Turok, the old dinosaur hunter is getting an update, thanks to Disney and Vancouver-based Propaganda Games. However, this is not your father’s Turok. Created in 1954, as a comic book character, the latest version of the American native dinosaur hunter is a special op commando sent on a remote planet to find his former mentor, Roland Kane. This new first person shooter game will be available on X-Box 360 and Playstation 3 on February 5 2008.
The Comic Book Bin got a private demo of the upcoming game with senior producer Craig Ostrander and Eric Wein. Turok relies on intelligent opponents and dinosaurs ruled by their own artificial intelligence. While Turok’s goal is to survive the harsh realities of the alien world, populated by bio-engineered dinosaurs and giant insects, everyone in this game seems to have a mind of his own.
A great game play tactic is to turn one opponent against another. Doing so is easy. For example, shoot at a dinosaur’s nest, then aim a special flare gun next to an enemy fighter. Watch the dinosaur go crazy on your opponent, hopefully saving you from taking both down. The best part about this is that one never knows whether the dinosaur or human fighter will prevail. This is partly why each game played in Turok, is always unique.
Some other cool strategy building tools are the new weapons, like the sticky bomb, allowing you to plant mines and have them detonate later. But your opponents can also use long distance weapons of their own, like the concussion grenades. Other weapons included a military bow, which is a modern take on the old Turok character from previous games and comic books and knife, for close kills.
Although watching the exploding dinosaurs was always cool, there was one bug in the game. It took a while for the opponents to detect that Turok was taking them down from far away. Normally, they should have spotted him quickly and fought back. This should be fixed by the time this game reaches stores.
The multiplayer game play allows up to 16 players at once. A good thing about this game is that Turok must seek cover at all times, otherwise he will not withstand too many gun fights.
This game is not rated yet, but intended for an audience aged
17 and up.