The Nintendo 64 was the home of many great games that cemented the console’s place in history as one of the most endearing and memorable entertainment devices Nintendo ever took to market. Without the unwavering support of third party developers to bolster the great Nintendo-created lineup, I don’t believe this would have been the case. Companies like EA, Midway, THQ, Ubisoft and Acclaim created some of the best games to ever grace a gaming console in the 20th century, making the N64 a gaming powerhouse. Many of these games, along with the developers who made them, are lost to time unless you still have your N64. However, if you don’t, Iguana Entertainment and Night Dive Studios has stepped in and has remastered the Acclaim classic, Turok: Dinosaur Hunter, for the PC.
You start the game with just the knife but you have access to a gun right at the beginning if you can figure out how to get it.
Night Dive’s stated mission is to, “bring lost and forgotten gaming treasures back from the depths” and so far they have managed to resurrect some of gaming’s most pivotal video game experiences. Many of these games haven’t been playable on modern gaming consoles or PCs for some time and Night Dive Studios have taken it upon themselves to dust them off and make them available once again. So, strap on your quiver, load up a full compliment of Tek Arrows and grab your trusty knife because ravenous dinosaurs and evil soldiers are around every corner and they are just itching to take you down.
Turok will lay the smackdown on the enemy’s candy a$$.
If you have forgotten what the game is about, let me refresh your memory. After being torn from a world long gone, Turok, the time traveling warrior, has found himself thrust into a savage land torn by conflict and teeming with blood-thirsty dinosaurs. There isn’t a deep story-line to this game but you will definitely get your fill of a world teeming with cunning enemies, traps, platforming puzzles and deadly weapons all within an immense 3D world just begging to be explored. Now the classic game has been restored and enhanced with a new visual engine and exciting new features to sink your teeth into! Turok: Dinosaur Hunter is a first person shooter first and foremost but it is brilliantly packed with gaming elements that you will need to use all of your brain-power to get past as well as enemies that will hunt you down until only one of you are still standing.
This guy might look like he is glad to see you but he just wants to kill you.
Night Dive Studios didn’t just make Turok: Dinosaur Hunter playable on the PC, but added additional features to make the game feel like it was created for the more powerful machines sporting current generation computer hardware. While the game now supports high resolution monitors and the widescreen format, the gameplay and level design was also improved. Being that the game originally launched in Nov of 1997, I had forgotten how huge the games many different levels are. There is also a considerable amount of platforming that opens up the maps making them even that much more expansive. In addition, the dynamic lighting, bloom effects, FXAA, enhanced water effects and lights shafts were improved to make the visuals look absolutely stunning for a game that was made almost 20 years ago.
Everyone should have a triceratops to get to work on. The guns will ensure that you make it to work on time, if you know what I mean.
Gameplay has you on the offensive as you round up keys that will allow you to access the eight different levels in the game as you attempt to reassemble the eight pieces of the Chronoscepter, an ancient artifact that has the power to shred the fabric of time. You get to carry along with you all of the weapons that you find in the world such as your trusty bow, assault rifle, pistol, mini-gun, shotgun and many others. Ammo is never in short supply but you can’t dawdle around in the levels because enemies will respawn after a certain amount of time. One thing that I have to knock the game for is the lack of diverse enemy characters. There is only a handful of enemy character designs, which is more of an issue with how much data could be loaded onto an N64 cartridge than anything else, so you will see these over and over which does get a little stale early on. One thing that I will say about Turok: Dinosaur Hunter is that the gameplay is very fast on the PC and I hardly ever got any lag when a lot of action was taking place on screen.
There are some very cool Tek weapons that you can find that really pack a satisfying punch.
This remake of Turok: Dinosaur Hunter is smooth as butter and twice as tasty. Night Dive Studios has already remade a bunch of classic video games such as System Shock, System Shock 2 and Wizardry, to name a few, and has vowed to preserve these great games from video gaming’s early days. The hard work done to preserve Turok: Dinosaur Hunter definitely shows and I had a blast traveling back in time to relive this awesome classic FPS. You can get Turok: Dinosaur Hunter on Steam now for $19.99 which, in my humble opinion, is not a bad price for the amount of game that you will get here. Those of us who enjoyed playing these classics really need to patronize Night Dive Studios so that they can continue preserving those games that defined console and PC gaming when it was young because otherwise they are just going to disappear forever.
Taking an epic trip through time.
Challenge - 8/10
Gameplay - 8/10
Design - 8/10
+ Fun gameplay with tons of cool weapons
+ Levels are huge and expansive
+ Speed runs will up the fun factor
- Just a handful of enemy character designs
- Environments are bland/flat compared to today's standards