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Turok enters the new generation

Turok enters the new generation

Propaganda Games and Disney Interactive Studios are tomorrow launching Turok for Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 in Europe. Some of you might still remember the glory days of the Nintendo 64-era and the classic Turok, running around blasting a gigantic T-Rex with bow and fire - and the next generation game is not so different afterall. I have been playing the game and inside you will find my impressions and a big bunch of gameplay videos from the it.


Do not take the part about the Nintendo 64 cousin version as a negative thing - I was pleasantly surprised to see that though you now are surrounded by space marines, the base structure from the old games is still there. You still have the bow and you are still chasing dinosaurs. Unreal Engine 3 and some solid gameplay makes this game a worthy successor of the Nintendo 64 games, as we still have Turok: Evolution burried somewhere in the back of our minds.

The game starts of with Turok meeting up with his new squad on a space shuttle, somewhere in the galaxy. While preparing for entering a planet, a missile hits the ship and the crew crashes down on the surface. The plan is to find the other parts of the ship to meet up with the rest of your squad, but the player soon realize that the planet is nothing like Earth - the ground is filled with dinosaurs and gigantic scorpions, besides from the expected enemy soldiers.

As Turok starts the journey to find a man, Kane, he instantly have the choice to either kill everything in his path or have some help from the dinosaurs to kill the soldiers, Kane's Wolf pack. Turok has a couple of gadgets to use in luring various dinosaurs towards the Wolf pack soldiers, but you often see yourself in a too stressful situation to do this. It is not rare being surrounded by both enemy soldiers and dinosaurs, forcing you to shoot everything on sight.

The gameplay is solid and while the way you setup kills offers nothing new, the Turok series have always been rather unique thanks to the fact that you have to face dinosaurs. Documentaries on TV have given us an image of how dinosaurs are "supposed" to act, and the game does a pretty good job in recreating that. Many developers get this part wrong, but they move in Turok the way you expect such large animals to do.

Using the knife is the most effective way to end a battle, as Turok most of the times can kill enemies with one button click. Sneaking works well, as you crouch in the high grass waiting for the soldiers to walk by. The dinos on the other hand move fast, and can sometimes be hard to get close to. If there was no other enemy close-by, I could often run to them and do the melee attack - but occasions where you are against just one enemy are rare.

Turok offers a bunch of online multiplayer modes, introducing online co-op online mode to the series. What it does not offer, on the other hand, is an offline multiplayer mode in any sort, which may disappoint eager gamers out there. There are 10 online maps, where three of them are playable in co-op mode for up to four players. The rest are available in the other modes, including Deathmatch and Capture the flag for up to 16 players. A pleasant surprise is to see dinosaurs implented in certain areas of the maps, bringing up the tension when you hunt other players.

Finding bad things about this game is not easy, as Turok does nothing that is purely wrong. The graphics are impressive without being revolutionary, the sound is great and the gameplay does not offer much that will go into the history book. It does the atmosphere great, as you crouch in the grass around several dinosaurs while helicopters swing by your head. The soldiers you meet are not behaving in the smartest way, rarely taking cover when you enter a firefight. I played it in hard mode, but could still often just aim and shoot without having to think where they would go next. These are not things that will ruin the experience with the game, but they are still factors that will affect the gameplay quality.
On the whole, Turok is a great first game in the series on current-generation consoles. It offers impressive graphics, interesting moments and the same fun experience many of us had 10 years ago when the first game came out.

Below you will find some gameplay videos and all of them should be considered spoiler-free, as they are from the first hour of the game.

Story introduction
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Using the bow
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Multiplayer maps
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T-Rex meeting
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All comments

Commented on 2008-02-07 12:34:00
this game pretty much kicks ass ^^
Commented on 2008-02-07 14:21:09
Is the actual game any better from terrible demo ? I couldnt force myself to finish it .....
Commented on 2008-02-07 14:26:58 In reply to GeRaLTo
Posted by GeRaLTo
Is the actual game any better from terrible demo ? I couldnt force myself to finish it .....
The choice to use the cave level was unfortunate, personally I was going crazy by getting pushed around in small cave areas by those red dinos. I was pleasantly surprised with the full version, as the demo didn't impress me much. More fun weapons helped too.
Commented on 2008-02-07 14:48:08
Wow, almost sounds like an advertisement.

