Time Crisis II (タイムクライシス2 Taimu Kuraishisu 2 ) is a light gun arcade game and the second installment in the series, introducing co-operative multiplayer to the franchise. It was first released in arcades in April 1998, with an enhanced port released on the PlayStation 2 in October 2001, bundled with the GunCon 2 controller.
Time Crisis II was released utilizing Namco's System 23 arcade board in 1998, and was ported to PlayStation 2 (with enhanced graphics and polygon textures) in 2001. The game utilizes the foot pedal system, just like its predecessor, where players can shoot or hide from enemy fire. When players press down on the pedal, they come out of hiding, allowing them to shoot the enemies. Releasing the pedal puts players behind cover, allowing them to avoid critical bullets and reload their weapon, though they are unable to shoot whilst hiding.
One modification to the hide and attack system was the "crisis flash" system which alerts the players whether or not the enemy's attack would cause a direct hit, a feature not present in its predecessor, Time Crisis. Certain sections of the game give players a machine gun with unlimited ammo.
If players are hit by a critical bullet or an obstacle, they lose a life, and the game stops when the player loses all their lives. Players also lose a life if the timer (at a maximum of 40 seconds per sequence), which is replenished after each sequence is cleared (or if players are hit), reaches zero (unlike the first game where running out of time resulted in a game over). Players can continue from the point their current position, as opposed to the PlayStation version of Time Crisis, which required players to restart from the beginning of a sequence.
This was the first Time Crisis game to introduce two-player cooperation by allowing two people to play simultaneously, allowing each player to cover the other (in single player, the computer controls the other character). The arcade version used connecting cabinets, allowing players to allow another player to join them, or to exclusively play alone. The PlayStation 2 version features split-screen or System Link functionality, which requires two televisions, console and copies of the game and an i-Link cable to use. 1,000 points is deducted per shot for shooting the other player, though neither player will lose lives as a result. The same system is utilized once again in Time Crisis 3 and Time Crisis 4 (increased to 5,000 points being deducted per shot for the latter game).
Continuous Hit Bonus
Since the game ranks the player based on score instead of time, the scoring is as follows:
– Any foot soldier when shot in the head is worth 800 points for first shot and progression for subsequent chase shots on similar areas are as follows: 100, 180, 260, 340, 420, 500, 580 and 660. Any shots after the eighth chase shot is worth 1,000 points. Consecutive kills on other foot soldiers for second to eighth shots are worth 880, 960, 1040, 1120, 1200, 1280 and 1360 points. Any kills after the eighth shot is worth 2,000 points.
– Any foot soldier when shot in the torso is worth 400 points for first shot and progression for subsequent chase shots on similar areas are as follows: 100, 140, 180, 240, 280, 320, 360 and 400. Any shots after the eighth chase shot is worth 500 points. Consecutive kills on other foot soldiers for second to eighth shots are worth 440, 480, 520, 560, 600, 640 and 680 points. Any kills after the eighth shot is worth 1,000 points.
– Any foot soldier when shot in the limbs is worth 200 points for first shot and progression for subsequent chase shots on similar areas are as follows: 100, 120, 140, 160, 180, 200, 220 and 240. Any shots after the eighth chase shot is worth 300 points. Consecutive kills on other foot soldiers for second to eighth shots are worth 220, 240, 260, 280, 300, 320 and 340 points. Any kills after the eighth shot is worth 500 points.
Each head shot kills a foot soldier in 40/60 seconds, each torso shot in 90/60 seconds and each limb shot in 110/60 seconds. In addition, each shot and wounded foot soldier can be shot two more times. However, the amount of time the player has for each shot (chase, kill or object destruction) to maintain overall combo is 50/60 seconds and is independent of time taken to kill a foot soldier or destroying any item. E.g. If a total of five shots are made in the order of head, torso, head, head (chase shot) and limb before combo is broken, the total amount of points earned is 2,820 (800 + 440 + 960 + 340 + 280) points.
For shots on bosses, the scoring is as follows:
– Any shot on him in Stage 1 Area 1 is worth 1,000 points. There is no points awarded for stun shot.
– The first shot which removes his hat in Stage 1 Area 2 is worth 1,000 points with each chase shot worth 100 points. Otherwise, the first shot is worth 500 points.
– The first shot on him before he gets inside the armed cruiser in Stage 1 Area 3 is based on kill shot. All subsequent stun shots is worth 1,000 points and the kill shot is worth 10,000 points.
– Any shot on him in Stage 1 Area 1 is worth 100 points with each stun shot worth 1,000 points.
– The shot which removes his hat in Stage 1 Area 2 is worth 2,000 points. Otherwise, it is worth 1,000 points.
– Any stun shot in Stage 1 Area 3 is worth 1,000 points. When he appears for the final time, any shot on him is worth 100 points and the kill shot is worth 10,000 points.
– Any shot on him is worth 50 points with the kill shot worth 10,000 points.
