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Time Crisis FAQ and Espionage Guide Series Gamma 2 Compiled by Mark Kim (Vesther Fauransy) Last Update: October 31, 1999 (Date not given) Date of Release: October 31, 1999 (Date not given) For the Namco Arcade Game Copyright Information --------------------- Unpublished work trademarked and copyrighted 1999 by Mark Kim. All Rights Reserved. This file cannot be reproduced and/or retransmitted in any way, shape, or form (including but not limited to physical, natural, or electronical). This file can only be HTMLized by the sole owner of the file (Mark Kim), and this author will not grant permisson to anyone who wishes to use this file for HTML, ASP, CGI, Perl, C++, VBScript, or any other webmastering forms that exist. In addition, this file cannot be used at a password-protected site where either user accounts are utilized and/or money is made through the user accounts. 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Time Crisis, the Time Crisis Logo, Time Crisis II, the upcoming Crisis Zone, and all other Time Crisis-related material are registered trademarks and copyrights of Namco, Co. LTD. All Rights Reserved. This file has been created in respect to all Namco Properties. I'll make this simple: THIS FILE IS MINE AND THERE IS NO UNAUTHORIZED USE OF IT!!! NO PAID PUBLISHERS (ESPECIALLY EGM AND ANYBODY OF THE ZIFF-DAVIS FIRM) SHALL USE THIS FILE IN ORDER TO GENERATE INCOME OUT OF THIS WORK!!!! THIS FAQ HAS TO REMAIN FREE OF CHARGE AT ALL COSTS!!!! I didn't create this file so that some hack-writer can just slack-off and get paid for it!!! ============================================================================ REASONS FOR A MASSIVE UPDATE A lot has happened ever since I have released this FAQ for public view. At first, this file was to remain private on my own web account for originality purposes. However, later on, I found out that someone has posted this file at GameFAQs.com without my consent. There has been a lot of removals from this file due to interface refresh considerations. You will no longer see any useless bios from the past as this FAQ was always meant for tips and always tips. It become obvious to know that Time Crisis will always stand out to be one of the most complicated Light Gun Games regardless of the platform (next to Konami's Silent Scope) due to the nature of pressuring the spy to clear the stage the quickest manner possible. I had personal reasons why I decided to discontinue publication of the Time Crisis Rekishi, and among them was the lack of support and all of the useless information. However, being a Deluxe Machine antic, I have decided to rectify this file of useless information and decided to only stick on the basic stuff of the game. Also, some of the credits have been either rectified, purged, or whatever under my discretion due to legal considerations. Please bear with me as there are still bugs noticeable from the Interface Transfer. Enough rambling, let's get it on. ============================================================================ CONTENTS - What is Time Crisis? - What is the Action Pedal? - What is the Light Gun? - What are the game modes? - Note - Arcade Stage 1 - Arcade Stage 2 - Arcade Stage 3 - PlayStation Strategy Section - The Skill Verdict - Game Tips - Do's and Dont's - Suggesting fixes and other tralala - Resources - Acknowledgements ============================================================================ What is Time Crisis? Time Crisis is programmed and developed by Namco as an answer to Sega's popular Virtua Cop Series. Although Time Crisis was thought to be a rip-off of Virtua Cop at first, Time Crisis has set a new standard for light gun games: a two-purpose action pedal. The Action Pedal performs the hiding, attacking, and reloading functions of the game, thus giving the game more strategy than most standard shooters. What sets Time Crisis apart from all other games is the strict time limit which ensures that you can't duck forever, thus the title is aptly named. Time Crisis also features the gun that you may have used in Point Blank. A chip stores a great portion of the screen's image rather than relying on infrared sensory for enhanced accuracy. Not only this reduces the amount of effort you must calibrate, but realism is enhanced by the blowback feature that simulates gun recoil. Players play the part of Special Agent Richard Miller, who's been assigned to rescue the president's daughter Rachel MacPherson, who has been kidnapped by Wild Dog by the order of Sherudo Garo. Safe return of Rachel requires the government to reveal all the military secrets to Sherudo Garo by sunset of the same day. Shall the government refuse to comply, then Sherudo Garo will execute Rachel in cold blood. It's up to you to save Rachel and to save Sercia from impending anarchy. In the PlayStation-Only mission, you also play the part of Richard Miller, but this time around you are going up against the villainness named Kantaris, who is secretly creating illegal weapons at her hotel. I am expecting to cover the PlayStation-only Story Game as early as October, when the release is expected. ============================================================================ THE LIGHT GUN Namco's Time Crisis comes with this gun which is probably the most accurate light gun in the industry. The procedures for the gun is simple: A chip stores a huge portion of the image inside the lens, and then the lens "reads" the screen one pixel at a time, thus waiving the need to rely on the same-old infrared sighting that most light gun games use. As you move the gun's lens to other places within the screen, the chip reads a new portion of the image, so everytime the image changes, the chip changes the image, keeping the image fresh, and keeping the accruacy from pixel-to- pixel high. The light gun also comes with the blowback feature, which simulates gun recoil. Please do not attempt to break or block the recoil because you will be responsible for damage done to the machine. The gun was tested so many times to prove its accuracy before it's even used. This practice ensures that the gun is reliable to use. You may have seen this gun in Point Blank. Namco has issued a fine replica of this gun for the PlayStation called the GunCon. It boasts the same features as with the gun you used at the arcade. Although there is no recoil, there is a button which serves as the action pedal for Time Crisis (The Hide and Attack Feature). If you want enhanced realism, then (Namco doesn't recommend this) you can let the controller do the dirty work for you, as you can step your toe through a button, like you would step on the pedal at the arcade. Time Crisis 2 is out at the arcades now and if your arcade doesn't have it, then beg them to get it! ============================================================================ THE ACTION PEDAL This is often referred to me as "Namco's Espionage Simulation System." When you release the action pedal, you can duck to avoid taking any direct hits from your enemies, and reload your gun automatically. Each clip holds six bullets. Keep in mind when the pedal is released, you can't shoot. Press the pedal to attack your enemies. Once all of your enemies are defeated in that section, you will move forward with some time extended in your clock. The pedal offers some strategy to the game, and gives the game a tad more complexity than other standard shooters. ============================================================================ THE GAME MODES Time Crisis offers two game modes for the Arcade, and more game modes for the PlayStation Story Game: Start the game from Richard's assault on the castle and end with Rachel's rescue. The game ends when you lose all three lives or if your time limit expires. Players may continue. Timed Game: Choose a stage you want to practice with unlimited lives. The game ends when your time limit expires. There is no continue feature. The Hotel of Death: This is a PlayStation-Only Game. You start the game from Richard's invasion. The ending depends on what path you use, and how fast you beat the game. The game ends in the same fashion as in the Arcade Story Game. I have yet to confirm if there is a continue feature or not in this game. ============================================================================ Note: Checkpoint times are taken from a visit at Aladdin's Castle at Bloomingdale, IL. TT Game times are taken from a visit at Dave and Buster's at Addison, IL. ============================================================================ Stage 1 Here we see Sherudo masquerading that the nation will soon be his, and he then yells at Rachel that her father will pay the price for destroying the imperial rule at Sercia. Things seem to go well for Sherudo until Wild Dog pronounces that Richard has invaded the castle. Wild Dog tells Sherudo to calm down because his syndicate will gun Richard down. Richard then begins the assault on the receiving basement of the castle, where the game begins. Area 1: On the first part, shoot the right foot soldier first since he gives you 2 seconds bonus for shooting him first. After shooting the right foot soldier, then shoot the sergeant and the left foot soldier. The second part has a negotiable foot soldier telling Richard to halt. Shoot the foot soldier the earliest possible to earn a 2 second bonus. After the yelling foot soldier is shot, then you will encounter a bazooka soldier. Once you see the bazooka soldier coming out, shoot him before he shoot a missile out of his RPG. Then after the slain bazooka soldier blows up his submarine, then you