• Publisher: Namco
  • Release Date: Oct 21, 2003

Generally favorable reviews - based on 29 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 29
  2. Negative: 0 out of 29
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  1. 100
    The first-rate gunnin’ action takes precedence over everything else in the game. This is one crisis that all pistol enthusiasts should make time for.
  2. TotalGames.net
    To put them in order we'd say that TC3 is better than TC2 but both of them still hover behind Titan. This is an excellent lightgun game that just misses being truly great and goes on to kill an innocent bystander.
  3. If you even remotely liked the first two, then this title, which only adds more quality to the series, is a must have. The Time Crisis series upholds its throne as the light-gun shooter king, though anyone who is looking for more in a game will not find it all here.
  4. TC3 will do what many other light gun games cannot. Convert fans to the genre. I'm a living example.
  5. PSM Magazine
    The core game is short, but very, very sweet and packed with replay value, even after you have unlocked all of the hidden goodies. [Dec 2003, p.72]
  6. 90
    With a number of new gameplay innovations, a low learning curve and high replay value, Time Crisis 3 is pretty much guaranteed to satisfy even the most jaded lightgun gamer out there.
  7. The real bonus, though? You can open an entirely new game! Not just a few bonus levels, mind you - these are 14 stages you didn't play in the arcades. [Nov 2003, p.142]
  8. Bright, colorful visuals relay a fast-paced shootout across several stages of intense first-person gameplay.
  9. Linear, linear, linear - but action, action, action.
  10. 85
    Arguably the greatest light-gun game ever created, and the PlayStation 2 version is the best conversion imaginable. It plays beautifully with the GunCon 2, which is thoughtfully packed in for a reasonable price.
  11. Just as fun at home as it is in the arcades. The "arcade experience" has been faithfully recreated, with every polygon in place and the challenge level intact, and the diehard shooters have already bought a copy.
  12. If you’re a fan of the genre than this is a definite keeper.
  13. 84
    As shooting games go, Time Crisis 3 is a stellar example of what can be done. Unfortunately, as a shooting game, its replayability is inherently limited. It will be a lot of fun for a few hours, but will quickly grow old.
  14. Play Magazine
    Some powerful new weapons have been added in TC3, along with some additional side quests and detail tweaks to the gameplay, but this is still the same Time Crisis you know and love. [Dec 2003, p.84]
  15. One of the best light-gun shooters you’ll find on a console. The gameplay is addictive, the GunCon2 controls are unmatched, and the overall feel of the game is just right.
  16. The lack of a foot pedal or a gun with recoil is probably the only things that make the arcade version better than the home version, since the rest of the game as a whole seems to have made the transition 100% intact.
  17. It’s not the prettiest game on the PS2 and it’s over almost as soon as you start. It has a nice two-player cooperative mode and plenty of single-player bonus games that give it some added life.
  18. 80
    Sadly, the two player mode takes a really hard hit in the end, as the split screen view offers up a very difficult view of the action; but if you have an iLink cable and an extra TV and PS2, the game can be a lot of fun.
  19. 80
    Delivers only so much replay value. But unlockable game modes and novel bonuses minimize such limitations. While far from perfect, Time Crisis 3 has been a long time coming, and brother, take it from us, this sucker's been worth the wait.
  20. If you fancy some utterly ridiculous, relentless twitch gaming action, full of drama, evil henchmen and a posse of minions to pump full of lead, then Time Crisis 3 stands as an essential purchase.
  21. The enhanced visual eye-candy (prettier explosions you won’t find on another light gun game, PS2 or otherwise) and solid frame-rate more than compensate for the now-grating voices and repetitive music that share speaker space with some pretty cool shotgun blasts.
  22. It's a little short on replay value, but that's to be expected from a gun game.
  23. If you've never liked light-gun games, it won't change your mind. But, if you've grown tired of the genre, Time Crisis 3 might just bring you back in.
  24. I like the game's added depth, but I expected a little more creativity. [Dec 2003, p.149]
  25. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    The new on-the-fly weapon-selection system helps me overlook TC3's inherent brevity and outdated graphics. [Nov 2003, p.187]
  26. GMR Magazine
    The most welcome addition to the series are the highly interactive backgrounds of Namco's arcade classic "Crisis Zone." [Nov 2003, p.84]
  27. netjak
    This shooter's probably the best out there for the PS2, and the best ever on a console with the exception of "Elemental Gearbolt." The driving mission where you blow up the Jeeps is probably my favorite sequence ever in a light gun game.
  28. Edge Magazine
    Another decent GunCon arcade experience from Namco, which shoots all of the (now very familiar) lightgun game boxes. Fun for a while, certainly, but there are no surprises. [Dec 2003, p.107]
  29. Cheat Code Central
    I've scored it low in the Overall category simply because it's a relatively short game and some of the cutscenes aren't all that great. Not to mention that the premise is anything but innovative.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 20 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 20
  2. Negative: 1 out of 20
  1. AnsonG.
    Jul 3, 2006
    Wonderful, wonderful. The best guncon shooter of Namco.
  2. Aug 10, 2019
    Esta bastante bien pero la variedad en el modo multijugador prácticamente no existe y el modo desafió es una locura sin la pistola.
  3. Jun 8, 2017
    The best game of the series in my opinion. It collected and multiplied in 2 times all the best of the previous games of the series, evenThe best game of the series in my opinion. It collected and multiplied in 2 times all the best of the previous games of the series, even released in 2015, 5 part can not be compared with this. One minus is a split screen, honestly it's terrible Full Review »