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Turok: Dinosaur Hunter (Nintendo 64)

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Advertising Blurbs

Print advertisement - PC Player 01/1998:

    DIESEM KAMPF KANNST DU NICHT ENTKOMMEN

    „COMPUTERSPIELER... KOMMEN NICHT AN DIESER SPANNUNGSGELADENEN DINO-JAGD VORBEI.“
    (PETER STEINLECHNER, GAMESTAR 11/97)

    „SOWAS GENIALES WIE TUROK HABEN WIR BISLANG NOCH AUF KEINER KONSOLE GESEHEN“
    - VIDEO GAMES

    „BEI DIESEM TITEL HANDELT ES SICH UM EINEN 3D-SHOOTER DER EXTRAKLASSE“ - TOTAL!

    „DIE WOHL BESTE GRAFIK ALLER 3D-SPIELE UND EIN ABWECHSLUNGSREICHES GAMEPLAY....“
    (FLORIAN STANGL, PC GAMES 11/97)

    TUROK
    DINOSAUR HUNTER

    GAMESTAR 84%
    PC GAMES 85%
    PC ACTION 86%
    PC JOKER 83%

    MIT KONKURRENZLOS REALISTISCHEN SZENARIEN UND EINER FASZINIERENDEN SOUNDKULISSE IN DOLBY-SURROUND WIRD DIESES SPIEL ZUR UNVERGESSLICHEN ZEITREISE.

    Contributed by Patrick Bregger (114945) on Apr 25, 2010.

Back of Box - N64 (US):

    The mantle has been passed. You've become Protector of the Earth. You are now Turok: Dinosaur Hunter

    • "It's gonna kick some serious butt."
      -Next Generation
    • "Superb graphics and flawless gameplay."
      -GamePro
    • "The most realistic graphics ever seen on a console system."
      -Ultra Game Players
    • "The arsenal of shooting devices could supply an armored division."
      -Nintendo Power
    • "The new standard against which all 3-D first person games will be measured."
      -GameFan

    Contributed by Joshua J. Slone (4618) on Jun 12, 2007.

www.nintendo.com – Nintendo 64:
    The first first-person shooter for the N64 is a stunning, gore-filled journey through the haunting Lost World. As Turok, you lay waste to Bionosaurs, giant bugs and aliens as you work your way to the final confrontation with the dreaded Campaigner. You'll have to clear the eight Jurassic Park-sized worlds, each of which teems with prehistoric fauna, giant bugs, aliens and more.

    There's much more here than hastening the end of the Mesozoic Era. The puzzle element in Turok looms as big as a ravenous T-rex, as you must thread bewildering mazes of jungles, canyons, caves, lava lakes, ancient cities and forbidding fortresses. Help is at hand, though, in the form of a jaw-dropping arsenal. Turok's tools of the trade include a Particle Accelerator and a Fusion Cannon along with the usual shotguns and rifles. The more powerful armaments generate truly stunning special effects.

    Turok is a great showcase for the N64's graphics and sound capabilities. Enemies become extinct with stunningly realistic blood spurts and gurgles. Your fallen prey is so detailed that you can look in its texture-mapped teeth! You must always be on the lookout for ambushers skulking in the omnipresent fog. Some players might wish that Iguana had dialed back a bit on the gloom factor, but clever use of canyons and walls receding in the distance always gives you a good sense of where you are.

    A smooth frame rate means you never miss an instant of the pulse-pounding action. The atmospheric soundtrack has plenty of hoots and calls from unseen beasts as well as the sinister beat of native drums.

    The controls -- you use the Control Pad to move and the Control Stick to look about -- take a while to get used to. Unlike other first-person shooters, Turok lacks a multiplayer option. On the plus side are some great hidden codes and the primitive thrill of hunting prehistoric prey. Turok rocks -- and rules!

    Contributed by Evil Ryu (54461) on May 15, 2005.

Press Release (Windows):

    Acclaim's Turok: Dinosaur Hunter for PC Thrashes into Retail Outlets Nationwide

    3D-Accelerated Dinosaur Hunt Brings Stunning Graphics and Action to PC



    Glen Cove, NY, November 26, 1997 -- Acclaim Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ:AKLM), a worldwide interactive entertainment company, today announced that the 3D-accelerated PC version of Turok: Dinosaur Hunter is now shipping to retail outlets nationwide.

