The Time Crisis: Razing Storm
disc is broken into three games. There is, of course, the actual Razing Storm
component complete with a Story Mode, an Arcade Mode, a new Online Mode and also an interesting extra mode called Sentry. On top off all of that though, the disc also contains the Arcade version of Time Crisis 4
, as well as another arcade on-rails shooter called Deadstorm Pirates
Razing Storm's Arcade Mode takes you through three levels of standard on-rails fun. Unlike other Time Crisis games, you are given unlimited ammo for the weapon you are currently using, and you don't really get to choose weapons. You start off with a standard machine gun and, as the need arises, are given other weapons like a rocket launcher, a cluster gun and even a laser guided satellite. Also, the Arcade Mode gives you an impenetrable personal shield that you can raise while reloading. This comes in handy when facing enemies that leave very few open targets or when several bad guys on the screen start lobbing grenades at you.
Sentry Mode is an amusing set of challenges that puts you behind the rifle of a prison guard during a riot. While you can't walk around, you can pull up your scope and take out the rioting prisoners one at a time. The level ends if you take down one of your guards, or if all of the prisoners have reached their final destination, either dead by your gun, or escaped. This mode has several levels per difficulty setting, and enough settings to let everyone find a challenging sweet spot.
Blazing Storm's Story Mode is by far the most disappointing aspect of the entire package. Not only are the controls hard to handle (more on that later), but simple tasks like reloading or taking cover involve Move controller movements that either don't make sense or if pulled off incorrectly, leave you being fired upon. In the end, it's just not much fun, and better left untouched.
The game's Time Crisis 4 entry pulls the Arcade Version out all by itself and allows you to go through the most recent standard Time Crisis story, as opposed to the spin-off story that is Razing Storm. I found this port, or really transfer from the last Time Crisis release, to be pretty solid and enjoyable. The need for precision in that game feels right, and whether you are using the PlayStation Move or the GunCon 3, you can get the job done.
Deadstorm Pirates doesn't really offer anything new to the on-rails shooter genre. The two characters take up their golden guns and shoot at any ghastly ghostlies that fly across your screen. As you move from location to location, you will get the chance to open chests to reveal a variety of prizes and power ups.