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 PLATFORM: PLAYSTATION 2
DUCK, DUCK, SHOOT!

un games are hit or miss affairs, but Namco is pretty consistent with good titles and peripherals. Time Crisis 2 carries on this lineage, and brings forth the best console gun title yet.

The thing separating Time Crisis from all other point and shoot games is the duck element. No, you don't launch waterfowl at your enemies – you hide behind obstacles to reload and escape fire. The Guncon 2's action button is at the bottom of the gun's butt, where you'd find a real gun's clip. It's very handy placement, and serves your marksmanship well.

Fortunately, this PS2 port of the arcade game looks infinitely better than its old quarter-chomping brother. The graphics have been totally redone, adding both detail and higher resolution. While not a whole lot better than Virtua Cop 2 on Dreamcast, they won't make you want to shoot your eye out.

The minigames here aren't much, consisting of target practice and skeet shooting. The arcade mode has plenty to do, though, including speedboating and train riding. The thrills don't last long, but they still place Time Crisis 2 at the top of the console gun game food chain, especially with the Guncon 2.   -JUSTIN

KATO   7.5
Aren't guns supposed to cover for male inadequacies elsewhere? So how come PS2 gun games have a problem with length?! I loved the training exercises, but as soon as the juices were flowing, it was all over. TC 2's close enemies and 360° action distinguish it from both Silent Scopes, even if being a short port doesn't.

8.25
CONCEPT:
PS2 and Guncon 2 take shooters to the next level
GRAPHICS:
Lots of new flair and higher resolution help things immensely
SOUND:
It goes rat-tat-tat-tat
PLAYABILITY:
The new Guncon is pure firearm bliss, and who doesn't love double-gunning in one-player?
ENTERTAINMENT:
Interesting gameplay elements and unlocking secrets make for a gun-firing blast
REPLAY:
Moderately High
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