TimeSplitters 4
TimeSplitters 2 HD and Killer Instinct HD Were Once Planned for XBLA Release
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Both Timesplitters 2 HD and Killer Instinct HD were once considered for an XBLA release by Free Radical, it has emerged.

According to former Rare and Free Radical staff members Steve Ellis and Lee Musgrave, Time Splitters 2 HD even reached the early stages of development back in 2008.

“I don’t know what happened to that but yes, I’d love to see it released at some point,” said Steve Ellis. “Maybe it could be the catalyst that is required in order to raise enough interest in TimeSplitters 4 that a publisher might want to fund it.”

Apparently, TimeSplitters 2 HD was intended to kick off a series of collaborations that would breathe new life into old franchises.

“Rare outsourced some of the conversion/development of Banjo Kazooie for Xbox Live Arcade,” said Lee Musgrave, “and it was kind of a test case for us to see what could be achieved in terms of developing with a partner, keeping our costs low and making some revenue.”

“You can make your own conclusions as to how that turned out by the fact that we didn’t move on to any of the other games you mention.

“We came close to firing off a conversion of Killer Instinct a few times, but there were licensing obstacles to that, and it never really had enough perceived interest to push it forward.”

Killer Instinct made the headlines recently after Microsoft renewed the trademark to the game. And while that’s a much different thing than announcing a comeback, it was enough to get some fans excited.

Meanwhile, the last time the TimeSplitters franchise cropped up in the news, Crytek CEO Cevat Yerli said that the demand isn’t high enough for a fourth entry to the series. Not yet, anyway.

[via NES]


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Comment #1 by bearmod
Tuesday, October 02, 2012 @ 12:13:55 PM
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“Maybe it could be the catalyst that is required in order to raise enough interest in TimeSplitters 4 that a publisher might want to fund it.”

I don't think there's any lack of interest in Timsplitters 4. Maybe on the publishers side but the gaming community has a ton of interest in it.

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Comment #2 by TacticalTodger
Tuesday, October 02, 2012 @ 12:14:28 PM
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My dreams were just broke into tiny pieces :(.

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Comment #3 by ash356
Tuesday, October 02, 2012 @ 12:16:15 PM
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Saw 'Timesplitters 2 HD' and my heart jumped, and I almost shouted out in joy.
Then I read the rest of the title... at least my soul is still dancing. Hopefully. :S

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Comment #4 by Brandeniuz
Tuesday, October 02, 2012 @ 12:21:50 PM
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God dammit why does nobody want me to play Timesplitters again.

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Comment #5 by Dlark17
Tuesday, October 02, 2012 @ 12:25:38 PM
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I died a little inside when I saw the headline. We REALLY need to push this thing back out of development hell!

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Comment #6 by Oultranator0731
Tuesday, October 02, 2012 @ 12:26:49 PM
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Why would you post this?!!?!? You've just ruined my day with this news.

I'm gonna go kick a monkey.

For the love of god make a remake, HD Collection, number 4 or all of them just a Timesplitters to play online would be great

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Comment #7 by Targus
Tuesday, October 02, 2012 @ 12:27:41 PM
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It always bemuses me that quality games such as Killer Instinct and Timesplitters got scrapped for XBLA releases, and yet there's a hell of a lot of pure rubbish being released monthly.

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Comment #8 by stewiedude
Tuesday, October 02, 2012 @ 12:31:22 PM
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i also got extreamly excited when i saw the words timesplitters and 2....but then i read the rest of the headline. but ive been dying to play timesplitters again, lot of good memories getting out of school and playing that with friends.

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Comment #9 by MangledRex
Tuesday, October 02, 2012 @ 12:33:35 PM
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Such a tease

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Comment #10 by Tomtam
Tuesday, October 02, 2012 @ 12:37:12 PM
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I really would want to play as the cookieman again punching zombies heads off while they were trying to kill me with fire extinguishers. Good times!

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Comment #11 by Eldriken
Tuesday, October 02, 2012 @ 12:39:59 PM
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I saw "Killer Instinct" and was like, "YESSS!" and that quickly changed to "DAMN IT!" as I read on.

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Comment #12 by Masterchief950
Tuesday, October 02, 2012 @ 12:40:25 PM
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I miss both greatly even though I own the hard copies. Would love for both to one day get re-released on live and hopefully one day we get a reboot of Killer instinct since that along with MK were the two fighting games I loved in the snes days

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Comment #13 by PolledChild
Tuesday, October 02, 2012 @ 12:40:31 PM
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That's it! I'm buying a PS2 and TimeSplitters 2! Got way too hyped when I saw the article title.. should have kept reading first..

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Comment #14 by silver DewSky
Tuesday, October 02, 2012 @ 12:42:36 PM
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I absolutely loved Timesplitters 2 and Future Perfect. An HD version of either of those would be great to play. Killer Instinct was a fun fighting game back in the day, so news that an HD version isn't currently happening really sucks.

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Comment #15 by El Mago de Oz
Tuesday, October 02, 2012 @ 12:45:38 PM
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I want Killer Instinct...RITE NAO!

