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- Dinosaur Hunter Game
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Now that I have those out of the way I will say that I had a lot of fun and a lot of frustration with this game; they were tied together for me as I am not some FPS afficionado and I died in this game...and I mean, a lot...on some of the sections (especially on that first encounter with "Spike", the Spinosaurus that we saw in "Jurassic Park III"). It was fun because you get to shoot dinosaurs (not cavemen, not other people) in a bid to survive and get back to your time. The game is completely linear and all you can do is follow a trail that, at times, is curiously more open than necessary. While there aren't a lot of dinosaur or prehistoric bug varieties those that are there are well-rendered, even for the Wii (the graphics are comparable to the recent video game adaption of "King Kong"). And the dinos are not easy kills. You have to usually shoot several times, watch your ammo supply so that you don't get caught reloading a magazine (which will take a moment) while backpedaling into a dead-end as the dino chews on and kills you, and frequently dodge the dino attacks in a sometimes frenzied manner that will keep your pulse elevated. That's all I had wanted out of this game and it delivered quite well on it. The normal Wii controls (which is what I used, I don't have a Wii Zapper) were extremely responsive and had very little lag and there was a nice variety of weapons throughout the game with firepower increasing as you encounter more deadly dino types. The storyline, about a heart-of-gold merc traveling with a research scientist over the Bermuda Triangle and getting sucked into a time vortex that throws them back into prehistoric times and their struggles to survive and get back to the present to warn mankind of an impending time vortex catastrophy, is hackneyed but imbued with likable characters. The vortex issue explains how there are ammo dumps all over the world and also allows for dinosaurs to be dropped into your path and allows you to be the dinosaur hunter.
As you complete the main storyline you have the option of going back through the chapters of the game as standalones. Perhaps on some consoles this tracks progress and allows you to earn badges? I don't know and don't care about that sort of thing but some do. There are also two other game types: 1) a blast 'em up survival mode where there are waves and waves of dinos rushing you and you have to defend your fort and survive--this was pretty exciting--and (2) a shooting gallery comprised of eight or nine scenarios where you have no movement ability and simply shoot the dinos. Most of the shooting gallery options were extremely difficult as the shotgun was frequently used and ammo ran out quick and the dinos got you in the reload time. More skilled players might actually be challenged by the shooting gallery. I do wish that they would have included the option of choosing your difficulty through the main storyline (such as a "difficult" where ammo was sparse and your shots had to be almost completely dead-on) but oh well.
Also, as many parents could be tempted to pick this one up for their children I would call their attention to the appropriately rated "T" as there is mild language, a little bit of blood, and moments of shock and scare that would probably frighten young ones. For ages 10+ I think that this one is pretty safe.
second this game is fun!
the graphics are no great shakes and etc, its low budget, but the controls are spot on, there is good challenge, a variety of modes - its a run and gun arcade shooter game, and you could do a lot worse.
some people like fun games and do not look for an epic game on every purchase, this is a game for some people