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Developer

Pacman-icon Namco

Publisher

Namco Bandai Games Logo

Platform

Arcade, PS3Logo

Director(s)

Norihiro Nishimura
Rio Hamamoto (Sound director)

Producer(s)

Hajime Nakatani
Hirofumi Kami

Razing Storm (レイジングストーム, Reijingu Sutōmu) is a light gun rail shooter arcade game developed and published by Namco Bandai Games for the System 357 board. It is the second spin-off of the Time Crisis series published by Namco after Crisis Zone.

Razing Storm was released for the PlayStation 3 as Time Crisis: Razing Storm in North America, and as Big 3 Gun Shooting in Japan) in October 2010, and features support for the PlayStation Move controller and Namco Guncon 3 controller.

Gameplay Edit

Razing Storm is similar to many of its Time Crisis Rail-Shooter counterparts, namely Crisis Zone, using the signature Foot-Pedal cover system, but providing the player with a Machine Gun as the default weapon and a handheld ballistic shield. Pressing down on the pedal allows the player to put down the shield and attack, but leaves them open to enemy fire. Releasing the pedal allows the player to take cover behind the shield, reloading their weapon and rendering the player impervious to all types of damage, but leaves them unable to attack. The game also has a time limit on each section. This forces the player to attack and take risks rather than hide behind their shield, or they will face damage from the timer running out.

Players have a limited number of life marks (a default setting of three) and one mark is taken away for every hit of damage they take and whenever the timer runs out. A one-half mark is taken away for accidentally shooting a civilian (marked by a yellow rectangle) in certain situations, but several one-half marks can be earned (even above the default amount) by covering allied squad members in other situations. When the life marks drop to zero or below, the game is over. Different from the Time Crisis games, clear warnings are given when an enemy has locked-on and is about to attack, usually in the form of a shrinking crosshair mark around an enemy's gun, or a yellow triangle around flying projectiles. As the player keeps progressing without taking damage, the warning time shrinks and projectiles travel faster, forcing the player to defend much more quickly and efficiently to avoid damage while moving forward, much like the Virtua Cop series.

Unlike most of its Time Crisis counterparts, Razing Storm puts a unique emphasis on the player's score and performance, with frequent checkpoints, score reports, and commentary for hit chains to let the player know how he's doing, and how he compares to other players before him. As the player scores continuous hits on enemies in short periods of time, his hit counter increases, giving score bonuses and compliments from other characters at certain milestones (Scoring a 30, 60, 100 hit chain, etc.). The hit counter/chain is also added to and extended by destroying the surrounding environment, such as shooting out windows, railings, fruit stands, and concrete barriers. Large score bonuses are also given for quick completion of areas, as a time bonus, and for destroying environmental hazards that harm enemies. This scoring system gives players incentive to attack and shoot continuously and accurately, taking risks for a high score, rather than playing defensively to simply complete the game. The feature of large score bonuses given for quick completion of areas is later used in Time Crisis 5.

Razing Storm also presented new features known as Dog Tags which the player must destroy the environments in order to get dog tags from stage 1 to 3 to strengthen the bridge's durability in the Emergency Mission in stage 3. The more dog tags acquired (up to a maximum of 10), the more durable the bridge will be and less chance of failing the mission.

Razing Storm has 4 stages of gameplay [1], in which playing all four stages is contingent on how well the player performed. Players encounter militias, rogue troopers, and mechanized enemies throughout. Players are also given different weapons based on the situation the player is in (machine gun, cluster shot, rocket launcher and sniper rifle).

Originally an arcade game, Razing Storm was released as a part of Time Crisis: Razing Storm for the PlayStation 3. In this PS3 port, a First-Person Shooting Story Mode (similar to Time Crisis 4's Full Mission) covers cliffhangers and plot holes purposely omitted from the arcade version.

Plot Edit

Razing Storm's story takes place in the year 2030, with the players - referred to as Alpha One and Alpha Two in-game - in a massively destructible environment to fight futuristic terrorists and renegade soldiers in a South American country (presumably Brazil) under a bloody revolution as part of a special forces unit called S.C.A.R. (Strategic Combat and Rescue), sent to capture the leader of the rebels; Paulo Guerra, who masterminded an attack on the United States. Guerra's schemes are shrouded in mystery, as much of his doings are unrevealed the PlayStation 3 version of the game, which also wraps up the cliffhanger from the Arcade release.

Gallery Edit

Razing Storm

Notes Edit

  1. Stage 4 is only available if the player survives the emergency mission in stage 3. Failing to do so will result in the game ending in stage 3

External Links Edit

Games Time Crisis  · Time Crisis 2  · Time Crisis 3  · Time Crisis 4  · Time Crisis 5  · Time Crisis: Project Titan  · Crisis Zone  · Razing Storm  · Time Crisis: Razing Storm  · Time Crisis Strike  · Time Crisis 2nd Strike
Soundtracks Time Crisis 3D Sound Ensemble  · Time Crisis Arcade Soundtrack
Characters
Protagonists Alan Dunaway  · Alicia Winston  · Claude McGarren  · Evan Bernard  · Giorgio Bruno  · Keith Martin  · Luke O'Neil  · Marc Godart  · Richard Miller  · Robert Baxter  · Wesley Lambert  · William Rush
Supporting Characters Casey  · Catherine Ricci  · Christy Ryan  · Commander Kessler  · Daniel Winston  · Elizabeth Conway  · Marisa Soleil  · Melissa Kessler  · Rachel MacPherson  · Sarah Martin  · VSSE Trainees  · Xavier Serrano
Antagonists Buff Bryant  · Derrick Lynch  · Edge  · Ernesto Diaz  · Frank Mathers  · Giorgio Zott  · Gregory Barrows  · Jack Mathers  · Jake Hernandez  · Jakov Kinisky  · Jared Hunter  · Kantaris  · Marcus Black  · Moz  · Paulo Guerra  · Randy Garrett  · Ricardo Blanco  · Robert Baxter  · Sherudo Garo  · Tiger  · Victor Zahn  · Web Spinner  · Wild Dog  · Wild Fang  · W.O.L.F. Leader  · Zeus Bertrand
Enemies Civilian Militia  · Clawmen  · Drugged Soldier  · Elite Soldier  · Frogman  · Renegade Soldier
Miscellaneous
Organizations Hamlin Battalion  · Kantaris Organization  · Lukano Liberation Army  · Neodyne Industries  · SCAR  · URDA  · VSSE  · Wild Dog Organization  · Zagorias Federation Army
Locations
Astigos Island  · Caruba  · Chateau de Luc  · Garland Square  · Lukano  · Sercian Republic
Weaponry
HACS  · Kraken  · Piston Pod  · Quadruped Armored Vehicle  · Raptor  · Seekers  · SOCOM Mark 23 Pistol  · Spider Boss  · Terror Bites  · XA-60-Ex

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