I traded in Assassins Creed as it was a huge disappointment and frankly couldn’t be bothered struggling through to the end as the gameplay was too samey. In its place came Mass Effect which had been widely tipped as a "must have" and had been on the horizon for a long time. I should have taken heed from the reviews which compared it loosely to a game that I tried on the original xbox but couldn’t get into at all, Knights of The Old Republic, but didn’t.
Boy, what another huge disappointment. I know that Mass Effect has gone down fantastically well with gamers but it just wasn’t for me. Firstly, I hate squad based games and have no time for all that ordering squad members to go there or over here or whatever. I just like to get on with it myself. Secondly, I thought the action bits were a bit stilted and the gane I had suffered from frame rate issues. Thirdly, I’m not keen on the RPG aspect of it. So, that went back as well. That was two duffo games in a row for me so I was determined to pick something I knew I would like, was single player and was not squad based.
Enter TimeShift which I had previously tried out on a demo disc. I just fancied something that was going to be fairly simple and more of a shoot ’em up style. The reviews for the game which I read were mixed, nobody slated it but at the same time no-one said it was brilliant. It just got "okay" marks. So far, I’m enjoying it for what it is which is basically a bit of a no-nonsense romp. Graphically it is good, frame rate is very smooth and the character’s time-shifting abilities make light work of disposing of enemies. The premise is far from original and the story is so so but it’s good fun. Some shooters I have played over the past year or so have been a bit lightweight in the sense they have been too easy but this one is quite challenging. You have to get your tactics right and use the correct time-shifting skills or else you will be mowed down.