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Time Crisis: Razing Storm – The PS3 Attitude Preview

Submitted by on Friday, 2 July 20106 Comments

time crisis razing bore e1278072692885 Time Crisis: Razing Storm – The PS3 Attitude PreviewTime Crisis: Razing Storm with PlayStation Move controls works exactly as it should but the gameplay itself is just a massive disappointment.

I was able to get some hands on time with Time Crisis: Razing Storm at E3. As a huge fan of the series since the first game on the PSone, I was more than excited to try the latest in the franchise. Sadly, I was left disappointed.

The controls are simple. The Move button on the center of the controller allows you to reload and hide behind a riot shield. The trigger on the back of the move is used to shoot. Obviously, you aim by pointing the Move controller at the screen. I noticed no issues with the controls at all. No matter what I did, the Move was able to keep up with me at all times. This was only the second time I had ever used Sony’s new motion controller. I have to say that I am very pleased with the response time.

Unlike previous games in the series, there is an on-screen cursor that shows you exactly where you’re aiming at all times. If you ever played Resident Evil: Umbrella Chronicles or Darkside Chronicles on the Wii, you’ll be instantly familiar with the set up. It’s incredibly boring. All you’re doing is dragging the on-screen cursor to the enemies on the screen. It takes no skill and it just isn’t fun. I went through two partners before the first stage was even completed. Were they as bored as I was? Probably. What’s worse is that the game encourages the boredom by giving enemies tons of health. I found myself holding the trigger mindlessly at targets for far too long.

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In terms of visuals, it’s exactly what you would expect from Time Crisis. There are destructible environments this time around and it’s pretty impressive. However, I rather have engaging gameplay than fancy effects.

There is good news for fans of the older games. Time Crisis: Razing Storm supports the GunCon 3. Even better, the arcade version of Time Crisis 4 and Deadstorm Pirates will be included as bonuses  with PlayStation Move support. You’re basically getting three games in one and that’s an incredible deal. Time Crisis: Razing Storm also has a FPS mode. You won’t be locked on-rails in this mode and can freely move at all times. Hopefully it’s better than the one featured in Time Crisis 4 (it was horrible!). There is even support for 8 player deathmatches online.

Time Crisis: Razing Storm is disappointing but it includes so much content. Even though I wasn’t impressed with the new game, I still find myself excited because of everything it has to offer. The game is expected to release in September, although no specific dates have been announced.