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Dino Crisis

MobyRank MobyScore
Dreamcast
72
3.5
Windows
66
3.4
PlayStation
85
3.9
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Description

Three years ago a brilliant scientist disappeared while researching a new form of energy. The government that funded his research wrote the whole affair off as a loss, which made it all the more upsetting when reports of Dr. Kirk's good health and nearly finished research came in. A special forces team is sent to the doctor's private island laboratory to extract him and his research, but they are totally unprepared for some of the side effects of his developments. Side effects that come from 100 million years in the past.

Dino Crisis is a survival horror game that is very similar in both control and gameplay to its sister series, Resident Evil. As in that series, protagonist Regina will have limited supplies and ammo with which to fight deadly enemies while searching rooms for keys (some figurative, some literal) to open locked areas. Unlike Resident Evil games, Regina will find very few actual supplies laying around, and will instead find "plugs" that are used to open caches of emergency supplies located around the complex. There are only enough plugs to open some of these caches, however, so care must be taken to decide what items are really needed. In another change from Resident Evil, the game is rendered in 3D, allowing the camera to rotate or pan, although camera angles are still out of the control of the player. Even the dumbest dinosaur is smarter than the undead, and enemies can chase and disarm Regina, and even occasionally follow her through doors.

Screenshots

Dino Crisis Windows Game over
Dino Crisis Dreamcast In the control room
Dino Crisis Windows Your first puzzle
Dino Crisis PlayStation Another cadaver

Alternate Titles

  • "Dino Crisis: Нашествие тварей" -- Russian spelling

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User Reviews

Shinji Mikami's finest hour. PlayStation AkibaTechno (228)
Jurassic Park meets Resident Evil PlayStation ETJB (447)
Dino-Riffic PlayStation Peter Vincent (3)
Cool. I was drooling when it landed on my bedroom desk. PlayStation Jamie Hall (5)

The Press Says

Gaming Age PlayStation Oct 01, 1999 A 100
GameSpot PlayStation Jul 16, 1999 8.5 out of 10 85
4Players.de Windows Oct 04, 2000 81 out of 100 81
PC Player (Germany) Windows Jul, 2000 80 out of 100 80
Svenska PlayStation Magasinet PlayStation Oct, 2000 8 out of 10 80
GameSpot Dreamcast Sep 19, 2000 7.1 out of 10 71
Thunderbolt Games PlayStation Aug 01, 2004 7 out of 10 70
GameSpy Windows Jul 02, 2001 53 out of 100 53
Eurogamer.net (UK) Windows Oct 19, 2000 5 out of 10 50
Absolute Games (AG.ru) Windows May 20, 2000 50 out of 100 50

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Trivia

Version differences

In Japan Regina is a very cute pre-rendered model. But for the USA release she was redrawn to look much tougher.

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