Review by Komodo117

"Scary, Beautiful and Very Original"

Turok the Dinosaur Hunter was a giant step in the FPS Genre. Gone were the mazes levels of hallways. Gone were the typical alien/zombie monster. Gone was the typical Sci-Fi setting. What was in though were large, lush wide open environments. Jungles, ancient ruins and catacombs. Large dinosaurs and humans roamed these worlds, and in these worlds were probably the coolest weapons ever in a FPS. Different for a FPS? Yes. And different is what makes turock so appealing. The game is fast paced, beautiful, gory and is so well made you would think that another development team besides Iguana made it.

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Graphic Technology 10
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The graphics in Turok are absolutely stunning. The environments are beautiful as well are the character models. The best part of the graphics would have to be the wonderful animation. The game runs very smoothly and the games creatures move very like they would if they were real. The only bad part about the graphics is the very rare slowdown. Yes there is a lot of fog but that is there to keep the framerate. Besides it helps keep the games creepy atmosphere.

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Graphic Style 10
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The graphic style of t is game is very convincing considering that they had to make lots of it up. Flora and Fauna are perfectly replicated. Ancient ruins look as if you could find them in a hidden jungle on earth. They are eerie, dark and full of bones, tombs and traps. The last levels art style is particularly well done and looks very ancient. Also the weapons all look and animate fantastic

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Sound FX 10
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Weapon sounds, dinosaur growls, and atmospheric ambiance in this game are top notch. You'll find yourself turning up the volume just to hear the fantastic weapons.

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Music 9.5
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The music in this game can best be described as background music. It always fits the level. For the jungle levels you'll hear drums and far off dinosaurs. In ancient ruins you'll hear cry of people lost screaming in terror. The music is very well done and always appropriate. However it is often repeated to often.

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Control 10
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The control is perfect. Hard to learn but once you learn it you wont have trouble at all. I know some people complain about the jumping but I don’t know what they are talking about. Just loom at the ground before you jump!

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Gameplay 10
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The gameplay can best be described as ''just like Doom''. You go around killing stuff finding keys, go to next level fight the occasional boss and then beat the game. This is true and the games formula. But this game does it better than any game since doom. You have huge, massive a e inspiring environments. Weapons that make you giggle like a school girl when you pick them up and enemies that are frightening and fun to kill. The death animation’s and wean effects in this game are unparalleled. Sure its fairly simple but it is a complete blast.

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Originality 10
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This game is very original. Large natural environments in this game are totally not the norm for a FPS. And so are the enemies. Even the story is different and intriguing. More FPS shooter should take some tips from this game!

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Presentation 10
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Everything in this game is very well polished. A great intro, cut scenes and ending. Tons of passwords and modes also. Great death animation’s and weapons. This game makes everything about it look special. People walking by your TV will stop and look. This game is definitely an attention grabber with either its silky smooth graphics or its very gory, violent gameplay.

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Difficulty 8
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The game is of an average difficult. Normal mode is just right while hard
could be much more harder. Since the games levels are so huge you'll often find yourself lost. This is where the map cones in handy.

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Balance 10
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This game is very well balanced. Ammo and health items are evenly placed. Ultra powerful weapon and enemies are in the later levels. Some aren't but they are hard to find. Secrets are well worth the effort and being wasteful with your ammo can cost you dearly.

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Replay 10
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This game is at a perfect length. Around 12 hours first time through with no help on normal. You'll want to play through it again to find the secrets, to play the harder difficulty’s and to just experience it again. You can probably go through it in 6 hours after you played it a couple times. If you like the game I guarantee you'll play through it at least 5 times.

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Fun/Factor 10
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This game is just plain fun. The environments, weapons enemies and how you interact with them is a truly enjoyable experience. You'll have a smile on your face for sure.

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Buy or Rent---Buy
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Buy. You can find it used for around $12!

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Score
Final: 96/100 or 10
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Reviewer's Score: 10/10 | Originally Posted: 07/07/02, Updated 07/07/02


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