I'm not a big fan of console FPS games. The controls of choice when the hordes of commandos, zombies and aliens come and terrorize the scientists, civilians and other non-military people is my trusty mouse and keyboard. So, it is with great surprise that I found myself in the store buying this game. I had heard great things about this and it was a great bargain so I figured, why not? Can't be that bad.
Boy, was I surprised.
TimeSplitters: Future Perfect is a brilliant FPS. Any fears I had at that store over buying it were quickly pulverised, vaporised, incinerated and decapitated repeatedly with my first play of the game. Never in my vast gaming life had I seen such a game pull off such feats!
Lets start with the gameplay. Wow, there is a lot of it. In the first level, you're running through canyons and across cliffs with a suitcase of crystals defending yourself from masked assailants and evil creatures. In the second level, you're fighting along beaches and on winding roads on an island being bombed by the Navy. Sound impressive? Well, what if I said that there was an approx. 400 year gap between these two levels? And that the first level happens AFTER the second? Still not impressed? Well, what if I said you do NOT change character during the entire game? You always play as Cortez, the space marine turned time travelling whup-ass dispenser.
You may not change character, but your ally will. In every level (almost), you get an AI helper. The identity of this helper usually changes when you traverse time periods, but it doesn't mean they are any less of a help!
Especially if they aren't AI at all. For the first time I know of, two players can simultaneously play in the normal story mode (kinda, some events change slightly) as co-op. In fact, one of the games secrets can only be unlocked with a team mate.
Another first in this game, and this one I'm pretty sure is a first, is that in some points, you team up with a bald-headed space marine turned time travelling whup-ass dispenser called Cortez. Yup, that's right, you team up with yourself. The other you is controlled by the AI though, so they are a little dumber than you were, or will be. I should especially say that, in one point, there are 4 Cortezes in one room, which really makes for some head-warping confusion. And that's the worst kind.
'Cause you'll need it. The enemy, although being as dumb as zombies at times (as they ARE zombies at times), they will still manage to pop a round or so (usually more than 25) into your bald head. They will usually stand in the open shooting at you, but they can use cover, sometimes.
But cover is not much help, given what you use. The level of firepower used in this game is enough to start Armageddon. Twice. From wussy pistols (which can be dual wielded) to ass-whuping miniguns (which cannot be dual wielded), there is something here which will satisfy your need for wanton destruction. The weapons are sorted into time periods, so don't expect to fight with laser pistols in the 1960s in story mode.
But you can in Arcade mode. With 14 game modes, most of which based on Deathmatch, the carnage can be harnessed both off and on-line. And with 150 skins to choose from (if you unlock them all), you'll never have to worry about showing up wearing the same threads as someone else.
I'd also like to mention quickly that the music in this game is unmatched in any other game I've played. In fact, as I write this, I'm listening to Scotland the Brave, the music from the second level.
As I conclude this review, I am reminded of the worry I had back in the store trying to decide whether or not I should get this game. If I had the time-travel technology shown in TimeSplitters: Future Perfect, I'd go back there and tell my past self to lose that fear and just buy the game. But, since I can't, I'll have to settle for something else. Telling YOU to lose that fear and just buy TimeSplitters: Future Perfect.