Time Crisis: Project Titan (タイムクライシス プロジェクトタイタン Taimu Kuraishisu Purojekuto Taitan ) is a side-story installment to the first Time Crisis, released exclusively for the PlayStation console.
Time Crisis: Project Titan features the same gameplay as the first installment. Players press the reload button on the gun to step out of cover and begin firing. Releasing the reload button puts the players into cover and reloads the gun.
For easier recognition, crisis shots (enemy bullets that will damage the player) are now and slightly bigger than in the original Time Crisis. Subsequently, Time Crisis II and succeeding games have red bullets with a flash on them to indicate crisis shots.
Project Titan introduces a new gameplay mechanic in which the player can move to multiple fixed locations by shooting yellow arrows while taking cover. Like the WAIT sequences, the player will not be hit by enemy attacks while moving from one location to another. This mechanic would be refined in two future games: Time Crisis 4, whereupon the player can merely point the gun off-screen to move left or right; and Time Crisis 5, which uses two foot petals to allow the player to take cover and attack from different angles.
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|カルバ共和国大統領、ザビエル･セラノが暗殺された！そして、VSSEのエージェント、リチャードに容疑がかけられた。VSSEはカルバ政府へ彼の身柄を引渡すまでに、48時間だけ猶予を与えた。暗殺の背後に潛む真実を暴くべく、リチャードの命がけの行動が始まる たった一人の戦いは刻一刻と時間が過ぎていく！||The President of Caruba, Xavier Serrano, has been assassinated. Richard Miller, V.S.S.E.'s top agent, has been implicated in the crime! V.S.S.E. can protect Richard Miller for only 48 hours before they turn him over to the government of Caruba. With his life on the line, Miller must act quickly to determine the truth behind the assassination! Time is running out for the "One Man Army"!||Opening narration|
It's 2001. V.S.S.E.'s best agent Richard Miller has been framed for the assassination of Xavier Serrano, the president of Caruba. A videotape with evidence shows someone which looks like Richard with a sniper rifle on a nearby roof. Richard's bosses think he's been set up and they've given him 48 hours to find the real killer. If he doesn't, then they'll send him to the authorities. The Caruban law enforcement and feds already want Richard.
Miller's only hope left is to get hold of Marisa Soleil, codenamed "Abacus." She had contacted V.S.S.E. claiming she knows the assassin of Serrano. V.S.S.E. intelligence sources say she is being held captive on a yacht which belongs to Kantaris, the female arms smuggler. Richard must rescue Marisa first to clear his name. The yacht has already set sail into the Sea of Caruba...
Richard must rescue Marisa, uncover and stop "Project Titan"- an evil master plan which is a creation of mass destruction and a new level of terrorism, and reveal the true identity of the president's assassin.
Not only that, Wild Dog and his terrorist troops are also involved. Wild Dog isn't willing to retreat without a fight and this time he'll even prepare to double-cross his allies to prevent Miller from discovering the truth behind his plan.
Once again, the "One Man Army" finds himself in another 'Time Crisis'!
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|リチャード、なぜ君がこんな事態に陷ったのか、我々は関知しない。ただ、我々は君がワナにかけられただけだと確信している。これは我々が持つ唯一の手掛かりだ 我々はアバカスという名の謎の人物から衛星通信を受け取った。アバカスは君の汚名を晴らす証拠を握っていると言っている。我々の偵察衛星は衛星通信の発信源を追跡した。シグナルはこの船から来ている。しかも、この船は、あのカンタリスグループのものらしい。これが船の座標だ。残念だが我々はこれ以上の手助けはできない。君は何としても暗殺の真犯人を見つけ、汚名を晴らすんだ。君が無罪を証明出來なければ、我々は君をカルバ政府に引き渡さざるを得ない。リチャード、君に与えられた時間は４８時間だ！健闘を祈る！||Richard, we don't know how you got yourself into this mess, but we think you've been set up. This is the only lead we have. We received a satellite transmission from an informant named "Abacus". Abacus claims to have proof that will clear your name. Our recon satellite tracked the source of the transmission and the signal is coming from this ship. We have suspicions it belongs to the organization "Kantaris". Here are the coordinates of the ship. Unfortunately, we cannot provide any further assistance. You must find out the identity of the real killer and clear your name! Without proof of your innocence, we'll have no choice but to turn you over to the Caruban government! Richard, you'll have 48 hours. Good luck!||Head of V.S.S.E.'s voice mail to Richard Miller|
V.S.S.E. agent Richard Miller is framed for the assassination of Caruban president Xavier Serrano. V.S.E.E. has 48 hours to protect Miller before turning him in to Caruban authorities, and can only provide the location coordinates to a possible lead to clear his name: V.S.S.E. agent Marisa "Abacus" Soleil. She is located on a yacht owned by the Kantaris Organization, a criminal group.
Kantaris, the leader of the group, discovers Marisa's identity and has her interrogated by her security chief Zeus Bertrand. Miller infiltrates the yacht, killing Zeus and an assassin posing as a chef. After rescuing Marisa, Miller learns that Caruban kingpin Ricardo Blanco was who framed him. Miller and Marisa flee separate ways before Kantaris destroys the yacht with explosives.
Miller takes a flight to Caruba International Airport, fighting Blanco's men and escaping via a taxi cab. The driver escorts Miller to Blanco's mansion where a violent gunfight between Blanco and Miller takes place. Seeking answers, Miller disables Blanco, but before Miller starts interrogating him, Wild Dog -- who has survived his previous encounter with Miller, having replaced his missing arm with a gatling gun -- kills Blanco. A dying Blanco tells Miller that Wild Dog's headquarters is an abandoned nuclear research station on Rio Oro island.
Infiltrating Rio Oro and surpassing Wild Dog's elaborate traps, Richard discovers that President Serrano is alive, having been kept by Wild Dog as a bargaining chip after his death was faked. Serrano explains that Wild Dog and Kantaris plan to mine Caruba's rich titanium resources so that they can build mechanized battlesuits, under the name "Project Titan". Before escaping, Serrano gives Miller the project blueprints.
Miller acquires a speedboat and travels to the excavation site.Engaging the surviving mercenaries in the ruins, Miller is eventually confronted by Wild Dog, who leaves two Titans codenamed Deimos and Neimos to kill him. After destroying them, Miller battles Wild Dog and damage's his gun arm. A defiant Wild Dog activates the majority of his Titan army before escaping via helicopter. A few well-aimed shots from Miller disable the chopper, causing it to crash into the assembled Titans and destroy them.
His name finally cleared, Miller declines an award from President Serrano in favor of tracking down Kantaris. He is last seen driving down a lone road as the sun sets in the background.
Time Crisis: Project Titan was developed by Flying Tiger Entertainment, a third-party company in the United States, and was published by Namco as a PlayStation-only title (unlike other Time Crisis games that were released for the arcade first). The game took two years to develop. According to IGN, Namco opted to create a new game instead of porting over Time Crisis II since the specifications of the arcade version and the PlayStation system were so different.
Project Titan currently has an aggregate rating of 69% at Game Rankings. A major complaint about the game was the poor graphics. Ryan Davis said that the visuals were "badly outdated" and the animation "downright bad." Doug Perry simply said that it looked "old, dated, and bad" and that it didn't look any better than original Time Crisis PlayStation port.
In Japan, Famitsu magazine scored the game a 30 out of 40.