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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 Dreamcast Eye to Eye with one of the beasts
Dino Crisis Windows You'll be prompted to save your game when leaving certain locations at the game.
Dino Crisis Dreamcast Helicopter from the intro
Dino Crisis PlayStation Hallway

Promo Images

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Dino Crisis Screenshot
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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

Spel för Alla PlayStation Jan, 2000 9 out of 10 90
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Dreamcast May 07, 2005 8.5 out of 10 85
PC Gamer UK Windows Aug, 2000 79 out of 100 79
Video Games Dreamcast Jan, 2001 70 out of 100 70 (UK) Dreamcast Jan 25, 2001 7 out of 10 70
Gamezone (Germany) Windows Apr 26, 2001 6.8 out of 10 68
PC Games (Germany) Windows Jul, 2000 65 out of 100 65
Game Over Online Windows Sep 17, 2000 62 out of 100 62
GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands) Windows Jan 12, 2001 59 out of 100 59
Gamekult Windows Oct 10, 2000 4 out of 10 40


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According to publisher Capcom, Dino Crisis has sold 2.4 million copies worldwide since its initial release (as of June 30, 2016).

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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