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Turok: Evolution (Xbox)

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Advertising Blurbs

www.xbox.com:
    Turok: Evolution is a prequel that takes us back to the origins of the Turok lineage. In the beginning of the game, our hero Tal'Set fights his nemesis Captain Tobias Bruckner in 1886 Texas. During the battle, a rift between their world and the Lost Lands opens and Tal'Set is sucked into it. Tal'Set, injured and near death, is nursed back to health by the natives of the River Village, a colony in hiding from the Lost Land's greatest threat: the Lord Tyrannus and his reptilian hordes. Tal'Set becomes a reluctant participant in the brutal war that is raging in the Lost Land. Bent on a "holy mission" to purify the land through slaughter and misery, Tyrannus appoints a new general to his armies, and Tal'Set discovers to his horror that it is Bruckner, who was also swept into the Lost Lands through the rift. Turok: Evolution raises the bar on first-person shooters with groundbreaking gameplay, "living" interactive environments, intense dinosaur hunting, advanced enemy AI, and stunning graphics. For the first time ever, take to the skies on the back of a fully armed Pterosaur, with air to ground attacks and intense aerial dogfights!

    Contributed by havoc of smeg (15011) on Oct 11, 2010.

Manual description - Xbox (US):

    INTRODUCTION

    There have been many generations of special warriors chosen to carry the mystic mantle of Turok, and their stories are told wherever grateful people gather to honor their heroes. This adventure, Turok:Evolution, concerns one of the greatest of them all, Tal'Set, leader of the Saquim nation.

    About to enter battle against Captain Bruckner, a brutal butcher and vengeful veteran of many Indian campaigns, Tal'Set is ready to confront this most hated of enemies, when both are mysteriously plucked out of their world and into the simmering swirl of vicious plans that await in an ancient place...

    There are sinister stirrings in the Lost Land, disturbing rumbles of a coming reign of unquenchable raging fury. It falls to Tal'Set to explore a wide range of terrain, and triumph in each; to battle in the air, in steaming jungles and beneath the rippling water.

    If he is wise and swift and cunning, if he is courageous and agile and bold, he may yet emerge victorious and show all who follow the meaning of the name... Turok.

    Contributed by Evil Ryu (54455) on May 22, 2007.

"Nintendo Winter 2002" promotional booklet - GameCube:
    The dinosaur hunter returns in the next evolution of first-person shooter game play. Turok: Evolution introduces the all-new Squad Dynamics System for the ultimate in enemy and allied squad A.I., a powerful weapon arsenal featuring the Swarm Bore, and living, destructible jungle environments unlike any that gamers have ever experienced.

    Contributed by Joshua J. Slone (4618) on Feb 26, 2006.

www.nintendo.com – GameCube:

    The velociraptors are hungry. Very hungry.



    Throughout its evolution, the Turok series has given gamers a heaping helping of intense action with a way-cool dinosaur theme. Now, Turok Evolution brings the series to the Nintendo GameCube with a first-person adventure that could be the biggest dinosaur-hunting safari yet.

    When Turok: Dinosaur Hunter debuted way back in 1997, also known as 5 B.C. (Before Cube), it was one of the first big third-party hits on the newly-launched N64. The developers at Iguana (now Acclaim Studios Austin) amply demonstrated their resourcefulness by drenching primeval jungles in mists from which predators might leap at any moment. By this deft move they converted fog, then considered a programming trick for hiding the dreaded "pop-up" effect, into a sinister source of hair-curling creepiness. Subsequent games wandered from Turok's rumble-in-the-rainforest roots, so it's refreshing to see that Turok Evolution returns to the game play element we loved and cherished, i.e. making dinosaurs extinct.

    Story

    The story actually precedes the events of the other Turok games, setting up the momentous events that sent the progenitor of the Turok lineage hurtling through time and space to his first encounter with the Lost Lands.

