I made an account just to post about this game.
I purchased the only copy available in my area today. How lucky I am. (:
To those of you wondering about slow-down... Perhaps all PS2s are not made equally, because I have only experienced slow-down TWICE... and I have played through maybe 80% of the game. Once was during a cutscene... so it didn't even matter... and the other was during a boss fight on a high-speed graphic intense train ride... and it was so minimal that it didn't effect the fight whatsoever... This game is well worthy of the scores it is receiving... There are some (small) things that are annoyances... but this game has so much personality, fun, and moments where you just laugh because it's so insane.
I will admit to the cheap deaths, though... sometimes I don't even realize I've died... the game is almost TOO incredibly fast paced... with some situations that are absolutely ridiculous... it's easy to earn points for extra lives, though... so it balances out. Most importantly, though... you have gotta see the bosses... the flash bosses are only the beginning of the creativity... once the game gets into Russia, the bosses get straight up CRAZY. All of them are very different, as well... I think they've created some of the most entertaining bosses in the shooting genre... heck, you just need to get the game.
Well done, Tom and Dan.
I recommend this game to everyone... even the pessimists who seem to hate everything. (:
but ehhhh someone help me :| I am lost when it comes to the hats... I have more than half of them but I don't even know how I earned them.