Time Crisis

  • Developer: NAMCO
  • Genre: Shooter
  • Originally on: Arcade (1996)
  • Works on: PC, Windows
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  • User Rating: 8.3/10 - 6 votes
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Game Overview

Look familiar? There have been a lot of shooter games including Sega's Virtua Cop series. It is standard fare, but again, Namco tries to go Sega one better by building in an "Action Pedal." Instead of just standing there out in the open while you reload your gun, if you release the pedal, some type of cover (walls, box, pole, etc.) pops up and you get to hide behind it. The gun also recoils which adds even more realism.

PUBLISHER - Namco Japan

THEME - Shooting


Let me start by stating that the original Time Crisis holds up incredibly well. Sure, from screenshots, you may think that the game looks horrible. However, as a light gun shooter, this original Time Crisis not only holds up well. It started a franchise that is actually still relevant to this day.

Miller, Richard Miller

Look Time Crisis originally came out in the arcade in 1995 and was released on the PlayStation in 1997 and the story is certainly a product of its time. You play as a secret agent and all-around badass, Richard Millar. You have been called in to save a girl called Rachel who has been kidnapped by the last living relative of an evil king who wants military secrets! Yes, the story is weird, does not make much sense, but this is a light gun shooter so it is hard to be too critical of it.

Better Than Arcade Perfect

It is the gameplay that makes Time Crisis so much fun. The “gimmick” of Time Crisis is that instead of shooting off the screen to reload like in all other light gun shooters. You have to duck behind cover in order to reload. This adds an extra element of strategy to the game as it gives you a chance to get out of dodge and there are certain sections of the game where you need to do this.

The game has the full arcade mode and I would dare say it is actually better here. You have a set amount of time to clear out an area and once you do you move onto the next one. Each section has a few different stages and then a boss battle. The difficulty curve is pretty severe and I would bet this puts some people off as this is not an easy game. If you fail to kill all of the enemies in the allotted time, you lose and have to try again!

More Bang For Your Buck

The home version of Time Crisis also offered more bang for your buck in the form of extra game modes. The main one that I want to talk about is Special Mode. This is like a new story mode and it is even better than the arcade mode. You now have branching paths on depending on what you do will take you on a certain path. This, of course, makes for great replay value, but it also means that if you fail it may not necessarily mean a game over, you might just take a different path.

Smooth Criminal

Look, Time Crisis looks like a game that was made in 1995! Some of the graphics lack details, but for the time this was the best-looking light gun shooter around. Full 3D environments made for a more “real” kind of experience. While the graphics are not the best, the animations are very well done. For example, if you shoot someone in the leg, they hop around if you shoot them in the head, they kind of flop back.

The sound in the game is what you would expect from a game released in 1995. The voice acting is horrible but in a kind of funny way. The sounds of the guns though are really cool and the soundtrack is not too bad either.

I actually still really like the first Time Crisis game. They got everything right with this one. It has a better than arcade-perfect port and then there is the special mode which is even better. It may not be an easy game, but once you get the hang of it, you will see why it started a franchise that is still going to this day.



  • It is better than the arcade
  • The Special Mode is awesome
  • I liked the branching paths
  • The shooting feels great
  • The gameplay is a ton of fun


  • The graphics have not aged all that well
  • The voice acting is horrific

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System Requirements

Processor: PC compatible, SystemP-200

OS: Win9xWindows 9x, Windows 2000 WinXPWindows XP, Vista, Win 7, Win 8, Win 10.

Game Features:Time Crisis supports single modeSingle game mode Time Crisis supports multiplayer modeMultiplayer (Hotseat)

Time Crisis Screenshots

Arcade Screenshots

Time Crisis 1
Time Crisis 2
Time Crisis 3

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