Dino Crisis

 
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Note to Parents: Realistic violence, gore, horror

An abandoned research complex on a remote jungle island, a team of special forces operatives, a horde of vicious velociraptors, and one big, mean Tyrannosaurus rex constitute the setting and cast of Dino Crisis, the latest masterpiece from the makers of Resident Evil.

You play as Regina, a member of a four-person team sent to retrieve an expatriate scientist. Your radio man became a midnight snack for the T.rex, so it's up to you and your two remaining teammates to explore a dino-infested research station, rescue the scientist, call for a helicopter retrieval, and escape with your lives. Along the way you'll uncover the grizzly remains of those who got in the dinosaurs' way, and you'll unravel the mystery of how a top-secret energy research project turned into a Jurassic nightmare.

And about those dinosaurs: they're all over the island. One instant you'll be walking along a second-story balcony, admiring the view, the next instant you'll be dodging a T.rex as it smashes its huge maw through the concrete walls. Velociraptors chase you down blood-spattered corridors, flying reptiles circle the outdoor areas, and your only weapons are your pistol, whatever else you can salvage, a dwindling supply of ammunition, and your wits.

Packed with clever puzzles and heart-pounding surprises, all superbly presented with realistic graphics and horror-movie camera angles, Dino Crisis is a triumph of survival-horror gaming. --Mike Fehlauer

Pros:

  • Great sound effects and music
  • Well-integrated, varied, and clever puzzles
  • Awe-inspiring, terrifying dinosaurs
  • Branching story line improves replay value

Cons:

  • Doors impervious to explosives

Customer Reviews:

  • Dini Crisis
    If I were you I'd prolly get this, by the looks of all the votes doesn't it seem like it's awesome? I've only played this once and thought it was cool! But if you like this one you should try Dino Crisis 2! I'm gettin that for christmas and I'll leave a vote for that one as well! Lata ppl!...more info
  • Too many puzzles, not enough action
    To tell the truth, I bought this game hoping it would be like Resident Evil, only with dinosaurs instead of zombies. In some ways it was; you play as an agent named Regina who gets trapped with her team on an island overrun by dinosaurs. But there were a lot of differences, too. I didn't think the game was as scary as Resident Evil, probably because you hardly ever run into any dinosaurs. I also thought the puzzles were a bit too technical.
    At one point, you have to get the fingerprints of a dead researcher in a scanner, then take the scanner to a computer with an ID card and get a higher clearance level than the one you have. It sounds neat, but in reality, it was a pain. There are dead bodies all over the building, for one thing; when we first realized what we needed to do, we had to just wander around checking bodies (like we were going to remember which specific body was a researcher!) Then, we had to worry about getting the right ID card (yes, there's more than one!) and the right computer. We ended up having one person read from a walkthrough on the internet while another followed the directions word for word just to get past some parts. Overall, it was a decent game, but I thought it put too much emphasis on the puzzles and not enough on action. Bottom line: if you love tough puzzles that really make you work, you'll love this game. Otherwise, be prepared to be really, really frustrated....more info
  • Exciting Adventures
    This game was one of the best I have played. It is the hardest in all the dino series. This is a must own game for anyone who loves to play games. ...more info
  • Just a rave review!!!
    Capcom did an excellant job on this game. besides your gay comrade Rick who is completly useless. (and gay, no really i think he is gay) mainly because of his cheesy jokes and his weird apperance. oh and then theres Gail who strangely resembles Nicholai from RE3. which is also a good game. but any how onto Dino Crisis, the game has an excellant plot and a very hot protagonist named Regina. (where would Capcom be without a hot Girl) the voice acting is very good compared to Resident evil 1 (Jill Sandwhich) And survivor (the phone hang up) the charcters were dedecated to their voice acting. (surprise!) usually capcom screwd that up. the controls were easy to navigate and to remember also they were responsive. the gaphics were great for a PS1 game. the velociraptors had decent AI for the time all except the random red forcefields that some of them were trapped behind. They run into it. which is hilarious to watch. you'll see what i mean if you play it. the puzzles are not to hard unlike RE3 Water treatment puzzle. God help if u dont know the motive to the puzzle. the puzzles in DC are easy to figure out. and are not frustrating. all three weapons were useful in their own way. for example when fighting the T Rex. lord help you if u dont have any grenade rounds. after that you are pretty screwd. the camara angles weren't all that bad. the auto lock on is required. dont ask it just is. Over all a great game. a must buy for capcom fans. Hint steer clear of DC3. DC2 is also very good. happy dino hunting. ...more info
  • Basically Resident Evil with dinos
    This game is fun, don't get me wrong, but the problem is that this game offers nothing new to the style of game created by Capcom's own Resident Evil series. Basically its the same story you're trapped on an island where dinosaur research has run amuck and your goal is the escape before getting devoured by the many dinosaurs you'll run accross while playing this game. ALong the way you'll have to also solve some puzzles to be able to escape the island. So basically if you enjoyed Resident Evil or any of its clones, Dino Crisis is a game for you....more info
  • Great Game!
    I thought this was an awesome game! The opening scenes were great. The dinosaurrs look so real for a video game. I have played resident evil, and this game is actually harder. I don't see why people say the puzzles were hard...I'm only 14 and I never spent over 10 minutes on any of them. Oh, and the T-Rex will scare the heck out of you! This is a great game. There is some violent and gorey nature but not enough to keep me from buying it....more info
  • Good game
    I enjoyed Dino Crisis. It's a good action/adventure game if you like Resident Evil or Jurassic Park (although it may not be as instense as the movie). The graphics, sounds and voice acting, plot are great. It doesn't have extremely a lot of surprises to make you jump out of your seat, but the plot goes by well. Dinosaurs are nearly random and there are multiple endings so the game won't be so linear like most.

