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Dino Crisis

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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 Pushing some shelves.
Dino Crisis PlayStation Entering the storage room.
Dino Crisis Dreamcast Pointing gun at raptor
Dino Crisis PlayStation Newspaper clipping about Dr. Kirk

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

Super Play (Sweden) PlayStation Nov, 1999 91 out of 100 91
GameSpot PlayStation Jul 16, 1999 8.5 out of 10 85
Power Unlimited PlayStation Dec, 1999 8.3 out of 10 83
4Players.de Windows Oct 04, 2000 81 out of 100 81
Planet Dreamcast Dreamcast Mar 02, 2001 7.5 out of 10 75
IGN Dreamcast Nov 13, 2000 7.2 out of 10 72
Official Dreamcast Magazine (U.S.) Dreamcast Mar, 2001 7 out of 10 70
Video Games Dreamcast Oct, 2000 6 out of 10 60
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Windows Apr, 2001 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50
Gamekult Windows Oct 10, 2000 4 out of 10 40


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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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