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Review: Turok By DJ-Jonesy
Posted 02 March 2008 - 09:37 PM
Published by: Touchstone
Developed by: Propaganda Games
Genre: First-Person Shooter
Number of Players: 1-16
US: February 4, 2008
Europe: February 8, 2008
Australia: February 7, 2008
Features: 16:9 Support, 480p Support, 720p Support, Dolby Digital 5.1, Xbox Live, Memory Unit
After a change of publisher Turok is back and it's next Gen, after spanning 5 years with their first publishers Acclaim Entertainment, creating games from the Nintendo 64 to the Playstation 2 and Xbox. The latest instalment is now developed by Propaganda Games and published and distributed by Disney Interactive Studios under the Touchstone banner.
Turok, bigger and better is set not too far into the future, you have taken the role as Joseph Turok, a former Black Ops commando now the newest member of Whiskey company a group of elite special forces. Your original mission is to take down a war criminal Roland Kane, but this soon takes a turn for the worst when you're hit with an incoming missile that causes you to crash land on this bizarre planet that is still inhabited by dinosaurs.
Not knowing any of the beasties that are lurking behind the scraps of metal walls that surround you, you must find your way back to the other half of the crashed ships picking up Slade along the way. It does not take you long to get out of the burning ship and into a beautiful and realistic surrounding jungle and become the menu for the beasts that lurk before you.
The campaign sees you earning the respect of your crew members and also learning about the past of Turok, you find yourself carrying out scouting tasks and other tasks for your unofficial company leader Logan to find the leader of the enemy forces Roland Kane.
The sound effects are in their own world, listening to every slash and stab of your knife or the tension as you pull back on your bow is a very nice effect to the game. The background noise and the rustle of bushes etc. is personally too quiet, you have to keep adjusting the volume of the television for different points during the game. The music that is played when entering a battle is way too loud, it drowns the sound of your weapons making it hard to hear your gunshots. The sounds of the dinosaurs is fantastic, you may have never heard the scream of a T-Rex, but as as it comes charging menacingly towards you screaming it is terrifying, even the smaller screams of the smaller munchkins make you jump. The sound does come in handy as you find a lot of enemy forces sneaking behind you trying to flank you, if you have it on loud enough you will hear the rustle of the bushes.
The gameplay is rather simple using the right trigger to shoot, left trigger to aim, left bumper for throwing grenades, right bumper for your secondary actions to your weapon, which comes in very handy during both campaign and online play, D-Pad is used for circulating between weapons and the buttons are all easy to master using mainly the A as jump in both campaign and online play.
The killing sequences in this game are brilliant, you'll find that you never get bored of the stealth kills as you lurk through the bushes ambushing someone with your knife. The knife for me is what makes the game, running around knifing and slashing at both humans and dinosaurs, just get close and hit the right trigger and watch them die. The dinosaurs are also very good you do not have to kill every one you see as they are not all meat eaters, or big enough to do damage but the larger they are the quicker you will die. The secondary use of the weapons is a nice extra giving you more to play around with the very little weapons you have, so if you're using the shotgun right trigger will be a normal shot, but as soon as you hit that right bumper that's when the fun starts. It will turn your shotgun into a flare gun that lures the 'saurs in to attack the poor soul you have attached a flare to.
The online play is not to shoddy but the lack weapons does not help it. With 6 different game modes you have the usual team death match and Capture the flag but you also get War games, this is a team match where you win by accomplishing map objectives. You also have a CO-OP mode so you can team up and hunt 'saurs and enemy soldiers with a friend which is a little add on to the story mode. With also 7 maps, yep only 7 you may think that you will get bored of them, but the size of the maps can range for a small for close combat or very large to support 16 players and a lot of dinosaurs. The scenery for the online play is just as good as the campaign, fighting in areas you have witnessed when playing on your own. The maps are easy to get used to, you'll know in no time where all the best sniper spots are or where the big dinosaurs lurk.
The play time of this game is longer that what you may think, you may find yourself concentrating on the gripping story mode more than killing your friends or foes online. The story mode will take more than a couple of hours to complete as you can't just run through all guns blazing, you will have to take your time even on medium difficulty. Don't be surprised if you go through the story mode again as its both gripping and beautifully created where as the online play will get tired and a bit boring only using a handful of weapons on a couple of maps but the story makes up for this.
My conclusion is that this is a beautifully created game that is more in depth in the story mode than the online play which I personally prefer. The online play is ok, not too bad but I do find it very hard to find a room where at least 2 or so players are not lagging making it hard to knife them or even to shoot them. I have played this game for quite a few days now and I don't think I am that far into the story mode so if you prefer a game more heavy on the story then do not hesitate to purchase this game you will be gripped within a few minutes of clicking "New" story mode button. If you're after a online multi player then I do not advise this game I didn't enjoy it as much, but it will have me playing it till future releases of more FPS's come on to the market. Overall a very graphically brilliant game.
Storyline : 9.5
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