– Any shot on him is worth 100 points with the kill shot worth 10,000 points.
– Any stun shot on him in the first action sequence of Stage 3 Area 1 is worth 1,000 points with each chase shot worth 50 points.
– The first stun shot on him in the second action sequence of Stage 3 Area 1 is worth 1,000 points while the second stun shot is worth 2,000 points. All chase shots are each worth 50 points.
– Any shot on him in the third action sequence of Stage 3 Area 1 is worth 100 points. The first three stun shots are each worth 100 points while the fourth stun shot is worth 5,000 points.
– Any stun shot on him in Stage 3 Area 2 is worth 1,000 points except when he is between two canisters in which that shot is worth 1,500 points. Any shot on him during his flying kick attack is worth 100 points with the shot during his punch attack worth 10,000 points. The kill shot is worth 1,000 points.
– Any stun shot on him in the first action sequence of Stage 3 Area 1 is worth 1,000 points with each chase shot worth 100 points.
– The first stun shot on him in the second action sequence of Stage 3 Area 1 is worth 1,000 points while the second stun shot is worth 2,000 points. All chase shots are each worth 100 points.
– Any shot on him in the third action sequence of Stage 3 Area 1 is worth 100 points. The first three stun shots are each worth 1,000 points while the fourth stun shot is worth 5,000 points.
– Any stun shot on him in Stage 3 Area 2 is worth 1,000 points except when he is between two canisters in which that shot is worth 1,500 points. Any shot on him during his flying kick attack is worth 100 points with the shot during his punch attack worth 10,000 points. During the final encounter, any shot on him is worth 100 points and the kill shot is worth 20,000 points.
– Any stun shot on him in Stage 3 Area 2 is worth 1,000 points and any shot on him when he holds Christy Ryan is worth 100 points.
– Any stun shot on him in Stage 3 Area 3 is worth 1,000 points and the kill shot is worth 30,000 points.
No-Miss Hit Bonus
This game also has a no-miss combo system which starts with a 500 point bonus for the first 10 no-miss hits (includes shooting background objects), increasing by 500 points for the next 10 no-miss hits up to a maximum of 5,000 point bonus for every 10 no-miss hits. E.g. Getting 110 no-miss hits gives 32,500 (500 + 1,000 + 1,500 + 2,000 + 2,500 + 3,000 + 3,500 + 4,000 + 4,500 + 5,000 + 5,000) point bonus. The no-miss combo system is independent of the chase shot combo system and does not have a time limit.
Time Bonus And Maximum Amount Of Time Per Area
|Area||Solo Play (in seconds)||Link Play (in seconds)|
|Stage 1 Area 1||100||110|
|Stage 1 Area 2||140||135|
|Stage 1 Area 3||100||110|
|Stage 2 Area 1||115||125|
|Stage 2 Area 2||135||140|
|Stage 2 Area 3||75||95|
|Stage 3 Area 1||120||125|
|Stage 3 Area 2||70||70|
|Stage 3 Area 3||130||130|
|The time bonus is 1,200 points for every second saved and is calculated by the difference between the amount of time spent and the maximum amount of time per area.|
Neodyne Industries Ltd., the current leading communication corporation, had declared accomplishment of the "Starline Network," which consists of 64 low orbit communication satellites.
However, three weeks after that, International Intelligence organization V.S.S.E. intercepted internal communication of NDI, revealing that the latest communication satellites were actually military satellites.
V.S.S.E. immediately sends agent Christy Ryan into NDI undercover to retrieve relevant information. Just when information was in hand, she was discovered by NDI staff, and she is now in the need for help, and the need to escape.
At all costs…
|Japanese version||English version||Remarks|
|「スターラインネットワーク」それは通信事業を隱れ蓑にした、核軍事衛星の打ち上げ計画であった。その陰謀を阻止せんとVSSEのエージェント達が送り込まれた！||The "Starline Network" is a mere front for a plan to launch a nuclear satellite into space. VSSE has dispatched two agents to prevent the launch!||Opening narration|
Neodyne Industries, LTD, has successfully completed a network of 64 satellites called the "Starline Network". The Starline Network is supposedly a communications system which the NDI claims will unite the world. So far, they're about to launch the new satellite. Nevertheless, the covert agency V.S.S.E. discovers that the Starline Network is actually a mere front for a plan to launch a nuclear satellite into space - which is the new satellite. Christy Ryan, the agent responsible for uncovering the corporation's hidden agenda, attempts to escape NDI captivity and report the details of the plot to V.S.S.E. HQ, but is captured by Jakov Kinisky and his bodyguards. V.S.S.E. sends agents Keith Martin and Robert Baxter to shut down the Starline Network and rescue Ryan.
