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The research on the mysterious Third Energy is being continued in secret, but then an entire island with the facility conducting this research and a neighbouring town has vanished, moving back in time to the dinosaur era. A military unit is sent to the past to save the survivors and retrieve the research data. But nearly all soldiers are massacred by dinosaurs. You take control of Regina and Dylan, who managed to escape this fate. Now you must find the survivors, retrieve the data, and get back to your own time.

Dino Crisis 2 is a survival horror game in which you control the characters Dylan and Regina (switching from one to another at various points in the storyline). You will collect items and use them to solve puzzles while fighting the hordes of dinosaurs that inhabit the island. Much like Alone in the Dark, the game uses 3D models for characters, enemies and items and static 2D backgrounds for their surroundings.

Initially, each character starts with a gun and a melee weapon, but more weapons, such as flamethrowers or rocket launchers, can be bought later in the game. The dinosaurs' attacks cause you to lose "vitality", which can be restored using healing items. Sometimes an attack will cause you to bleed and thus slowly lose health; specific health items stop the bleeding.

For each killed dinosaur you receive "Extinction Points". By killing a couple of dinos in quick succession, you activate a 'combo' and thus get more points. The points can be used in "Save Shops" throughout the game to buy weapons, ammo (and cartridge upgrades which allow you to store more ammo within the weapon), healing items and "tools" (such as armor, more powerful melee weapons, or "cards" which allow you to get bigger combos). You can also save the game at these points.

While wandering around the island, you'll find many documents and letters to read, including "Dino Files", which contain a flavor description of a dino species.


Dino Crisis 2 Windows As it is with boss fights in Capcom games, it isn't enough the boss itself, but the time must tick away as well.
Dino Crisis 2 PlayStation Dylan fighting the T-Rex.
Dino Crisis 2 PlayStation Map detail
Dino Crisis 2 PlayStation Dylan killing three dinos near the jeep.

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Alternate Titles

  • "Dino Crisis 2: Закат Человечества" -- Russian spelling

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User Reviews

An exciting, varied and addictive departure from the original. PlayStation AkibaTechno (248)
Second-Best game I own. PlayStation Slinker (16)
A thrilling sequel. PlayStation Jamie Hall (5)
I hate this game... so why can't I stop playing it? Windows Dr. M. "Schadenfreude" Von Katze (580)
Bye bye Resident Evil Windows MAT (145259)

Critic Reviews

IGN PlayStation Sep 25, 2000 9.3 out of 10 93 (UK) PlayStation Nov 23, 2000 9 out of 10 90
Video Games PlayStation Nov, 2000 88 out of 100 88
games xtreme PlayStation Nov 30, 2000 8.7 out of 10 87 Windows May 02, 2003 80 out of 100 80
Game Revolution PlayStation Oct, 2000 B 75 Windows Apr 29, 2003 54 out of 100 54
PC Zone Benelux Windows Jun, 2003 49 out of 100 49 Windows Apr 25, 2003 9 out of 20 45
PC Games (Germany) Windows May 16, 2003 33 out of 100 33


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According to publisher Capcom, Dino Crisis 2 has sold 1.2 million copies worldwide since its initial release (as of June 30, 2016).

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