Dino Crisis (PlayStation)

Critic Score
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
User Score
5 point score based on user ratings.

User Reviews

Shinji Mikami's finest hour. AkibaTechno (248) 4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars
Jurassic Park meets Resident Evil ETJB (447) 3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars
Dino-Riffic Peter Vincent (3) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
Cool. I was drooling when it landed on my bedroom desk. Jamie Hall (5) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars

Our Users Say

Category Description User Score
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.8
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 4.0
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 4.0
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 4.0
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.9
Overall User Score (34 votes) 3.9

Critic Reviews

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Gaming Age
Thankfully, the limited control doesn't detract from the games' undeniable fun. Dino Crisis is a thrill ride from start to finish that carves its own unique niche in the survival horror genre. The gameplay is fresh, the plot is theoretically possible, and the dinosaurs are terrifying. I think Rick sums it up best when he turns to Regina and says, "This is just like that movie."
Game Critics
In Dino Crisis, we have a game that is more concerned with pulling you into it and letting your mind work itself into a frenzy. It uses basic gameplay and ingenuitive pacing to put players on edge and accomplishes the rare feat of letting gamers scare themselves. Case in point is my partner here at GameCritics.com, Chi. Although a wily Resident Evil veteran, Chi was constantly jumping out of his pants while playing and that was pretty concrete evidence to me that Capcom had gotten things right.
Absolute Playstation
I must admit that I had pre-judged Dino Crisis before I ever set eyes on it and assumed that this would be nothing more than a sub-standard Resident Evil type game. Imagine my surprise when it turned out to actually improve on the Capcom horror classic in almost every department. Stunning graphics, gripping sound effects, terrifying gameplay, challenging puzzles and multiple costume changes on completing the game. On the downside there is only one playable character. However, the playing area is massive and the puzzles are demanding therefore if you don't cheat it should take some time to complete.
In the end, the narrow view is that Dino Crisis is Resident Evil with dinosaurs, and the big picture view is that Dino Crisis broadens the vision that Resident Evil once conceived. I really like Dino Crisis -- and all of the changes it's made to what once was Resident Evil 1&2. In a way it's remarkable what's been done. In fact, I'm on the verge of loving it. But it doesn't scare me, and it doesn't creep me out, and it's not Resident Evil, so I should really stop comparing the two. The only problem with that idea is that Dino Crisis -- no matter how many changes or advances it's made, or how big it is -- is...well, Resident Evil...with dinosaurs.
PSX Extreme
In conclusion, the combination of great graphics, the already proven gameplay and the addition of other extras make the game a very good Survival Horror title. If you were a fan of the Resident Evil series, this is a must have. If you are like me and were never a big fan of this genre, give this game a try.
While Capcom didn’t create the first title in the survival horror genre, it’s quite clear that they have a firm grasp of it on the home console. The Resident Evil formula has been so very successful for them, and now has spawned an offshoot title of sorts. Here’s the equation: swap out zombies and locale, factor in dinosaurs and a polygonal environment, stir in a few more elements and you have Dino Crisis. Not as scary to be sure, but there are definitely enough ‘shock’ points (think dogs crashing through windows) to make this worth RE and 3D adventure fans alike. Those who dislike the typical RE control scheme will likely find Dino Crisis unapproachable, however.
Super Play (Sweden)
Till skillnad från Resident Evil-serien så är Dino Crisis helt tredimensionellt. Visserligen finns det ett par förrenderade bakgrunder, men i regel så är allt uppbyggt av realtidsrenderade polygoner. På så sätt får Dino Crisis en annan typ av fernissa som ger sken av att vara otroligt fräsch och interaktiv. Atmosfären är det heller inget fel på. Det känns inte som Resident Evil, trots att principen är densamma. Det känns på något sätt mer verkligt att se en Tyrannosaurus Rex braka genom en vägg än att bevittna hur en G-typeboss transformeras. Skräckelementen blir mer subtila eftersom det på något sätt går att relatera till dem. Hur sjukt det än låter.
Eurogamer.net (UK)
Dino Crisis is almost a perfect progression from the Resident Evil series of games. Die hard fans on the survival horror genre might not find the game as scary as it should be, a couple of big lizards coming at you just aren't as creepy as a room full of half rotted zombies, but the new enemies are quick and deadly enough to make you jump in a darkened room and rest assured there's more than plenty of blood. Essentially this is Resident Evil with big lizards but there's by far enough added extras to make it stand on its own two clawed and scaly feet, making Dino Crisis a must have for fans of the genre and newcomers alike.
Spel för Alla
