Genre Shooter Styles First-Person Shooter Developer Saber Interactive Publisher Sierra Entertainment, Inc. Release Date October 31, 2007
PC game / TimeShift is a futuristic first-person shooter that has, as the title suggests, players manipulating the flow of time. The game’s lead protagonist is Colonel Michael Swift, who wears a sophisticated outfit called the Quantum Suit that grants him his time-altering powers. The story line has Swift trying to fix the global changes he unwittingly set off while working on behalf of the government, making him a hostile target of his former employers. While advancing through the game’s exterior and interior environments, players can slow time in order to sneak past defenses, disarm enemies, and avoid traps. Time can also be stopped entirely or reversed, allowing players to solve puzzles and to overcome overwhelming odds. The game includes over 30 single-player levels as well as online support for up to 16 combatants in a choice of multiplayer modes.
The key feature of TimeShift is the player’s ability to control time: slowing, stopping or even rewinding time more or less at will. This allows a player to stop time to dodge an incoming projectile or steal an enemy’s weapon. Specific time-related puzzles also require these abilities. The player’s abilities also affect the color of their environment in such that slowing time produces a blueshift, rewinding it produces a yellow haze, and stopping time creates a white filter “haze”. The player must use them wisely to make its way through the game. In some parts of the game the time powers are lengthened.