Time Crisis: Razing Storm Review
Time Crisis: Razing Storm box art
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.

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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.

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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.

By Andrew Groen
CCC Freelance Writer

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
2.5
Graphics
These games are all pretty outdated, but that's not really the point of a light gun game.
3.0
Control
They work well in Deadstorm Pirates and TC4, but Razing Storm's controls could use a lot of work.
3.0
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
The soundtrack is never annoying, but that's the best we can say. It pales in comparison to the other recent light gun release, The Shoot.
4.0
Play Value
There are two really solid games in this package, and Razing Storm has a couple fun modes. Compared to most light gun games you'll find lots of great content here. This is a better value than any other recent light gun shooter release.
3.8
Overall Rating - Good
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • Annihilate enemies with your friends. The arcade hit is now available in the bunker of your own living room! Keep track of the competition with online rankings.
  • PlayStation Move Controller support – Blast your enemies with the all-new motion controller for highly realistic combat.
  • The first Time Crisis game to have fully destructible environments. Now you can obliterate anything that gets in your way.
  • Use the cluster shot, rocket launcher, and sniper rifle to take the terrorists out!


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