Namco G-CON45 Lightgun Boxsets

Namco G-CON45 Lightgun Boxsets.

Whilst Namco released the G-CON45 on it’s own in single format black and yellow retail PlayStation packaging they also released  G-CON45 Lightgun Boxsets  which have become extremely collectable since release.  G-CON45 boxsets included Time Crisis, Ghoul Panic and both Point Blank & Point Blank 2.  Since release these box sets have been described as limited or special edition and feature bright attractive artwork.

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Namco Ghoul Panic G-CON45 Light Gun Box Set

INFORMATION:

Publisher: Sony
Developer: Namco
Product Number:  SCES-02543 & SLEH-00007

BOX DESCRIPTION (Quoted from Original box Rear) :

From the creators of POINT BLANK™ comes a brand new wacky 3D adventure got the G-CON45™. Blast your way through the dusty corridors of a spooky mansion. Take on the might of ghouls, ghosts, monsters, mummies, skeletons and spooks to open the locked doors and uncover hidden bonuses.

The popular arcade shooting game comes into the home, with all new bonus features exclusive to the PlayStation®.

Frantic party modes for up to 8 players taking turns in the house of horror.

Suitable for younger players – non violent gameplay.

DESCRIPTION:

Ghoul Panic is a comedy adventure game, set in a haunted mansion. Using a PlayStation light-gun, take on the might of vampires, monsters, mummies, skeletons and spooks to open the locked doors and uncover hidden bonuses.

A conversion of the arcade game from 1999, with 3 difficulties and hidden game modes. There are also PlayStation exclusive game modes, including Survival, Adventure and Remix.

What secrets lie in the HAUNTED HOUSE!!! I don’t scare easily, but I got to be honest, you wouldn’t catch me going anywhere near that old deserted house on the hill. I’m telling ya, you’d have to be mad to go there.

All the towns folk know the stories, the old legends of the crazy old witch who turns strangers into cats to add to her collection…. And the ghosts that haunt the corridors… and the mad scientist making monsters out of who knows what. It’s enough to turn your hair white with fear! But listen to me. If you are determined to go and explore up there, you’d better be armed.

Loads of holy water should do the trick. Oh, and don’t go in alone take a friend who knows what they are facing. Even better, up to eight of you can go in guns a-blazing and have a real Ghost-busting party!

Features:

  • Set in a haunted mansion
  • Vampires
  • Monsters
  • Mummies
  • Skeletons
  • 3 difficulties
  • Hidden game modes
  • Loads of additional PlayStation-exclusive game modes including Survival, Adventure and Remix

The Ghoul Panic G-CON45 Light Gun Box Set  included a “Not to be sold separately” copy of Ghoul Panic plus a G-CON45 Lightgun, G-CON Adapter & intructions sheet.


Namco Point Blank G-CON45 Light Gun Box Set

INFORMATION:

Publisher: Sony
Developer: Namco
Product Number:  SCES-00886 & SLEH-00007

BOX DESCRIPTION (Quoted from Original box Rear) :

JOIN Dr DON & Dr DAN in POINT BLANK”‘ – the wackiest shoot ’em up EVER! Literally hundreds of galleries and thousands of different targets await you – blast away at gnashing piranha and fluffy ducks or try to take out a falling bottle in one shot – there are literally THOUSANDS of fast-moving targets.

This PlayStation exclusive version of POINT BLANK™ features the original arcade version plus four all-new modes, including a Quest mode and an insane Party Play mode for up to eight players that’ll knock ’em DEAD!

DESCRIPTION:

While most shooters of this type released during the mid-to-late ’90s focused on shooting monsters or criminals in order to advance levels, Namco’s Point Blank brought back the old school style of shooting. Originally introduced in 1994 as an arcade gallery shooter, the game focused on the player’s ability to aim accurately and shoot fast.

In 1998, the idea remains the same, though Namco made a few adjustments for this home version. Packaged with the company’s own GunCon light gun, Point Blank offers the full arcade game with new gallery shooting levels, a Training Mode, and a multiplayer mode (head-to-head or tournament).

There is also an RPG/Quest mode, set on Point Blank Island, where you must find all five pieces of a priceless object: the legendary Gunball. Gameplay involves acquiring gold, buying items (such as clothing and a machine gun), checking a map to help you navigate the island, talking to people, and shooting cows, bad guys, and color-coded targets in a shooting gallery.

Point Blank offers more than 70 shooting scenarios, and lets up to eight gamer’s join the action.

Manufacturer’s description:

“ONE OF THE TOP TEN ARCADE GAMES OF ALL TIME” – EGM, OCTOBER ’97

You’ll love the hilarious shooting frenzy of Point Blank! Over 70 completely different wild-and-crazy shooting scenarios will have you laughing so hard, you might not be able to aim straight!

