Namco sets up a Razing Storm website

Shaggy October 23, 2008 7

Among the new game revelations last month was Namco’s light-gun shooter called Razing Storm and in Japan it is going on location test and it has a website set up to describe the game in Japanese. It looks like the information provided is the same as what we saw in flyer scans from last month but with clearer images it’s easier to see what’s going on.

From what I can tell this appears to be a sequel of sorts (at least spiritually) to Namco’s Crisis Zone, which had it’s own small ties to the Time Crisis series. There are destructible environments (but on a much larger scale than CZ), terrorists and the foot pedal puts you behind a bullet proof shield. One notable difference is that you can see the gun you currently have selected on screen, which is something more reminiscent of first-person shooters and not light-gun titles. Razing Storm also uses a dts digital surround sound system to should provide a neat audio experience to compliment the great graphics. The only question now is how much is this going to cost operators (which trickles down to players at the coin slot) and will it be available outside of Japan? On top of that, how much will replacement guns go for? I’ve seen a few Crisis Zone cabs be decommissioned once the gun failed since a replacement costs around $800 (and I thought that paying $50-60 for a game console controller this generation sucked) so hopefully they’ll be way below that.

Personally I was quite a fan of Crisis Zone, I once got to a point where I could complete the entire game in under 13 minutes without getting hit once so I am curious to see how Razing Storm plays in comparison, but we’ll have to wait until at least March (when the game is released in Japan) to know more.

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  1. neil brimelow October 25, 2008 at 4:39 pm - Reply

    $800 bucks for a freaking plastic gun? For $800 bucks you can buy an AR-15!

    Look, I know that the gun has to be built up to certain standards to survive the beating that it gets in the field, or in the arcade, but come on, if it were metal, or something along the lines of “Silent Scope”‘s gun I could possibly see $800 bucks, but not for crappy plastic.

  2. Megacherv April 8, 2009 at 4:21 pm - Reply

    I found this the other day in 2 arcades in Bridlington (in UK) and I thought it was absolutely f**king fantastic. £11 I spent on it (11 credits) and I don’t regret it. What amazed me though is that it seemed to come out of nowhere to me; it replaced the Time Crisis 4 machine completely in one of the arcades; and that it was amazingly in two arcades (both right next to each other), which isn’t really common from my British arcade experiences and also how it came from nowhere.

    I cannot wait to hear whether this’ll be released for PS3 or not.

    • arcads4ever May 18, 2009 at 1:35 pm - Reply

      I found razing storm at cleethorps on good friday and I just loved it. the first time I died was on the level where it was in a fruit market. I can’t wait to play this again despite having spent over a tener on this game.

  3. simon April 13, 2009 at 10:23 pm - Reply

    played this a week ago in trocadero in london picadilly, i must say, at first sight it was awesome and proceeded to get some change and played it.

    actually completed 3/4 of the first stage with 1 credit on my very first try which i thought was relatively decent since i havent played any shooting games for quite sometime.

    the only beef that i have with it is that the ‘reaction’ to go into ‘shielded’ mode is not instant like time crisis but has a delay like 1/2 sec or so. other than that i think this game is a must for peeps who likes shooting at large screens lol

  4. Moob August 10, 2009 at 7:21 am - Reply

    I just played this in a Maryland, U.S. Dave and Busters arcade.

    It was fan-damn-tastic. Not only were the visuals and the textures IMMACULATE, it’s pumped to the absolute brim with fast-paced action. The sound was also clear and crisp, and I’m not just talking about the FX, I also mean the actually rather good voice acting.

    The game does a great job of making you feel like you’re a part of the unmentioned SpecOps team by congratulating you for pulling off good hits on fast or tough enemies.

    As for the setting, it’s actually very close to what I imagine the normal armed forces in the Metal Gear series go through, with more or less the same amount of military superscience, complete down to unmanned war machines, both giant and man-sized.

    My only complaint? This game is really VERY short. You’d probably only need 5-6 credits at maximum to finish the game, and that’s if you’re an average player.

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