376: Dino Crisis

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376: Dino Crisis

Post by JaySevenZero » January 13th, 2019, 12:47 pm

Here's where you can contribute your memories and opinions of Dino Crisis for potential inclusion in the forthcoming podcast.

Friendly reminder to all that where feedback for the podcast is concerned, we love it - but self-editing (brevity) is appreciated. We do want to include a breadth of opinions where appropriate, but no-one wants a discussion podcast that’s mainly reading. Better to save yourself time and cut to the chase if you can.

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Re: 376: Dino Crisis

Post by ReprobateGamer » January 14th, 2019, 12:08 pm

I can imagine the scene in a Capcom meeting room:

"This Biohazard game series is doing well and we've green lit the third one. With Konami bringing in Silent Hill, what can we do to capitalise on this?"
"well, that Jurassic Park thing is doing okay ..."

Whatever the origins, the story of how dinosaurs have ended up in modern day times and how the player character kick-ass protagonist is rather clunky.
But the game works, and it worked very well upon release. The controls were familiar to anyone playing survival horror games in the late nineties and the addition of moving while aiming helped to offset the manoeuvrability of the various dinosaur enemies replacing zombies and monsters. Voice acting was suitably cheesy but the sound design was on point. The background graphics were well rendered though plain for the most part (it's a secret base and you rarely go outside - the jungle surrounding the facility may as well not exist for it's impact on the game itself (RIP Cooper). Military tactics and realism is again through that quirky Japanese lens that doesn't quite properly reflect but the point is to play hide and seek (and kill!) with raptors so whatever.

Regina was a great character, and it was a nice touch to have her weapons alter in keeping with the BC10000 skin, if you unlocked it. it remains a games that I'd love to see remade in the RE tradition and one that I really think Capcom went off the rails with - DC2 carried on the progression of survival horror to survival action games (dual wielding MP5's!) and the series sudden inexplicable (and ill-adivised) leap into the future for DC3, leaving this series desperately needing another entry

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Re: 376: Dino Crisis

Post by duskvstweak » May 3rd, 2019, 7:52 pm

Dinosaurs are weirdly underrepresented in the video game world, which is one of the reasons Dino Crisis is such a gem for me. Gameplay-wise, it has the reputation of a Resident Evil knockoff, but, I would love to see more "Popular Game but with Dinosaurs!" knockoffs.

And, in all honesty, I don't remember too much about the gameplay aside from running from Velociraptors or putting two ends of a green pipe together. But, the tone and setting had me, and inspired me to run my own Dino Crisis knockoff tabletop game with friends.

Being alone on a jungle island, knowing every sound outside and in is most likely a dinosaur waiting to devour me was scary! And, at the time, a fast Raptor felt scarier than a lumbering zombie. I wish there were more dinosaur types, the game mostly just sticks to the Raptors, which get's a bit monotonous, but at least the T-Rex is there to shake things up.

This is a game that I wish had a healthier series life span and I would love for a full-blown sequel these days. Regina seemed like a strong enough character to carry a franchise, even if her teammates seemed like dweebs. The PS1 game might be a bit rough around the edges, but, for my own warm memories, I'm glad this game decided to steal from Resident Evil...but with dinosaurs.

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Re: 376: Dino Crisis

Post by The Baboon Baron » May 8th, 2019, 12:25 pm

Sir’s and Ma’ams of Cane and Rinse community- I wanted to like Dino Crisis- I really did! Even picking up an old 60GB PS3 to play it properly. But after several attempts to play it, it just didn’t click with me. It had long been on my list of “will get around to it one day” games. I liked the concept- Resident Evil with Dinosaurs? What’s not to like! I love survival horror and I love B-movie camp, it looked on surface to be a great retro throw back.

But it just didn’t gel with me. I was immediately confused by the user interface, finding it and the map quite confusing within the first few minutes of play. The tank controls took a little while to get into but didn’t prove to be too much of a hindrance. My issue was the Dino’s themselves- often backing me into corners where upon I was ripped apart quickly. Something that made the lack of ammo (normally a survival horror trope) more frustrating than atmospheric. I re-started several times to see if I figure out the intended path, but instead wound up lost and ammo-less while packs of raptors followed me ultimately converting me into Dino Chow.

Perhaps it’s the age and the style of game but try as I might I just couldn’t get it to click. I fear it is me, and that modern games have shortened my patience, because objectively the graphics, sound and gameplay are stellar considering the hardware its running on. A remastering of DC in the style of the relatively recent Resident Evil or even RE 2 would be amazing, as a few small upgrades would allow for (in my view) a stronger and more enjoyable experience.

We all have a couple of blind spots, and it seems DC is one of mine. Perhaps I’ll try again in another 20 years…

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