Time Crisis 4 PlayStation 3


Mixed or average reviews - based on 52 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 52
  2. Negative: 9 out of 52
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  1. AceGamez
    With tons of content and a charm that is missing from many of today's more cynical releases, it's hard to judge Time Crisis 4 too harshly. Its attempts at reinventing the genre may be a bit hit-and-miss, and graphically it could have used a PS3 makeover, but there's enough here to keep the majority of gamers happy.
  2. If you were hoping for the return of Time Crisis to herald some kind of rebirth for on-rails shooters, then you'll be sorely disappointed. The arcade mode is dumb fun for a short while, but is little more than a tired throwback, while the addition of FPS missions will be barely tolerable to even the most forgiving shooter.
  3. But with its new fangled attempt at first-person shootage - accompanied with awful zooming, crouching and strafing - makes TC4 a technical failure in addition to being exquisitely ugly.
  4. If the design errors can be overlooked, Time Crisis 4 is what you expect: a fast, intense light gun shooter with decent graphics and the ability to make one's arm sore for days after.
  5. 68
    The accuracy of the shooting is a little off – even though the 5-point calibration aims to fix this. The gun is only suited to righties or the ambidextrous, too.
  6. Time Crisis is the undisputed champion of arcade rail shooters. Considering how irrelevant the genre has become, that’s not exactly glowing praise.
  7. A bland first-person shooter mode does little to freshen up the stale taste of this aging light-gun series.
  8. The game as a whole deserves more. Time Crisis 4 is surprisingly...well, bad. And it pains me to call a Time Crisis game "bad", because I simply don't know them to ever be anything other than great fun.
  9. 50
    Time Crisis 4 feels like a 10 year old game, the franchise needs to advance and Time Crisis 4 is easily the worst title yet in the series.
  10. 70
    While Time Crisis 4 has its fair share of graphical, gameplay and control faults, its fast, fun on-rails shooter action will appeal to anyone looking for a break from controller-based shooters. Just don't expect anything spectacular.
  11. The intensity of the arcade game stays intact, whether shooting a slew of disease-carrying bugs or taking on a mad man across multiple screens.
  12. When you first play Time Crisis 4, you get the feeling it's basically all the same. It's not until further in the game that you get a nice new gaming experience. The game is a succesfull conversion to the console, but the arcade style hasn't changed since the first game of the series. Also the high price of the game might be a reason for many players not to buy Time Crisis 4.
  13. If you’re into arcade TC4, you’ll really dig this.
  14. Time Crisis 4 is a great conversion from the arcade original to the console platforms, with minor additions to appease the new crowd. There are a lot of hours of play in this package and as long as you’re not expecting anything other than a classic Time Crisis experience you’ll find a healthy dose of intense action in this title.
  15. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    A game that forgets its key strengths, builds on its weaknesses and throws in a novelty first-person mode that you'll play for ten minutes. [Feb 2008, p.88]
  16. Edge Magazine
    While the arcade version of the game (included here in its entirety) is not without serious flaws, this interpretation exacerbates those that exist and throws in significant new ones. [Jan 2008, p.87]
  17. games(TM)
    You will finish the game having experienced sporadic moments of fun, but your money would be far better spent elsewhere. [June 2008, p.114]
  18. If you're a fan of the series this is a must-have, but it's enough of a niche genre that you probably already know if you want it. I can't imagine many people on the fence on this one.
  19. Play UK
    A better FPS mode, gun and conversion would make a huge difference! [Issue#166, p.94]
  20. Play Magazine
    One of my biggest beefs is with the presentation, which is too static and satisfied to be just barely good enough on the PS3 hardware. [Jan 2008, p.59]
  21. I’d actually have to agree these criticisms I just don’t think it detracts from the overall arcade-like vibe that I want from a game like Time Crisis 4.
  22. If you really love Time Crisis 4 or light gun games and have some money to burn then Time Crisis 4 is right up your alley. If you don't fall into those two categories then you should spend your money someplace else.
  23. There are other simple shooters out there that cost much less and are far more rewarding.
  24. We can only really recommend this to long-term fans who will be contented solely with the Arcade mode.
  25. If you love the Time Crisis games, you'll likely love Time Crisis 4. If you were never a fan of the series or never really played one before, save your money. It's more of the same, and more hit-or-miss than ever.
  26. Pelit (Finland)
    Time Crisis 4 has no balls. Shooting hordes of faceless soldiers is boring. So are the story and stages. Light gun shooter is a problematic genre for home release. However there are far better ways to execute it than this. The alternative FPS game mode deserves special recognition. It's that bad! [May 2008]
  27. Maxi Consolas (Portugal)
    The last specimen of a dying genre, Time Crisis 4 tries to revive itself with a new FPS mode. Unfortunately, the outcome is very poor, and a set of technical problems obliterate all the fun obtained with the classic shooter mode. And only that guilty pleasure prevents an even lower score. [June 2008]
  28. 55
    This game will be a great rental title to experience a light-gun game on the PS3 and for true hardcore Time Crisis fans who will probably enjoy the challenge.
  29. Games Master UK
    Time Crisis has always looked out of place on consoles and this just doesn't work. [Feb 2008, p.76]
  30. We're still waiting for a truly significant light-gun shooter for the PS3, and not another half-baked translation from the arcades.
  31. A "light gun" title that rates on the high side of the genre. Unfortunately the genre is fairly rubbish, so this isn't a huge achievement. When will game developers drop this tired concept?
  32. 70
    The greatest illusion accomplished by Time Crisis 4, aside from making the player feel masculine while controlling two of the most flamboyant leads in shooter history, is the transformation of your PlayStation 3 into a full-blown arcade machine.
  33. But the real question is does the game itself warrant the purchase, and bluntly I don’t think it does. Arcade games are short, very short – and while that’s not a reason to ignore a game in the case of a one trick pony like Time Crisis 4 it is a reason to ignore it.
  34. Overall Time Crisis 4 is a fun shooting game but it’s pretty tough to recommend at a $90 price point, especially since a 2nd player on the same console would require a second gun that you can’t purchase at this time. The mission mode is a nice addition, but a multiplayer online mode would have been more welcomed.
  35. An enjoyable, if not dated experience. Is it worth 90 bucks? Not unless you are just an insane light gun fan.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 21 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. Mar 10, 2015
    The two player split screen is a joke in this game. No. Disappointment does not summarize the let down.

    Let's use 1/3 of the total screen
    The two player split screen is a joke in this game. No. Disappointment does not summarize the let down.

    Let's use 1/3 of the total screen for two total please. Thumbs down.
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  2. WillB.
    Dec 4, 2007
    Very average, arcade mode is fun but will last about an hour. Mission mode is done in first person and is simply a bit poor Mini games again Very average, arcade mode is fun but will last about an hour. Mission mode is done in first person and is simply a bit poor Mini games again good All in all an Ok lightgun shooter, but it doesn't play better than something like house of the dead 2, and if i'm brutally honest the graphics arent much better than house of the dead 2 (but there is lots more going on). Full Review »
  3. RoR
    Jan 25, 2009
    I love this game, shooting terrorists out by International Airport, California is a very satisfying experience. The mini games are a lot ofI love this game, shooting terrorists out by International Airport, California is a very satisfying experience. The mini games are a lot of fun to play with other people, and the first person is really cool and different. The Guncon3 also works pretty well, the calibration system works on my 65" tv even though its not supposed to work on tvs abovve 55". Full Review »