Review by sp500

"Marks the pinnacle of the Turok Franchise"

Turok Evolution is perhaps the best game that has ever graced the Turok franchise, and the First Person mode of play.

NOTE: My review is based on the Gamecube version of the game.

Graphics: 9/10
The graphics of this game is nothing short of stellar. The gamecube version of this game is especially sharp and more ''clean'' looking than the other console versions. The gamecube version also has more colors, allowing the Turok game to graphically come alive. The framerate is also at a consistent high most of the time, as there is hardly any slowdown during the game.

Sound: 10/10
The sound of this game is also very good. Enemies and dinosaurs give out their own unique grunts and noises, and each weapon in Turok's arsenal has its own sound effect. One weapon to take note of is the minigun - observe the sound it makes when you shoot it against the ground or at an enemy - very realistic. The foot steps of enemies can also be heard, truly giving you the feel of a dinosaur hunter. All in all, very good. Did I mention that this game supports DPL II? All in all, this game's sound gives a very atmospheric touch - an intention concieved when the first Turok game was made but never realized till now.

Gameplay: 10/10
The Gameplay of this game is a revolutionary for the franchise, and it has turned out to be a revolution for the better. The game is much longer (15 chapters) than the previous games, but less frustrating. Each chapter is split up into different sections, so no longer will one find themselves aimlessly exploring a level - an element that contributed to much frustration in previous Turok games. This provides for a fast paced game that throws you into the the depth of the action and keeps you there until the end of the game. Another thing that was noted was the remarkable A.I that the enemies have. No longer will enemie just stand there with Bulls eyes on there heads - they will constantly strafe, retreat, dodge, call for back up, and sometimes even bow down with cowardice. This makes for a very fun and challenging gameplay experience. One thing about this game that is different from the other Turoks is the difficulty level. The game is VERY hard as you progress to the later levels, and there is no way to lower or increase the setting. Only the best of players will be able to make it to the end without cheats. If you were looking for a challenging game with longevity, you found it in Turok Evolution.

THere is a story in this game, but since story is never considered to be a significant element in a Turok game, I will likewise not comment on it. All I can say is that for a Turok game, the story is good and well told with FMVs.

All in all, an excellent game. Do not pass it up.

Reviewer's Score: 10/10 | Originally Posted: 09/01/02, Updated 09/01/02

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