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Manufacturer: Sony / Shooter / Rating: T - (Teen) / Published by: Sony

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      26.04.2010 15:36
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      Overall, a hugely satisfying game.

      This is an absolutely classic game and anyone who still uses their original Playstation should buy it (provided you can get hold of a light-gun for a reasonable price of course).

      This is a pure action, first-person arcade shooter. Your control is limited entirely to the light gun. You do not have to move your character through the levels, this is taken care of for you. All you have to do is decide when to expose yourself, when to take cover and to shoot straight.

      There are two scenarios do play; the original arcade game and another environment in which you fight your way through a hotel taken over by bad guys and encounter a few unique boss-type enemies.

      The graphics are dated and jagged and very colourful, but graphics are well up to their purpose - i.e. all you need is an interesting environment for bad guys to pop up in. The game has a generally fast pace and the music, although repetitive, never gets tiring.

      The only thing you need to make sure you do is to properly calibrate the light-gun at the beginning of the game, otherwise you will have to compensate for it shooting slightly off-centre for the whole game. Calibration is easy - I recommend holding the gun tight to your body, looking down the sights, breathing gently and taking 2 or 3 shots at the target. The last shot is the one that counts, but I think the first two will help you settle into your aim.

      Some reviewers have said that the game lacks longevity. I would disagree. You may learn the game and know where the baddies are gonna come from, but you will get addicted to completing it faster with greater accuracy - that's what arcade games are for - being the best.

      If you are purchasing a light-gun in order to play Time Crisis, then you should definitely check out Point Blank too to make it more cost effective and to have more fun!

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      16.08.2009 22:06
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      worth a go

      Time Crisis is one of the few good games you can buy where you get to use that lightgun you got for Christmas without a game to play it.

      The graphics although not brilliant, suit the game and the action it provides. You take control of one of two characters (you can have two players in the game but you will need two lightguns). You will be thrust into enemy situations where you must blast all manner of human enemy. These enemies will be able to attack you with their weapons such as guns and bombs. You must protect your self by hiding, reloading and attacking at the right time. You don't have control of where your character moves, this is set in stone. But you can attack when you want and hide away when you want.

      Its great when you take out a few enemies, it really feels like your blowing them away as you fire, hit and they fly backwards.

      Enemies come at different levels of difficulty. There are various stages through the game and you will meet a variety of bosses all with their own style and weaponry.

      The game is quite difficult since your lives are limited and you lose lives for hitting civilians for example.

      However, I am confident that you will find this game very enjoyable and playable.

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      13.06.2001 15:42
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      This game was a hit in the arcades, people used to line up for ages to get a go on this game. Namco made a good decsicion to convert it onto the playstation. The game on the PS is very good and a great laugh to play. There is of course the arcade game on the disc but it also includes another game. Which is played in a hotel. This game can be played with or without the light gun. With the light gun it is very good fun. But without it the game soon loses its spark. The story line of the game is very simple. The presidents daughter has been kidnaped and you as a special agent have to go and rescue her in a set time from an island (wow how origanal!!!). Hence why its called time crisis. You must complete certain sectors in a set time eg, 60 seconds. TYou complete the sector by blasting all the bad guys away with your light gun. The range in bad guys is good there are plenty of them. Although you cant change weapons in the game it doesnt really matter because there is no point. I recommend this game to anyone who has a playstation its great. Gio and buy it now.