    Give this game a shot by renting it first....more info

  • Hyper Dinos
    This game is alright. It is pretty fun and kind of scary but the game has alot of backtracking that gets annoying. Dinos become very smart and mean. This game is fun but just get ready for a couple of hours of boredom before you get to the real action. The puzzles are pretty hard as well. The music is pretty good. This game is decent over-all. Buy if you are looking for something different than zombies chasing you around....more info
  • not a bad game
    I really liked this game! Bad graphics, though. I know a lot about dinosaurs, so I knew there was one big flaw in the game: those bulky raptors (which are called Therizinos in the guide to the game) don't exist! Why the heck did the people who made the game put those things in the game? Were they just mutated from raptors? There is one plant-eating dinosaur that existed that was probably what those things were based on. It's called Therizinosaurus, and it's about the same size as a T-rex, and it's front paw claws are 26 inches long!! Overall, I'd say the game was great. I also have the guide (I couldn't get halfway through the game without it!). (spoiler, sort of) Here's what types of dinosaurs there are: Velociraptors (careful, the blue ones are stronger than the green or yellow ones, but also are pretty- pretty dangerous!!) Therizinos, Pteranodons, T-rex and Compsognathus (they aren't very dangerous, but they will bite you
    after a few seconds of running around you). Overall, not bad. I'd recomend this to a real dino-fan (like me! But I own it anyway) ...more info
  • I love this game.
    The graphics are well done. The game play is pretty easy. The mix of shoot em' up and thinking man puzzle play is great. It took me awhile to get through the first 1/2 hour without getting my butt whooped, but once I got the hang of everything it became very enjoyable.

    They weren't joking about the realistic violence and gore. Watch out if you're at all squeamish. It also has a couple of different endings depending on how you play the game, so it has a lasting appeal to it.