will face five more foot soldiers appearing at different angles, some will be partially hiding their corpse in the cradles. Sometimes you can catch them while part of their body is stuck outside of the cradles. The final soldier will roll, so shoot him quickly. Things get tough on the third part: You have some task force soldiers to deal with. Shoot outside of the shield to kill them. Onceyou finish them off, then you have four more foot soldiers to deal with. The final foot soldier should be shot before he reaches the crates. Not only this saves time, but you will get bonus time if you shoot the fourth foot soldier before he can hide in the crates. On the fourth area, shoot the foot soldiers and the bonus guy immediately. After that, you will have to deal with a grenadier, two more foot soldiers and a marksman. Take special care when facing the marksmen because their magnums are powerful, and if you just stick your head too long, you can give up one life. If you are unsure how fast you are, it's always good to hide from the marksmen the moment you see them. If you are fast enough, then you can shoot the marksmen before they get a chance to fire. Finally in the fifth part, just shoot the box at the vehicle to detonate the bomb. The box is at the middle, and you can clear the stage more quickly if you shoot the box. Area 2: Here things begin to get more hectic: When you face the first two foot soldiers in the area, then you encounter a hook that will chop off a life unless you can release the pedal. Shoot the foot soldiers quickly, then release the pedal. After the hook passes by, shoot the jumping foot soldier and the bonus guy, and you will encounter another hook waiting for you. Shoot the foot soldier and the bonus troop and then release the pedal. Now you must contend with three more foot soldiers and a sergeant before you move on. On the second part, you will see a sergeant on the left side, and two foot soldiers on the middle and right. Shoot them as quick as possible to save time. There are four more foot soldiers after this group of enemies. One foot soldier jumps off the cradle, so you can shoot him as soon as he jumps off. Sometimes the second to fourth soldiers come out from right, jumping inward to hide in a cradle, and from the left, and at times from the left of the cradle, to the right of the cradle, then jumping onto the platform. Shooting them quickly as possible will save you time. The third part is chaotic: You will encounter two foot soldiers, a marksman, and a sergeant at the hallway. Be sure to shoot the marksmen as quickly as possible or you will lose a life. Always shoot the marksmen first because they cause great harm to your game. Also, lots of lead will fill the hallway, so you will have to use the duck-and-counter method to destroy your enemy. Now when you reach the kitchen, you will have to concentrate on your accuracy to save time: Shoot when you see the enemy at once. However, don't let the orange guy annoy you because he's just here to ruin your aiming, but if you want to get 10 skill points, shoot him, but you may need to release the pedal during one of the shots to ensure you clear that section as quick as possible. Otherwise, it's only essential to shoot all the foot soldiers and marksman as soon as they appear. Be careful of the marksman on this level because he will also distract your aiming as well. After the marksman is killed, you must then deal with the final foot soldiers quickly. The fifth part should be no problem: Just shoot both foot soldiers quickly and shoot the Sergeant from the cashier's counter as soon as you see them pop-out. Area 3: Here in the first part, be sure you shoot the grenadier and the RPG trooper before the foot soldiers and the sergeant distract your aiming. Shoot the grenadier, bazooka soldier, then shoot the foot soldiers, and then the sergeant. Afterwards, shoot the guys coming out of the door as soon as you see the door opens to save time. The second part is hectic: You have to deal with multiple enemies from this point on. Try to shoot the sniper with the machine gun first before taking the other enemies, and then it's a matter of taking on the other enemies quickly. Be sure to shoot the foot soldier hiding behind the car quickly. After taking out the other guys, then you must encounter a helicopter. It helps to have a fast finger when taking out the helicopter as it takes about 15 shots to destroy it, but before you know it, we have two stick fighters coming out, so you must shoot the stick fighters quickly. Then take on the helicopter, but quickly!!!! You must have a fast trigger to destroy it. At the third part, shoot the first four punks as quick as possible. Now you got three enemies who come out first from the right side of the screen, so shoot them as quickly as possible, then you got a foot soldier and a marksman at the left. Shoot the marksman before he gets a chance to fire a shot. Now you have two more enemies to go before the car comes out. Now after you shoot the final two enemies before the car, concentrate on the car. It helps if you have a quick finger and a full clip before Richard Miller says DANGER, then shoot the car before it kills the car- masher. If you choose to hide from the car, then you must face one more enemy. Now on the fourth area, just shoot the box next to the grenadier and clear the scene more quickly. Now on the fifth area, shoot the first two foot soldiers first, but hide in the middle of the process. Here the duck-and- counter method is important in this final area. The best tactic to use is to shoot the first two foot soldiers in the right and hide, then shoot the sergeant commanding the HE cannon for two more seconds, then shoot the task force soldiers. One task force soldier usually gets out of your reach by hiding behind the gazabo first, and then returns for your aim. Now when the drawbridge opens, shoot all of the RPG soldiers before they can shoot. After the RPG soldiers are slain, you must now contend with a sergeant and a foot soldier to the right, and you must also contend with three more task force soldiers and a sergeant exiting towards the drawbridge. Take on the right-hand enemies first, then take on the left-hand enemies. Boss Area: Right when you see a door, you then see Rachel within your reach. Rachel commands that you do not come any nearer because you will be trapped, but suddenly, Rachel is dragged out of your reach, and we see the Adamantium soldiers coming out. Now you must battle them out. First, you must know how to shoot these suckers before they even get a chance to get close to you and chew off a life. As soon as you hear "Action", shoot all of the guys quickly, then hide, then shoot the two adamantium troopers after that batch. Now the Adamantium Leader and two more adamantium soldiers now appear on the third batch, and then you must negotiate them by shooting these baddies quickly. Now the Adamantium leader will try to get you with a jumping method, and it will be up to you to either shoot him while he's jumping to get you, or to hide, then nail him. This area is a matter of negotiating the patterns of these toughies. Move onto the next stage after beating these guys. It helps to shoot them right away and hide (Duck-and-Counter Method) to clear the area. Epilouge: After the Adamantium Leader falls, Richard then knocks on the door. It won't open. So Richard then make the Adamantium leader talk! "It's all over," says the adamantium leader. "The girl's right at the top of that tower!!!!" Suddenly we get a glimpse of the clock tower where Sherudo moved Rachel to. "She must be dead by now..." Hearing this annoying quote, Richard punches the Adamantium leader into a sac of potatoes, and then we see Richard walking away from the melee. Stage 1 completed. Area 1 Checkpoint: 0'41"28 Area 2 Checkpoint: 1'21"75 Area 3 Checkpoint: 2'20"72 Area 4 Checkpoint: 2'30"30 Time Trial Game: 2'29"20 Mail me your best times at email@example.com ============================================================================ STAGE 2 Prologue: After questioning the Adamantium leader about Rachel's whereabouts, Richard begins his search for that mysterious clock tower. Area 1: On the first part of the area, when you open the door, shoot both of the lackeys right away. They should not be tough, but this gives you some room to test your mettle. On the second part, just hold onto the pedal, and when Richard says "Action", then shoot the lackey immediately. On the third part, there is a foot soldier on your left, and a marksman on your right. Shoot the Marksman at the right first, then shoot the Foot Soldier. BTW it helps to have a quick trigger here. On the fourth area, just shoot the two foot soldiers just right from the center. Shoot at one place, preferrably at the apex of the right wall to hit them. On the fifth part, you will have a foot soldier, a machine gunner, and a marksman to deal with. Be careful of the marksman because in some Upright Cabinets, it's hard to get him here. Shoot the marksman first, then the machine gunner at the right apex of the wall. Be careful of the Marksman because he will make a surprise appearance from the top via a chandelier. Shoot him early to receive a 2 second bonus. Keep the pedal held for the sixth part. There are two foot soldiers, a sergeant, and a grenade soldier on this part, and the gunfire is rather heavy there!!! Be sure you shoot one of the soldiers first, then immediately shoot the kink as quickly as possible so you don't get toasted. Release the pedal if you are unable to shoot the kink. Be sure you release the pedal AT LEAST once because six shots from