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Comment #16 by PyreBall
Tuesday, October 02, 2012 @ 12:49:45 PM
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I'm with the rest of you guys. I just about cried for joy when I saw TimeSplitters 2 HD and then cried for an entirely different reason when I read the article. I don't know about you guys, but I want Master Chimp from that TS 4 teaser trailer that was released years ago.

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Comment #17 by GR4V1G0R3
Tuesday, October 02, 2012 @ 12:54:38 PM
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what he means by the lack of interest in TS4, is that they opened the 100,000 strong for TS4 facebook page, and it's still sat just over 30k

the problem is that although people will bark about it on forums etc, they won't "go out of their way" to make it happen, i know 5 fans personally, and only myself and 1 of them have signed up to it, the others refuse to use FB, or are too lazy to click like on a page.....

i think that EA may have shown a little interest, but the guys don't want to use them....which is where the problem arises, there only other options are activision (exactly the same as EA, but, even more about money, and then closing studios, just so they can own every franchise regardless of their intent to make sequels)....or someone like rising star (please let them get it, they are publishing gods) or some other lesser publisher who i can't think of at the moment

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Comment #18 by Caramel Cardinal
Tuesday, October 02, 2012 @ 12:55:56 PM
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why did free radical have to go under, crytek uk just don't have the passion for it.

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Comment #19 by ShiftyEyedNinja
Tuesday, October 02, 2012 @ 12:58:43 PM
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Just stop talking about TimeSplitters already unless you're announcing a new game or HD remake. They're just rubbing it in now...

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Comment #20 by ronnie42
Tuesday, October 02, 2012 @ 01:13:45 PM
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Dam it JIM!

Make it so!

The originals were the best, I don't just need it, I demand they release it or heads will roll ;)

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Comment #22 by mad4ra
Tuesday, October 02, 2012 @ 01:27:55 PM
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And Crytek is continuing to screw the Fans and release another mediocre Crysis title with the "much better than Cryengine". That they even think the Cryengine is superior to the Unreal Engine is just laughable. GIVE US TIMESPLITTERS ffs

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Comment #23 by AltarofPlagues
Tuesday, October 02, 2012 @ 01:37:24 PM
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Demand isnt high enough yet we somehow manage to get some new IPs released now and then? Makes no sense at all. Cant faulty new IPs but how did something like...say, Never dead or naughty bear, get put out, yet Timesplitters, a pre existing franchise, wont get released?

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Comment #24 by jpg30
Tuesday, October 02, 2012 @ 01:38:00 PM
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@3 i did exactly the same as you.

im not bothered at this time for timesplitters 4, i would have loved them to at least do timesplitters 2 HD for XBLA, then they could do timesplitters 4 at a later date.

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Comment #25 by linktriforce007
Tuesday, October 02, 2012 @ 01:47:49 PM
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@6 There's no news like bad news.

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Comment #26 by Blueballs88
Tuesday, October 02, 2012 @ 02:07:03 PM
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I don't want to live on this planet anymore.

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Comment #27 by TLO x Tigrex
Tuesday, October 02, 2012 @ 02:23:16 PM
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I'm melllltttting

Damn it i miss that game.

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Comment #28 by dfcmark
Tuesday, October 02, 2012 @ 02:26:06 PM
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How will interest grow over time to get a new game out, being further from the previous games lessens interest if anything.

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Comment #29 by ViNyLek
Tuesday, October 02, 2012 @ 02:46:37 PM
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Give those HD remakes a break already. I would much rather have company invest that time and resources into making a brand new game, then rehash an old one. Does it really sell that much? Do you really think I would want to pay $40 for something I already paid $20 fifteen years ago and can now get for free, but with original graphics? Timesplitters 4 would be neat, Timesplitters2 HD not so much...

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Comment #30 by The Bum-Mobile
Tuesday, October 02, 2012 @ 02:53:06 PM
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Oh my god I just read TimeSplitters 2 HD and nearly cried out in victory. Then I read the rest of the heading. Dammit!

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Comment #31 by H0p3sfalL
Tuesday, October 02, 2012 @ 03:07:28 PM
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Boy were they wrong.....

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Comment #32 by Sanchezz4387
Tuesday, October 02, 2012 @ 03:07:40 PM
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probably canned it to spout off bollox about F2P and how good cry engine 3 is

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Comment #33 by FuzzMan3000
Tuesday, October 02, 2012 @ 03:10:33 PM
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nearly lost my shit when I saw this headline, then realised it was in the past tense. NOOOOOO

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Comment #34 by kaiyo penguin
Tuesday, October 02, 2012 @ 03:10:48 PM
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killer instinct please! used to play it in the pub where they had the arcade machine on a saturday afternoon while my parents had a few times. :)

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Comment #35 by [Waggly Bean]
Tuesday, October 02, 2012 @ 03:13:30 PM
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Timesplitters with achievements please! :D

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Comment #36 by DragonessAthena
Tuesday, October 02, 2012 @ 03:38:17 PM
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Timesplitters 2 was the only FPS I could play. An HD version would have been awesome!

