Time Crisis: Razing Storm – The PS3 Attitude Preview
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.
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.