    At game's beginning, we see Tal'Set fighting his nemesis, Capt. Tobias Bruckner, in 1886 Texas. During the battle, Tal'Set is suddenly hurtled through a rift between the Old West and the Lost Lands.

    The grievously wounded Tal'Set is nursed back to health by the natives of the River Village, who are hiding from the Lost Lands' greatest threat: Lord Tyrannus and his reptilian hordes. Tal'Set becomes a reluctant leader of the resistance. To his horror, Tal'Set discovers that Tyrannus' new general is none other than the detested Bruckner, who was also swept into the Lost Lands.

    New Life

    No brainless shooter, Turok Evolution demands intuition, strategy and stealth on the part of gamers. Acclaim Studios Austin has developed a brand-new game engine tuned for the power of the Nintendo GameCube that brings 32 different enemies to terrifying life.

    These prehistoric enemies will often display startling levels of intelligence, thanks to the Squad Dynamics System (S.D.S.), which creates cold-blooded baddies who will work together. You will see tribal warriors take a strategic position to pummel you, then craftily surrender. The ever-wary dinosaurs will even react to environmental changes.

    The epic action unfolds across sweeping meadows, primitive villages, dense jungles and soaring mountains. The environments breathe with realistic touches, ranging from the subtle (shrubs that sway as a dinosaur tromps by) to those effecting game play (you can blast rock spires to send them crashing down on foes). The always-innovative Turok arsenal of weapons features favorites from the past and a few smashing additions. A total of 30 weapons include:

    * Warclub
    * Bow
    * Tek-Bow
    * Grenade
    * Sniper Pistol
    * Swarm Bore
    * Shotgun
    * Mini-Gun
    * Rocket Launcher
    * Tek-Weapon
    * Flame Thrower
    * Spider-Mine
    * Baby Nuke

    The nifty Gravity Disruptor that allows you to send a beam of energy that lifts enemies into the air and tosses them about. Betcha they didn't have that back in the Stone Age. Additional weapons await your discovery.

    More than 3,000 Dolby Pro Logic II-enhanced sound effects make the Turok universe come to life. You'll hear foliage rustle as you brush by, helpless dinosaurs crying out as they fall to an unseen predator, and all sorts of explosions and blasts.

    All-new flying levels help to break-up the first-person action. In these levels you mount a giant Quetzalcoatlus and blast enemies on the ground and in the air. Cinema sequences propel the action and explain the mission that lies ahead.

    Multiplayer

    As many as four players can wreak simultaneous mayhem in 14 different multiplayer modes. Staples like Deathmatch and Capture the Flag modes are in place as well as some variations like Single Flag and Turok Fight, which gives each player only a Bow and Warclub.

    There is also Blood Bath mode that fully loads each player with health and ammo for some insane firefights and a mode called Beginner DM that automatically adjusts for the skill level of each player. In flight mode, you can even have a split-screen dogfight with a buddy.

    Turok Evolution is an engrossing first-person shooter with good graphics, more modes than meat-eaters in a Triassic rainforest and tons of dinosaurs. Fans of the genre will certainly enjoy this fine title.

    Turok Evolution has been rated "M" (Mature) by the independent Entertainment Software Rating Board. Progress is saved to a Memory Card (not included).

    Contributed by Evil Ryu (54455) on Sep 14, 2005.

Press Release:

    THE LONG-AWAITED RETURN OF THE DINOSAUR HUNTER HAS COME AS ACCLAIM ENTERTAINMENT, INC. BEGINS SHIPPING 'TUROK: EVOLUTION' ACROSS ALL NEXT-GENERATION GAMING PLATFORMS

    Video Game Icon Available Nationwide on 9-1-02 For The First Time on All Systems; Featuring All-New Weapons, Ultra-Realistic Environments and Deadly Dinosaurs GLEN COVE, NY, August 27, 2002 - The weapons are locked and loaded, the dinosaurs are bigger and badder and the battle has officially begun, as Acclaim Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ.SC: AKLM) today announced that it has started shipping its highly anticipated action title, Turok(tm): Evolution(tm). Set for full nationwide retail availability on Turok Bloody Sunday - 9-1-02, Turok: Evolution is the first Turok game that will be simultaneously released on the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, Xbox(tm) video game system from Microsoft, Nintendo GameCube(tm) and Game Boy® Advance.

