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Budget Game Review of the Week: Turok

Posted on Tuesday, November 1 @ 17:37:20 PST by Silios
Here's the skinny, each week I'll go to my local Gamestop and buy a game under twenty dollars, I'll then write a lengthy review about the game, followed by a summary of rather you should skip it or buy it. I don't read video game reviews despite being on this site, I try to stay away from what people say, so I can form my own opinion on the game. Keep in mind these are my opinions, if I say something bad about a game you like, don't get butt hurt over it, it's just my opinion.

Today's Review: Turok - Price $14.99

Well, at least it isn't brown... I really don't have much good to say about this game, I mean I loved Turok 2, I loved the weapons, the enemies, hell I even liked the story.

This game however, feels like someone took everything wrong with modern shooters, made a game, and added dinosaurs. Dinosaurs do make everything cooler, but not this game.


Imagine Halo 2... That's about it. You can dual wield, only hold two different weapons at a time with a knife and bow, and the guns are pretty run of the mill. I got pretty far in, and have yet to see a gun that wows me. You have an SMG, Pistol, and some gun that shoots bombs that are controlled by you. I'm sure there's more, but I really didn't get that far or wanted to proceed.

The AI is terrible, Human AI tactics involve running to you and shooting, that's about it. It's better than Soldier of Fortune, but that's not saying much. This AI tactic if you call it that, works fine for the dinos, but you spend far too much time with Humans than you do with the local wild life.

Oh and the whole awesome story with Fireseed and his kids, yeah all that's been deleted. Instead we get a guy literally named "Turok". He's got a Mohawk and some troubles with his past. Pretty boring set up. I know video games aren't renowned for their story, but the least the devs could of done is make me care about the characters.

Long story short your space ship crashes into a planet and pretty much everyone around you starts dying, the only person left alive is the most obnoxious character you wouldn't rub two cents to save his life.

See that may work in movies, two characters with friction forced to work together, but that doesn't fly in games. Mainly because gamers are natural born assholes, you give me a weapon I'll unload on someone I don't like. To bad they foresaw that and made said character invincible.


The sound humans make when they die in this game is laughable. "WAAAAGH" It's like someone remixed the Wilhelm scream. Other than that, nothing is quite impressive.


I'm not sure what engine it's running under, but I'm guessing UT3 engine considering how often the textures turn to smoosh as they load and pop up.

It's green... Which is refreshing. Grass moves when you walk through it, but it's still painfully dated.


No, it's not terrible. It's just not Turok. Turok to me was this alien game that had weapons galore, it was essentially a Quake 2 clone, but it was a damn good clone. It did a lot of things right, even if it was rehashed. Instead this modern version does everything wrong with FPS games. I guess if you're really starved for a shooter, then maybe. But I'd save my money.
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