Classic arcade game of the month Time Crisis
There is certainly something to love about a game you can feel and touch. While the graphics need to be pretty awesome, the more players can interact and immerse themselves into a game, the better. In the arcade at Playtime, there's one game that fits this bill perfectly - Time Crisis.
As March's classic arcade game of the month, let's take a look at the history of Time Crisis and why it stands as one of the best multiplayer shooter games of its time.
The storyline - setting the scene
Time Crisis takes place in the fictional country of Sercia where the Imperial Rule of Sherudo Garo has been just overthrown. As such, the country's first democratically-elected president is elected, much to the dismay of the last Garo family member Sherudo Garo.
While we don't want to ruin the storyline for those who haven't play it, the basic premise of Time Crisis is that Sherudo Garo wants power over Sercia back. This is where the player comes in, taking control over different levels with various weapons. And the best part? You get to hold these guns physically in your hand.
Of course, it's important to add that there's two weapons available when playing Time Crisis. This means you and a friend get to coordinate, using supreme teamwork and communication to shoot your way to victory.
Interactive and fun
As mentioned above, Time Crisis isn't a game with simple buttons and joysticks - there are replica guns to take the opposition out with! When playing Time Crisis, you can get completely into the game - aiming, firing and reloading all with the GunCon controller.
When Time Crisis was released in the mid 1990s, this development was a massive step forward and to this day remains one of the more popular games in the arcade. Although the graphics and storylines of other games might be better, the fact that you can hold and use the weapon means Time Crisis stays in the hearts of many.
Time Crisis appeared in a 2013 article from Complex listing the 30 best arcade video games of the 1990s cited as "the best light gun shooting game" of the decade. The game is remembered for its flash lights and long lines, something that still happens at Playtime sometimes!
If you're interested in playing a game with attitude, explosions, conflict and the physical simulation of shooting, be sure to check out the 'timeless' Time Crisis at Playtime!