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        30.05.2001 23:40
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        Time Crisis has been converted to the PlayStation very well from the successful arcade game that it was. There are only slight differences between the versions, which you would only notice if you played the arcade version of the game, apart from those differences (which I will explain later) this is almost identical. ** The Game ** The style of the game is shoot ‘em up, the people that you have to shoot hide, come in and out of view and you have to shoot them in order to save the day! To play this game you need the gun, which you can get for the PlayStation. I am not sure how much a gun costs as I borrowed the gun when I played the game. I can’t see this game being that playable if you don’t have the gun, it would be very awkward. There are two games, which can be played on Time Crisis, these are the arcade game and a special game. The arcade game you can either play the story (which is the same as the arcade) or try to complete the stages you have already done in the fastest time. The special game is basically the same as the arcade but it follows a different story line and has different levels to play, which is a great bonus. This game is only a one player game, unlike the arcade, which was a one or two player game. The game also requires one memory card block to play, I would assume to keep scores and times. This game also carries a 15 certificate, I suppose because you are killing a lot of people, I not too sure and it is not that gory. ** Sound and Graphics ** The graphics for this game are very good, considering the age of the game and are exactly the same as those, which you get in the arcade game. The graphics at times can be a little blocky, but then this is only a PlayStation. The sound for this, as with most PlayStation games are superb and make the game better to play as they add a little realism to it. ** My Thoughts ** This is a very good game, and with the gun is as a
        ddictive as the arcade version. I would say if you want to play this game you DO need to have the gun, otherwise it is virtually unplayable! The only problem is that the gun I used was quite old and sometimes had a problem working, but most of the time it worked to its full potential, which was cool! Happy Gaming :-)

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          25.02.2001 21:34
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          Time crisis is the ultimate stress relief game. Once you've bought your Playstation gun, you're sorted when you need to take your anger out on something, anything!!!! The Playstation version is almost exactly like the arcade version except you don't have to stand up, so I guess you can be a little more lazy! If you get your mates to hang round you with a few beers, trying to put you off then you really couldn't tell the difference between home and pub! This game is absolutely addictive because you keep striving to get further and further, and better and better. One of the best things about the game is that the better you get at it, and the more you learn about it, the game adapts to you... making it easier (although some may argue it makes it harder!). The playstation version comes with two versions of the game... the standard levels that you see in the arcades, and also a game where you travel through levels and rooms of a building following much the same mission. The trick in this game is to spot where you can save time by shooting something dignificant, rather than your individual bad guys. The biggest problem I can see with this game is that you can waste many weeks of you life stuck in front of this... no wonder one of the guys I lived with at uni failed his first and second year!!!!

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          07.02.2001 19:52

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          Welcome to the finest shooter to grace the playstation. It's your mission to rescue the presidents daughter from the hands of a terrorist group by infiltrating the island base and taking out everything that gets in your way. First thing I should mention at this point is that the light gun made for this game does not work on certain television sets such as LCD, small screen or projection TVs. The G-con itself is fairly accurate as long as you configure properly before the game starts by shooting at the centre of the screen. Its controls consist of a trigger and two side buttons. You can either buy the gun in a bundle along with the game but nowadays you can get it separately with the game costing £20 or less on the platinum range and there are various cheaper and just as compatible alternatives to the G-con available in shops. There are a couple of different set ups for the gun depending on whether you own an older playstation or not. Luckily for those with problems there is a help line available mentioned in the booklet. The main character, Richard miller, runs along a set route and stops at multiple in the level points to clear waves of enemies. Simply aim the gun and pull the trigger to take them out. However, as the name points out this is all done under a strict time limit which starts at 60 seconds and as soon as you run out of time its game over. This is where the challenge of saving as many seconds as possible comes into play. You can shave seconds off your time by hitting enemies in the head to make them fall quicker or hitting special enemies who give you extra seconds for shooting them. As well as that you will need to avoid incoming fire by releasing or holding the side button to duck behind the nearest obstacle which reloads your gun but the longer you hold back to avoid those bullets the more time you will have to make up later. You can take up to 3 shots or 5 if you are playing on easy mode. Each enemy is wearing a uniform and
          the colour of these show you how accurate they are and so tell you which order they need to be taken out. Finally, sometimes you will find characters that have a bazooka a box of explosives lying on the floor. By hitting this you can clear a whole screen in seconds. The arcade story mode gives you three levels each with three areas and a boss area. As well as playing through to complete your mission you can play time attack mode allowing you to play any level to try and get a top time which can then be saved to memory card for others to have a crack at. Be warned though, it is easy to complete the story mode but it is definitely not easy to get the number one time in time attack. The exclusive to playstation mission has you in a hotel which is a front for a weapons factory. The great thing about this one is that depending on how you do in each area the route you take through the hotel changes. Overall this is a top game that is very easy to learn. The manual is easy to understand mainly because of the simplicity of the game itself. The graphics are a bit messy but when you're playing you won't notice too much and the music is fine too. The only possible gripes are the guns set up and the fact that the trigger can give you sore fingers after a short while of playing. For £20 you can't argue with this as you will come back to it time and time again.

