TimeShift

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TimeShift
TimeShift cover
Developers
Saber Interactive
Publishers
Sierra Entertainment
Digital Activision
Engines
Saber3D Engine
Release dates
Windows October 30, 2007
Reception
Metacritic 71
IGDB 75
TimeShift on HowLongToBeat
TimeShift on IGDB
TimeShift on MobyGames
TimeShift on Wikipedia

Warnings

GameSpy online services have been shut down (see Network for solutions).

Key points

Timeshift cannot be run on integrated graphics. A possible fix through 3D Analyze is found here.

General information

Official developer site
GOG.com Community Discussions
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
CD key
SecuROM DRM.
Windows
GOG.com
DRM-free
Windows
Steam
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Is currently using an outdated version of the game. See Patches.
Windows
Missing the Urban ReDuel Multiplayer Map Pack DLC, and Futures-Past Multiplayer Map Pack DLC.
Not available for sale on GOG or Steam in Germany.

Version differences[edit]

The Steam version is outdated and has certain unintended gameplay effects not seen on a fully patched retail copy. I.E. the protective helmets on green-armored enemies do not function correctly, as a result they die in one headshot from any weapon. See Patches for a fix.

Essential improvements[edit]

Patches[edit]

All available patches for the retail version can be found here.

Patch 1.02 for the Steam release can be found here.[1]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Delete game files[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\video\
  2. Delete or rename saber_logo.bik, sierra_logo.bik and twimtbp.bik.

Game data[edit]

In-game general settings.
In-game general settings.

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\UserConfigs[Note 1]
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/10130/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\UserConfigs[Note 1]
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/10130/pfx/[Note 2]
Each hit of the "quicksave" button creates a permanent new save, quicksaves don't override each other.

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud

Video[edit]

In-game video settings.
In-game video settings.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
Menu and HUD elements are stretched. FMVs are in 16:9 resolution.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
75-120° horizontal. Default is 80°. See Field of view (FOV).
Windowed
See Windowed.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See Windowed.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Up to 16 samples.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Nvidia users can force SGSSAA. See Anti-aliasing (AA).
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
Capped at 200 fps

Field of view (FOV)[edit]

This game uses vertical FOV. See FOV Calculator for help.
Set custom FOV[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\UserConfigs\Default\
  2. Edit user.ini.
  3. Change these values to the desired vertical FOV.
FOV = 56.250000
WPN_FOV = 56.250000
Menu_FOV = 56.250000

Windowed[edit]

Force windowed mode[citation needed]
  1. Download and run DxWnd.
  2. At the top click on Edit, then Add.
  3. Set the name and executable path.
  4. Enable Do not notify on task switch.
  5. Click OK, start the game normally.

Anti-aliasing (AA)[edit]

Force SGSSAA[2]
  1. Download and run Nvidia Profile Inspector.
  2. Search and open the game profile.
  3. Set Antialiasing Compatibility to 0x004010C4.
  4. Set Antialiasing Behavior Flags to None.
  5. Set Antialiasing Mode to Override any application setting.
  6. Set Antialiasing Setting to Multisampling (2x, 4x, 8xQ).
  7. Set Antialiasing Transparency Supersampling to Sparse Grid Supersampling (same as previous value).
  8. Apply changes.

Input[edit]

In-game mouse settings.
In-game mouse settings.
In-game key map settings.
In-game key map settings.

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.

Audio[edit]

In-game audio settings.
In-game audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Options mentions 5.1 but it outputs up to 7.1.[3]
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
EAX 5.0.

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
French
Not available on Steam.
Italian
Not available on Steam.
German
Only retail in Germany, censored violence. This patch adds German language to Steam version while keeping the game uncut, and also includes the 1.2 patch. This patch does the same for the GOG and international DVD versions.
Polish
See this guide to enable in the Steam version.
Russian
Local retail version only, download.
Spanish
GOG only. Steam version, download.

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
16
Online play
16 GameSpy services have been shut down;[4] OpenSpy can be used as a workaround.[5]

Connection types

Ports

Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
TCP 7777-7877, 27900, 27901, 28910, 29910
UDP 7777-7877, 27900, 27901, 28910, 29910
Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) support status is unknown.

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native GG3D Notes
Native 3D
Nvidia 3D Vision
TriDef 3D
iZ3D
vorpX
G3D
User created game profile, see vorpx forum profile introduction.
Devices Native Notes
3RD Space Gaming Vest

Issues fixed[edit]

Game does not launch[edit]

The game does not run on CPUs using more than 8 threads. You will be stuck endless on the loading screen before the main menu.[6]
Install Unofficial Patch for > 8 Thread CPUs[7]
  1. Download the fixed executable and copy it to <path-to-game>\bin.
(AMD only) Use Ryzen Master Utility and limit CPU to 8 cores without multithreading.[8]
Setting up compatibility settings[citation needed]
  1. Right click on the TimeShift.exe file (located in <path-to-game>\bin) and select "Properties".
  2. Go to the "Compatibility" tab and enable Compatibility Mode (set it to "Windows XP (Service Pack 3)") and Run this program as an administrator.
  3. Launch the game.
  4. If the game still does not launch, disable Compatibility Mode and try again.

Game Pause Glitch on level load[edit]

Install the game on the drive where the OS is installed[citation needed]
  1. If game does not run from the drive where the OS is installed, the game may work on a vhd or an external drive.

Driver error message upon launch[edit]

Setting up compatibility settings[citation needed]
  1. Right click on the TimeShift.exe file (located in <path-to-game>\bin) and select "Properties".
  2. Go to the "Compatibility" tab and enable Compatibility Mode (set it to "Windows Vista (Service Pack 2)").
  3. Launch the game.

Microstuttering[edit]

There is currently no completely reliable fix beyond lowering graphics settings.
Disable Smooth Shadows[citation needed]

Stuttering when maximize game[edit]

When you minimize the game and mazimize it, the game reloads everything necessary causing the cpu to stay at 100% for a few seconds and cause stuttering for a few seconds.Just don't minimize the game if you don't want to have stuttering when maximizing it.

Game launches with black screen[edit]

Fix black screen[citation needed]
  • If game launches with black screen, disable all monitors other than the primary one in Windows, or just for the game by changing HRTF value in UserConfigs\Default\user.ini to 1 ("HRTF = 1").

Game crashes with Intel GPU[edit]

Use one of these fixes when the game launches with a white screen.

Use 3D-Analyze[9]
  1. Download 3D-Analyze.
  2. Start the program with administrative rights and select Timeshift.exe
  3. In the Vendor ID field type: 4318
  4. Start the game via Run
Or, on computers with several GPUs: Deactivate the Intel GPU.

"Shadow map resolution" option grayed out and locked to medium[edit]

Due to how graphics card detection was implemented, game doesn't recognizes modern graphics cards and locks "Shadow map resolution" option to medium setting.
Edit Configuration File[10]
  1. Go to the configuration files location.
  2. Open user.ini.
  3. Search for VIDEO_ShadowMapRes and change values from 1 to 0.
  4. Save user.ini as read-only.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
Shader Model support 2.0b
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Physics Havok
Cutscenes Bink Video
Multiplayer GameSpy

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 4 2.0 GHz
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 8 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 6600
ATI Radeon X700
128 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible
Shader model 2.0b support

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 When running this game without elevated privileges (Run as administrator option), write operations against a location below %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMDATA%, or %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore on Windows Vista and later (more details).
  2. 2.0 2.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/10130/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (10130) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References