As a great TimeLord once said in his tenth incarnation” People assume that time is a strict progression of cause to effect, but *actually* from a non-linear, non-subjective viewpoint – it’s more like a big ball of wibbly wobbly… time-y wimey… stuff.” And who are we to argue with a real time traveller eh?
As the latest X-Men movie features a lot of timey wimey stuff, I thought it would be a good idea to give a list of the best video games that contain some aspect of time travel and the ones that put this story element to best use.
Bioshock: Infinite (PS3/360/PC)
Set in Columbia, a steampunk city in the clouds, Bioshock: Infinite contains a multitude of alternate universes that can be interacted with thanks to one of the main characters ability to rip open a tear in the fabric of space and time. These can range anywhere from the distant past to the far future and have been exploited by some enemies to create new weapons and technologies far beyond anything that should be available in 1912.
Chrono Trigger (SNES)
One of the greatest role playing games ever created, Chrono Trigger’s story revolves around a group of heroes who travel both back and forth through time to prevent the World from ending in the year 1999.
God of War 2 (PS2/PS3)
Based upon many elements from Greek Mythology, the God of War Kratos travels back in time to change his murder by his own father Zeus. Later in the game Kratos gains the powers of the Sisters of Fate and brings forward in time the Titans to destroy their own children, the current Gods of Olympus.
Legacy of Kain series (PS1/PS2)
Legacy of Kain is a series full of wibbly wobbly time travel with many of the knock on effects of the later games caused by time travel in the earlier titles. Whilst changes that are made by individuals would have no effect on the general flow of time, major changes can be created by introducing a paradox which causes the Timestream to attempt to rearrange itself to accommodate any changes
Sonic CD (Mega CD/Downloadable)
The first sonic game to be more about exploring the levels than getting from start to finish, Sonic CD gives the World’s fastest hedgehog the ability to travel either to the past or future of each zone by running super-fast for a certain amount of time. The overall goal of every level is to destroy a machine Robotnik has placed in the past of each zone to rid the future of Robotniks evil robots.
Turtles in Time (SNES)
After stealing the Statue of Liberty live on TV, Shredder and Krang use advanced technology to send the turtles through a time warp. To get home and thwart their enemies, the four ninja brothers must battle through Shredders armies both in the past and the future in order to get home. Cue levels with Dinosaurs, pirates, hoverboards and robot filled space stations!