All that wasted potential leaves TimeShift utterly mundane. There’s nothing wrong with it, in the sense that everything functions the way it’s supposed to, there just isn’t anything right with it either. Manipulating time is a super cool idea, but there’s nothing at all compelling about how it’s implemented here. Veteran FPS players are likely to be unimpressed, finding little challenge on even the hardest difficulty thanks to the ultra-effective time powers, and nothing of real merit in the lackluster multiplayer. Meanwhile shooter neophytes, who at least won’t be saddled with feelings of been-there-done-that, would be much better off with one of the truly great games that have landed recently (Bioshock, Halo 3, or The Orange Box, just to name a few). While TimeShift is perfectly adequate for killing a few hours, as a rental perhaps, it never elevates itself from merely okay, and if you only buy one shooter for the holidays you can do much better than this.