If Michael Jackson has so many secret hits in his vault, why did his first posthumous album of new material, "Michael," only contain 10 tracks? Well, it's a ploy to stretch his catalog of unreleased songs across as many albums as possible, of course -- some say as many as 10. This approach makes sense, given MJ's enormous fan base, but it's perplexing when applied to light-gun rail shooters. Home versions of light-gun games, like the Wii's recent "Gunblade NY and LA Machineguns Arcade Hits Pack," tap into our nostalgia for shooting at a giant screen with a plastic pistol, but are incredibly stingy with what they offer. Some arcade games are better suited to playing at home than others, and even in the case of "Time Crisis," a standout series in the genre, 50 bucks should buy more than a couple hours' worth of entertainment. Where's "Time Crisis: The Complete Collection"? It's not like it wouldn't fit on a Blu-ray.
Instead, 50 bucks gets us a three-in-one pack, which would last a long time if this were, say, a Mario collection.
"Time Crisis: Razing Storm" contains "Time Crisis 4," which to its credit accentuates the series' trademark positives. What sets "Time Crisis" apart is that instead of shooting at a static screen of enemies, you can press a button to take cover or pop out, adding a nice layer of timing and strategy to your standard shootout. Also included is "Razing Storm," an annoying spin-off that sports ultradestructible environments -- always a plus -- but first-person-shooter trappings that dilute what makes "Time Crisis" special. Last but not least, we have "Deadstorm Pirates," one of those unlimited-bullets sprees that's fun while it lasts but doesn't last very long.
|» System: PS3|
|» Price: $49.99|
|» Rating: 2 out of 5 stars|
At, say, $20, "Time Crisis: Razing Storm" would be a great excuse to use your PlayStation Move controller as a pistol. But until you find this in the bargain bin, it's worth holding out for a more robust collection.