    I recommend....more info

  • The best game ever made
    This game rocks! there is none better! I think its worth the $50! The strategy guides are great espcially the detailed ones! I think my favorite part is when you have to run around a destroyed helicopter wth the T-Rex on your tail! And The SPAS12 Is the coolest gun there is! all in this is a must get !...more info
  • Dino crisis &Dino crisis2
    REALLY GOOD GAME. And AMAZON treated me right.I got my order within THREE BUSNESS DAYS!That is phenomanal!But back to the game.It is very exciting and an awesome cure for boredom.The graphics are really good and I like the dinosaurs.Overall the game gets a nine out of ten.BUY IT!!!! at AMAZON...more info
  • Dino Crisis ROCKS!
    This is the best game I ever played .Thank you Capcom! It is simply the best game! . The graphics were alittle off, but who cares! If you are a fan of action/horror type games this is for you ! Go by this game NOW!...more info
  • Resident Evil... Dinos?
    Having played a rather large number of survival horror titles in my time, I uncovered this title at the local flea market for 3 bucks. Having missed it back on the ps1 days (I was too busy with Silent Hill and Resident Evil I guess...) and being a die hard fan of Survival Horror, I picked it up. First and for most, many people have claimed this to be Rresident Evil with dinosaurs. Don't get me wrong, the similarities are hard to miss, but this really is something unique. Enimies are fast... the slow moving zombie has been replaced with the screeching, agile, adreniline fueled velociraptor... Which makes this game pretty difficult. No, think about it. RE controlls... only with zombies that move faster than you. Get the picture? While this does ramp the difficulty significantly, it isn't too over bearing (You just have to learn that blasting dinos isn't a good idea and running away is). Despite the more frentic combat, the game still moves at a sluggish pace that survival horror players have either come to love or hate. This is due in large part to a vast number of puzzles (which make little sense, as usual... colored key cards, statues, crate moving, etc.)and back tracking, in true RE fashion. However, this game offers some really chilling atmosphere, and despite the slow moving speed, it really does feel faster and more frentic than it's compitition, just because dinos are everywhere, you are always running and usually have an extremely low ammount of ammo at all times. Because nearly every area has key items, you have to explore. Because these same areas feature dinos, you have to use ammo to kill them. Because dinos are so fast and hard to kill you are always taking damage. You use healing items to cure wounds, so there for, unlike Resident Evil, it is pretty damn hard to hoard ammo and healers... all this results from fast moving enemies, and because you almost always just barely escape every situation by the seat of your pants, this gives dino crisis an exciting edge that most other horror games still haven't perfected. Add to this, "choose your own adventure" style twists in the plot where you call the shots as to which direction the story goes, the ability to combine items to create more powerful weapons, new types of ammo, and more potent healing items, and some pretty nifty graphics (they really aren't that bad, considering this game is almost 5 years old)and you have a winning title. As for the not-so-juicy parts, well... there are only about 4 types of enemies. And if you ever saw Jurassic Park or opened up a childrens Dinosaur book, you already know what they look like and how they will act. I'm not complaining, because each dino still scares the crap out of you when it pops out of a vent shaft or chases you down a corridor at high speed... but they lack that what-the-hell-is-it? factor of the mutants seen in RE and Silent Hill... Before you ever encounter them, you already know exactly what the enemies will look like, and how they will try and kill you. It just isn't as disturbing as the freekish encounters experienced in most other games of the genre. More so, the weapon selection is a little limited (3 weapons: Pistol, Shotgun, Grenade Gun), which offer a nice balance of speed, ammo availability and power... but it still leaves something to be desired, as pistol ammo is far too week to be useful (7 to 10 hits for a kill on a fast moving enemy... yeah right) and shotgun ammo is far to scarce to be wasted on anything but important circumstances (obviously grenades are saved exclusively for bosses if you actually want to beat the game). A good middle ground weapon would have been nice, just to lower frustration and make combat more stream-lined. In short, if you never liked Survival Horror, this isn't going to turn you into a fan. But if you like the corridor romping, the solving of mundane puzzles that pop out of no where and a few heart pounding marrathon runs while being chased by savage lizards, this is a game you should check out. Dated by today's standerds, but still decient enough to replay to see the 4 different endings. I give it a solid 85 out of 100. ...more info
  • Capcom made this? Go buy resident evil
    Dino Crisis in word is relatively cool. But there are too many flaws for it to be anything apecial in the world. First off, there are so many cutscenes you can't skip. This is supposed to be scary! Well, its not, not even close to it. They add some deep-bass music and they call it a horror game. What surprised me even more was that Capcom, the makers of the Resident Evil series made it. Not even close to Resident Evil at all in quality, and it should be better. When I got the game, all I did was play the Resident Evil 3: Nemesis demo that came with it. Dino Crisis has good graphics, dang good sound (as in sound effects), and cool enough weapans (you only get, like 5 weapans though which makes the game boring). The fight scenes are just too boring, you shoot the stupid dinosaur (you only fight against raptors through the whole game accept for bosses which is also stupid). The game is just too boring, not scary, and in word, not fun to play at all in my opinion. There are some gory perks that help it out. There are a few puzzles, but they are way too easy to figure out. The acting is bad as well, just stuff that you wouldn't say when there are dino's running around trying to rp ya apart. And in the cutscenes the people seem to move like there were some programming probablems at the office. The videos (expecially in the beggining of the game) earn it the 3 stars it got. I do not reccommend this game, go buy Resident Evil 3 or Quake 2 or something if you're looking for some action in your gaming day....more info
  • Fairly Decent Game
    I am basically buying and beating old playstation games I never got a chance to beat. I just finished this game today and it was pretty good. The controls are prettymuch identical to the early resident evil series and so is gameplay really. The story is pretty decent the only things I did not like about the game is it can become tedious running and back and fourth and some of the puzzles, not hard, are just kind of annoying. Good pickup if you can find it for under 10 bucks and looking to waste a saturday with a 6 pack. Game should take no more than 8 hours and thats really pushing it...more info
  • A Great Survival Horror Game
    Dino Crisis is an overall great survival horror game. The storyline is a bit boring, but is enough to keep you playing the game. The graphics are okay, for a playstation game. The game itself is not as scary as other survival horror games, like Resident Evil, but features enough horror to make it a game to remember. One great thing about this game is that it has easy to use controls, which makes the game a little easier to play. Dino Crisis is definately a game to purchase if you are looking for a great survival horror game....more info
  • DIno CRisis!!!!
    i have always loved dinosaurs and i have always been a fan of resident evil. and when the two come together. your game system will explode, nah just playin. but when i first found this game i was so excited. its a pretty confusing game i think but if you like a challenge and you like some blood and gore then check this out. great story also. scared me when the t rex first attacked me lol. i screamed....more info
  • Best game ever?
    Well not really but still one of the best games i have ever played, this game almost has it all: Good voice acting, a beautiful storyline, very scary, the graphics are off a little but nowhere near bad enough to mess up the game. Oh, and please buy this game, it rules!...more info
  • Gamer's review
    If you are looking for action and adventure this game has it all. This game has time for fun and time for hard work. It may be a little tricky but if you're smart enough to get this game you're smart enough to beat it. It's kinda sick so be a little carful. This game has perfect graphics and it's great!...more info
  • Jurassic Park all over again
    Last year on christmas,I wanted a new game call Dino Crises, and when I got it.It was fun shooting dinosaurs and get Kirk. I like the three part endings,and like the gifts I got when I win a game.If you like dinosaurs and adventures on the islands, then play this game....more info
  • Not just another resident rip-off
    it would be unfair to pass this game by as another resident evil rip off because, although the basic premise is the same it is actually a very different game in every respect. And with the exception of 2, dino crisis easily excels any of the resident back catalogue.