their guns can chew off a life!!! On the seventh part, you will have a problem. There is about two foot soldiers, two task forcemen, and a sergeant waiting for you at the door. Release the pedal, land a few shots, and repeat. Now on the eighth part, just shoot the girders at the right hand of the screen. You can't miss it because the girders are held by a white stabilizer. Watch out for the Adamantium Soldier as you reveal the trap. Now keep the pedal released as the enemies are destroyed. You will go to the next area even if the pedal is released. Area 2: With regards to the first part, there is a sergeant at the right center, and two foot soldiers from the jewelry display. You should shoot the sergeant first, then the two foot soldiers from the jewelry display, but watch out!! If you destroy the first three enemies, then a marksman shows up!!! Be sure to hide immediately after taking care of the two foot soldiers at the jewelry display, or you'll get toasted by the marksman's Browning Hi-Power. You can shoot the marksman just before the marksman shoots, but it's rather dangerous. There is a bonus guy coming out from the right pillar at the same time the marksman comes out. Now a foot soldier will take stance hiding from the right pillar, and there's yet another foot soldier about to shoot you from the center pillar, and there is a foot soldier coming out from the right pillar by surprise. Now on the second part, the first group involves three task force soldiers, and a sergeant coming out from the right pillars. I suggest you try to shoot the task forcemen at the heads as they take stance. A bonus guy will pop out twice at the left pillar. The Foot Soldier will come out shooting from the right pillar. If the Marksman comes from the right, then both the Marksman and the foot soldier will come from the right. Shoot both of them as fast as possible. Otherwise, the Marksman and the Foot Soldier will come from the left, shoot them to avoid damage. Now you got two Machine Gunners coming from the left and right pictures, and a marksman coming from the center picture, all coming out at varied invervals. Starting on the third part, there will be a machine gunner on the middle, two foot soldiers at the left and right, a task forceman at the left pillar, and a sergeant just right of the center. Be sure you shoot the sergeant and the machine gunner first before taking on the others. Keep in mind that rapid shots from the machine gunner can cause harm to your game because all of those six shots comes out rapidly. On the second part, you have a foot soldier coming from the right, a task forceman taking stance at the left pillar, a task forceman taking stance just right of the center, and a RPG soldier at the right apex of the door. Once these enemies are taken care of, you will have a foot soldier coming from the slanted pillar, a foot soldier coming at the right apex of the door, and two adamantium soldiers coming at you!!!!!! On the fourth part, the first part consists of two foot soldiers trying to annoy you from both in close and a little away from you. A bonus guy usually comes out from the far left. Now there will be two foot soldiers walking: one walking leftwards slightly away from you, the other sneaking right near you. Now shoot the foot soldier coming out from the top, then shoot the final two lackeys coming from the left and right, John Wayne-style. Now on the fifth part, you will encounter a machine gunner from just left of the center, and a machine gunner just right of the center. Shoot them quickly to avoid losing a life. Area 3: Once you finish glancing at the clock tower, you then begin your journey to the tower by facing a task forceman at the left, three weak lackeys at the center. BEWARE!!!! If you shoot the three weak lackeys, then a MARKSMAN will pop out like a joker's box (from the right side)!!!!!!! After that joker is slain, then another taskforceman comes from the right. Slay the weaker lackeys first, then take care of the shielded jokers. When you get to the second part, there will be two taskforceman advancing from the far center and an Adamantium trooper trying to catch you from near!!! Shoot the claw-wearing lackey first (just a recommendation). You can shoot the left task forceman first before the claw-wearing lackey jumps near, but it's dangerous if you are a beginner. After the two taskforcemen are slain, a bonus guy will be walking around the door. Most of the final enemies will either roll to the left or right, or will just swing over, but these enemies are easy as cake, so you should have no problem dealing with the enemies beyond the first three. When you open the door on the third part, you will see a sergeant and three taskforcemen right close to you!!!! Regarding about the task forcemen, I suggest that you shoot them at the heads. You will then see two foot soldiers coming from the stairs, and a foot soldier at the near right. Don't let the bonus troop annoy you, though. You're better off concentrating on the foot soldiers. If you fail to catch one of the foot soldiers coming from the stairs early, then he will eventually attack you from the floor, so be sure you shoot them early. Let me know if you have a fast pattern involving the bonus guy's death by e-mail, and I'll change it. Finally, you got a marksman from the left, a foot soldier and a grenadier at the right, and a foot soldier jumping just left of the center from the stairs. The fourth part is one of the most interesting parts of the game: Just shoot the two soldiers at the middle first, and you should shoot the guy coming from the top right as fast as possible to save time, but it's not that easy because the chandelier is making it hard to get a clean shot. There is heavy gunfire at the fifth part because there are five gun soldiers there at once, and you may have a hard time clearing this section if you are playing this game on a standard monitor cabinet. Shoot the center guys first, then shoot the sergeant at the lower right, then shoot the two soldiers at the left, and then shoot the Adamantium trooper just top of the center. Be sure to release the pedal if necessary, or you can kiss a life goodbye. On the sixth part, the first two soldiers would usually be a foot soldier and a marksman. If you are a beginner, then I suggest you to shoot the marksman first, then take care of the rest. A sergeant comes at the right apex of the hallway. If you are an expert, then you can take out these three soldiers John-Wayne style. Finally on the last part of the area, the first two soldiers are a piece of cake at first, but watch out as a marksman makes his way from left of the center!!!! Boss Area: Just when you think that you get a hold of Rachel once and for all, Sherudo comes up to you with knives on his hands!!!! The first part has Sherudo Garo attacking either from rolling to the left and darting, jump-darting from the center, popping out from either the left and right. Be sure to shoot Sherudo and hide right away or the knives will damage you. During your fight with Sherudo on the first part, you will then encounter two personal soldiers tossing grenades at you from the left and right, and you will face a personal soldier and a marksman who will strafe at you with powerful guns. The bonus guys comes out when Sherudo attacks you for the first time, when the personal soldiers throws out those darn kinks, and when the personal soldier and the marksman strafe at you. It's extremely dangerous to catch them because these suckers attack with great severity, and you really need to be careful when facing the personal soldier and the marksman because sometimes they switch positions, and you need to act fast to see if you can catch them with little time or not. You can shoot right before you go back into "hide" mode, thus giving you time to nail the second gunner. Be quick, though. On the second part, Sherudo attacks you either from the bottom right, from the left, and right at the dead center. It's really hard to tag Sherudo at the bottom right on the 27" Upright because the lens cannot really read bright areas of the screen, which is why I recommend playing the game on a 50" Deluxe version if you are a beginner. After Sherudo gets tagged for the fourth time on the second part of the area, then you will see five personal soldiers, three of them carrying guns, and two of them carrying knives. Be careful of the personal soldier popping out right away from the bottom center of the plants because he will then attack you all of a sudden. Neutralize all of these white-clothed soldiers right away, or they will pose more problems!!! On the final part of the area, Sherudo will then show some parts of his body before he attacks you from the right, dart up right away and attack you, or he may jump to the left, then attack you at the dead center. However, before Garo dies, you will have to deal with three personal soldiers with Browining Hi- Power automatics, a Browning Automatic equipped-personal soldier teaming up with a personal soldier with a machine gun, and two personal soldiers waving their bodies from either the left or right before they throw knives. With regards about the personal soldier at the left, when he shows up the first time, shoot at the left apex of the door immediately, but watch out for Garo as he will simultaneously will attack you from the right. This is the most dangerous part of the stage because you must know if you are fast enough to take the group of personal soldiers in only one take or not. With regards to the first batch of personal soldiers, if you are unsure on how fast you are, please do not hesitate to release the