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.