  • Loaded with the original arcade game, an all-new quest mode and extra areas created just for the PlayStation game console.
  • Play alone, head-to-head vs. a friend, or start a round-robin team tournament for up to eight players!
  • An all-new RPG-quest mode will send you to Point Blank Island on a crazy bullet-filled quest for the mysterious “Gunball.”
  • Shoot all day long without hurting a fly. Tired of too many bloodthirsty gun battles? Point Blank is a breath of fresh air with over 70 crazy arcade and fantasy shooting challenges.

Features:

  • First person perspective.
  • 2D graphics
  • Cartoon graphics
  • Fantasy & Humour themes.

The POINT BLANK  G-CON45 Light Gun Box Set  included a “Not to be sold separately” copy of Point Blank plus a G-CON45 Lightgun, G-CON Adapter & intructions sheet.


Namco Point Blank G-CON45 Light Gun Box Set

INFORMATION:

Publisher: Sony
Developer: Namco
Product Number:  SCES-02180 & SLEH-00007

BOX DESCRIPTION (Quoted from Original box Rear) :

Created exclusively for PlayStation®, POINT BLANK2™ features shooting galleries galore, including an entire Theme park to run riot in, a new story mode AND madcap Party modes, specially designed for team playing

DESCRIPTION:

Point Blank 2 is the sequel to the now classic arcade game Point Blank, which was converted to the PlayStation in 1998. Using the Namco built GunCon (an arcade-like light gun), it offers 70 new shooting galleries, different party modes and a new single-player game.

If you’re playing single-player, you have a few options from which to choose. The arcade mode is simply 16 rounds (of either beginner, advanced or insane difficulty) selected randomly from the 70 different shooting galleries. You’ll get to shave sheep by shooting off their wool, test your accuracy in one-shot, one-hit bouts and save Dr. Don and Dr. Dan from wacky situations. There is also an endurance mode in which you climb a tall tower to see how far you can get in three tries.

Out is the old single-player role-playing game from the original and in is an action-packed adventure. There are four rides to choose from, each with their own theme (like a haunted house and a submarine). The objective is to gain clues to save the King’s daughter. To get new players familiar with the game controls, there is also a practice mode.

If you’ve got a friend or a group of friends, Point Blank 2 features a wide variety of different play modes. The arcade games are enabled as well as turf wars, tournaments and a team-play option. You can also give certain players handicaps or enable penalties. Up to 8 people can play by alternating GunCons.

Manufacturer’s description:

If you went BANANAS over the original Point Blank, you’ll go APE over the sequel! Point Blank 2 is everything you loved about the original, but this time it’s even better. Loaded with over 70 all-new wild-and-crazy shooting scenarios, Point Blank 2 is so much fun you won’t be able to put your GunCon down!

All new Endurance Mode! Climb your way to the top of the tower by shooting everything in sight!

  • Save the princess before it’s too late, and become the hero in an all new Theme Park Mode!
  • Fire away by yourself with a friend, with 2 friends, 3 friends, – UP TO EIGHT PLAYERS round-robin style!
  • New hilarious modes, new wacky scenarios, same crazy Dr. Dan and Dr. Don make this sequel the fastest, kookiest gun game around.
  • Theme Park Mode – A new story mode adventure!
  • Party Mode – Play with up to eight players!
  • Endurance Mode – Find out how good your really are!
  • Arcade Mode – Just like the original arcade classic.

Features:

  • First person perspective.
  • 2D graphics
  • Cartoon graphics
  • Fantasy & Humour themes.

The POINT BLANK 2 ™ G-CON45 Light Gun Box Set  included a “Not to be sold separately” copy of Point Blank 2 plus a G-CON45 Lightgun, G-CON Adapter & intructions sheet.


Namco Time Crisis G-CON45 Light Gun Box Set

INFORMATION:

Publisher: Sony
Developer: Namco
Product Number:  SCES-00657 & SLEH-00007

 

BOX DESCRIPTION (Quoted from Original box Rear) :

Be Richard Miller in this heart-thumping arcade adventure. The original arcade smash PLUS an all-new mission for the world’s top secret agent where the only rule is if it moves, SHOOT IT! Compatible with the G-Con45™ and exclusive to PlayStation™.

DESCRIPTION:

As Richard Miller, your primary objective is to eliminate all moving targets and save the girl; if you accept this mission, there will be lots of carnage and death following in your wake.

Developed by Namco and previously released in the Arcade, Time Crisis is a first-person on-rails light gun shooter; there are two versions — one with the Guncon peripheral and one without. Using either control method, you’ll blast your way through three stages, each with four areas filled with hired goons and vile boss characters. When the action stage begins, you’ll start from a crouched position while enemy troops try and thwart your objective. While they’re reloading, stand up and start spraying the area. You will have the option of crouching behind objects at anytime during gunfights. Just remember to keep your gun reloaded!

