CNET GamecenterIf you like the horror-survival genre, or are a big fan of Resident Evil-style gameplay on the PC, Dino Crisis is definitely worth checking out.
Unfortunately, the fact that it is a PSX port and that it doesn't bring anything remotely new into the genre is a good enough reason for it not to score well. Add to that the monotonous dinos and B-Movie voice acting, and my decision not to score it well is even more justified.
Generally favorable reviews- based on 29 Ratings
Aug 31, 2015Dino Crisis is a mediocre game but it least it knows that, what I love about the game is it's campy, scary and suspenseful and the makers ofDino Crisis is a mediocre game but it least it knows that, what I love about the game is it's campy, scary and suspenseful and the makers of the game make the cheesy element fun it's not original but it's very fun and that's what your going to get. If you love Shinji Mikami's zombie flick "Resident Evil" check it out. The voice-acting isn't all that great but they try. Rating: 8/10… Full Review »
Feb 11, 2015Note: I actually played the Playstation version of this game. However there is no Dino Crisis page for Playstation on metacritic. So theNote: I actually played the Playstation version of this game. However there is no Dino Crisis page for Playstation on metacritic. So the review is posted here until a PS page is brought to life.
I am The Destroyer. I will break games, complain about the littlest detail, and tell you whether or not the game is worth buying. A lot of things to say here, but can't due to the 5000 character limit.
The story is set on the fictional Ibis Island, where a man named Edward Kirk has been developing a secret weapon inside his facility. Once discovered, the Secret Operation Raid Team (SORT) was dispatched to bring Kirk into custody. Upon the team's arrival, they shortly realize something isn't right when they find nothing but silence and dead bodies ripped apart. A new foe of lizard-like dinosaurs quickly exposes themselves and begins to treat the SORT team like a main course for dinner. Now you must guide 23 year old Regina, member of SORT, to solve the mystery that has claimed the island, while trying to capture Kirk before the dinosaurs capture you with their teeth.
2. Voice Acting
The only good voice acting you'll hear is from Regina. Everyone else sounds like thoughts of "Wow! Technology has advanced so far to allow voice overs in video games. Let's act!" and then they do their lines without any heart. Even the dinosaurs will sound better than the rest of the npcs.
3. Graphics and Visuals
The graphics follow a real-time 3d style texture & background. When it comes to Dino Crisis's artistic design and animations, they are only considered passable - not great. Even for year 1999 standards, it could have been better.
Gameplay refers to survival-horror, customization, and various puzzles you solve within the game. Put it all together and it's Average!
Dino Crisis will attempt to overpower your emotions with it's frightening enemies and lack of ammo pickups, and does a pretty good job at it too. They'll ambush you, and follow you through doors. Taking damage can also inflict the Bleeding status on you, which damages you overtime, and attracts even more dinosaurs if you don't use a hemostat or another item to fix the blood loss. Everything from healing items to ammo is limited, so you must plan your moves carefully. The "survival" is solid. The "horror" however is to be questioned.
In this game, there is something called "Danger" events where you have to rapidly mash the buttons to avoid taking damage or facing instant death. This takes away from the horror element when you know the attack is coming. There's also a lack of enemy variety in this game to the point where they just color the same dinosaur something different. Overall, it just comes down to how many enemies you can dodge without using bullets.
Every weapon you find in this game can be upgraded at least once if you find the weapon parts. Unfortunately, it won't feel as great as it's hype when you find out how many weapons there actually are in the game. There's costumes too, but you can't access them until you beat the game, which is a real let down.
All the problems for puzzles happen at the last half of the game, where suddenly you have to have a straight A's intelligence to solve a simple problem. When you have to look up online or use a magazine guide on how to get through a certain section, you're not playing the game. And it loses points for that. There's also a lot of unnecessary running around, which doesn't feel justified.
There's a lack of dinosaur sounds in the background when you're outside the facility. It's not even in the soundtrack either, which could have easily been done. Also, the Music overlaps the SFX by default, so you barely hear any enemies during gameplay, or voices during cut-scenes. Fortunately you can fix the ladder part in the options menu. But it get's worse: The SFX overlaps voice overs during the cut-scenes, so sometimes you have no idea what everyone is saying. And there is no fix for that.
6.. Personal Enjoyment
Dino Crisis comes with a lot of issues as you see. But despite that, I was okay with them, and even managed to have fun playing. My game file clocked at 7H 39M when I completed it, but really it took me over 12 hours if you include all the deaths, and the amount of times I got frustrated from running around.
7. Overall Verdict
Instead, I am giving this game a 7 out of 10. Could have easily been a 9 out of 10 had it not been for the issues listed above, but there's just too many to ignore. Overall, this game is still worth a playthrough.… Full Review »
Nov 2, 2014Just finished playing the playstation version on pc via emulator. So yeah, its pretty good, You got a great story, dinos and considering theJust finished playing the playstation version on pc via emulator. So yeah, its pretty good, You got a great story, dinos and considering the release date some nice graphics. Did get lost several times. Also if you plan on playing it make sure you have pen and paper close at hand since the game doesn't have a journal or anything like that.… Full Review »