    Based on the Acclaim Comics character and the million-selling N64 game created by Acclaim's Iguana Entertainment studio, Turok brings the adventure-packed first-person-perspective action, beautifully rendered landscapes and pulse-pounding musical score of the original version to the PC.

    "Turok continues to set a new standard for immersive first-person perspective gaming," said Steven Lux, vice president of marketing for Acclaim. "The PC graphics are so rich and the action so compelling that the experience seems to transcend simply gaming and actually morphs into true dinosaur hunting."

    Turok for PC is Direct 3D compliant, and contains versions that run at maximum efficiency with Video Logic Apocalypse 5Dx and 3Dx, Matrox M3D, Diamond Monster 3D and Stealth II S220, Deltron Real Vision Flash 3D, Orchid Righteous 3D, Hercules Stingray 128/3D, Intergraph Intense 3D Voodoo, Jazz Adrenaline Rush, Hercules Thriller 3D, STB Velocity 128/3D, ATI XPERT@Play and XPERT@Work, as well as others. Turok also supports most 3D cards with the following chipsets: NEC Electronics PowerVR PCX2, 3Dfx Voodoo Graphics and Voodoo Rush, Rendition Verite v2100, v2200 and v1000 (320x240), Nvidia Riva 128, ATI Rage Pro and other chipsets with similar or better performance.

    In addition, the game is compatible with all Windows 95-enabled input devices, including: Spacetech SpaceOrb 3D, Mad Katz Panther and Logitech Wingman Warrior & Cyberman II. For an updated list of supported 3D acclerator cards and peripherals, see Acclaim's Web site.

    Turok: Dinosaur Hunter Storyline and Gameplay Features
    Taking on the role of Turok, gamers venture through a spectacular 3-dimensional universe, ablaze with eye-popping flora, fauna and terrain, covering the spectrum from mountains, rugged ridges and sheer cliffs to primeval forests, steaming jungles and ancient ruins. Gameplay is spread over eight non-linear levels, each infested with vicious raptors, triceratops and artillery-equipped cyborgs. The evil Campaigner commands legions of foot soldiers, head hunters, alien infantry, robots and bosses whose sole purpose is to stop Turok. To combat the vast number of enemies, Turok packs a devastating arsenal of weapons. At the game's start, Turok is armed with a hunting knife and a bow with standard arrows. By "taking out" his enemies, Turok acquires a host of high-tech weapons and ordnance, including explosive arrows, an assault rifle, a shotgun with standard or explosive shells, an automatic shotgun, a grenade launcher, a pulse rifle, the powerful Mini-Gun (an alien weapon), a quad rocket launcher, a particle accelerator, a fusion cannon and devastating secret weapons.

    System Requirements
    Windows 95 operating system,
    CPU: P100 with 3Dfx, P200 with NEC PCX2, P133 with other supported 3D chipsets,
    2MB SVGA PCI video card,
    100% Windows 95 DirectX compatible 16-bit sound card,
    4X CD-ROM drive,
    40MB hard drive space,
    3D accelerator card (see above).

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    Based in Glen Cove, N.Y., Acclaim Entertainment, Inc. is a leading worldwide publisher of software for Nintendo, Sony, Sega and personal computer hardware systems. Acclaim also publishes comic books under a variety of imprints, develops coin-operated arcade games, operates motion capture studios, and distributes products from a variety of entertainment software publishers.

    Contributed by Jeanne (75612) on May 05, 2004.

Press Release:

    Turok: Dinosaur Hunter Roars Into PowerVR-Enhanced PCs

    Acclaim's Thrill-Packed Shooter Is Latest PowerVR Ready Title



    Las Vegas, NV, November 17, 1997 -- NEC Electronics Inc. and VideoLogic today announced Turok: Dinosaur Hunter, the chart-topping console hit from Acclaim Entertainment, Inc., will join the PowerVR title roster this holiday season.

    Based on the Acclaim Comics/Valiant Heroes title and the popular Acclaim Nintendo 64 game, Turok takes full advantage of the PowerVR 3D graphics acceleration technology capable of delivering explosive action and breathtakingly realistic 3D effects.