pedal after shooting the first two personal soldiers, since they may be dangerous. Also, with the second batch of personal soldiers, shoot the guy with the machine gun first, then shoot the lackey with the automatic next. This area must be taken out with skill, speed, and finesse. Epilouge: Just when you are granted Rachel after Sherudo's death, Wild Dog comes in and kidnaps Rachel once again. Richard hears the scream, and sees that Wild Dog is getting a hold of Rachel, knowing that Wild Dog is now accusing Richard for killing Sherudo as of this time. Wild Dog will then press his luck by dragging Rachel with him, and as Richard approaches Wild Dog, the door closes with Dog laughing at him. What a nasty piece of work. Area 1 Checkpoint: 3'16"20 Area 2 Checkpoint: 4'08"87 Area 3 Checkpoint: 5'05"35 Area 4 Checkpoint: 5'43"17 Time Trial Time: 3'11"04 Mail me your fastest times at firstname.lastname@example.org ============================================================================ STAGE 3 Prologue: Thanks to Wild Dog, Richard Miller is left in the Clock Tower alone!!! Now Richard looks towards one door, climbs out of the clock tower, looks down, knowing that he is now looking at Wild Dog dragging Rachel to somewhere I don't know, and then takes a drop down to uncharted danger..... Area 1: This stage tests your ability to be a competent spy. You can NOT afford to screw up at all on this stage. You can step on the pedal before Richard says ACTION to land six shots on the Huey, but it's rather dangerous since enemies will come out of the Huey. Be sure you get clean shots on the six criminals jumping out of the Huey, or clearing the part becomes harder. Use the gunsight to take these lackeys out. After you clear the first batch, you will encounter AT LEAST two foot soldiers at the right hand side, a foot soldier at the left hand side, a marksman at the close left of the screen, and a grenadier at the right side of the screen. Right there, it's a matter of getting clean shots here. The final club troop shouldn't be a problem. Next up, we will have a sergeant coming from the middle turret and from the bottom of the screen, foot soldiers who will take stance at the left and right apex of the middle turret, marksmen who will be operating the turrets at the left and the right, a foot soldier coming from the top-right, and a bonus troop coming out of the middle turret. Shoot the sergeants and the foot soldiers the earliest possible to avoid wasting time. Shoot the marksmen as Richard yells DANGER, but ACT FAST!!!! The third part is one of the most difficult scenes in the game. You will have a foot soldier operating a hard-to-reach turret at the top-middle. Be sure you get a clear shot, or it's either "crouch-or-ouch." There is a bonus guy that is hard to reach. If you shoot him, you will get a five-second bonus. He pops out twice. Go for the clear shot when he pops out the first time. The huey then shows up afterwards and takes a beating before it goes down. The fourth part is the most chaotic part of the area. All enemies will be showing up just next to you. You will face two task force soldiers first, then a grenadier, an RPG soldier, and a machine gunner will come out from the left, while a foot soldier will make his way from the right. Be careful of the grenadier here because he is lightning fast. Since you are fighting your enemies up close, this could look dangerous, but tag 'em before they attack. Area 2: This is the hardest area in the game, testing your marksmanship and speed competency abilities. The first part of the area has nothing but three marksmen, taking variable stances. Take care when you fight them because their powerful Browning guns takes away one life when you get shot. This is the most uncomfortable part of the area. The second part will have boxes blocking the bottom of the screen. In this part, you will face foot soldiers from next to you, jumping from the right computer, hiding back-and-forth from the machinery, hiding back-and forth from the computer, and running left-and-right just close to you. You will have a sergeant running left-and-right from far away (A bonus troop shows up after you slay him), and a marksman following the death of the blue lackey at the left side of the screen. It's important to memorize these patterns and get good shots because these guys have a good reaction time. On the third part, the required soldiers you will face are two foot soldiers taking stance from the left and right apex of the right pillar, a foot soldier attacking right next to you, a sergeant who attacks you before the box blocks your view, a foot soldier coming from the left apex, and a marksman who is lying in surprise after the box reopens. There are some unneccesary enemies in this area, but you should shoot them because it helps your sight. The action can get frustrating because the box closes and opens in intervals. You must get clean shots of the five-or-six foot soldiers in the fourth part as the box tries to smack you in the face in order to save time. Miss a shot and you will be wasting time. They arrive at different intervals as I know of this writing, so stay tuned for updates. Clean shots are required here or you will suffer the consequences. Here in the fifth part, taking out the enemies who come down from the stairs will ensure you that clearing the final part of the area won't be difficult. There are at least four lackeys coming down from the stairs, and two lackeys who will attack you right away from the bottom of the screen. I'm adding this from memory, so please stay tuned. There's two more enemies who come from the top-left. Area 3: Area 3 of Stage 3 is the longest regular area of the game. You will see five or six personal soldiers by the time you step on the pedal for the first time. The personal soldier next to the time display is an unneccessary soldier because he doesn't do any harm. If you slay the soldier at the bottom-left, a personal soldier will come out of the elevator. If you slay the two personal soldiers from the mapping table, a grenadier will come out from the computers and will throw a kink at you the moment he comes. After this batch is done for, it's a matter of saving time by shooting the two personal soldiers at the right side of the screen. If you have not slayed the two personal soldiers at the right side of the screen at the first part, you will be facing three more soldiers at the beginning of the second part, and you will be in trouble because I won't tell you how to take care of them. If you killed the two personal soldiers from the right side of the screen at part one, then the part begins with a bonus troop coming from the left side of the screen to throw off your timing by the time a grenadier comes out from the mainframe. Now you will have three more personal soldiers from the mapping table, and you will be facing two personal soldiers climbing down from the poles. A personal soldier will come at you wielding a club. Remember that personal soldiers carry a variety of weapons. On the third part, you will be facing five personal soldiers and a marksman near the mapping table on the first stretch. Then a bonus troop shows up at the mainframe before two more personal soldiers come out from the left and right side of the screen. Before the two personal soldiers come out from the left and right, a personal soldier will jump out of the mainframe. Watch out for the personal soldier and the marksman attacking you from the generators. On the fourth part, you should have no problem killing the first three white lackeys (as long as you can land clean shots). Then Coz will appear just left of the center. On the second stretch, if the first enemy is a white lackey, then the next enemies are a marksman coming from the right, a personal soldier sneaking from the mainframe, and Coz hiding beneath the mainframe. Otherwise, you only have to face one personal soldier, marksman, and Coz. The final stretch of the part has a bonus guy leading the personal soldier running from the left, grenadier at the dead center, an adamantium soldier from the top left of the screen, and Coz positioning himself from the right side of the screen. If you can shoot Coz before he jumps, you will get a 3 second bonus, but it's hard to get a clean shot here. The benefits for getting a 3 second bonus is one last look at the Adamantium Soldier. Otherwise, the personal soldier and the two clawmen will lead the way. The fifth part will take at least 30 seconds. You will face three blue lackeys breaking the right hand group of windows, two foot soldiers breaking the left hand group of windows, three foot soldiers taking stance at the church counters, and three foot soldiers jumping from the ground. Be sure to dodge that axe to avoid having your head scratched. Wild Dog Bridge: Note: I'm recalling this strategy from memory, but I'll try to stay as close as possible. As Wild Dog boards the chopper, we see Richard coming out of the door. Then Wild Dog slanders at Richard until we see Dog pull out a detonator. With one touch of the button, Wild Dog blows up the Clock Tower. As the tower falls down, Dog commands Richard to freeze, because he's trying to get out of the castle with Rachel in his hand. However, Rachel got out of Dog's hands, but Dog tells Rachel to freeze (Richard couldn't do anything about it), and then Dog hits Rachel in her arm with his .357 Magnum. Richard tried to make Rachel talk, but she is speechless, which opened up Richard's anger. Dog thinks this is funny, but Richard is demanding a fight right now. On the first part, the well moves accordingly, giving Wild Dog a chance to