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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.


Dino Crisis PlayStation A gruesome scene
Dino Crisis Windows You'll be prompted to save your game when leaving certain locations at the game.
Dino Crisis PlayStation A witness to the massacre.
Dino Crisis PlayStation Pushing some shelves.

Alternate Titles

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

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User Reviews

Shinji Mikami's finest hour. PlayStation AkibaTechno (248)
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)

Critic Reviews

Game Critics PlayStation Oct 16, 1999 9.5 out of 10 95
Super Play (Sweden) PlayStation Nov, 1999 91 out of 100 91
Spel för Alla PlayStation Jan, 2000 9 out of 10 90
Digital Press - Classic Video Games PlayStation Jan 04, 2004 8.5 out of 10 85
PC Gamer UK Windows Aug, 2000 79 out of 100 79
Mega Fun Dreamcast Nov, 2000 78 out of 100 78
IGN Dreamcast Nov 13, 2000 7.2 out of 10 72
Video Games Dreamcast Jan, 2001 70 out of 100 70
Game Over Online Windows Sep 17, 2000 62 out of 100 62
Imperium Gier Windows Aug 01, 2000 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60


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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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