Primal Rage (PlayStation)

Critic Score
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
User Score
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User Reviews

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Our Users Say

Category Description User Score
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.6
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.4
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 4.1
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.9
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.8
Overall User Score (8 votes) 3.8

Critic Reviews

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GamePro (US)
The real beneficiaries of this title will be Playstation owners who have never played Primal before (but always wanted to). It's not a bad game for dinosaur lovers and fighting fans looking for a different kind of fighter. Primal roars...gently.
GameFan Magazine
TWI pulled out all the stops with this version, meaning that it's the game it should have been all along on the other systems: a six-button fighting game (with an FMV intro). Considering the landmark addition of an actual six-button option for the six attacks (the auto-specials went sayonara, praise the heavens), I can say this is hands down the best Primal Rage to date. The decision here boils down to whether you thought the coin-op was the greatest thing since the JAMMA harness.
Video Games
Unglaublich! Time Warner hat es tatsächlich geschafft, Primal Rage nahezu identisch zum Automaten für die Playstation umzusetzen. Sämtliche Special- und Finishing-Moves, die einem beim großen Vorbild den “animalischen“ Spielspaß lieferten, kann man unverändert in der Sony-Variante anwenden. Neben der ansonsten hervorragenden konvertierten Stop-Motion-Technik wurden leider einige Animationsphasen schlichtweg unter den Tisch gekehrt, was sich zum Glück ausschließlich bei den Siegersequenzen bemerkbar macht. Außerdem wirken alle Hintergründe und Spielfiguren farblich etwas kontrastärmer als beim Original. Ansonsten findet man jedes kleinste Detail wieder; auch die imposante Größe der Dino-Sprites konnte beibehalten werden. Unterm Strich bleibt ein interessantes Beat‘em Up übrig, das zwar nicht die spielerische Klasse der brandneuen Capcom-Prügler erreicht aber dennoch für einige unterhaltsame Spielstunden sorgt.
Game Players
Time Warner could have improved the product by adding new characters instead of the standard animated opening and victory sequences. But if you loved the original, you'll love this one.
For all its motion-captured goodness, Primal Rage is still just a 2D fighter, and pales in comparison to most of the 3D fighters now available. I mean, even Mortal Kombat has gone 3D in the arcades with War Gods. But if you liked the coin-op Primal Rage, chances are you'll like the PSX version too.
Video Games & Computer Entertainment
This, along with the problems that limited the coin-op version in the area of playability, make this a tedious title. Not worth the money.
Official UK PlayStation Magazine
At best, Primal Rage is no more than a competent 2D beat 'em up. It's cleverly animated but lacks the sophistication of the major players.
Primal Rage is never going to be a ground breaking beat ’em-up, well, maybe only in a literal way, but it’s a fun game for a little light relief after all those deadly serious combat blood baths and 3D fighting tournaments. Having special tug-of-war and endurance modes and hidden games of Volleyball and Bowling also adds a little extra, especially to its long-term appeal. Fun with two-players, but equally as playable with one, Primal Rage is well worth checking out.