Metascore
70

Mixed or average reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Six months from now, during the midst of the annual games drought in new titles, shooter games no better than TimeShift will be favored by some, if not many, critics and will also sell well to a thirsty FPS audience. To significantly mark off this title right now would be, if you'll pardon the pun, merely a matter of timing.
  2. TimeShift is an entertaining shooter with a different take on the tried and true bullet-time mechanic, but feels like there were a lot of golden opportunities lost. Still, you won’t regret your time spent in TimeShift.
  3. 76
    A great deal of work was done to bring the look and feel of TimeShift up to date, though an equal amount of time should have been spent on the design and presentation.
  4. While not as brilliant or as stunningly beautiful as other first-person shooters already available, TimeShift is still a fun shooter that plays up the action rather well. Despite a disorienting story that will leave gamers confused by the plot, it’s the action and time-manipulating gimmick that will hook gamers in long enough to see it through to the end.
  5. 72
    Fun in short controlled bursts, but far too straighforward and repetitive to stand up to long, involved periods of play. [Issue#162, p.90]
  6. There's enough action here to distract, but compared to its peers TimeShift feels outdated. [Jan 2008, p.74]
  7. Its time-altering mechanics add a lot to what is otherwise fairly standard gameplay with standard weapons in a game world that's not particularly distinctive, and the end result is a game that's good but never quite rises to greatness, yet in some places comes tantalisingly close.
  8. It doesn’t make TimeShift a bad game, it edges slightly above average thanks to the time powers.
  9. While TimeShift is perfectly adequate for killing a few hours, as a rental perhaps, it never elevates itself from merely okay, and if you only buy one shooter for the holidays you can do much better than this.
  10. We might say that this game was a bit “unlucky” with its release date, because it can’t measure up with some of the FPS that came out this year. The truth is, although the time controls are a fun idea, everything else is a carbon copy of every other generic shooter out there. [Dec 2007]
  11. Timeshift starts off with a bang, with impressive visuals and God-like powers at your fingertips. The bang, however, fails to last throughout the game, and you’ll constantly find it harder and harder to keep going.
  12. A decent shooter with a gimmick that sets it apart. Without the time shifting abilities, TimeShift would have been a less than mediocre shooter, especially considering some of the amazing FPS games that it has to compete with. The time manipulation gimmick makes TimeShift an enjoyable if forgettable experience.
  13. An interesting time-shifting mechanic and fun-to-shoot weapons can't make up for the rest of TimeShift's run-of-the-mill first-person shooter gameplay.
  14. A workmanlike shooter with a cute gimmick that isn't close to being enough. [Jan 2008, p.119]
  15. A feast of missed opportunities. [Jan 2008, p.98]
  16. The epitome of mediocrity; it brings a few nice features with it, but ultimately adds nothing to the very crowded first-person shooter segment. Its A.I. is absurdly dumb, but requires more than a fair share of bullets to kill.
User Score
6.4

Mixed or average reviews- based on 23 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 12
  2. Negative: 3 out of 12
  1. Jul 17, 2014
    2
    Timeshifts graphics for its time were great and has a good set up but it commits the worst offense its boring. The gameplay at first seems cool but it gets repetitive and the story is the weakest part of the game. This guy wants to kill you because..... you need a villain. You reverse, pause, and slow time but you do it over and over again it get boring. It even has some very easy puzzles that last 2 seconds. you get a few guns them being a pistol, flame pistol, crossbow, assault rifle, missile launcher, shotgun, and even a fire rifle. but you kill the same enemies over and over maybe get a special enemy but way to few. Also I think at some point your guy lost his vocal cords because he very says a word. Multiplayer is a ghost world it has standard game modes and time grenades but in the end there's not much special one time. I literally feel asleep playing this Full Review »
  2. Feb 10, 2013
    5
    Timeshift is a decent shooter, with some interesting time-manipulating abilities. However, the graphics are not too great, and the timeshifting becomes boring because of the repetitive and linear gameplay, not to mention the story, which is a great mess. Full Review »
  3. Jan 21, 2013
    10
    I have owned this game since 2008 and recently decided to play it through again, initially the control scheme felt alien to me after other shooters like far cry 3 and call of duty but after about 10 minutes it all made sense. I had forgotten how good it is to stop time and fire a shotgun at an enemy's head then go behind him and watch his head get blown off from another angle or steal an enemy's weapon and stick a grenade to his back then watch his reaction before blowing up and killing his friends... Fun fun fun. If you have the time and a spare ten bucks go get this game from the bargain table and enjoy. 8 for the fun factor plus a 2 for value for money. Full Review »