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Comment #37 by secretkaos187
Tuesday, October 02, 2012 @ 04:20:50 PM
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H-H-H-H-HEARTBREAKER!!!!!!! I'm sad :( Wasn't there just something about KI getting a page or something in the news the last few weeks on this site?

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Comment #38 by bearmod
Tuesday, October 02, 2012 @ 04:50:56 PM
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@17. That's a good point that a lot of people just talk about it without actually doing anything about it but I still think that if TS4 was made it would fair well. It might not be the next cash cow like Call of Duty for example, but I think it would be worth their time and effort to make it.

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Comment #39 by dknight
Tuesday, October 02, 2012 @ 05:14:32 PM
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I jumped the gun, didn't read the full headline and started getting excited for when it comes out :( utter disappointment

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Comment #40 by WartyHogger
Tuesday, October 02, 2012 @ 06:11:24 PM
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Timesplitters why you never going to be playable again? :(

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Comment #41 by Xerofox
Tuesday, October 02, 2012 @ 06:25:54 PM
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Oh please, stop teasing me like this.

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Comment #42 by Johnny3ng
Tuesday, October 02, 2012 @ 07:00:56 PM
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I planned to stick my penis into scarlett johnasson but yer that didnt work out. maybe we should report this as news. completely pointless this.

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Comment #43 by deluxnugs
Tuesday, October 02, 2012 @ 07:02:59 PM
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thanks for the new sig

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Comment #44 by MabusScarab
Tuesday, October 02, 2012 @ 07:04:09 PM
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Easily two of my favorite games growing up, I used to dump ten bucks a week at my local arcade playing Killer Instinct before it's console release. Hopefully this isn't a tease, it seemed like Beyond Good and Evil wasn't going to see a remake for awhile there but it pushed through and saw it's HD release. I'd purchase both titles without hesitation if they saw a xbox release.

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Comment #45 by D00MSMAN
Tuesday, October 02, 2012 @ 08:07:40 PM
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I would've loved a TS2 or TS:FP remake! D:
Seriously, If they ever get released in HD, I would get either one.

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Comment #46 by ebin
Tuesday, October 02, 2012 @ 08:53:16 PM
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I read "2 HD and Killer" and my heart skipped a beat, then I read the rest and my heart broke into a million little, shiny sad faces.

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Comment #47 by ebin
Tuesday, October 02, 2012 @ 09:00:09 PM
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Seriously, how can the title of this article say something was planned for release and then the first setence of the article says they were considered for release? Pretty big difference, wouldn't you say? Typical of the stuff this particular writer puts forth it seems.

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Comment #48 by Rob1610
Tuesday, October 02, 2012 @ 10:56:11 PM
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Don't tell me what didn't happen, cause it just gets my hopes up for no reason. I saw TimeSplitters 2 HD and was ready to jump...then read the rest and screamed in anger.

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Comment #49 by XxMayhemxX
Wednesday, October 03, 2012 @ 01:05:51 AM
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We could def use a Timesplitters Collection HD 1-3

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Comment #50 by Beardyboo
Wednesday, October 03, 2012 @ 02:39:01 AM
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Less we mention the completed HD remake of Goldeneye for XBLA and PSN. Thats just as much a travesty

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Comment #51 by KingLouis51
Wednesday, October 03, 2012 @ 04:41:15 AM
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I don't know what's worse: Crytek's management of Free Radical Design or Microsoft's management of Rare. TimeSplitters 2 and TimeSplitters: Future Perfect NEED to be packaged together in a HD Collection, and anybody with a brain will agree. Even if they're not put on a physical disc and instead are released digitally as separate games on XBLA and PSN, the point is they need to be made available. Since there's no issues with licensing and rights etc., there's absolutely no excuse that it hasn't been done yet.

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Comment #52 by master_shake_350
Wednesday, October 03, 2012 @ 05:17:46 AM
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Worst kind of people.

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Comment #53 by ADTR TOM
Wednesday, October 03, 2012 @ 06:04:36 AM
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That's just beyond stupid, they'd make...millions muhahaha!

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Comment #54 by xxdiamondxxinfernoxx
Wednesday, October 03, 2012 @ 08:15:24 AM
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dumb DUMB DUMB!!!im guna start my own video game company and call it "TimesplittersOMFGFTW' and just make millions of timespliters games like COD and kick activisions ass because my game is way better and more fun.........

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Comment #55 by Ingen Kommentar
Wednesday, October 03, 2012 @ 01:41:42 PM
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Comment #56 by Wilkz07
Wednesday, October 03, 2012 @ 05:36:48 PM
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I think we played ts2 multiplaye more than goldeneye, it was damn awesome. Hopefully its released to xbla.

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Comment #57 by eenieakane
Thursday, October 04, 2012 @ 01:10:33 PM
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Bah starting to realise that Timesplitters just isn't happening....with all it's missions, characters, levels, online play it could be a true gem to xbox

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Comment #58 by tjevo9
Monday, October 08, 2012 @ 06:56:34 AM
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I want TS2: HD. As for not enough demand for TS4. Are they crazy!?

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