Flashback Fridays: Turok: Dinosaur Hunter (N64/PC)

Turok TQ

Let’s take a moment to remember our past in a segment that we’d like to call Flashback Fridays. For those of you who are unfamiliar with what’s going on here, please refer to previous articles for more information. Today we are going to talk about one of the goriest experiences that I have ever played. The title that I’m going to discuss with all of you was the first FPS game I ever had the pleasure of trying out, Turok: Dinosaur Hunter for the N64/PC.

Wow, 1997 was a huge year for me as a gamer. On top of experiencing the awesomeness that is Final Fantasy VII,  and the death defying thrills of Cool Boarders 2, I got the chance to try out a new genre for the first time ever in the form of Turok: Dinosaur Hunter. After placing the disc into my computer for the first time, I soon realized that unleashing some rage on a group of intimidating creatures was not only visually disturbing to look at, but also a whole lot of fun to play as well. Still scared me to death though, but come on, I was just a kid, get over it.

The setup is a little off the beaten path for a shooting title. Turok is a Native American time traveling warrior, whose sole job is to protect the barrier between Earth and the Lost Land. When an evil lord named The Campaigner decides to acquire an artifact called the Chronoscepter, and use it to destroy that barrier, our hero sets on a quest find it first before his world is lost forever. Gameplay basically centers around moving from one end of a level to the other while destroying everything in your path with a variety of different weapons, all while collecting keys need to access the next stage. Sounds simple enough right? Actually, yes it does.

So what are my personal thoughts on the game? Well, it’s a very fun, yet entirely mindless experience that just about anybody can get into (if they are of proper age of course). The controls on PC were a little bit complicated at first, but you could get used to them over time, so if you are into something a little bit on the simpler side, stick with the N64 version. The overall visual design was pretty impressive for the most part, and the sound effects were definitely cringe worthy to say the least. Combine this with a very intense sense of urgency, and you have one something that set the standard of how great shooters are made for years to come.

Turok: Dinosaur Hunter is a very enjoyable and satisfying FPS adventure worthy of your time and money, and is something anybody looking to relieve some aggression should definitely consider checking out.

That concludes my story on Turok: Dinosaur Hunter for the N64/PC, but if you have any fond (or bad) memories of this game please feel free to share them with us in the comments below.

Here is a gameplay video that I found for it, enjoy!

 

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