Time Rifters Full Review

Posted October 18, 2014 by in All

Developer: Proton Studio
 
Release Date: 21 - 10 - 2014
 
Game Type: FPS
 
Platform: PC, Mac, Linux
 
HMD: Oculus DK2
 
Control Schemes: Keyboard & Mouse, Xbox Controller
 
Download: www.timerifters.net
 
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Best Part:

Highly addictive and unique game play make Time Rifters one of the most fun experiences available to date.
 

Worst Part:

The game is a bit short with 15 areas to battle through.
 
Bottom Line

Time Rifters is an extremely fun and satisfying ride while it lasts. Unique game play mixed with an awesome soundtrack make this a must play VR experience for all rift owners.

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4/ 5

by David
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Are you the type of player that plays a Team Death match game in Call of Duty and wishes that you could control the rest of your team? Well now you can.

Time Rifters from developers Proton Studio has one of the most addictive and unique gameplay elements that makes this title stand out from the crowd.

time rifters 3If Spock was playing he would say It’s Co – Op Jim but not as we know it, and he would certainly be right. As you play each level you have 4 attempts to destroy all the target cubes in the allotted time.

Each time you enter the arena all your avatar movements and actions are recorded. The next time you enter the same arena a clone of your avatar is projected inside the arena with you and it will destroy the same blocks as your previous attempt which appear in the same sequence leaving you to turn your attention to a different section of the arena to destroy different cubes to increase your clearance percentages. This is very similar to how Ghost Car replays are shown in racing simulators however it’s an extremely fun game mechanic when it’s used in Time Rifters as it allows you to strategize on how best to clear an area and where to focus your attack during your next run.

This unique gameplay is complimented by extremely well implemented controls. I’ve been using an Xbox controller during my time in the game and your avatar movements are controlled by using the analogue sticks as you would normally expect but you aim your weapon of choice by looking directly at the target you wish to destroy. This is similar to how Team Fortress 2 handles its VR implementation but for some reason it feels a lot more precise and intuitive in Time Rifters.

One nice feature is the Iron Man Inspired game HUD which is projected just in front of your view. It’s perfectly readable in the Rift and looks beautifuly rendered however you will never need to glance at it during a firefight unless you want to check out your score to see how well you are doing. Also you never run out of ammo so you can simply hold down the trigger button and spray the environment with bullets.

time rifters 2Speaking of bullets Time Rifters has a weapon progression system where you can craft your weapons and ammunition to cause maximum damage. Before the start of each level you can purchase upgrades such as Spread, Focus, Rapid, Punch and Acid for the weapon you are currently using. The most useful and interesting I found was the Acid upgrade for your ammo as some enemy cubes take multiple hits before they are destroyed however if you hit a block with an Acid round it will slowly die as the Acid eats into its life bar.

Along with the ammo upgrades you can choose between 6 extremely different types of weapon. They range from a standard pistol, a flack cannon, a laser beam, a rocket launcher, a rapid fire rifle, and a particle ball gun. They all have different upgrades associated with them and some like the particle ball are great for close range targets as you place a ball of particles over the target to destroy it.

In Time Rifters you can’t die as far as I know, It’s primarily a race to destroy the blocks before they disappear. The blocks themselves are animated into shapes that move around the arena and sometimes they are even arranged into the shapes of insects or animals which is a great way of mixing up what would otherwise be a literal block busting game.

The blocks themselves are made up of 3 different colour types. Red being the weakest taking only a couple of shots to destroy, white blocks being about twice as resilient and then the yellow blocks being almost impossible to destroy unless you have a rocket launcher to hand. There are a few boss encounters that require some team work to navigate but most of the time you can destroy blocks with relative ease.

time rifters 1Time Rifters is an extremely fun and satisfying ride while it lasts. This first release has 15 different arenas which all look amazing in the rift. I played through all 15 on my first play through without a break in just under 2 hours. Yes this may sound short but Time Rifters has the same addictive factor that many multiplayer games have with tempting you back to beat your high score or best time. There are even options to load your friend’s ghosts into your game however I did not get to try this feature as the game is not released until next week. Time Rifters is highly addictive and one of the rare games that will keep calling you back for more even after you have seen all the content it has to offer. Its due for release on the 21st of October and can be purchased on steam. We will put a link in the description below.

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Get Time Rifters when its released on the 21st of October here www.timerifters.net

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David

David Whelan a professional web developer has been a serial early adopter of the latest technology. From an early age playing on a C64 he always dreamt of entering virtual worlds and exploring the endless possibilities that could be offered up by the platform.

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