It annoys me when people write reviews based on hype without actually playing the game itself. Please excuse the opening rant. I have played this game in the arcade, and i was very impressed by the graphics, they are by far the best in series so far (and thats just in the arcade, Namco usually improve the graphics for the home console versions!). Being a Time Crisis veteran, the inclusion of new weapons is slightly strange and takes a while to get to grips with, although its a great addition and adds more strategy to the game (Other than planning when you are gonna duck or shoot). The enemies now have life bars, so you have to shoot them more than once to kill them, which is where the new weapons come in, some weapons are more effective than others. This also opens up added challenge of getting head-hits to kill them quicker (something that the series has lacked for a long time, ie shooting one in the foot is the same as shooting them in the head).
Following Namco's trend of adding extra modes to add to the life of the game. They have a sniper game added in there, no doubt to improve your accuracy with head shots, which in turn will make you better at the main game. The only downfall of these games is that they are over way too quickly if you are adept at shooting games (like i am) but it proves a great challenge to newbies of the genre, as later stages get extremely challenging.
All in all this is a great game, if you have the cash for a gun-con get one, if you already have one, buy another! the 2-player modes are great fun with mates.
Game Life 3/5
Overall 4/5 just becuase the game ends too soon, but the 2 player modes are excellant fun with friends, and the graphics are extremely good! buy it :)