Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
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  1. 91
    From the unparalleled sense of speed and unmatched control accuracy and comfort to the amazing cooperative mode, unbelievably deep and brilliant multiplayer modes, sheer options, and MapMaker feature, there is some much to love about this game.
  2. Pure undiluted fun. After an hour or so of play any grudges with the control system or the textures are soon forgotten.
  3. May very well be the best split-screen multiplayer-focused first-person shooter ever created.
  4. 85
    It might not be the next "Halo," but with scads of unlockable content, a solid multiplayer mode, and a decent single-player storyline, TimeSplitters 2 has enough appeal to be a worthy addition to your Xbox collection.
  5. netjak
    The characters, levels, and game modes are entertaining enough, and it's got just the right sense of humor. I really can't recommend it for solo players, as most of it's solo modes are aimed towards unlocking multiplayer content.
  6. 100
    TS2 is no "Halo," but it’s really, really close. For fast-paced and light-hearted FPS action, it takes a "Halo" to beat TimeSplitters 2.
  7. Xbox Nation Magazine
    A nicely balanced, infinitely controllable and visually distinctive ride that simply feels right. [Fall 2002, p.100]
  8. It is quite simply the best multiplayer value you can find anywhere. That's including the all mighty "Halo."
  9. As if the a great single player experience wasn’t enough there are some incredible multiplayer games happening here.
  10. A must have game for shooter fans! It’s got a large assortment of weapons, tons of action, excellent multiplayer, and lots of replay value.
  11. An instant classic with the best multiplayer mode of any console title. [XGamer]
  12. Official Xbox Magazine
    Fun, addicting, original, and has more gameplay options than any other FPS on Xbox, including "Halo." [Dec 2002, p.147]
  13. A phenomenal title that you will want. With an improved story mode, loads of additional features and easy to learn controls, TimeSplitters 2 moves you past the trouble of having to learn complex rules and gets you right to the heart of the matter: fragging your enemies.
  14. Game Informer
    A serious tour de force for deathmatch. [Dec 2002, p.141]
  15. The only flaws in TimeSplitters 2, as no game can really escape nitpicking whatever its quality are the lack of any sort of jump and some potentially frustrating aiming.
  16. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    The game controls better on the chunkier, first-person-shooter-friendly Xbox pad, making this the finest rendition of TS2 available. [Dec 2002, p.270]
  17. The actual story line is perhaps the game's weakest point, as none of the levels seem tied together in any meaningful way other than the Quantum Leap-like aspect of assuming the role of a character who lives in the time period in order to retrieve the time crystal.
  18. Play Magazine
    A basic first-person shooter with the action quotient set on full throttle, but everything about TimeSplitters 2 is handled skillfully and stylishly, pieced together with a scintillating polish. [Nov 2002, p.64]
  19. It takes the absolute best of all worlds – features, gameplay, presentation – and puts them in one game. Someone finally removed the flaws from the best games and made one with all the highlights, and that evolution has produced one of the best first person shooters ever.
  20. Entertainment Weekly
    While the environments are beautiful, the hackneyed time-travel story line feels shoehorned into the experience... [which] ends up feeling a bit half-baked. [4 Oct 2002, p.158]

Awards & Rankings

#6 Most Discussed Xbox Game of 2002
#11 Most Shared Xbox Game of 2002
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 36 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 36
  2. Negative: 5 out of 36
  1. Jan 21, 2018
    The Goldeneye spin-off series with a big cult following.

    This game is amazing. One of the best multiplayer games of all time. The
    The Goldeneye spin-off series with a big cult following.

    This game is amazing. One of the best multiplayer games of all time.

    The graphics are good. The music by Grant Kirkhope is perfect. The sound is good. The gameplay is very addictive as it mostly comes from the multiplayer. So many match types and multiplayer characters to play with. The story mode, arcade mode and challenge mode gives the game so much replay value to unlock maps, 100 characters, match types and cheats.

    The only things that let the game down is the cataclysmic aiming system and over-sensitive controls, boring story mode, unfair ai and broken friendly fire and health mechanics.

    It is still a great game. I highly recommend it.
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  2. Feb 20, 2014
    Timesplitters 2 is quite simply the greatest FPS ever made. They certainly do not make shooters like this anymore, absolute masterpiece.Timesplitters 2 is quite simply the greatest FPS ever made. They certainly do not make shooters like this anymore, absolute masterpiece. Perfect. 10/10 Full Review »
  3. Apr 3, 2013
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. To be fair Timesplitters 2 was a lot fun with friends as there is lots to do on this game.

    make your own levels challenge your friends at them make a story mode through them only for 1 player though
    cool sound/music in some levels that are not annoying to listen to
    plenty of modes that's what we like about games if they got modes and well this game has plenty must be like over 12 modes to pick
    it has a story mode in it for two players
    controls yeah they are kind of easy to know what type of button is meant to press

    After all this Timesplitters 2 was my fave game with my friends we just enjoyed the levels, the characters and the modes and virus mode too.

    The game was to look like a Goldeneye type game with fun with friends.
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