TimeSplitters: Future Perfect

 
Creative, but too violent for young sci-fi fans.

What parents need to know

Positive messages
Not applicable
Violence

Lots of shooting in this one, plus characters explode, heads roll, and mass quantities of blood spill from bodies, pool, and stain walls.

Sex

Sex is implied, though not explicitly shown. A sexy teen character wears a shirt that says SLUT.

Language

Goddamn is used once, plus there is that shirt.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

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.

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?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about time travel. Does the element of time travel enhance this game? Would it be as interesting if it was set in one time period? What period of time would you want to travel to?

Game details

Platforms:PlayStation 2, Xbox
Price:$49.95
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Electronic Arts
Release date:March 22, 2005
Genre:First Person Shooter
ESRB rating:M for (PlayStation 2, Xbox)

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Kid, 11 years old May 17, 2011
age 12+
 
It has some sexy stuff but is still very good!
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Teen, 13 years old Written bySamiJolene May 12, 2011
age 12+
 

For 13 and Up!!! :D

This is a game that should only be played by people 13+. It was gory(even though the blood isn't very realistic) and you constantly had to shoot people i the head. Also, a character(Jo-Beth Casey) had and inappropriate word on her shirt. I think Cortez was a good role model, because he was brave, and very smart. I love this game! :D
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Great role models
Teen, 17 years old Written bydograbbitbeaver August 3, 2010
age 10+
 

Best FPS Ever...Severly underrated D':

This has got to be the best FPS I have ever played. The storyline is actually witty and funny, unlike games today, it actually seems some thought has been put in here. The violence isnt that bad. It's a bit bloody, but not overly gross like some games, its almost comedic shooting zombie's head's off then watching them roll. The arcade mode is amazingly fun. You can play for hours with friends or bots or both. and with so many challenges to complete it will last a long time. I played the second Timesplitters when i was about 6 and I find myself today looking for Timesplitters 2 for my Gamecube. Thats another thing you forgot. It's also on GC format.

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