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          02.01.2001 22:35

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          General/Summary: I"m reviewing this from the standpoint that I played it with the pedal and a gun with forcefeed back, which only help raise the enjoyment. This game is everything the arcade game is and more. Not only do they include all the levels from the first game, but they include an entirely new scenario with brand new scenery and levels. Namco really dominates the shooter genre on the PSX; this game is a must buy for those who love these gun games! Gameplay: When they first introduced the pedal thing to avoid gunfire in the arcade, I was amazed because finally one of these games had added a means of defense. The game doesn't have any extra weapons but it doesn't matter; there are still a wide variety of targets to shoot at and the addition of an extra scenario only doubles the amount of fun you'll have with this game. Graphics: Let's get one thing straight, they're not arcade perfect. But, the enemies still are well done and the scenery is still as varied as it was in the arcade. The explosions are still as good as they were in the arcade. And, the second scenario is no slouch either in terms of the graphics that it presents. Sound: There really isn't that much music to write home about, but that is perfectly fine with me. The Sound FX are good enough for a gun type game and that's all that really matters in this category. Though, I wish the bloody idiots I shoot would scream when I pump a bullet through their head.

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          16.11.2000 14:13
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          Cheats Cheat mode: Wait until the main screen with the three target boxes appear. Shoot the hole in the center of the letter "R" in the word "CRISIS" twice, then shoot inside the cross hairs that are next to the word "TIME" twice . A cheat menu with life, credit, and shot options will appear. These options may be used to enable nine lives, unlimited credits, and no reload mode. Note: Your aim must be extremely precise when firing at the screen. Aiming from just off the screen is recommended. Level select: Hold L1 + X + Circle for approximately five seconds. The sound of a gun will confirm correct code entry. Press Start at the title screen to jump to any level. Alternate reload: Press Triangle, Circle, Square, or X on a standard controller in port two to hide or reload instead of using the red gun button. Easy story mode: Select the first mission from the mission selection screen. Time attack and story mode options will appear. Shoot outside the screen, then shoot the selection box for story mode. An easy option will appear on the story mode box. Easy mode Allows five lives and extra time to complete game play.

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            09.11.2000 02:02
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            For all those arcade fans out there, this is the game for you. Time Crisis is THE original shoot em’up, first in the arcades and on the PlayStation. In Time Crisis a psycho has kidnapped the Presidents daughter and is demanding a ransom for her safe return. But the President is a cheap bugger and can’t afford to pay what he’s asking for, so instead he sends in you to stop him. You’re dropped off by helicopter onto the island where he’s holding the daughter, but the guards see you and the psycho sends in all of his many, many men to stop you. So you have to work your way through three stages (that have three levels in each) killing all of his men with ease. There’s a boss at the end of each stage (WARNING-don’t read on if you don’t want to know the story-WARNING), and you get to challenge the psycho at the end of stage 2, but that isn’t the end of the game. The psycho’s sidekick then runs off with the president’s daughter and you have to do another stage until you catch up with him. After you’ve shot him for the last time he falls over and drops a button which blows up the half the castle, but suprisingly not the half your on, so you pick up the girl, get into a chopper and fly off into the sunset. (WARNING OFF). Ahh wasn’t that nice. This game is quite good compared to the arcade version because obviously you don’t have to put a pound coin in every time you die, there’s an added mission on the PlayStation and you can play on it whenever you like. The added mission is quite a bit shorter than the main one, but in this one you get a different enemy, different levels and different bosses. You can also go to different areas by completing earlier areas in a faster or slower time. There are also some bad points to this game as well. The story, I think is very far fetched in most bits. The games a bit easy and not very long, and it’s not a very good ga
            me without a decent gun to play it with but it might be a bit expensive for a decent one. I like this game while it lasts but I completed it a bit fast, and the story isn’t exactly what you’d call original, so only buy this game if you’re a complete arcade fanatic. Cerberus

