Vanessa looks hot in her robo-lingerie
Vanessa's Toe Tapping:
Rhythm or nervous tic?
By Ethan Einhorn
Score:5 (out of 10)
At least P.N.03 gets off to a strong start: Vanessa looks great and moves with elegant grace. So during the first 20 minutes of play, you'd be forgiven for thinking this review is way off base. But just wait: That excitement wears thin when you realize you're fighting the same enemies and running down the same corridors over and over. There's not even a real story to cling to, so players are left with little more than a few hours of tedious button mashing.
By Mark MacDonald
Score:5 (out of 10)
P.N.03 is the perfect name for Capcom's new shooterit's as awkward and underwhelming as the game it represents. The simple shoot-and-dodge gameplay, minimal story, and points-based power-up system all seem geared toward fast arcade action, but a frustratingly stiff control scheme constantly pulls on the emergency brake. Not being able to strafe or shoot while moving limits the fun you can have racking up high-scoring combos and buying (or upgrading) Vanessa's different power suits. And there's just no excuse for the boring robot enemies and sparse, flat environments.
By Paul Byrnes
Score:4 (out of 10)
P.N.03's Vanessa Z. Schneider strikes poses, struts her sexy stuff, and stands stock still as she stylishly shoots robots. She racks up big points with combo kills, then exchanges points for upgrades and new form-fitting battle suits. It's a fun system, but the combo timer frequently runs out while you desperately try to cover the vast empty spaces between foes.
Don't expect plot or puzzles from P.N.03. It has neither. Aside from her cosmetic assets, Vanessa has more in common with the Vic Viper (the ship from classic blaster Gradius) than with Lara Croft. But if this is just a shooter, it needs more varied targets and more ways to blast 'em. As it stands, a half-dozen enemies and a handful of bosses are recycled again and again, and Ms. Schneider's ballyhooed battle suits are more alike than different (color notwithstanding). In the end, one truly badass character design is all P.N.03 has to offer. Gamers deserve more for their 50 bucks.