Generally favorable reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. 86
    The combination of great multiplayer matches that are addictive as hell, and a strikingly superb Map Maker create one game that's an absolute must-have on PlayStation 2.
  2. Fans of the N64 duo of "GoldenEye" and "Perfect Dark" should definitely give this one a try.
  3. 90
    The game is slicker than snot on a cold doorknob when you get a few friends together for some serious fragging.
  4. 100
    An awesome new first-person shooter with the chops and options to tangle with the best.
  5. What can easily be considered the best multiplayer title for the machine, and one of the best first person shooters released for a console so far.
  6. Just more of the same old formula in a candy shell. Take away the coatings and purportedly new features, and the game finds its way back to its roots - in the past.
  7. The graphics are slick and shiny, the soundtrack is diverse and compliments the eras you fight through and the action is fast, frantic and undying.
  8. The multiplayer levels outnumber the main game stages massively and each one has been designed specifically with action in mind - and they deliver!
  9. If non-stop action and an unbeatable multiplayer mode is what you crave, Time Splitters has definitely got you covered.
  10. The game is fast, fun, easy to control, and it's the first title to offer up to four players for the PS2 with a multitap device.
  11. It’s a good, solid shooter, but even with the 4-player deathmatch (which I’m not really a fan of), there’s not a lot of substance here.
  12. An unconventional - hence invigorating - impetuous, inciting, and utterly, utterly playable first-person multiplaying affair.
  13. "Goldeneye" fans looking for another adventure probably won't have too good of a time with this one since it needs more than one person to truly shine.
  14. While story elements take a backseat to the action, they aren't missed as the mindless shooting speaks louder than words.
  15. The biggest drawback I found with the game in general was not being able to adequately distinguish other players from the background.
  16. If you're a friend-less hermit living in the mountains of Montana you may not get the full experience from this game, but if you've got people to play with, it's easy to overlook Timesplitters' flaws.
  17. It is extremely awkward trying to control your basic movements with the left analog stick while at the same time controlling your look and aim movements with the right analog stick.
  18. Running at an unbeatable 60 FPS and loaded to the gills with impressive weaponry and unwary enemies, Timesplitters is the perfect FPS to debut with the PS2.
  19. Combining slick graphics, fast-as-hell gameplay, and an incredibly deep set of features and options, TimeSplitters has what it takes to make the PS2 a premier platform for shoot-'em-up multiplayer action.
  20. While it lacks the intricate single player mode of "Goldeneye," the multi-player content in TimeSplitters is arguably the best in console FPS history.
  21. 70
    It's a competently put together shooter, but it doesn't really excel in any of the many pies it tries to place its fingers into.
  22. It's the lack of single-player fun that really keeps this title out of the 90+ range -- but if you're looking for a great splitscreen FPS to play with your pals, this is the one to get.
  23. One of the cleanest of the launch games, despite the fact the game takes on a cartoon-y, B-movie art style than the potential for realism that most other developers choose to trumpet.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 24 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Alex
    Mar 4, 2005
    Timesplitters has perhaps the WORST single player i have ever seen in a game. its the exact same mundane task for each and every level. however, this one really shines with its multiplayer. with more customization than Halo, and a faster pace than a NASCAR race, this is one game that can easily entertain 2 or more people for several hours. Full Review »
  2. Oct 30, 2012
    Frantic FPS action. Me and my friends spent hours upon hours of hilarious multiplayer fun on this game. Story mode also very fun. ( -1 for there being almost no 'story!) Full Review »
  3. Sep 27, 2010
    TimeSplitters is a great arcade shooter. The game feels and plays like Goldeneye 007 on the Nintendo 64 but there are differences. TimeSplitters story isn't really important but you go to different time era's (ancient Egypt, the future etc) and bring back certain objects like a relic or a briefcase to a certain spot while shooting at enemies who try to stop you. On the way, you use a variety of weapons to shoot anyone who gets in your way. The so called TimeSpliters try to stop you bringing back the object to the end of the level. The game play is fast and furious and moves at a great pace. The level designs are great: Each level has a distinctive look to it depending on the era like Egypt or Futuristic and this is reflected in the weapons you can choose from in the level which are great to use. Free Radical Design (Now Crytek UK) have created some interesting characters to choose from for each level. The game however can be hard (even on Medium difficulty) and you may find your self just replaying a level over and over again until you know where the enemies spawn. The music is fantastic and well composed; it fits each level (era) like a glove. I haven't tried the multiplayer but I've heard its great. After the campaign, there are some challenges to do which will keep you going for a while. TimeSplitters is a really good PlayStation 2 game and needs to be in each persons shooter collection! Full Review »