|System: PS3 (MOVE)||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Namco Bandai Games||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Namco Bandai Games||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Oct. 19, 2010||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-8||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Teen||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
The final game included is Time Crisis 4, which is certainly not lacking in its own degree of absurdity. The two main characters are flamboyant, wear bright, suave clothing, and have more than their fair share of 'tude. Each game has its own unique selling points, and Time Crisis 4's best point is the ability to switch weapons on the fly. Most light gun games restrict you to a single weapon, but TC4 allows you access to a handgun, grenade launcher, machine gun, and shotgun as long as you have ammo for that weapon. It allows for some decision-making when put in tough spots. This is the only game where Time Crisis's classic cover system really plays a big role. You pop in and out of cover, taking out hordes of heavily armed enemies.
The audio doesn't quite live up to expectations either. After playing The Shoot, which has a surprisingly wonderful soundtrack full of great songs, Razing Storm's simply didn't measure up. I think Razing Storm is a better purchase in every other category, but in the audio, The Shoot has it beat hands-down.
The major fault that Razing Storm has going against it is that there's just very little original content. Razing Storm is a new game, but it's essentially a poor rip off of modern frantic shooting games. Time Crisis 4 is obviously a re-release, and Deadstorm Pirates is very similar to their arcade series Let's Go Jungle!.
The biggest draws in the package (the last two) are both games that you may have already played (or at least something close). Still, if you've yet to experience either of those two titles, then this is worth picking up if you have an interest in light gun games. If not, these aren't so amazing that they'll change your mind, but they're solid titles.
At this point we're just happy to see two good games setting a solid precedent for the future. If these both sell well, then we're really looking forward to PlayStation Move releases of Terminator 2, The House of the Dead series, and maybe even Dead Space Extraction.
CCC Freelance Writer