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Time Soldiers

 

 

SCORE: 63

 

Time Soldiers 

 

Time has not been kind to some games. I like history. I like to go back before my era and see how things once were. In the video game industry we can see how far the industry has progressed. In terms of games that are shooters, we can see what has not really changed over time too. Time Soldiers is a lot like the Ikari Warrior series. There are differences of course.

Time Soldiers looks bad. I hate having to say that, but on every single level this game made me cringe. I found it hard to see what was going on most of the time. The screen can be stretched which really does not help, but a feature in every SNK Playmore game I have played on the PS3/PSP and now PS Vita.

Old school shooter fanboys will eat up the difficulty in Time Soldiers. Why? It is insane. Those that like to brag will do so if they can beat Time Soldiers on a few credits. Time Soldiers emulates the arcade machine. With the press of a button we have put a new quarter into the machine. This hurts the difficulty setting. Why? We can beat it in one sitting if we keep adding credits. Or we can let the game end and become frustrated.

The death cry audio in Time Soldiers drove me up the wall. Why? For two main and very important reasons. One its an extremely annoying sound. Two it happens all the time. Dying in Time Soldiers is like breathing to us human beings. It happens again and again, and well you get the picture. The audio in Time Soldiers also shows its age.

Time Soldiers has two major control schemes. We can move the buttons around which is an awesome feature. Anyways we can shoot where we are running, or shoot where we point to with the shoulder buttons. Neither control scheme is that great though. It is passable, but at times extremely annoying. The best example would be the bosses.

The whole time travel concept is interesting, and a great way for players to visit all kinds of different worlds. This is one of the greatest aspects to Time Soldiers. I am surprised the ESRB gave Time Soldiers an E10+ rating (Everyone 10 and older). I believe a 'T' for Teen rating more accurately represents the violent level content.
- Mark

 

Graphics: 55%
Sound: 68%
Replay/Extras: 72%
Gameplay: 65%
Family Friendly Factor: 57%
System: PS3/PSP/PS Vita
Publisher: SNK Playmore
Rating: 'E10+'
- Everyone 10+
{Fantasy Violence}

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