The only thing more boring than Carnivores is Vegetarians II, the Revenge.
Turok need not fear, Carnivores
is here. Guaranteed to turn you into oil just like the dead dinosaurs that have
captured our hearts and imaginations...
first. Although Carnivores is a slow experience and an exercise in the
virtue of patience, it is actually a well put-together game, or at least "simulation."
WizardWorks set out to create a simulation that would incorporate what we presently
know about dinosaur behavior and combine it with a Deer Hunter-esque
experience. After all, WizardWorks is responsible for the best-selling Deer
In other words, they were going for the 'realistic' approach to discovering
a planet of dinosaurs 200 years into the future, and the following commercial
exploitation of this scientific discovery by DinoHunt Corp., a company that
buys the rights to the planet and turns it into a hunting reserve. Go figure.
Now, keep in mind that I have never met a dinosaur. Nor have I any clear reference
points with which I can gauge dinosaur intelligence quotas, save for the big-budget
Hollywood dramatizations of men playing god with dinosaur DNA. I must say though,
that Wizard Works did a good job at making me believe that they had done their
fair share of reading Paleontological America's latest studies on the skeletal
remains of the big lizards and insights into their behavior. As best I could
tell, the dinosaurs behaved realistically according to their type and territorial
nature. I believed it.
killing or being killed by 7 species of dinosaurs, all of which have their own
unique characteristics. As a beginner, you'll hunt plant-eating dinosaurs and
slowly move your way up to the ever-popular T-Rex. Each dinosaur you hunt has
varying degrees of sight, smell and hearing. Because of this, you can't just
run up with guns blazing, screaming a Klingon battle cry as you jump into the
fray. They'll either run away or turn you into dinosaur chow. Instead, you have
to wait, careful not to leave a trace, making sure you travel upwind so they
can't smell you and then pounce upon your victim only when the time is right.
Hence, you'll notice long periods of boredom and tedium, broken only by the
act of long awaited blood shed. Blam!! Damn, I missed again. Eventually, the
reward is your very own dinosaur trophy in your own authentic dinosaur trophy
room. Not much of a rush.
The totally immersive environment not only looks beautiful, but also goes on
forever. I tried finding the edge or border of each level just to determine
the size of the maps, and this was no easy task. You can go just about everywhere
in any direction for days.
The dinosaurs look awesome and their movements are very realistic. Tthe graphics
are pure eye candy with or without 3Dfx. There are no special light shows or
explosions, since your weaponry consists of either a shotgun, tranquilizer rifle
or crossbow. We're going for blatant realism here, fellas. I have used a BFG,
I have killed indiscriminately with a BFG, and there is no BFG to be used in
Carnivores is not for everyone. If you play Unreal
and Shogo, you'll hate the slow pace of Carnivores.
If you're a hunting fan and enjoyed Deer Hunter, then you'll enjoy this.
The environments are massive, beautifully rendered and peaceful to travel through.
The hunting experience is as realistic as they could make it (presumably). I'm
just not sold on the whole concept of a dinosaur huntin', futuristic, space