"Finding bad things about this game is not easy"? What the hell?

"On the whole, Turok is a great first game in the series on current-generation consoles." Wow, Turok is the best Turok rated against no other games? AMAZING!
Commented on 2008-02-07 15:38:13 In reply to Jigen
Posted by Jigen
Wow, almost sounds like an advertisement.

"Finding bad things about this game is not easy"? What the hell?

"On the whole, Turok is a great first game in the series on current-generation consoles." Wow, Turok is the best Turok rated against no other games? AMAZING!
I appreciate your critic. It will get better, as I get more used to using the English language in longer articles. Finding the right words can be hard sometimes, as it's not my native language.
While it probably wasn't clear in the first place, my point was that the series did a good entrance on current-generation consoles.
Commented on 2008-02-07 16:15:09
pc version for me.
Commented on 2008-02-07 16:26:11 In reply to Jigen
Posted by Jigen
Wow, almost sounds like an advertisement.

"Finding bad things about this game is not easy"? What the hell?

"On the whole, Turok is a great first game in the series on current-generation consoles." Wow, Turok is the best Turok rated against no other games? AMAZING!
Wow, what a tool ...
Commented on 2008-02-07 16:52:41
i didn't feel like my bullets were doing any damage to the dinosaurs in the demo..and the cave had to be the WORST intro ever..i might rent this, but lack of a cerebral bore like weapon makes it feel like less of what it could have been..who's idea was it to leave THAT out?
Commented on 2008-02-07 18:43:47
Nice review.

To be honest, I really couldn't spot any flaws in the english, so kudos for that.
Commented on 2008-02-07 22:25:48 In reply to Manager
Posted by Manager
I appreciate your critic. It will get better, as I get more used to using the English language in longer articles. Finding the right words can be hard sometimes, as it's not my native language.
While it probably wasn't clear in the first place, my point was that the series did a good entrance on current-generation consoles.
Misunderstanding then. I took it as a badly formed opinion rather than simply language.
Commented on 2008-02-07 22:49:55
The multiplayer maps aren't half bad, but they aren't nearly as uniquely designed as the Turok: Rage Wars maps. I did enjoy the music though, it reminded me of Rage Wars the most. One more thing, I'm hoping you can play as a raptor in multiplayer because it was a fun addition in Rage Wars. I have no comment regarding single player, as I've seen enough of it to know it's pretty good.
Commented on 2008-02-07 23:44:47
The controls alone are reason enough for me to steer clear of this game. They are just incredibly horrible. It's almost impressive in a funny kind of way.

The lame, generic and repetitive environments certainly don't help either and the lack of any sense of atmosphere, or epicness really hurts as well.

I was hoping for a more 'Jurassic-park' like atmosphere, rather than the 'I'm-your-typical-Rambo-FPS-and-oh-yeah-there's-a-few-dinos-as-well' vibe.

Such a waste of potential.
Commented on 2008-02-08 01:52:25 In reply to Jato
Posted by Jato
I was hoping for a more 'Jurassic-park' like atmosphere, rather than the 'I'm-your-typical-Rambo-FPS-and-oh-yeah-there's-a-few-dinos-as-well' vibe.

Such a waste of potential.
The first game had its own good feel too, IMO. But this game is indeed shit.
Commented on 2008-02-08 02:35:51
Is there by any chance there'll be 720p for these videos?
Commented on 2008-02-08 09:09:08 In reply to Jigen
Posted by Jigen
The first game had its own good feel too, IMO. But this game is indeed shit.
And this is your idea of a well formed opinion?

