Time Crisis: Razing Storm review

  • Introduces free roaming like a real FPS
  • Incredibly addictive on-rails shooting
  • Motion-controlled pirate ships
  • Free roaming controls kind of suck
  • Typical on-rail flaw of overly scripted action
  • Unlimited continues removes challenge

This feature comes courtesy of GamesRadar sister magazine 

If you’re good in a crisis and have a steady aim then you probably already know the joys of a good light gun shooter. But that doesn’t mean you’ll necessarily enjoy Razing Storm. The game’s story mode introduces free roaming (you use the control stick to move while the wand is used to aim). However, it’s a bit of a mess. The sensitivity of the motion controls is too inconsistent meaning that turning is painfully slow and the crosshair is irritatingly skittish. As if spookily aware of the limitations of the control system, enemies in Razing Storm’s story mode will often shoot at the sky and move in for a melee attack. Not so much bad AI as sheer stupidity.

Luckily, there are another three games here, all of which tread the path of the traditional light gun shooter, while each adds something a bit different. Razing Storm’s Arcade mode swaps the series’ duck and cover mechanic for all-out destruction; Time Crisis 4 keeps the cover and adds ridiculous hairstyles; while Deadstorm Pirates adds motion- controlled pirate ships. Yes, really. This mode revels in throwing massive bosses at you. They combine dodging with the motion controls and precision aiming.

All three on-rails modes are utterly ridiculous and riddled with the usual on-rail flaw of overly scripted action – but they’re also incredibly addictive. Pirates in particular impresses with large scale boss fights and over-the-top power ups. The trouble is that every successive game over-gifts you with an extra continue. As a result you don’t need to get better to win; you just need to keep dying. Odd. Razing Storm can also be played online with up to eight players. We couldn’t play it at the time of writing but those sluggish controls could be a problem. There are also online leaderboards adding replay value.

As an attempt to transform the series into a motion-controlled first-person shooter this is a misfire. But as a gung ho party package it’s bang on target.

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Oct 25, 2010

More Info

Release date: Oct 19 2010 - PS3 (US)
Nov 05 2010 - PS3 (UK)
Available Platforms: PS3
Genre: Shooter
Published by: Namco Bandai
Developed by: Namco Bandai
ESRB Rating:
Teen: Animated Blood, Violence, Mild Language
PEGI Rating:


  • EnragedTortoise1 - October 26, 2010 2:42 p.m.

    Will get it when it's 20$, good to hear it's not shite.
  • Timothy_Lemon - October 26, 2010 8:42 a.m.

    ffs just release HD versions of 1, project titan, 2 & 3 on the store with move support.
  • Stahlbrand - October 26, 2010 5:21 a.m.

    So no discussion of how the Move works as a light gun substitute for good or ill? So frail.
  • JADENkOTOR - October 26, 2010 12:58 a.m.

    and TNK2 is right... these reviews aren't up to the Gamesradar standard.
  • JADENkOTOR - October 26, 2010 12:55 a.m.

    Who ever owns the rights to Pirates of the Caribbean 3 is going to be pissed cause that scene is straight out of their movie. This game looks pretty shitty... 360 fanboys will have a field day with this one. Im surprised it even got a 7 after reading the rview.
  • yasmarc - October 25, 2010 11:31 p.m.>PS3<-----------/time-crisis-razing-storm/review/time-crisis-razing-storm-review/a-20101025145652978097/g-20100615124248955042 All else fails look at the URL. I had to do the same for this one.
  • garnsr - October 25, 2010 11:13 p.m.

    Is this a Move game? Wii? It's not made at all clear what this is for in the article, only the picture on the side tells us it's for PS3.
  • TNK2 - October 25, 2010 10:54 p.m.

    Please gamesradar stop putting sister magazine reviewgs on the site or at least make a tab on the home page for sister reviews. There short boring and dumb(probably because of page space of the magazine). I wanna see the hard hitting reviews the gamesradar team do. Oh and nobody bet now say first because I do your mom and have 6-10 kids with her. I'm first anyways so it doesn't matter but i'm still gonna do your mom.

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