The first stage begins with Christy calling the V.S.S.E from her secret apartment above a town square, shortly before Jakov bursts in and kidnaps her. Jakov thinks that the plans weren't revealed, only for his smug demeanor to be pulled down several pegs when Keith and Robert come in the secret apartment. Jakov leaves, and Keith and Robert give chase, fighting through Jakov's henchmen through a town square, which takes them to a canal through the town. Jakov finally battles them, but is eventually killed when his armed cruiser crashes and explodes.
In the second stage, the agents discover that NDI plans to transport the satellite via train from files left on Jakov's computer in his briefcase. The agents arrive at a train depot, but are too late to stop the satellite from leaving due to the fact that Diaz's men heavily guarded the area. Soon, they fight another of Diaz's henchman, Buff Bryant, battling with him on the train. After that, he retreats, only to come back in a helicopter. Buff fights hard, but is no match for the two V.S.S.E. agents, who wound him. As he is wounded, he accidentally causes his helicopter to crash into the bridge due to his Gatling gun misfiring and hitting the engine. This takes out the bridge, and almost kills Keith and Robert, who barely escape. They then use a helicopter to head to NDI Headquarters.
The third stage begins inside the NDI headquarters, which happens to be situated on a marine base, CEO Ernesto Diaz and the mercenary Wild Dog begin preparing the nuclear satellite for launch from a sea-based site when the V.S.S.E. agents arrive. The agents encounter fierce resistance, but are able to defeat Wild Dog (who detonates himself later) and rescue Christy, who escapes by raft. The agents face off one last time against Diaz and a decoy satellite, ending when the agents successfully kill Diaz. The debris from the decoy falls on the real satellite, causing it to explode on launch.
|Japanese version||English version||Remarks|
|NDI社による核兵器搭載の軍事衛星打ち上げ作戦はVSSEエージェント達の活躍によって間一髪で阻止された。裏では軍事産業を手がけ、軍事衛星には特に力をいれていたNDI社であったが、今回の一件で衛星の開発実験を行っていた海上基地は全てVSSEの管轄化に置かれ機材、データ等は押收され科学者は、身柄を拘束された。なお核軍事衛星があったことは一般には公表されず、通信衛星の打ち上げ失敗事故として報道された。あれから一ヶ月が經過した。休暇を与えられていたキースのもとに一通の連絡が入った。それは世界各国で活動しているVSSEエージェント達への收集命令であった。VSSEは今回の事件で敵が予想以上の兵力を持っていたことを重く見、エージェント達の戦力を図る演習を実地することとなった。事件の舞台となった地区にて様々なシチュエーションを想定した演習スケジュールが組まれた。演習には特殊な弾頭を用い、VSSEの士官が敵を演じる事とになったが、参加するエージェント達にはそれ以上の詳細は知らされてなかった.....||NDI's launching of a military satellite, armed with a nuclear warhead, was prevented by a hairbreadth thanks to the efforts of the VSSE agents. Dealing in the arms industry behind closed doors, NDI put a great deal of effort into the launch of their military satellite. However, following the incident, the marine base, which was used for their satellite development, was placed under VSSE jurisdiction, the sensitive data and equipment were confiscated, and the scientists were taken into custody. No report was heard regarding the existence of a nuclear military satellite. The incident was officially announced to the public as a launch accident of a communication satellite. One month had passed since the incident. Keith, away on a break, was contacted with a single message. It was an order for all VSSE agents operating around the world to assemble. Alarmed by the unexpected military strength of the enemy in the recent incident, VSSE decided it was immediately necessary to conduct training drills to improve the combat skills of its agents. Exercises were devised using the actual sites of the incident as the training ground. For the exercises, it was decided that special shells would be used as ammunition, and the VSSE officers would simulate the enemy. The agents participating were not informed of any further details....||Time Crisis 2: Crisis Missions backstory as taken from the official game. It shows the aftermath the NDI incident and the reason for the creation of Crisis Missions|
The PlayStation 2 port of the game featured enhanced graphics and additional cutscenes. It was packaged with the G-Con 2 lightgun peripheral, although it was also compatible with the G-Con 45 console. When completed enough times, the player could unlock alternative weapons, such as a machine gun or shotgun, and had the option of wielding two lightguns at a time (with combinations of both G-Con 2 and G-Con 45 possible). There is also a Crisis Mission mode, in which the players have to complete and perform various tasks, including a simulated gun fight against Richard Miller, the lead protagonist of the first Time Crisis game. Extras also included a clay pigeon shooting mode (including a port of Namco's Shoot Away II light gun clay shooting arcade game), and a virtual port of the mechanical arcade game, Quick & Crash.
The game was met with positive reviews upon release, as GameRankings gave it a score of 79.68% for the PlayStation 2 version, while Metacritic gave it a score of 81 out of 100.
On release, Famitsu magazine scored the PlayStation 2 and Gun Con 2 bundle a 32 out of 40.
|Allgame||4.5/5 STARS (ARC)|
3.5/5 STARS (PS2)
|Electronic Gaming Monthly||7.5/10|
|Official PlayStation Magazine (US)||4/5 STARS|