Look at all the information Manager has given us, and you instead call it "shit"

Well done.
Commented on 2008-02-08 09:41:10 In reply to PlumbDrumb
Posted by PlumbDrumb
And this is your idea of a well formed opinion?

Look at all the information Manager has given us, and you instead call it "shit"

Well done.
I feel my opinion is better formed and more accurate than Manager's. I call it shit because that's what it is.

I'm upset that this game doesn't even live up to the Turok name, the game is made by complete noobs to game development and they're marketing the hell out of it in efforts to dupe as many people into buying it as possible.

For all I know this site too is involved. Doing favors for bish on neogaf maybe? EBgames lists the game as the #1 seller for two weeks on their site, and it's obvious that's paid for as well.

I'm tired of the games media all being sellouts and trying to sell people shitty games, and I will speak out about it when I see it.
Commented on 2008-02-08 09:46:37 In reply to Jigen
Posted by Jigen
I feel my opinion is better formed and more accurate than Manager's. I call it shit because that's what it is.

I'm upset that this game doesn't even live up to the Turok name, the game is made by complete noobs to game development and they're marketing the hell out of it in efforts to dupe as many people into buying it as possible.

For all I know this site too is involved. Doing favors for bish on neogaf maybe? EBgames lists the game as the #1 seller for two weeks on their site, and it's obvious that's paid for as well.

I'm tired of the games media all being sellouts and trying to sell people shitty games, and I will speak out about it when I see it.
Now did you play the game or the demo? I forgot which one you said.
Commented on 2008-02-08 13:57:54 In reply to Jigen
Posted by Jigen
For all I know this site too is involved. Doing favors for bish on neogaf maybe? EBgames lists the game as the #1 seller for two weeks on their site, and it's obvious that's paid for as well.

I'm tired of the games media all being sellouts and trying to sell people shitty games, and I will speak out about it when I see it.
It's amazing that you write this. I think we are really honest on the site, and we're not hesitating to write what we really feel about games - have you even seen our Diaries?
You talk about EBgames, but we're not an American site close to those stores (but I think EBGames is available in Europe too), we just started with ads (using Google ads previously), we've never been a moneymachine. It started out as a fansite and we just went commercial.
We're pretty new to this. We are happy with the amount of people visiting the site, but we are not anywhere close to getting what we said quoted on some boxart. Hell, we don't even use review scores (yet?). I think the lack of score makes you feel that I praised the game more than I actually do. I've written that the game offers no new stuff to the genre, that the things are "good" but not "awesome" or "great". I wouldn't give this game 9/10 or 10/10, but I think Turok is a pretty good game and many people agree with me.

I won't start to defend the things I write on this site, but it's amazing when people starts screaming "moneyhats" when you just like a game. I didn't score the game, I didn't say "omg buy it!!", I simple said I like it and explained the game a little bit. The line "For all I know this site too is involved" surprises me, a lot, specially as we just started with impressions about the games we play.

To the rest of you, thanks for the kind words, and I'll promise it will be better for each impression article I write in the future.
Posted by pensuke89
Is there by any chance there'll be 720p for these videos?
Sorry, no. I will get a HD capture card this year, but I'll be using this SD component card for now. It gives the best quality in this resolution though.
Commented on 2008-02-09 16:02:37
The game is not bad at all, and I can say is a good game as well. The demo level wasn´t a good choice, but the final version of the game is nice, good and huge environments, nice textures and most of dinos are very well animated. Humans AI is worst than dinos, but well, AI in most games is not the strong point. Give it a try, specially If you liked Turok 1 and 2 on N64 (Turok 3 was the worst to me in N64) And Turok evolution (NGC, PS2 and ¿Xbox?) was crap.
Commented on 2008-02-10 21:14:57
This game just doesn't live up to its N64 pedigree. The weapons are pretty uninspiring compared to the weapon selection of Turok 2. I'd trade in the Knife for a Cerebral Bore any time of the day.

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