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            09.10.2000 02:27
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            This game is good for those of you that find yourselves constantly wandering into the arcade and feeding your hard earned money into the little slot on the Time Crisis machine. For just one payment of about £20, you can enjoy the comfont of it in your own home without having to splash out your cash any more. Sure, there may be some disadvantages such as the screen is not as big and there is noone around to see your incredibly high top scores but you do get the comfort of playing it in your own home without having to visit the arcade and for many this may also work out to be cheaper too! I have tried to play this game without the gun and believe me, it should not be done! I reccommend the 'Scorpion Capcom Light Gun' for this game as it appears to be the best one on the market. So there is your choice: Have the fun of being the one man army from your own home or continue to spend money at the arcade... Its up to you but I know what I would choose!

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            12.09.2000 08:36

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            Time Crisis is a frantic shoot 'em up arcade game, and you really need a light gun to get the best out of it, because moving the crosshairs on the screen with the D-pad is just too laborious and slow. Often you will find the game bundled with the G-con 45 light gun, itself a good product, so get the bundled package if you can and save a few pounds. Time Crisis still sells well today, so very good value for money because the price is low now too.

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            08.09.2000 06:32
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            Time Crisis is a light gun based game, and certainly cannot be played to any enjoyable extent without one. When suitably equipped, the game helps pass an enjoyable few hours. Like many such games, depth isn't really what concerned those who made it - it's here for those who want to shoot stuff, and that's about it. The graphics look rather dated now, and aside from the basic shooting/ducking mechanism, there's nothing much to shout about. This won't keep you hooked for ages, but you're bound to find it pretty compelling in the short term. If you've got a Namco compatible light gun, and you can find this for less than a tenner, i'd recommend it.

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            03.09.2000 16:07
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            This is the ultimate playstation game. You play with a handheld gun, and shoot up a bunch of bad guys. This is the best game on playstation. As you wind your way through the different levels, killing new characters and new bosses every minute. There are three stages each with a boss at the end, and each split up into areas. If you are good at shooting, you will have no problem with this game, if not good luck. Best buy I've ever made.

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            22.08.2000 20:12

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            Time Crisis by Namco was one of the first Lightgun Shooters to really score big on the gaming market. The main reason for this success probably lies at much at the feet of the lightgun creators itself as it does those of the game designers themselves. The G-Con is the best gaming lightgun on the market at the moment, it is incredibly accurate, nicely weighted and more importantly doesn't follow the trend of the 16-Bit machines and their gloriously unrealistic weapons such as the Super NES Bazooka and the Mega Drive alternative with it's twenty different sets of accessories and possible combinations! It felt like you were assembling Technic Bloody Lego! The main Character is Richard Miller, a special agent of one kind or another whose mission is to rescue the daughter of the leader of a small republic from a bunch of political nutjobs who want this little country for themselves. It's stupid, very stupid, a better storyline and a few nice FMV scenes really would have finished this game off.

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            13.08.2000 16:30

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            When this game came out I bought it with the lightgun and if you haven’t heard of this game where have you been. The amount of hype that was generated was unbelievable. The graphics and sound are very good and the gun is surprisingly responsive. A game with a near arcade conversion. You can now buy this game on platinum but your going to need a light gun that will cost you extra get it now its cool. I havn`t seen this on the 2nd hand market recently keep an eye out for a bargin

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