hit you. Three shots from his magnum is all Wild Dog needs to take away one life, and he shoots fast, so act fast! The fifth time Wild Dog attacks you has him shooting you with a stance so complicated, that one shot may or may not take away one life. He shows up at the left the fifth time. Wild Dog either shows up at the left or right of the pillar. Now on the second part, you will face a foot soldier hiding on the right cement work, AT LEAST two more foot soldiers, and a marksman who's waiting for you at the center pillar. Also, a bonus guy tries to run to the center to avoid you. Now you will face two taskforcemen up close, a grenadier on the center, a machine gunner coming from the top, and a club man making his way close to you. It really helps to destroy the people coming from top to stance when you see them to save time. Now get ready to tag Wild Dog from the center pillar. After he gets shot, he throws a kink at the right statue. Shoot the kink to cancel the danger. Now there will be a machine gunner and an RPG soldier coming from top to stance, a grenadier from the left side, and a Lieutenant coming from the center. On the third part, you will face a task forceman up close and personal, three sergeants from the top, and one sergeant falling down to the center-left. Wild Dog will show up again from the center. Tag him to make him throw the kink at the left statue. While the kink is being thrown, a bonus guy comes from the far right. Just cancel the kink for the moment (since your accuracy must increase if you want to shoot the bonus guy and cancel the danger at once). Now you will face a machine gunner, and four more personal soldiers. Wild Dog will then attack you with a machine gun from the right. Watch out because a bonus guy distracts you in the middle of the batch. Finally, Moz appears from just right of the center. You only need to shoot him once. I'm leaving the final part on your own because this part is the ultimate battle. Good Luck. Area 1 Checkpoint: 6'34"97 Area 2 Checkpoint: 7'21"45 Area 3 Checkpoint: 8'42"92 Area 4 Checkpoint: 10'07"77 Time Trial Time: 4'30"57 E-Mail me your fastest times at email@example.com ============================================================================ PlayStation FAQ: You will go to different places depending on how good you are, and there's no backtracking allowed. For the first time of the FAQ's history, tips on how to complete the Chateau Du Luc Mission is given. This section is and will always be under construction much to the fact that touch-ups of each section of the hotel will be given on future updates. LOBBY / \ The Ballroom The Shopping Mall (Web Spinner) | / \ | Swimming Pool Arms Factory | / \ / \ / Heliport Lounge The Parking Lot (Lepoediatra) (Antlion) (Maikyusen) How to play the Special Mission well: 1. Don't try to do too much shooting on certain parts of the game. This means that you have to get your eyes off the enemy for awhile if you have to reload. If you are able to land a well placed shot on the head, you can clear the area much faster. 2. Adjust the button configuration depending on the hand you will be pulling the trigger with. For example, if you use the left hand to fire the gun, then you may have to enable the right button of the GunCon to perform the hiding/attacking functions. 3. Don't configure the button press to reload. Doing so may slightly hamper your performance. In the arcade, you stepped on the pedal to attack, and release the pedal to reload. Make sure that you configure the GunCon button to enable attacking with the touch of the button. 4. Try to play the game on a smaller screen. The System 11-like capabilities of the game won't allow you to pull off fast stunts as with the arcade. It may take you some time to get used to the System 11 nature of the translation. 5. If the special mission isn't enough, then I recommend that you wait until Time Crisis 2 comes out at the arcades in the middle of the year. Time Crisis 2 should feature 2 player cooperative play with 2 screens. It may be likely that Time Crisis 2 will stay at the arcades. 6. Just keep on hoping for a Time Crisis follow up to show up on the PlayStation. Maybe Namco may make a Role Playing Game based on this arcade hit. 7. Neutralize the enemies as soon as you see them. This shaves off time from your score. Sometimes if you don't neutralize the enemy quickly, then you will encounter more foes. Now that I'm through with the Special Mission Advice, let's get into the mission..... ============================================================================ Area 1, The Lobby (All Paths): Prologue: Richard, long time no see. I hope you are ready. Here is your next objective: Your mission is to infiltrate the criminal organization Kantaris. Their headquarters is a beautiful hotel on the lake. Actually, it's a front for their weapons factory. Their leader is also known as Kantaris. Intell came up empty on Kantaris. We don't even know a real name or gender. However, we do have positive verification that Kantaris is Wild Dog's Arms Supplier. Good luck, Richard. Porter Davis, Director of the Angels Team, VSSE Group of Agencies Now we see Richard Miller getting off his convertible and commencing an attack at the Chateau Du Luc. The first thing you see on the first part is a foot soldier just left of the car, and a manager (brown guys) just near the far right. You should have no problem killing them. Now there will be three foot soldiers coming from the right-center of the screen. Try to shoot them early to shave off seconds. Right when you commence attack on the three blue lackeys, you will see a bonus guy pop up just near the dead center. Now there will be two foot soldiers coming from the left-center and the right-center. You will have to contend with a marksman coming from the right (overlapping the right car), foot soldiers coming from the left side of the left and right cars, a manager coming from the far middle, and a foot soldier coming at you on the close left. When you get on the second part, which is the well, there will be two to three foot soldiers hiding beneath the bushes, and one foot soldier who will be attacking you from the close right. Shoot them at once when you see them. Next, two foot soldiers will be coming from the moderate close left and near the car that you're hiding in. A manager and a marksman will tumble through the near left and right, and if you can get your shots as they tumble, then you should do fine. BTW there will be two more foot soldiers at the bushes, one foot soldier showing near the car, and a manager who will either be standing in the left of the well, right of the well, or close to you at the left. After you enter the hotel, you should have no problem dispatching the enemies up close, but you may find it hard to neutralize the enemies up the stairs. The second batch has a foot soldier coming up on the quad, a foot soldier coming from the right and left. The third part has a marksman coming from the right, a manager attacking you at the right, a foot soldier coming down the right stairs, and a foot soldier taunting you from the quad. Your first priority on the fourth part would be to eliminate the hard-to-reach lackey at the right side of the window (if you would insist, it would be at the right of the manager coming up). When you eliminate the first hard to reach lackey in the game, you will see two more foot soldiers poping up suddenly from the left and right side of the screen. If you fail to neutralize the foot soldier at the right (who's hard to reach), then you will face more enemies near the plantery. A bonus guy will walk out of the plantery and so will a foot soldier attacking you at the left of the plantery. Now you will have to face another foot soldier who's lurking just about the center of the plantery, a foot soldier hiding behind the piano, and a marksman at the left of the plantery. Now hit the foot soldier at the hard-to-reach window at the left, but you will have to contend with another manager making his way towards the screen, a foot soldier coming from the right side of the screen and a marksman coming from the piano into the middle. By the time you got into the fifth part of the game, your time should be at around the 1'10"00 mark. The first thing you want to do is to destroy the two foot soldiers hiding behind the staircase just right of the center. I shoot the right lackey of the staircase first because you can shave off time this way. There will be two more foot soldiers coming from the left as the manager commands them just left of your center. You will now contend with yet another foot soldier lying at the right side of the staircase, two more foot soldiers coming from the left side of the screen, and a marksman who will mug you just left of the center. The area you shot the first foot soldier lying at the right side of the staircase looks like an ideal place to start your shooting, but be sure you shoot the marksman first if you are a beginner. At least one of the foot soldiers will fly at the right side, and then he'll try to run as a car goes into the left side of the screen. After you finish the second batch of enemies, you will hear enemies saying, "Where is he?" As soon as you hear this new quote, you will see two foot soldiers coming from the right side of the car, and a foot soldier trying to mug you just the left of the center. One of these foot soldiers will have a machine gun, so be sure to watch out for this guy. Now you will encounter a manager from the right side of the car, and a foot soldier jumping from the top of the car as a last part of your appetite. I prefer to shoot the foot