    The graphics are very good and use a different technique than RE allowing for much more user interaction. In RE the graphics are made up of pre-rendered backgrounds but DC uses polygonal characters and backgrounds to better effect and look very much like the areas they are trying to convey. This style of graphics works better than in RE and heightens the tension very well.

    The gameplay is more innovative than in the RE games with more puzzles and less emphasis placed on action. DC's weapons are reasonably feeble compared to those in RE but this works for the better. Instead of just splattering every enemy you come across you need to think of alternatives as shooting everything will soon either get you killed or make you run out of ammo fast. Throughout the game you have to use security fences to your advantage, running past a raptor when its back is turned, past a sensor and then turn on the fence, much better than just killing the raptor and more satisfying to boot.

    Enemies are also more intelligent than in RE games, as they would need to be, and will chase you through doors and follow your trail of blood. They are all also more agile than those in RE and so those encounters you cannot avoid are made even more visceral.

    The use of puzzles through the game is also well done and some are real brainteasers, they are also more inventive than in RE, such as finding the right combination of gases for a poisoned room to gain entry or searching corpses for fingerprints to make a keycard. Much better than RE's simple need key, find key approach.

    The enemies in the game is where it starts to slip a bit with not too many variations in there but this isnt much of a problem as dino encounters are not all that frequent anyway. The way the dinos are presented to you is good and the ways you are encouraged to beat them is refreshing. such as guiding a pterodactyl into a fan or electrocuting a raptor.

