Posted on December 6, 2007,

Want Another Lightgun? Buy Another Bundle


Apart from being an absolute disaster to set up, Time Crisis 4 doesn’t sport the most readily-available multiplayer. The game’s 2-player mode is clearly a feature of the game, yet there are no Guncon 3 units on the market. Surely, they must be coming? There must be some remedy aside from the obvious (and outright absurd) one.

The Consumerist
is running a story containing a chat transcript with a customer service rep from Namco Bandai who made it quite clear what you have to do to play with two lightguns.

Customer Service Rep: You can play the split-screen with one Guncon 3 and a controller. If you wish to play two players using two Guncon 3s then you will need another copy of Time Crisis 4.

There is some crossover here with the current Guitar Hero III and Rock Band situations, but we do know that Activision and Harmonix plan to ship additional, standalone instruments. From what we can gather based on this, you’re SOL if you want to play with two lightguns – unless, of course, you feel like dropping another $90 for a second bundle.

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4 Comments on Want Another Lightgun? Buy Another Bundle


On December 6, 2007 at 9:36 pm

Did you, Consumerist, or Kotaku do any damn research?

December 20th. This is a non-f’in issue. If you want to complain about anything, talk about how Japan gets the stand-alone gun first. Oh wait…that’s how the game industry works.


On December 6, 2007 at 10:31 pm

Outrageous. To think that people don’t ship stand-alones for games with co-op features on the day. Also, maybe they could include a second for those who play co-op?


On December 6, 2007 at 11:51 pm

Brandon, did you consider that your average gamer that picks up the game and wants to play the multiplayer doesn’t want to import the gun?

Also, if you could show me where that’s confirmed for release in the US, that’d be great, but to the best of my knowledge, it hasn’t been.

So no, it’s not a non-issue.


On December 7, 2007 at 12:17 am

Chris, you are 100% right. There is no confirmed US data. However, the same breed of person that reads gaming sites and comments on Digg has no problem buying this off the web.

I just saw the same story multiple times in one day and it started to get under my skin. Sure, you can’t walk in to Wal-Mart and buy a second gun but no one anywhere has acknowledged the ability to buy a import gun. And it’s the black one! The one people are after to begin with.

To me it just shows the copy and paste mentality of a blog style media versus taking ten minutes to check some retailers/dig a little deeper for info “the other guy” didn’t post. I did five minutes of searching expecting to find a third-party gun and I found a first-party release.