soldier first and then use the remainder of your clip on the Manager. The fifth part is where the split occurs. You must neutralize all of your enemies within 35 seconds to take the expert path, which is the Ballroom (It took me only 25-something seconds to pass this area). You should have no problem dispatching the five first foot soldiers since their position and stances are noticeable. Try not to do too much rapid firing in this split here, as shooting and reloading here will hamper your progress. Now we will see a foot soldier coming from the right door. This is your cue to tag the many foot soldiers and marksmen popping out of the plants and hiding back. Shoot them immediately to shave off time (And I MEAN shoot them as soon as you see them). When you finish off the second batch of enemies, you will see a marksman trying to mug you close, and you will see a foot soldier walking from just right of the center (It should be the pillar or the bushes. I don't know if it's either, but future updates will bring light to this area). You will now see a manager coming from the left elevator along with two foot soldiers with machine guns. Shoot the two foot soldiers coming from the left before they get a chance to hide on the far-center plantery. Now you will see another manager coming from the elevator. Now you will see two foot soldiers and a marksman taunting you to hit them from the right side of the screen, just right of the center, and just left of the center. When they first pop up, tag them. If you were able to shoot the "taunting" soldiers (the soldiers who pop up and then hide again in the plantery) the moment you see them, then you should be able to clear this area in less than 30 seconds. If you take more than 35 seconds to clear this area, then you will go to the Shopping Mall. I hope that you will be able to pass this area in less than 30 seconds (maybe even 25-something seconds if you are a careful sniper) and take the expert path. For this walkthrough was meant to help you become an expert in the special mission. Area 1 Checkpoint: 1'51"20 ============================================================================ Area 2A, The Ballroom (Hard Path): If you have cleared the sixth part of the Lobby Area within the 35-second cut, then this is where you will make your next stand. Prologue: Just before the elevator doors close, Richard boards on one of the elevators to see what the enemies are up to. Little does he know that Kantaris is waiting for him somewhere......... On the first part, you will find AT LEAST three enemies shooting you as you commence an attack. There will be a foot soldier on the left-top of the screen. You will see a Marksman somewhere on the left side of the hallway after you dispose the first four. Suddenly before you notice, a foot soldier with grenades show up at the far-right of the hallway. A manager will be shouting out orders at the right door: Shoot the Manager for bonus time. There will be two foot soldiers dropping to the hallway to make stance as they make their way to attack you. A foot soldier or a bonus guy will attack from the top bridge as well as a foot soldier with a machine gun at the left door. Now a marksman will come out of the right apex of the hallway from far out. Now there will be two more foot soldiers and a marksman attacking you at the hallway, a foot soldier awaiting for you from the top bridge, and a marksman with a pipe who will mug you up-close. On the entrance to the Game Room, you will first encounter two foot soldiers, a marksman, and a sergeant. Shoot the marksman first, then shoot the others. Then foot soldiers will come from the right and left apexes of the wall. You should have no problem disposing them. Now a marksman will come from the right side of the wall, and we will see a manager calling out a foot soldier from the middle, but we also see a foot soldier and a marksman coming out from the left. Dispose the Marksman on the right, the Manager, the Marksman and the Foot Soldier, and then take out the Foot soldier near the Casino Table. When you get into the Casino Table, you will see a Bonus Troop attacking you. Your next three enemies are a foot soldier and a marksman taking you down from the fair left and right of the screen. Then a manager follows up. Now there will be another foot soldier and marksman showing from the fair left and right. As a foot soldier shows up just right of the center, the manager's head will show up, moving. The final course for this part is a foot soldier just close to the right and a foot soldier making his way from the left. You must shoot the manager's head from the apex of the wall he's hiding from or you will be wasting time. On the second part of the Casino Table, you will encounter four soldiers who attacked you while you underwent a Time Extension. Shoot the Marksman first- he's fast as lightning! Then take out the remaining enemies in the middle, but keep your eyes peeled for the foot soldier taunting at you just right of the casino table. Now you will see a foot soldier right of the left slot machines as well as a marksman trying to mug you on top of the casino table and a foot soldier just left of the casino table. Now get ready to mug yet another foot soldier right of the left slot machines, the enemy at the fair right, a marksman standing left of the casino table, the manager at the right side of the screen, and a foot soldier with a machine gun on top of the left slot machines. When you're near the arcade machines, you will notice that two foot soldiers in their noticeable stances will be waiting for you at a plateau that it's even easy to take care of. Two more enemies (Marksman and Foot soldier) will appear just right of the center. Now you have two more foot soldiers just left of the center to deal with. When you get to the first part of the Dining Room, your first priority would be to dispose the foot soldier at the middle of the screen. There will be a Manager, another foot soldier, a bonus troop, and a marksman coming at you on the close left table, the not-so-far left table, the far center, and just about close to you. A foot soldier will be showing his head from the right table. It's hard to nail the foot soldier at the right since he has high reflexes. Now you will see a marksman with a machine gun take you out from the right table after you nail the bonus troop from the left apex of the right tables. Now you will see a foot soldier and a marksman swing from the top-left to make way to attack you. Shoot them while they are airborne to shave off time. Now you will encounter a foot soldier who will be jumping out of the right tables. This means that a manager, foot soldier, and a marksman will be attacking from the right apex of the left tables, taking stance inside one of the left tables, and from the far center of the screen. On the second part of the dining room, you will encounter two enemies from the top screen as well as a foot soldier who will mug you up close at the center. Now you will encounter a foot soldier with a machine gun jumping from just right to the center. Now you will face a marksman who will be attacking you from the top-left, a foot soldier who will be attacking you walking from the close-left, and a manager and a foot soldier attacking from the top-right of the screen. These two creatures will be hiding for a moment and then will pop up to attack you, so eliminate these lackeys as soon as you see them. Now you will see a marksman jumping from the top, a foot soldier with a machine gun jumping just right of the center, two foot soldiers attacking from the top-right of the screen, and a manager attacking you from the top-left of the screen. Prologue: Guess what? We see Kantaris trying to welcome Richard Miller to the Chateau Du Luc for some idiotic reason. Kantaris: "How nice to meet you Richard. Welcome to Kantaris Base. You've arrived just in time for the party. I have arranged a dancing partner for you. Dance baby, dance. Dance to the death!!!" Now we see Web Spinner coming in front of Richard, ready to cut his head off! Web Spinner Strategy: Web Spinner can be nasty if you don't know what you are doing. It will take about 16 shots to extinguish Web Spinner, but you must react quickly as you take on Web Spinner because he moves really fast. As soon as you see Web Spinner, you should shoot him before he gets a chance to shoot his boomerangs because if you let him shoot his boomerangs, you will not be given a chance to counter-attack because he shoots so many at once. You may have to be careful at times because sometimes Web Spinner will come up close and mug you with a karate kick before you get a chance to react, so I recommend that you conserve your hit points. After you shoot Web Spinner, get out of the way quickly to prevent yourself from losing precious lives. Some stances of Web Spinner is noticeable while others are unpredictable. If you can defeat Web Spinner in under 50 seconds, you will be going into the Swimming Pool, which is the hard path. If not, you will be going into the Arms Factory, which is the easy path. If you are careful during the fight against Web Spinner, then the fight should take no more than 40 seconds. I beat Web Spinner in just about 38 seconds, which is my fastest. Area 2A Checkpoint 4'30"00 ============================================================================ Area 2B: The Shopping Center Prerequisite: If you have not cleared the final part of Area 1 within the 35-second cut, then no big deal. You just won't get as many skill points because you can get more skill points by taking more difficult paths. The first part of the area