STORY:
The main plot of the original Time Crisis arcade game release involves an attempted coup in the fictional republic of Sercia. For a millennium, the Garo family ruled Sercia with an iron fist. In 1995, the V.S.S.E. International Intelligence Agency sent William MacPherson, who successfully toppled the Garo regime and became its first democratically elected president.

The last remaining member of the Garo family, Sherudo Garo, sought to recapture the throne from the hands of President MacPherson. He sends a mercenary named Wild Dog and kidnaps the president’s daughter, Rachel. Garo demands military secrets in return for Rachel’s safe return or he will kill her by sunset. V.S.S.E. sends its best agent, Richard Miller (also called the One-Man Army) to break in, invade Garo’s castle and rescue Rachel.

GAMEPLAY:
Time Crisis is a three-dimensional first person rail shooter similar to Virtua Cop and The House of the Dead instalments, in which the player holds a light gun and goes through the motions of firing at on-screen enemies. Time Crisis is best known for its cover system, in which players can duck behind cover to avoid enemy fire and reload his weapon. There are three stages, each consisting of three areas and a boss fight.

There are various modes in which to choose including Arcade, Time Attack and the Special modes. Like the name implies, the Arcade mode is the original version of Time Crisis. Here, you’ll follow the storyline and play until you’ve run out of lives, time or continues. Time Attack will have you blasting goons with unlimited lives. However, you must clear the stage as quickly as possible. In the Special mode, Richard Miller receives a new mission — to infiltrate a weapons factory. Unique to the PlayStation, your success in this mode will determine the route the game will take.

Manufacturer’s description:

TO DEFEAT A CASTLE FULL OF ARMED KILLERS, IT’S GOING TO TAKE WITS, SKILL AND COURAGE. AND ONE VERY BIG GUN.

EVEN TIME IS YOUR ENEMY
When Rachel, the President’s daughter, is kidnapped by a madman, it’s up to secret agent Richard Miller to save the day. The only thing standing between Richard and Rachel is an army of henchmen, a dozen or so murderous ninjas, and a few robotic assassins, just for good measure. The odds are tough, but with the Namco Guncon to even the score, Richard’s got a fighting chance.

Features the complete arcade hit, plus a new original scenario for the PlayStation game console.
Hidden areas to discover throughout the game.
Multiple endings, each linked to how well you complete your mission.
Challenge the Story Mode or sharpen your shooting skills in Time Attack Mode.

Features: 

  • First person perspective
  • 3D Graphics
  • Cartoon Graphics
  • Counter terrorist theme.

The TIME CRISIS ™ G-CON45 Light Gun Box Set  included a “Not to be sold separately” copy of Time Crisis plus a G-CON45 Lightgun, G-CON Adapter & intructions sheet.


Compatibility.

The G-Con45 lightguns were not the only PS1 compatible lightguns available on the market.  Konami released their none G-Con45 compatible Justifier/Hyperblaster whilst many 3rd party manufacturers released their own lightguns with varied compatibility.  These none G-Con45 lightguns will be covered at a later date however for now here’s a list of PS1 G-Con45 compatible games.

  • Die Hard Trilogy 2: Viva Las Vegas (Justifier/Hyperblaster or Guncon)
  • Elemental Gearbolt (Justifier/Hyperblaster or GunCon)
  • Extreme Ghostbusters: Ultimate Invasion (GunCon)
  • Galaxian3 (GunCon)
  • Ghoul Panic (Released as “Oh! Bakyuuun” in Japan, uses GunCon)
  • Gunfighter: The Legend of Jesse James (GunCon)
  • Guntu Western Front June, 1944 (JPN only, GunCon)
  • Judge Dredd (Justifier/Hyperblaster or GunCon)
  • Maximum Force (Justifier/Hyperblaster or GunCon)
  • Point Blank (GunCon)
  • Point Blank 2 (GunCon)
  • Point Blank 3 (GunCon)
  • Rescue Shot (GunCon)
  • Resident Evil Survivor (JPN/PAL versions) (GunCon)
  • Simple 1500 Series Vol.024 – The Gun Shooting (JPN only, GunCon)
  • Simple 1500 Series Vol.063 – The Gun Shooting 2 (JPN only, GunCon)
  • Time Crisis (GunCon)
  • Time Crisis: Project Titan (GunCon)

Important Footnote.

GunCon 45 Lightgun Controllers will only work on CRT based TV’s.  I personally use Bang & Olufsen CRT’s and they can be picked up pretty cheaply these days.  The B&O AV5 is a very nice 4:3 ratio CRT TV and the sound is absolutely amazing however for pure aesthetics the Beovision 1 can not be beaten.  Both B&O TV’s output amazing quality RGB pictures with some of the best visuals this side of Sony PVM Monitors.  Well worth searching out in my opinion.


 

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