one. To all my Levites (followers), this column is about a classic series that I enjoyed playing when I was younger.

On October 26th, 2000, Free Radical Design (now known as Crytek UK) released a game that paved the way for many first-person shooters today. That game was known as TimeSplitters. TimeSplitters was developed by Free Radical Design, and published by Eidos Interactive. TimeSplitters was very similar to the 1997 FPS (First-Person Shooter) Goldeneye 007. The HP (Hit Points/Health Bar) and Body Armor displays were the same as Goldeneye 007. The gameplay was also similar, because both games had a story mode in which the player assumed the role of a character, and completed mission objectives. The multiplayer was the same as well, with the exception of TimeSplitters bots multiplayer, in which the player could play with CPU (Computer bots) on various stages. TimeSplitters had a total of three game modes, Story/Campaign, Arcade/Multiplayer, and League Play. In Campaign, players assume the role of eighteen different characters to complete the mission objectives and finish the story’s plot. In each level, the player would have to find an object known as the Time Crystal. This crystal was used to exit the current level and go on to the next. Once grabbed, enemies known as TimeSplitters would begin to attack the player, attempting to kill the player. The campaign mode takes place between the years 1935 and 2035. The game received positive reviews from critics scoring 8’s and received 5 out of 5 stars from Gamepro. Arcade featured multiplayer in which the player could play with up to four human controlled players and several bots. League Play allowed the player to complete challenges to unlock new weapons, characters and maps. TimeSplitters also featured Mapmaker, which allowed the player to create custom made maps to play on.

Two years later, on October 9th, 2002 Free Radical released a sequel titled TimeSplitters 2, and one more game would complete the trilogy titled TimeSplitters: Future Perfect. These games would carry on the same gameplay and campaign mode style, but featured new characters and weapons. As of June 12th, 2012, fans of the TimeSplitters franchise created a Facebook group titled 100,000 Strong for TimeSplitters 4” was created. If you are a fan of TimeSplitters, I encourage you to like that page, the link is posted below.


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