represents a good opportunity to increase your accuracy because many enemies are easy to destroy just because they are not concealed as with the harder areas. The only thing I'm cautioning you about is when any foot soldiers hide behind the Customer Service Desk (because they are hard to reach) and whenever any marksmen or Machine Gunners show up. Try to shoot anybody in the head to shave off time. Remember a 40- streak without missing will earn you an extra life. In the second part, your main concern is trying to get the enemies who hide behind the jewelry counter because they wouldn't want to stick their head up because of your rage. It's possible to nail them while their head is within the glass but it's hard since you can't see the enemy that well from the glass. Some of these enemies are time-savers if you shoot them early from behind the Jewelry counter. Somewhere on the third part, there's a pretty concealed Sergeant behind the hallway, so you need to hit him as early as you can. Otherwise, the rest should be easy, just be sure to hit the Marksman and the Machine Gunner first. When you get into the Hallway Exit, even though the enemies are hard to hit, you can still have a good shot at them because they are not as persistent as the others. So far, easy, right? On the fifth part, and later on, there will be falling foot soldiers coming from the top, and they move so fast to hide from the dirt, so it's not easy trying to shave off time as you think because they fall down easy. Once they show up, shoot them. The sixth part is where the split occurs. If you happen to shoot the crane operating center and then at the enemies, then you will advance to the Arms Factory. Otherwise, you may have to go inside the Parking Lot, which is not a good thing. If you want to go into the Parking Lot, just be sure to dodge the Crane as it comes hitting you. No data yet regarding about my clear time. ============================================================================ Area 3A: The Swimming Pool Prerequisite: Defeat Web Spinner in under 50 seconds Since Time Crisis is a lightning-fast game, it's even hard for me to provide a decent walkthrough. From this point on, I will only cover the troublesome spots that you may have throughout this mission. Nonetheless, the troublesome spots is where you should try to shave off time. The foot soldiers who comes out of the door in the first part should be shot as soon as they show up on the door. Otherwise, they may pose a lot of problems. If you are persistent, then you shouldn't worry about having to deal with them while they are attacking you. Try to shoot almost all of the people at the door before they begin hiding on the middle pillar. Regarding about the second part of the area, when the Sergeant "peeks" his head from the trees, shoot him right away, but be aware that a foot soldier and a marksman are lying in wait the moment after the Sergeant makes his move. Be careful not to be fooled with these twosome as you try to get these lackeys out of your way. When a foot soldier jumps into the bridge, that's your cue to nab the marksman coming from the bushes and the machine-gunner near the fan. The fan at the center is where most of your problems will be at since some of your shots may be blocked. Some of the stronger enemies, like the first RPG soldier, benefits from the fan at the center, so be sure that you hit the lackey, not the fan. The fan at the right side of the screen in the third part can really put the hurt on you if you don't neutralize the enemies in the right side fast enough. Just right after the marksman at the left jumps in, there will be a bonus guy jumping near the fan and two hard-to-get foot soldiers coming in the right side of the screen. Shoot them as early as you can to avoid further problems, but remeber the fan will try its best to constrain you in sorts. The earlier you shoot the guys in the right side of the screen, the less stressful it will be. Also, there will be a sergeant and a hotel marksman coming from the right who will pose deep trouble for an inexperienced Richard Miller if the fan blocks any parts of their bodies. Don't let the fan make you mad, as these two final guys can be neutralized just before they are given a chance to attack. You shouldn't have too much problems with the majority of the enemies on the fourth part. However, right after a marksman throws a kink at you, there will be three RPG soldiers who will show up at hard-to-reach areas. Take on the RPG soldier at the right side of the screen first and then take on the two at the left. Be sure that you are not doing a lot of hiding and reloading here as this gives the RPG soldiers a good chance to fire (and waste precious time). On the fifth part, be sure that you are destroying the enemies as soon as you see them or they may spray the area with heavy shrapnel (shoot them as soon as you see them popping up their heads in other words). Be quick when doing this because they usually hide faster than you think. Also, when the final foot soldier thinks that he will attack you, there will be two club soldiers who will try to hack your lives away. Watch out for these two! Just as you enter the sixth part, you will see two people from the left trying to run to the left canister to prepare themselves and one person from the middle who will try to hide then attack. Shoot them before they enter the canister to avoid wasting time. There is a marksman at the right side of the area who loves to play hide-and-seek and will do this until he thinks that he's willing to attack you. Shoot his head (when you see it for the first time) to shave off time. At the last stretch, you will see a sergeant and a marksman attacking you with a shield (Damn these shields, they make things too hard!). That's your cue to catch the two machine gunners from the top-left and top- middle of the screen. The seventh and final part of the area is where the split occurs. Attack the soldiers here with caution because they can spread a lot of shrapnel here. When the first RPG soldier attacks you from the middle-left, that's when the first yellow guy will come from just right of the top-center into the doorway to the lounge. Shoot the yellow guy before he gets a chance to hide inside the top-left canister. There will be at least one yellow guy who will join the shrapnel party while you try to nullify all of the bonus guys. Be careful of the marksmen and the machinegunners who will do their part to protect the bonus guys during your attempt to destroy all of them. Also, watch out for an armored foot soldier (with a shield, damn these shields gives me the creeps) who will disrupt your process of killing all of the bonus guys making their way to the lounge. Try to shoot all of them because if you shoot all of them, then you will hear Kantaris say, "Damn that worm! How hard it is to kill just one man!" That means that you will go to the heliport. You can miss one bonus guy and hear Kantaris trashing just before the Heliport area begins but I recommend you to shoot all the bonus guys for the best results (Just steer clear of the shrapnel club while doing this). If you don't kill enough bonus guys, then a sergeant will lead a bonus guy to the lounge and that's where you will make your final stand. Area 3A Checkpoint: 7'11"23 ============================================================================ Area 3B: The Arms Factory Prerequisite: You failed to defeat Web Spinner in under 50 seconds or you destroyed the Crane Center before the enemies on either 2A or 2B. On the first part, there are some pretty hard-to-reach Sergeants from the left and right side, and some sergeants will try to hide once they show up for the first time. Be careful if you have to face the Marksman coming from the right because all he can do is Karate-Kick you. The key to defeating the Sergeants is to negotiate their location and nail them as early as you can. On the second part, right after you see some sergeants, two marksmen from the left and right will Karate-Kick you, so I would recommend that you take care of the Marksmen first before the Sergeants. Be careful of the Sergeant concealing himself just right of the center. On the third part, sadly, there is no bombs to detonate. The grenadier at the center will throw a grenade at you and disappear quickly, so be careful of him. Also, steer clear of the some foot soldiers who will come from the far left, so shooting them early would make a difference. Also, watch out for the Marksmen who show up randomly on some areas. On the fourth part, some of the foot soldiers will swing into the floor quickly, but you can shoot them to save time, but it's hard since their motion's rather quick. All I'm asking you to watch out for is the Club Soldiers who come as some foot soldiers attack you. Be sure that you act fast or the soldiers will make mincemeat out of you with their quick reflexes. On the fifth part, there will be one grenadier who will pop out from just left of the center who will be throwing grenades at you and disappear. If you have not calibrated your gun properly, this is something to worry about. There's also a sergeant who shows up at the right, and he's pretty hard to hit. You need to be careful with your shots on the sixth part because here is where your buddies love to move around through the boxes a lot, and here is where the Marksmen loves to get you by surprise. Make sure you tag them before they hide, or you'll be sorry! Watch out for the Grenadier who comes in later during the part. On the seventh part, your main concern is the Grenadier and the Marksman who loves to throw grenades and