TimeSplitters: Future Perfect

Review

posted 4/12/2005 by Cyril Lachel
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One Page Platforms: Xbox
Not only do you get new weapons, but each of the environments offers new enemies to deal with, including a number of impressive boss battles. These different areas are often cool, but some of their designs are a little on the basic side. In almost every case you only have one way to get through a level, and there is no variation of enemy placement. It’s also worth noting that the enemy AI feels like it never graduated from the days of Doom and Hexen. Thanks to the simple level designs and insanely dumb AI, chances are you won’t have too much trouble making your way through most of Future Perfect.

Without making it sound too much like an insult, Future Perfect just feels outdated. All of the levels are straight forward, you rarely get to interact with the environment in any substantial way, and you can’t even jump. Maybe I’m just spoiled by Halo 2 and just about every other first person shooter to come out since 1998, but it took a little getting used to not being able to jump … it really would have made the game a lot more accessible and, dare I say it, exciting. Then again, with the unfortunate artificial intelligence problem, this would have made the game far too easy.

Once you’ve made your way through the fairly short single player campaign you will have a few choices ahead of you. The game features some fun offline modes, including a challenge mode that offers unique missions for you to finish. There is also the arcade mode, which allows you to play just about every multiplayer game against the computer.

Like most modern day first person shooters, Future Perfect is best played with friends either in a co-op mode or against each other. Adding a friend can really bring some replay to an otherwise basic single-player campaign. Not all of the levels lend themselves well to this mode, but it’s nice to see it offered. Unfortunately you are not able to play the story mode co-op via Xbox Live, a feature that would have really made the game stand out.

The most welcome feature in Future Perfect has to be level editor, a fairly robust set-up that allows you to work around any problems you have with the standard level layout. There is a bit of a learning curve, but once you figure out what you can and cannot do, you will find a whole new world open to you that you didn’t get with the competition. You can set these levels in all kinds of environments and eras, giving you full control over weapons, special items, and more. Still you have to put up with some of the games limitations, such as the lack of jumping, but there’s no question that the map maker is an addictive feature that could really help generate a healthy community.

Unlike past TimeSplitters titles, Future Perfect finally allows you to share your created levels with the world. Thanks to the ability to upload and download maps via Xbox Live, TimeSplitters fans will finally have a way to sample all kinds of unique creations. So while you might grow tired of the game play, you will likely never run out of maps to play with.
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