    "9-1-02 marks the culmination of a three year journey to make the biggest and best Turok game in the history of our organization, and we can't wait for consumers to experience this product first-hand," said Edmond Sanctis, President of Acclaim North America. "With our marketing campaign in full swing, our retail partners' valued support and scores of anxious Turok fans waiting to jump back into the Lost Lands, Turok: Evolution is poised to be the 'must-have' action game of the season."

    Turok: Evolution continues to garner high praise from the media, who had the following to say:

    "...Acclaim flexes its muscles with breathtaking visuals that deliver the sensation that you really have entered a prehistoric world." - Game Informer

    "For players who want graphic realism, heroic battles, huge worlds to explore and mystery, Turok: Evolution is at the top of the food chain." - Nintendo Power

    "This game has an incredible lineup of weapons that simply can't be beat, huge environments to explore, tight gameplay, and some fun multiplayer modes for good measure." - Official Xbox Magazine


    Developed by Acclaim's world-renowned Austin Studio, Turok: Evolution is a prequel to the blockbuster franchise that has generated more than 6 million units and $250 million in sales worldwide. Featuring an entirely new game engine that was specifically designed for the next-generation gaming systems, Turok: Evolution is an epic adventure of exploration, treachery and war set against a backdrop of lush jungles, mysterious temples and the most realistic and deadly array of dinosaurs ever to be created in a video game. Acclaim is supporting the title with a multi-million dollar marketing campaign, including print, television, in-theater, radio and online advertising, contests and sweepstakes, and innovative retail and consumer product cross-promotions.

    Turok: Evolution offers an array of exciting features, including:
    • Entirely new game engine built from the ground up to take full advantage of the next-generation hardware platforms;
    • For the first time ever in a Turok video game - flight missions enable players to soar through the skies on a fully-armed winged Quetzalcoatlus in air-to-surface, air-to-ground and multiplayer battles;
    • Ground-breaking Squad Dynamics System (S.D.S.) offers incredibly realistic enemy and allied squad A.I., enabling troops to take cover, establish strategic positions and even surrender;
    • Stealth- and action-based gameplay directed by rich, character-driven storylines;
    • The most advanced artificial intelligence ever in a FPS; enemies and dinosaurs react instinctively to environmental changes and combat situations;
    • Lush jungle environments, thriving with vast flora, natural water sources and indigenous life at every turn;
    • Incredible variety of prehistoric, insect, mammal and oceanic life forms, each with frightening and deadly realism;
    • More than 30 weapons, including the all-new Gravity Disrupter Beam, Swarm Bore and Baby Nuke, each with unique traits and damage;
    • Scripted story events bring the Lost Land to life with stunning detail;
    • Destructible objects and environments: shoot down trees onto enemies and collapse massive rock spires onto dinosaurs;
    • Incredible multiplayer levels and modes, each filled with hours of action-packed gameplay;
    • More than 3,000 sound effects recorded throughout the world, enhancing the realism of the game via Dolby Digital and Dolby Surround Sound.
    Turok: Evolution has been rated "Mature" by the Entertainment Software Rating Board, and will be available on 9-01-02 for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, Xbox(tm) video game system from Microsoft and Nintendo GameCube(tm) at suggested retail prices of $49.99. In addition, the game will be available for the Game Boy® Advance at a suggested retail price of $29.99. For more information about Turok: Evolution, please visit http://www.turok.com.



