Namco Bandai Strikes Gold Twice, Launch Dates Set for Latest Time Crisis and Naruto Titles


Namco Bandai’s two post-Enslaved game releases now have ship dates set it stone, as both Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2 and Time Crisis: Razing Storm have officially gone gold and are scheduled to launch side by side on October 19th. Time Crisis will retail for $50, Naruto for $60.

Time Crisis: Razing Storm is the latest installment in the popular arcade shooter franchise, and once again it is exclusive to PS3. It’ll feature four main play modes plus two bonus games, including Deadstorm Pirates and the arcade version of Time Crisis 4 (the previous PS3 title). Razing Storm has been developed to take advantage of the new PlayStation Move motion controller, but those who still have a Guncon 3 from Time Crisis 4 (I do, I do!) are all set thanks to the game’s support for the light gun peripheral.

Featuring four extensive gameplay modes, Time Crisis: Razing Storm combines the series’ traditional shooting action with fully destructible environments. Arcade Mode provides the perfect coin-op adaptation to experience the adrenaline rush of annihilating an onslaught of enemies. In the game’s free-roaming Story Mode, players can take cover and shoot at-will in a variety of new stages. New to the series, a multiplayer Online Battle Mode will allow up to eight friends from around the world to participate in cooperative and competitive fun. Sentry Mode offers up to four players the offline opportunity to stop prisoners from escaping during a penitentiary riot that unfolds in the beginning of the main story.

As a bonus, Time Crisis: Razing Storm will include two additional games: Deadstorm PiratesTM and Time CrisisTM4 Arcade Ver.

Set sail and step into the shoes of a young swashbuckler in Deadstorm Pirates. Recently released in the arcades, players partake in single or two player co-op arcade adventures while shooting down hordes of enemies and monsters. Players will man the helm, fire guns and cannons, as they travel across the open seas in search for Poseidon’s Treasure.

Revisit the dynamic partnership of Giorgio Bruno and Evan Bernard as they prevent a biological weapon from falling into the wrong hands in the arcade version of Time Crisis 4. Based on the 2007 hit, Time Crisis 4 features fast-paced action that allows players to take cover from a barrage of bullets, lead out, and then engage their enemies in either single or split-screen multiplayer modes. An online ranking system will be available in both Deadstorm Pirates and Time Crisis 4, so players can see how their performance stacks up against the world. Both games will also be compatible with the PlayStation®Move motion controller and Guncon®3.

Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2 is the PS3 and Xbox 360 sequel to the PS3-exclusive Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm, and it is set to upgrade many of the first game’s shortcomings.

Developed by CyberConnect2, NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja: STORM 2 brings the anime series to life with rich content and engaging gameplay. While there are two sides to every story, NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja: STORM 2 has three. Encompassing the NARUTO SHIPPUDEN story arc, players will live the adventure through the eyes of Naruto, Sasuke and Jiraiya. In addition to these fan-favorite ninja, the game will include more than 40 playable warriors for more intense epic battles. As an added bonus, Lars Alexandersson, of TEKKEN® 6 fame, will appear as an unlockable guest character. Bringing his explosive signature moves to the game’s versus mode, Lars will also appear in his TEKKEN 6 costume designed by NARUTO creator Masashi Kishimoto.

Faithfully recreating the anime universe, players will not only be able to travel through the stomping grounds of Hidden Leaf Village, but also Tenchi Bridge, Orochimaru’s Hideout, and now Mount Myoboku. Additionally for the first time in the Ultimate Ninja series, online versus play will be available to let budding ninja flex their jutsu muscle and take on the world. Featuring an evolved Support Character system, players must strategically recruit the correct allies to help unleash bigger and more explosive Team Ultimate Jutsu upon enemies who stand in the way.

To finish, here are three new gameplay videos from Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2.

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