Den som vill vara elak kan kalla Dino Crisis för Resident Evil med dinosaurier. Visst är de filmiska kameravinklarna och de hotfulla miljöerna snarlika. Men Dino Crisis tar ett stort hopp i utvecklingen på många punkter. Grafiken är avsevärt mycket bättre och miljöerna är fullständigt interaktiva. Dessutom gör en rejäl 3D-motor att de tjockhudade motståndarna rör sig ytterst realistiskt. Tyvärr känns Dino Crisis lite för kort. För att spela sig genom det krävs knappt sju effektiva speltimmar, om du inte kör fast vill säga. Å andra sidan finns det tre olika sätt att klara spelet på.
Mega Fun
Dino Crisis ist nicht gleich RE, so viel steht jetzt schon fest. Vielmehr entführt Capcom den Zocker in eine andere Dimension des virtuellen Horrors. Der geschickte Einbau der überzeugenden Grafik und der guten Sounduntermalung unterstreicht einmal mehr, dass Shinji Mikami der King of Horror schlechthin ist. Mit Sicherheit nicht nur eine nette Alternative, sondern ein weiteres Highlight in der Geschichte des PlayStation-Horrors. Knackige Rätsel und intelligent agierende Saurier. Aber warum keine Analog-Steuerung? Biohazard 3 machte es vor!
Quebec Gamers
Si vous aimez les Survival Horror, Dino Crisis est un classique dans le genre. Je le recommande spécialement à ceux qui aiment les Resident Evil et qui cherchent quelque chose de semblable. Malgré un peu trop de puzzles, le jeu a ses moments mémorables, je pense entre autres au combat contre le T-Rex à l'héliport. Si vous vouliez plus d'action et plus de dinos, Dino Crisis 2 est carrément un jeu d'action et il est aussi très bon! Si vous feelez plus Survival Horror, le premier Dino Crisis est pour vous.
Finalement, Dino Crisis est un renouvellement du genre très agréable. Reprenant les qualités indéniables des Resident Evil au niveau du scénario et de l'ambiance "film", il se dote de nouveaux atouts qui convaincront les plus blasés.
Digital Press - Classic Video Games
With it's multiple endings, fast pace, and seemingly endless action sequences, Dino Crisis is a game that everyone needs in their collection. With only the minor control issue and familiarity going against it, you really can't go wrong. Capcom has once again raised the bar for the genre they created. Those who haven't quite been grabbed by the survival-horror bug might not be grabbed by this title either. Otherwise, go for it.
When you're Capcom, there's no such thing as too much of a good thing. This is evidenced by the impending deluge of Resident Evil/Biohazard spin-offs; Resident Evil: Code Veronica, Resident Evil 3: Nemesis, Oni-Musha (the RE-style samurai game), and now Dino Crisis. A brand new excursion into the world of survival-horror, Dino Crisis is a fresh experience that abandons that creepy Umbrella laboratory for a taste of Jurassic Park. Not only that, but Dino Crisis is unique in that it so closely borrows from the RE series. But in regards to the storyline, this game is not related to it Resident Evil at all.
Power Unlimited
Dino Crisis is misschien niet zo spannend als zijn met zombies bezaaide broertje maar voor fans van het genre zeker het proberen waard.
Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine (OPM)
The story, music, and yes, even the voice-acting are all above-average. All in all, a very worthy new chapter in survival horror, with a little room left for improvement.
Svenska PlayStation Magasinet
Ett modigt steg in på mer arkadorienterat territorium. Alla element som gjorde skräckgenren så populär är inkluderade, men direktheten i spelets vapenbaserade action kräver högre fart.
Digital Press - Classic Video Games
Yes, there are lots of really solid things about this game, like the graphics, music, the great-looking, single-skinned dinos, and some nice cinematic angles. And the T-Rex scares, some of the level designs, and one or two of the branching sub-plots kept me playing for a while just to see what was around that next corner. But when I think of dinosaurs, I think about outdoor areas with room to fight or run for your life in (like the first three Tomb Raider games), not some raptors popping out of a desk or through a door. Again, if this is your sort of thing, go for it- I guarantee that you’ll have a grand old time with Dino Crisis. Call me an egghead if you please, but I like the bite in my horror to come from above the neck, not below (if you catch my drift)...
Un Resident Evil avec des dinosaures, tout en 3D temps réel, ça a de quoi séduire. Dino Crisis est plus dédié à l'action que ses équivalents gore, et s'avère très convaincant sur ce point. Cependant, le jeu est moins prenant que les Resident Evil, à cause d'une atmosphère moins envoûtante et d'un manque de variété des ennemis rencontrés, même si le scénario accrocheur qui offre quelques arborescences bienvenues et le fait de casser du dinosaure ont tout pour plaire.
Thunderbolt Games
Overall, Dino Crisis is fun the first time you play through it, but I don’t think that this is going to be a title that I ever go back to. While incorporating a lot of good ideas, some of them are poorly implemented and downright annoying. I was able to pick the game up used for about two dollars, and I think in the end that the purchase was well worth it. If you’re up for a scary, Dino Crisis should enter your collection immediately.
Game Revolution
Despite a slick new 3D engine, Dino Crisis manages to do just about everything worse than Resident Evil 2. It's not as scary, the rooms all look the same, the puzzles are far more tedious, there are far fewer hours of gameplay, and the action isn't as good. Take my advice and save your pennies for Resident Evil: Nemesis (PSX) or Codename: Veronica (DC). I'm positively drooooling over those games.