A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that there's lots of shooting, plus characters explode, heads roll, and mass quantities of blood spill from bodies, pool, and stain walls. The time travel elements may appeal to even young science fiction fans, but the violence makes it appropriate only for the most mature teens and adults. It has wide online gaming appeal, but Common Sense Media does not recommend online play for kids under 12.
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What's it about?
Anyone fascinated by the idea of time travel will be intrigued by TIMESPLITTERS: FUTURE PERFECT. Taking the role of the Vin Diesel-like character called Cortez, players travel forward and backward in time, searching for time crystals. The storyline is simple: Find the time crystals and save the world, or else the TimeSplitters, monstrous beasts from the future, will destroy humanity.
Although the game functions well enough for a single player, 150 characters, vast virtual worlds, and the ability to customize controls makes the game best for multiplayer action. The game begins on a futuristic earth that resembles the desert of Southern Utah. From here players will travel to different eras and centuries. The most authentic period is the 1920s, which ironically takes place in and around a castle that seems much older.
Is it any good?
Although a standard first-person shooter in many respects, memorable characters and varied worlds keep experienced players interested. The idea of traveling through time sounds great, but this aspect is only moderately interesting. The worlds are imaginative, but they aren't grounded in reality and players don't get the sense that they are actually traveling to a different time period. The enemy AI is average, but the weapons have a realistic range that enhances gameplay.
This would be a great game for younger players if not for the violence, which is intense. A flamethrower in certain scenes ensures screaming deaths; bodies are enveloped in a cloud of blood when shot; and blood pools on the ground. Parents should be aware of Vampire Mode, where the player is able to restore health by killing other players. Parents should take great caution before allowing younger teens to play online: Because of the game's violent nature and M-rating, your kid is likely to play with much older players.