quinta-feira, 14 de fevereiro de 2008
Yup, it was just a matter of time before I started talking about games again. Today I played a lot of Turok for the 360. Fucking awesome game, this one is! Or at least for a dinosaur fan like me. Ok, it's not a masterpiece, but it's a way more solid game than what most reviews on the web will lead you to think. The story is pretty good for an FPS, complete with nice flashbacks that kind of make a bridge between Turok's past and the present events. Of course this is not the same Turok, the dinosaur hunter, that we knew from the previous games. Still, despite his stupid haircut, this "new" Turok is a nice character, and he borrows a lot from the "old" Turok, like being native-american and being an expert with the bow and the knife.
Talking about the knife, this often overlooked piece of equipment is used up to its full potential in this game. Except for big ass dinosaurs like the T-Rex, almost everything can be instantly killed with a deadly strike from our little friend, resulting in often spectacular action sequences where our character slices the chest of an enemy soldier or the throat of a dinosaur.
There are other weapons, of course, but forget the exotic pieces from previous Turok games. Here you just have the usual machine-guns, pistols, shotguns, etc... Like in most modern shooters you're just allowed to carry 2 weapons at the same time (besides the knife and the bow), but to make up for that you can dual-wield them at will, which is a nice touch and will come in handy since this game is bloody difficult! The easiest difficulty setting is "normal" (WTF? no easy mode?) and so far I've died almost as much as when playing Gears of War in the middle difficulty level. Meh, at least so far the game's been interesting enough for me to always try again.
Graphically this game is just fucking beautiful. The jungles may not rival the ones in Crysis, but this is a 360, not some million dollar PC, and what we see here is just amazing. From the moving grass, the the giant trees, to the strange rocky formations, everything's just gorgeous. And the dinosaurs, oh the dinosaurs... Their shiny skin, their fluid animations, the way they get covered in blood with each accurate shot from our rifles... These are, without any doubt, the more realistic reptiles we've ever seen in a videogame, even if they're not meant to be accurate renderings of what the real dinosaurs looked like.
So, I'm not even half through it yet, so this is not a review or anything like that. I just wanted to let you all know that so far I'm fucking loving this game and if you like dinosaurs and FPSs, chances are you'll love it too!
Here's a video review: