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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 3.2
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.0
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.1
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 2.6
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 2.9
Overall User Score (15 votes) 3.0


Critic Reviews

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90
Mean Machines (Oct, 1995)
A great beat 'em up which may have been beaten to its niche. Fans of the coin-op and dino-nerds in general will lap it up.
80
GamePro (US) (Sep, 1995)
With an impressive list of options and a widely adjustable challenge, this strong conversion of the arcade dino basher will engross fighting fans despite it's few shortcomings. Rage!
74
Mega Fun (Aug, 1995)
Primal Rage wäre ein exzellentes Beast‘em Up, hätten es die Entwickler verstanden, die hervorragende Spielbarkeit der Coinop-Version bei der Konvertierung nicht zu vernachlässigen. (...) Die Mega Drive-Kampfsaurier leben von der Beat‘em Up-Erfahrung Probes: Geschmeidigere Animationen, exaktere Kollisionsabfrage, direktere Steuerung - Primal Rage auf der Sega-Konsole läßt sein SNES-Pendant leider ganz schön alt aussehen. Trotzdem, ein Hit ist auch diese Umsetzung nicht. Von der fesselnden Spielhallen-Atmosphäre ist nur wenig zu verspüren und die konsolengesteuerte Dinos verhalten sich in fast allen Schwierigkeitsgraden recht dämlich, von Kampftaktiken keine Spur. Alleine der Gore-Option und vielleicht noch der ansprechenden Optik wegen werden Prügelfans auf ihre Kosten kommen, ich aber warte dann doch lieber auf Rares Killer Instinct...
70
Thunderbolt Games (Jul 04, 2010)
Sadly, the only true way to experience the original arcade build in all its glory is to find one at your local nickel arcade or pop onto ebay and shell out around $1,000 for an actual arcade unit (hey, I actually entertained making such a purchase for about three seconds). Whatever route you choose, just make sure you try this bloody, jugular-ripping gem of a fighting game in all its digitized, “photo-realistic” glory.
70
These flaws are many, but the game concept is so solid, problems tend to be forgotten once play has begun. If only this Genesis version didn't have better-quality big brothers on the way for more powerful game machines, it would likely have come across as a much more impactful game.
68
Video Games (Aug, 1995)
Eine besondere Note erhält Primal Rage durch die sehr großen Kämpfersprites und dadurch, daß es sich hier mal nicht um ein konventionelles Beat‘em-Up-Spiel in altbewährter “Mann gegen Mann “-Strickart handelt. Die teils digitalisierte Urzeit-Grafik wirkt zwar auf den 16-Bittern etwas grobkörnig, sorgt aber für ansprechende Atmosphäre und ist eine willkommene Abwechslung gegenüber der Midway-Prügelspiel-Serie. Die etwas magere Special-Move-Palette ist zwar amüsant und relativ einfach auszuführen, doch etwas mehr hätte es schon sein dürfen. Gegenüber dem Automatenoriginal weisen die Dinosaurier-Sprites wesentlich weniger Animationphasen auf, was sich leider in leicht ruckhaften Bewegungsabläufen bemerkbar macht Global gesehen, haben sich die Entwickler bei den Umsetzungen sehr viel Mühe gegeben. Alle Hintergründe inklusive der Charaktere, wurden mit viel Liebe zum Detail konvertiert und optimal an die unterschiedlichen Systemeigenschaften angepaßt.
62
Game Players (Sep, 1995)
In the end, without the extra touches contained in the arcade version, this game ends up dangerously close to just another 2-D fighter. This one is for diehard fans of the original and fighting game fanatics.
60
Sega-16.com (Jan 31, 2011)
As you see, the game has quite a number of ups and downs. It's very gimmicky and borrowed most of its ideas from the Mortal Kombat series, without sharing the same level of smoothness in terms of gameplay. On the other hand, it is more original than most of its contemporaries, with the mini games in particular bringing some enjoyable diversion into the fray. So, if you like dinosaurs and enjoy your games gory, this might be just up your alley. If not, you'll find quite a number of better fighters on the Genesis.
50
The Video Game Critic (Oct 03, 1999)
The Genesis version of this game was released at the same time as the Super Nintendo (SNES) version, and it's interesting to compare the two. The Genesis version's graphics and sound aren't as good, but at least the game is playable. The frame rate and collision detection are a step up from the poor SNES version. Apparently the Genesis CPU could handle the animation better, allowing for some relatively smooth creature movement. Unfortunately, in the crowded field of 2D fighting games, looks are about the only thing going for Primal Rage. The music can't compare to the SNES version, and the sound effects are hollow and tinny. All you have left is a very average fighter.
33
Defunct Games (Feb 22, 2013)
With only a few characters to choose from and horrible graphics, I find it impossible to recommend Primal Rage. What wasn't especially strong in the arcade is made even worse thanks to shoddy development and questionable cuts. On the other hand, this is the only 16-bit version of Primal Rage that lets you pee on your opponent.