Crisis Beat is a 3D beat 'em up game. The story takes place aboard a ship called the "Princess of the Fearless", which gets sea-jacked by a group of Terrorists, led by Colonel Whigen. The player will have to fight through the different areas aboard the ship in an attempt to stop the Terrorists.
The game's combat system heavily emphasizes combos, air juggles, and the use of background objects to attack, it also features a Lock-On Counter system. The player gets to choose a character from 2 pairs, so their story begins differently. Each character has their own voices, and their designs give them an anime look.