hide so quickly that they make themselves harder to hit. Try to shoot them as early as possible, steering clear of their bodyguards. On the eighth part, if you want to go to the Parking Lot (and earn less skill points), then just shoot the gas canisters. Otherwise, you may want to play a little Accuracy Crisis by shooting the hard-to-reach lackeys next to the canisters. If you want to go to the Lounge, then it's important not to do too much hiding and reloading as you tag them. Patience and Lackey awareness are important as you try to reach the lounge. Insufficient Clear Time for this Area ============================================================================ Area 4A: The Heliport Prerequisite: Kill all of the yellow guys on the seventh part of the Swimming Pool Stage before they even make their way onto the Lounge Door! You will face heavy resistance while trying to do this, so take the necessary precautions. In the expert area of the game, I'm not gonna mention too much about taking out the enemies on the game because right here I'm pretty sure you know what to do already! I'm pretty sure that you are tired of me of saying this and that, but just for this area, I'll only describe something about Lepoediatra, the helicopter who attacks you right after the first part. Now for the Lepoediatra walkthrough... The wings (The Side of Lepoediatra) is the Lepo's weak point. I would try to land all of the shots right there because they do the most damage to the Lepo. Don't shoot anywhere else than the wings because you will only be wasting time if you do so. You must be careful when Lepoediatra launches its missiles at you. Whenever you hear a launching noise, that's when you should duck down to avoid getiing toasted. Keep in mind that Lepo will also fire its vulcan cannon so you will have to take the necessary precautions while trying to shoot at its wings. If you think that the Lepo's accuracy may be too high, then just hide, then react again. One of the parts has Lepo throwing its vulcan hats on you WHILE TRYING TO RAM YOU AT THE SAME TIME! Once Lepo gets hacked, it's time to off Kantaris on the other Lepo before she escapes. Kantaris' last ditch effort to escape the VSSE once and for all... Right after Richard says "Action", you will have to land 3 clips worth of your gun's bullets in order to off Kantaris once and for all. Make sure that ALL of your shots land on the escaping Lepo or Kantaris will be "hot for Richard" at the end. You will have a very short time period to land three clips and it happens fast so get onto it! Only the best will be able to down Kantaris. You must be valiant in the final part and be patient with your best friend (The GunCon) to be victorious! I pulled off a 9'03"60 as my final time for the AAA portion of the game and earned 10 skill points. Even though if you lose two lives or that, you can score lots of stars by just going in the expert path. ============================================================================ Area 4B: The Lounge Prerequisite: If you didn't kill all of the bonus guys at the end of the Swimming Pool Area or if you decided to kill all of the lackeys instead of turning the canisters into smithereens at the end of the Arms Factory. I'm not going to be nosy about the first part since I'd rather focus on the ED-209-like Antlion, who's the main attraction of this area. However, in the first part, be careful of the shield guys who will help the marksmen find their way to shoot you in the middle! Now for the Antlion Walkthrough... Antlion's weak spot is the lighting-esque eye (do the ED-209 thing). You should land all of your shots at the eye. During the course of the battle, Antlion will fire fast and one of its shots may take away one of your lives, so you should try not to stick out your head too long. Also, Antlion will hit you with its arms so when Antlion begins to punch you, don't try to attack him until you feel adventurous about commencing in a boxing bout with Antlion. On the third and final part of the Lounge, Antlion will attack even faster, and will punch closer to you so make sure that you do not get sloppy. Whenever Antlion spins out of control, that's when he begins to fire even more rapidly and with even greater flexibility. Take caution when Antlion spins out of control as any of his shots can get you. Antlion will then move in a circular motion, and his fast motion will make him harder to hit. In order to off Kantaris, you must not be spending any more than around 1'30"00 fighting Antlion. If you are careful, then it shouldn't take you any longer than 85 seconds to kill Antlion. If you take too long fighting Antlion, then Kantaris will kiss you goodbye, which is not a good thing. Well, if Kantaris "loves you for being a gentleman to her," then you will learn that fast reflexes are a must on Time Crisis! I don't have any sufficient data for myself in this area, maybe a future update will compel me to do so. ============================================================================ Area 4C: The Parking Lot Prerequisite: You destroyed the Canister at Area 3B or you failed to destroy the Crane Center at the end of 2B first. OK so you haven't made it to the top, but you still can get Kantaris, although you won't get too many skill points for clearing the game at the Parking Lot. On the first part, you should have no problem with most of the enemies with the exception of the Task Forceman and the Marksman nearing the conclusion of the part. On the second part, it's important to take care of the enemies who try to take cover under the pillars around the areas, and some of these enemies are carrying RPGs, so stay on your toes! Be careful of the Sergeants, because they are the ones who loves to hide when they see you as always. Just shoot the bomb box in the middle on the third part to shave off seconds because I don't want you to waste time killing the enemies in one area. On the fourth part, you will see plenty of foot soldiers on top of the gun car, and some of these foot soldiers will club you from up close! Be sure that you neutralize them as soon as you see them. This has to be one of the most chaotic parts in the Special Stage because the foot soldiers who attacks you by gun have a good opportunity to improve their accuracy, and the club soldiers enforce this assault by attacking you dead-near. There will be some lackeys who will be attacking you while concealing almost all of their body near the cars during the fifth and sixth part of the area. Just steer clear of any Marksmen, machine gunners, and sergeants who love to do this. As always, prompt elimination will ensure time-saving. On the seventh part, after you eliminate two Sergeants, you will face a droid called Recuamaki. Recuamaki will attack you with a Machine Gun that is accurate enough to chop off a life away. The weakest point is at the glass. After Recuamaki takes some damage, it will try to ram you several times, so be sure that you hide before Recuamaki rams you. After Recuamaki finishes trying to ram you, then it will attack you with missiles. Hit Recuamaki at the glass while hiding from the missiles for the kill. BTW there will be some sergeants who will attack you while Recuamaki will squash some of its own Kantaris lackeys. On the eighth and final part, hard-to-reach Sergeants will attack you from the concealed car, so aiming is important here. Now you will see some Marksmen "tarzaning" into the ground to attack you so there's no excuse why you shouldn't hit them before they land on the ground. Now when you see the car, you will have only seconds to land three clips of bullets before it flies out of the screen! Be sure that you land 18 bullets onto the car once you see the red Cadillac on the screen or Kantaris will escape. If you see Kantaris slamming onto a pillar to her death, that means you've succeeded in destroying one of the most feared criminal syndicates in the planet. If not, Kantaris will laugh at you and you will notice that fast reflexes with lots of awareness are a must on Time Crisis! 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That is why you MUST follow the protocol as described in the Newsflash section of this document. ======================================================================== RESOURCES OF THIS DOCUMENT * Joel Alambra (for telling me that Kantaris is a woman) * Nikos Constant (Courtesy of Tips and Tricks) * Namco America (You know the website already!) Please post new records at news:rec.games.video.arcade, which is the only newsgroup worth visiting. ======================================================================== ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS * Kao Megura for being the most prolific FAQ Author in the Internet * Namco for creating a Light Gun Game that changed the way we play Light Gun Games. * Many FAQ Authors who gave their time to give Time Crisis their attention by writing an FAQ or something dedicated to Time Crisis * GameFAQs for being the largest archive of Original Work * John Lakin for using my Time Crisis II FAQ for his own purposes. I know sometimes it sucks just to have to use somebody's resources, but I know that credit has to be given if that has to happen!!! * Joel Alambra and Nikos Constant for being the first two people to cover TC for the PlayStation. * IGN for being the best Video Gaming Community ever. * Finally, Richard Miller for proving that you don't need any partners or reinforcements to complete a mission. ** END OF DOCUMENT ** Unpublished Work (c) Mark Kim. All Rights Reserved Time Crisis (c)1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999 Namco. All Rights Reserved