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Primal Rage (SNES)

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Written by  :  Pixelspeech (955)
Written on  :  Oct 01, 2011
Platform  :  SNES
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Summary

Street Fighter with dinosaurs.

The Good

As the title suggest you don't play with humans this time around, but with prehistoric creatures and other monsters. Personally I consider that to be an awesome update because there are enough humans in video games, but playing as a dinosaur sounds pretty awesome (and it is). All the Jurassic Park rejects have their own abilities that fit their animal nature, such as; clawing, biting and hitting others with your tail.

Primal Rage is right next to Mortal Kombat in the relatively small collection of pretty good games for the Super Nintendo that feature a lot of gore. Every bite and every claw causes a stream of blood to emerge from the enemy and the health is indicated by a bar connected to the enemy's hearth, that once depleted causes the hearth to explode. You can also do so much damage to the enemy that they suffer from a paralyzing shock due to the brain damage.

The stages are pretty awesome and all play to the on-going theme of "conquering the new earth". You'll get to see a lot of different locations in this post-apocalyptic adventure and by defeating the enemy in each area you will slowly work towards total domination. It's very similar to how Street Fighter II had you fly all over the world to take part in a big contest, but just a little bit more sadistic.

I think it's funny that the game keeps score by indicating the amount of followers you have. To the humans you are some kind of god and by performing well you will earn yourself worshipers, but failure will cause them to turn to a different creature. They will also cheer for you during combat and sometimes they will even approach you during combat, which often causes them to be hit and launched into the air.

The Bad

i really suck at these games because the NPC's always know things I don't, I thought I was pretty good with one of the characters, but when I fought against that same character a few minutes later, I was shocked to see him pull off all kinds of different moves I didn't know about. Perhaps it gets easier when you have the manual or if you look up a moves list on the internet, but it's still annoying.

The game looks awful and that is saying a lot for Super Nintendo. All the colors are dark, so most of the time it looks like you are watching an Atari game glitch out and that can't be good.

The controls feel a little stiff when they are not just been confusing, along with that comes the problem that a lot of the attacks are very hard to use properly because you need to know how long your tail is or how far your neck can stretch. This makes the game part fighting and part mathematics and it doesn't really work.

The Bottom Line

Like I have said before, I am not very good at these games, so I am not very good at reviewing them either. I personally prefer this game over Street Fighter II just because it has dinosaurs in it, but both games are pretty decent.