Time travelling shooter Time Carnage blasts onto PSVR this week and we’re here to decipher whether it’s worth your time, or a waste of time. Let’s hope we don’t have to shoot this one down…
Time Carnage is a survival wave shooter where you are rooted to the spot while a horde of enemies move towards you. It’s your mission to take them out before they reach you. It’s all fairly standard stuff here – survive 10 waves (with 3 checkpoints) and it’s mission completed and onto the next level. Don’t worry though, Time Carnage has your back and contains a number of tools to help you out along the way. You have 4 weapons you can take with you for each level, and the platform you’re stood on reloads your weapons once ammo runs out. It’s a simple but very effective shoot, drop, switch, repeat routine. The game also boasts very handy sound effects, like a ‘ker-ching!’ if you land a headshot, or a cocking sound when you’re ammo is fully reloaded. It means you know when to grab fully loaded weapons without taking your eye off the enemy in front of you. Good stuff. There’s also a really cool Time Paradox feature that pops ups every now and then. It slows down time so you can have a quick break from the onslaught and pick enemies off whilst they are defenceless.
But Time Carnage‘s ace up its sleeve is that the levels are in different era’s. It means that despite having only 16 levels in its campaign, you are gonna see a whole bunch of different landscapes and enemies. First up is the 4 levels that make up the 4th Millennium, where Zombies are the predominant enemy. Then it’s onto the Mesozoic Era, where dinosaurs are out for your blood. Next up is 4th Century BC where futuristic neon tinged environments light up the screen, as well as Robots wanting to shoot you in the face. Finally are the 4 levels of the 6th Millenium, where you’ll want to bring your coat. And guns obviously.
Each level lasts around 12-15 minutes so your total campaign time is around 4 hours. But it doesn’t end there – there’s Arcade mode to see how long you can last and 10 challenges to get stuck into as well. It all feels great value for the asking price of £15.99 (£12.79 if you have PS Plus). Another bonus is that the game is also very friendly in terms of keeping track of your stats, with everything conveniently listed in the main menu – great news for the trophy hunters amongst us. One thing to note however is that due to it’s very full on nature, Time Carnage is a game best enjoyed a few levels at a time. The first time I played I was so into it I didn’t take the headset off for nearly 2 hours. I had kicked serious ass, but I felt like I’d been in the Octagon with Conor McGregor. So as I said, take the campaign a few levels at a time and you’ll have an absolute blast.
Wherever you travel to in Time Carnage, it feels like the right place at the right time.
Punk rating: 8/10