    The PowerVR architecture combines on-chip hidden-surface removal with a unique method of texture mapping and a reduced memory architecture to bring 3D images to life. High-performance features, including bilinear and adaptive bilinear filtering, fogging and dithering from 16- to 32-bit color, allow Turok to run at maximum efficiency as dinosaurs charge out from the mist, waterfalls boil with foam, and trees explode into flames and crash to the ground.

    "From raging dinosaurs to fiery explosions, Turok on PowerVR screams with realism and artistic imagination," said Charles Bellfield, product marketing manager, multimedia strategic business unit, NEC Electronics. "PC gamers have been eagerly awaiting this title and with PowerVR, they can have it in all its original glory."

    Turok: Dinosaur Hunter
    As Turok, players must protect humanity from the threats of the Lost Land, an interdimensional sewer of the universe where alien races struggle for dominance alongside bionic dinosaurs. Turok learns that his arch-nemesis, the Campaigner, has hatched an evil plan to bridge the gap between the Lost Land and Earth, and use his legions of Bionosaurs to conquer the universe. To stop him, Turok must track down all eight pieces of the Chronoscepter, an ancient weapon with mystic powers. His quest will take him through steaming jungles, crumbling ruins, treetop villages and dank caves. Armed with weapons ranging from a bow and arrow to a fusion cannon, Turok must overcome brutal enemies and the harsh environment in his quest to defeat the Campaigner and fulfill his duty as protector of Earth.

    PowerVR with PCX2
    PowerVR, from NEC and VideoLogic, is an advanced 3D graphics technology for personal computers, game consoles and arcade systems. The PowerVR-based PCX2 3D graphics accelerator provides users with outstanding performance, offering a sustained fill rate of 40 million pixels per second on an Intel Pentium Pro 200MHz PC.

    PowerVR offers PC users outstanding 3D effects. These include hardware-accelerated realtime shadows, true exponential fogging, precise 32-bit Z buffer function (hidden surface removal), smooth shading and realistic translucency for water, fire and explosion effects.

    On a PowerVR-equipped system, images appear clearly through bilinear filtering and games run at resolutions anywhere from 320 x 200 up to 1024 x 768 pixels using 16-, 24- or 32-bit color. Unlike competing 3D graphics processors, PCX2 does not require special cabling, but runs directly on a PCI bus at any resolution, and can operate in a windowed environment or full-screen. PCX2 is compatible with Direct3D, RenderWare, SurRender and the GLQuake engines, as well as PowerSGL Direct, PowerVR's native API.

    More than 100 titles from the world's leading game developers have been developed for or ported to the PowerVR architecture, including industry sales leaders such as WipeOut, Tomb Raider, MDK, GLQuake and Hexen II.

    Purchasing PowerVR
    The PowerVR 3D graphics accelerator is available in the U.S. through PowerVR-enhanced systems, including Compaq Presario 8000 and Gateway 2000 Destination Big-Screen PC-TV, and add-in graphics cards from companies including Matrox Graphics, VideoLogic Multimedia Systems, NEC Home Electronics (Japan), Melco and I-O Data. PowerVR-equipped products can be purchased through retailers including Best Buy, CompUSA and Electronics Boutique.

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    VideoLogic, founded in 1985, is a leading international supplier of PC multimedia products. The company develops highly integrated advanced multimedia semiconductors, software and add-in multimedia PC cards, with distribution in more than 50 countries through OEMs, value added resellers, retail channels and directly from VideoLogic offices. The company has its corporate headquarters in the United Kingdom, its U.S. headquarters in San Bruno, Calif., and offices in Frankfurt, Germany. VideoLogic has development agreements with Compaq and NEC, and is publicly traded on the London Stock Exchange (FOOTSY:VDL).

    NEC Electronics Inc., headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif., designs, manufactures and markets an extensive line of electronic products including ASICs, microprocessors and microcontrollers, 3D graphics accelerators, digital signal processors (DSPs), memories and components including flat panel displays and lithium ion batteries. In 1996, the company ranked fourth in semiconductor sales in the U.S. The company operates a 709,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Roseville, Calif. NEC Electronics is an affiliate of NEC Corporation (NIPNY), a $41 billion international manufacturer of computer, communications and semiconductor products.

    Contributed by Jeanne (75612) on May 05, 2004.

Unknown Source:
    "Prepare yourself for gut-wrenching gameplay and terrifying combat... Turok - Dinosaur Hunter shows no mercy"

    Contributed by Kartanym (10776) on Aug 18, 2000.