Time Crisis

A first person rail shooter that became very popular in arcades.

This arcade game was released into arcades in 1995.  It was later brought to the PlayStation in 1997.  The game is a first person rail shooter that is played with a light gun and a foot pedal.  The foot pedal is used to move out from behind cover to begin shooting.  While the pedal is released the player is moved behind cover so that he can reload without being hit.  The light gun that this arcade game used had a blowback function where the top of the gun would slide back to simulate a real gun.  The game is moved along by a constantly decreasing timer that is only increased by completing a stage.


The plot of this game is that there is an attempted coup in the republic of Sercia.  The Garo family had ruled Sercia for a millennium.  But in 1995, the VSSE Interantonal Intelligence Agency sent William MacPherson, who was able to topple the Garo regime and become the first democratically elected president.

Sheruda Garo, the last member of the Garo family, sought to recapture the throne from the new president, President MacPherson.  Sheruda sends a mercenary to kidnap the president's daughter, Rachel.  Garo tries to blackmail the new government by demanding military secrets in trade for the president's daughters life.  If the secrets were not delivered by sunset or else Rachel would be killed.  The VSSE decides to send an agent, Richard Miller (The Player), to infiltrate Garo's castle and rescue Rachel.  After being sent into a trap, Miller discovers the real location of Rachel.  He battles his way up Garo's castle to the upper levels and eventually finds Rachel.  But as he attempts to rescue her, the mercenary, Wild Dog, captures her again and and drags her away.  Miller pursues Wild Dog outside of the castle to their final battle point, a bridge.  Wild dog begins to blow up the castle in a last ditch effort to escape. Miller is able to get Rachel and escape before the castle and WIld dog is engulfed in the explosion.