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Story
In TimeSplitters, the most in-depth mode for the single player is the Story mode.
This mode goes through a number of different missions in many different locales, often with different objectives.
The Story mode is also the only way to unlock a number of characters and certain Arcade Custom maps.

TimeSplitters

In the original TimeSplitters, the plot of each mission usually consists of nothing more than 'stopping the TimeSplitters'. Various 'heroes' must complete missions, which just consist of retrieving an object and taking it to the 'goal' (which is often located at the spawn point, depending on the mission and difficulty) in a set amount of time.

The levels are split into three equal groups, each containing a level set in the far past, near the present day (which was 2000 when the game was released) and in the future (notably, 2005 and 2020 are now in the past), within which, the levels may be completed in any order. These levels, when ordered chronologically, have systematic fifteen-year gaps between levels in similar time periods, and five-year gaps between these periods.

The three "future" levels in TS1 - Cyberden (2005), Planet-X (2020), and Spaceways (2035) - are much more futuristic than the levels' respective year settings imply, possibly due to the TimeSplitters' time-travelling antics (only to be erased/rewritten due to the events of the later games), or simply an alternate universe in the first game, compared to the sequels. However, this may be corrected by assuming that the levels take place in wrongly-listed years, and that they really take place in 2050, 2200, and 2305 (or 2350), respectively; either way, Chastity's Cyberden appearance still raises questions.

A simpler explanation would be that - as quite often happens in science fiction - a future time setting doesn't pan out as being realistic. It is also possible that the original game was 'non-canon', as it bears little relation to its sequels, and contains several plot and setting errors.

Mission Year Male Protagonist Female Protagonist Objective
Tomb 1935 Captain Ash Lady Jayne Ankh
Chinese 1970 Det. Harry Tipper Lt. Christine Malone Secret Files
Cyberden 2005 Deacon Swain Chastity Detroit Secret Plans
Village 1950 Doctor Seth Graven Doctor Katje Nadir Artifact
Chemical Plant 1985 Fingers McKenzie Ravelle Velvet Jewels
Planet-X 2020 Sebastian Photon Angel Perez Brain
Mansion 1965 Peekaboo Jones Mary-Beth Casey Remains
Docks 2000 Jacques Misere Olga Strom Ransom
Spaceways 2035 R-108 Gretel Mark I Duty Free Goods

TimeSplitters 2

In TimeSplitters 2, Sergeant Cortez and Corporal Hart are sent to the Space Station, which has been overrun by TimeSplitters during this period. In order to protect the Time Crystals, the TimeSplitters take nine crystals and hide them throughout time. Cortez and Hart manage to take hold of the Time Portal room and, during which, Cortez leaps through the portal and into other times and places in order to regain the crystals to take back to the Space Station. TimeSplitters 2 was also the game which introduced Main Objectives and Secondary Objectives, which appear in all missions.

Misson Year Protagonist Potential Deuteragonist
Siberia 1990 Ilsa Nadir Gregor Lenko
Chicago 1932 Jake Fenton Lady Jane
Notre Dame 1895 Viola Mister Underwood
Return to Planet X 2280 Hank Nova Candi Skyler
NeoTokyo 2019 Ghost Chastity Detroit
Wild West 1853 Elijah Jones Ramona Sosa
Atom Smasher 1972 Harry Tipper Kitten Celeste
Aztec Ruins 1920 Captain Ash Jungle Queen
Robot Factory 2315 Gretel Mark II R-109
Space Station 2401 Sergeant Cortez Corporal Hart

TimeSplitters Future Perfect

In TimeSplitters Future Perfect, Cortez returns to Earth with the Time Crystals. The TimeSplitters' invasion has gotten worse, so the General decides that the only way to stop them once and for all is to go back in time and destroy the source of the Time Crystals. With help from Anya and others, Cortez uncovers the mystery of the TimeSplitters and chases the creator, Jacob Crow, through time in a quest to save humanity.

Mission Year Protagonist Deuteragonist
Time To Split 2401 Sergeant Cortez Private Hicks
Scotland The Brave 1924 Sergeant Cortez Captain Ash
The Russian Connection 1969 Sergeant Cortez Harry Tipper
Henchman Cortez Swinging Tipper
The Khallos Express 1969 Sergeant Cortez Harry Tipper
Mansion Of Madness 1994 Sergeant Cortez Jo-Beth Casey
What Lies Below 1994 Sergeant Cortez Jo-Beth Casey
Breaking And Entering 2052 Sergeant Cortez Amy Chen
You Genius, U-Genix 2052 Sergeant Cortez Amy Chen
Doctor Cortez Doctor Amy
Machine Wars 2243 Sergeant Cortez R-110
Something To Crow About 2243 Sergeant Cortez R-110
You Take The High Road 1924 Sergeant Cortez R-110
The Hooded Man 2401 Time Assassin Cortez Private Hicks
Future Perfect 1924 Sergeant Cortez R-110

Trivia

  • TS1 contains several plot and setting errors, especially with some of the protagonists:
    • Mary-Beth Casey is a teenager during the mid-sixties, whilst her younger sister, Jo-Beth Casey, is roughly the same age in the mid-nineties.
    • Chastity Detroit appears young in 2005, but even younger in 2019, hinting at alternate universes between TS1 and the sequels.
    • Since the R-100 series and the Gretel series were only present from The Machine Wars era, the presence of R-108 and Gretel Mark I in 2035 hints at alternate universes between TS1 and the sequels. However, this may be explained by assuming that the duo time-travelled to 2035, or simply that Spaceways actually took place in 2305 or 2350.
  • TS1 is the only game with optional Story protagonists.
  • Whilst Cortez is the protagonist of the main Story, he wasn't in the first game. Jacob Crow, the antagonist of the series and creator of the TimeSplitters, only appeared in the third game.
  • All three Story modes feature Captain Ash and Harry Tipper.
  • Future Perfect's Story is the only one not to feature Chastity.
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