    About Acclaim Entertainment
    Based in Glen Cove, N.Y., Acclaim Entertainment, Inc., is a leading worldwide developer, publisher and mass marketer of software for use with interactive entertainment game consoles including those manufactured by Nintendo, Sony Computer Entertainment and Microsoft Corporation as well as personal computer hardware systems. Acclaim owns and operates six studios located in the United States and the United Kingdom which includes a motion capture and recording studio in the U.S., and publishes and distributes its software through its subsidiaries in North America, the United Kingdom, Germany, France and Spain. The Company uses regional distributors worldwide. Acclaim also distributes entertainment software for other publishers worldwide, publishes software gaming strategy guides and issues "special edition" comic magazines from time to time to support its time valued brands, Turok and Shadow Man. Acclaim's corporate headquarters are in Glen Cove, New York and Acclaim's common stock is publicly traded on NASDAQ.SC under the symbol AKLM. For more information please visit our website at http://www.acclaim.com.



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    Contributed by Jeanne (75618) on Aug 26, 2004.

Back of Box - XBOX (Canada):
    "High-powered and groundbreaking weapons" - Game Informer

    The Scent Of Blood

    • Squad Dynamics A.I.: troops take cover and establish strategic positions.
    • Aerial missions on a fully armed Pterosaur with surface attacks and dog fights.


    "Every FPS fan in the country will be taking weeks off to play this game" - GameNow

    • Lush, living jungle environments teeming with animals, plants, and dinosaurs.
    • Awesome multiplayer action with dedicated levels and insane game modes.


    "5 out of 5 stars" - Maxim

    Contributed by JPaterson (9147) on Feb 22, 2003.

Back of Box - PlayStation 2:

    The Scent of Blood



  • Squad Dynamics A.I.: troops take cover and establish strategic positions.

  • Aerial missions on a fully armed Pterosaur with surface attacks and dogfights.

  • Lush, living jungle environments teeming with animals, plants, and dinosaurs.

  • Awesome multiplayer action with dedicated levels and insane game modes.

    "Every FPS fan in the country will be taking weeks off to play this game" - GameNow

    "5 out of 5 stars" - Maxim

    "High-powered and groundbreaking weapons" - Game Informer

    Contributed by Corn Popper (69757) on Oct 24, 2002.

Acclaim website:
    Turok: Evolution is an epic adventure of treachery, exploration, and war in a land of lush jungles, suspended cities, mysterious temples, reptile armies, and towering dinosaurs.

    Turok: Evolution offers an array of exciting features, including:

    • Entirely new game engine built from the ground up to take full advantage of the next-generation hardware platforms;
    • For the first time ever in a Turok video game - flight missions enable players to soar through the skies on a fully-armed winged Quetzalcoatlus in air-to-surface, air-to-ground and multiplayer battles;
    • Ground-breaking Squad Dynamics System (S.D.S.) offers incredibly realistic enemy and allied squad A.I., enabling troops to take cover, establish strategic positions and even surrender;
    • Stealth- and action-based gameplay directed by rich, character-driven storylines;
    • The most advanced artificial intelligence ever in a FPS; enemies and dinosaurs react instinctively to environmental changes and combat situations;
    • Lush jungle environments, thriving with vast flora, natural water sources and indigenous life at every turn;
    • Incredible variety of prehistoric, insect, mammal and oceanic life forms, each with frightening and deadly realism;
    • More than 30 weapons, including the all-new Gravity Disrupter Beam, Swarm Bore and Baby Nuke, each with unique traits and damage;
    • Scripted story events bring the Lost Land to life with stunning detail;
    • Destructible objects and environments: shoot down trees onto enemies and collapse massive rock spires onto dinosaurs;
    • Incredible multiplayer levels and modes, each filled with hours of action-packed gameplay;
    • More than 3,000 sound effects recorded throughout the world, enhancing the realism of the game via Dolby Digital and Dolby Surround Sound.

    Contributed by POMAH (34772) on Sep 03, 2002.