Review by SkedarHunter
"I am T-Rex. Hear me roar.....in pain as dino hunter blast me with fusion charge."
Turok: Dinosaur Hunter is the first in the Turok series, which is quite original and very nice. There's not much else to say here, so let's just get on with the review.
The Lost World is a huge gathering place for the universe. One day, the Campaigner drops by. He finds a piece of a massively destructive weapon known as the Chronoscepter. Millions of years ago, an alien race invented it, and then unwittingly turned it on itself. Finally, a small group of them reclaims the weapon, and breaks it into eight pieces, which they hide very carefully. Campy goes after these pieces, since when he finds them and amasses the weapon, he'll be able to bridge the gap between the Lost World and Earth. But Turok is there to stop him. In his family, the eldest male has the duty to keep the Lost World safe from itself and others. He must find the pieces before the Campaigner does, defeat Campy himself, and destroy the weapon for good.
.....Unfortunately, it's not that simple. The controls are a bit confusing at first: you use the C Buttons to move, the Control Stick to look around(and aim your gun), Z to fire, and A or B to scroll forward or backward through your arsenal(it goes from weakest to strongest). The Control Pad toggles the Run or Walk mode. Run lets you go faster, and is recommended for making tough jumps over bottomless pits(every single level has these, and virtually none of them are easy to jump over). Walk gives you greater control; this is useful for going over thin ledges or bridges. R makes you jump, and L turns on the map; this is your best friend(besides the guns). It's a bit hard to figure out, but fortunately, they were kind enough to toss in a practice mode. You can do the basic tutorial, which walks you through the training course, or you can do the time challenge, which will see how quickly you can beat the course(the game's record is a pathetic six minutes).
Very nice sound. You can hear the sounds that out-of-sight animals make; the roar of a lion, the weird noise of a monkey(speaking of which, there are monkeys in the game that will scamper up the nearest tree upon seeing you), the chirps of birds. Definitely not a game that the faint-of-heart want to play in the dark. Turok will yell in terror if he falls into a bottomless pit; his yell is VERY scary, for some reason. He will also yell in pain if he gets hit by an enemy, and the enemies do the same when they get killed. The bosses make unique sounds as well; the screeching tires of the armored Jeeps, the insect-roar of the Giant Mantis, the dino-roar of the T-Rex, etc.
If you like primal music, you'll love the music in this game. They make nice music pieces for the levels, while sounding like they use just primitive instruments. There are even some level-specific tunes(there are two levels that share the same tune; the first and second one. The seventh and eighth one also share the same track, but the eighth one only shares the seventh level's track while you are outside; inside, you hear another unique soundtrack). I think it's ok, but I'm not a big fan of primal instruments, so that's why it got the rating it did.
This is the part of Turok I dislike the most: the challenge. Most levels are hard at first because you never know what enemy is around the corner, and thus, what weapon to have out. After you get to know the level, and know what to expect, it becomes easier. You can even go back through a level that you've cleared out, and pick up a special item that you couldn't get at before, and then the level is really easy, since you cleared out most of the enemies on your first trip through, and you likely have better weapons or more ammo. The bosses are kind of overrated, since most of their attacks are easy to avoid; just backpedal in a circle around the arena and most of their attacks will completely miss you while you can keep emptying your strongest weapon into them. The last two levels are the hardest in the game(stupid seventh level...); you will be pulling your hair out and cursing Acclaim for making the game so hard. But if you like challenge, you'll adore this game(it also has three difficulty levels). For those who don't like a lot of challenge, there are also cheat codes you can use to give yourself the edge you need to beat a level, or just have fun with the game.
Turok is a good game, and a worthy investment. If you don't like a lot of challenge, or like to play with friends a lot instead of by yourself, then it isn't all that great.
Reviewer's Score: 7/10 | Originally Posted: 08/11/02, Updated 08/11/02
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