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My review of Turok, Dinosaur Hunter

Updated on May 1, 2015


This game was one of the rare games that looked good for the N64. It's also one of the few first person shooters that controlled well on the N64. I have fond memories of this game, and it's one of the few games I like for this particular console. When you load this game up, you see an iguana sitting atop the Akklaim logo. Arrows then bombard it, causing the iguana to cowardly hide behind the logo. This little scene shows the graphical beauty that is in this game. Turok looks good for the N64. I may be biased, as at the time and to this day I have a fascination with dinosaurs, but this game is fun. You play as Turok, a native American chosen to defend the world from another dimension that includes plasma shooting raptors, flame throwing tyrannosaurs, hunters and sorcerers. I know this game is based off the comic of the same name, but I never read the comic, save for the one that was in the manual. This game is minimum story maximum action. In other words, mindless fun. You progress through levels, finding keys to portals and slaying dinosaurs, humans and even cyborg dinos. Hey, it's dumb, but it's not meant to be taken seriously. This game is not only mindless fun, but it is damn hard. You find yourself running out of ammo soon, and have to conserve relatively soon in the game. Boss fights are epic, save for the first one which has you battling a jeep then a plasma gun toting human. Unfortunately, this game has its flaws. It's a bit too hard for the wrong reasons. I don't like conserving ammo, and I don't like running out of ammo and waiting for refills to show up in the middle of a tense boss fight. The ending is also extremely disappointing. Spoiler alert. After defeating the sorcerer, you run through a hallway that is being engulfed in flames. You jump out, land in a river, and look up to see the building slowly exploding. That is it. I was pissed at that ending when I first beat this game, and still find it disappointing. All that work, all that trouble, all that frustration and challenge, for an ending that lasts less than 2 minutes and does not satisfy at all. If you like dinosaurs, mindless first person shooters, and don't mind that this games ending disappoints, then pick it up. To be honest, the best fun with this game is when you cheat, and don't have to worry about conserving ammunition. It's a game I have good memories of for the N64, and it was one of the few games that instantly impressed.

65/100. Would be more, but that ending knocks it a lot of points


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