    The main boss, although it hd to be a T-Rex, is better a good alternative to the tyrants in the RE series and provides a constant menace much like in RE3 and always seems to be breathing down your neck. Even when you think youre safe he bursts through a window or finds some way of spoiling your day.

    The longevity of the game is pretty much what you expect of a game of this type, a fast play through can take approximately 3 hours but the first time took me about 5 1/2.The game length did surprise me though as at one point i was sure that i had finished the game but i was only half way through.

    There is significant replay value in the game with three endings and many different costumes to be unlocked and with the game made in such a way you can play through and experience it differently each time.

    Overall there is not much to gripe about with this game and i really cannot find much fault with it at all. Although the game length is expected with this sort of game it can seem annoying to others for it to be over so fast but with MGS the game is so enjoyable that this isnt a problem. Also hardcore blasters may complain about the puzzle orientated gameplay but if you ask me its far better this way.

    i'd give it a 95%...more info

  • Booooooo!
    Dino Crisis is the worst game ever. I would rather watch the show named after me (Barney). It is so violent that you think that you are really in the game yourself. That is a bad thing by the way because you see blood and body parts torn off of the people's bodies. If you hate violence, I suggest you not to get this terrible game. If you crave for violence, have your cravings met by this awlful game....more info
  • '' A GREAT CLASSIC SURVIVAL/DINOSAUR PLAYSTATION GAME ''
    RARELY DOES A GAME COME ALONG THAT HAS IT ALL! LOTS OF ACTION, COOL DINOSAURS TO ANNIHILATE, NOT TOO HARD PUZZLES , AND LOTS OF FUN PLAYING IN GENERAL..AND A VERY GOOD PLAYSTATION TITLE TO BOOT!!I LOVED PLAYING THIS GAME A LOT , AND EQUALLY LOVED '' DINO CRISIS 2 '' AS WELL! LET'S HOPE THEY PUT OUT ANOTHER TITLE FOR PS 2 IN THE FUTURE .AND THAT IS AS GOOD IN ACTION AS THIS ONE , AND LOTS OF COOL DINOS LIKE THE SECOND ONE.THAT WAS THE ONLY FLAW WITH THIS GAME , NOT A GREAT AMOUNT OF DINOSAURS TO WIPE OUT .BUT THE ONES THEY HAD WERE COOL TO FIGHT .. TREX IS COOL , BUT I'M AGREEING WITH MY WIFE -'' RAPTORS '' RULE!!SO IF YOU ARE BORED , NEW TO PLAYSTATION , OR WANT A NEW RARE COOL OLD GAME TO PLAY.THEN LOOK NO FURTHER..GET IT TODAY!!!BUT I SUGGEST YOU GET THE GUIDE , AS IT IS A BIG HELP IN DIFFICULT AREAS ..PLAY ON- AND PLAY PLAYSTATION!!...more info
  • Awesome game
    Great memorable game and its sequel too! I cant wait for the third installment. Hope it comes out for the PS2. Let me just say its a very good game. Great story. Regina rocks! Shes the main character. It keeps you in a very tense mood , with the musics help of course. The Rex fight was awesome. The graphics are also very good for a PS1 game. In summary, buy it! You wont regret it!...more info
  • Decent, but not really worth it
    I purchased Dino Crisis as one of my first Play Station games. Although the graphics are pretty well done, it gets old quickly. You are running the character around the station more than anything else. There are very few dinosaurs to shoot, and it is very confusing at first. Honestly, it's more trouble than its worth....more info
  • A Good Game, But Resident Evil is Still Better
    Dino Crisis is an exciting, fast-paced game that has you using your brain and your trigger finger. Sent to recover the mysterious Dr. Kirk, you and your team-mates are dropped onto a small, rocky island. Unfortunately things don't go as planned. Your partner with the radio meets an untimely demise and you, Regina, is stuck with your other two members Rick and Gail. This game is filled with plenty of gore, for those of you horror fans, and the puzzles (Which are in numerous numbers) keep you thinking. The scares in this game aren't that great, because most of the time a short cut-scene play when you are about to be attacked, but there are a few occasions when the camera angle keeps you from knowing from what's around the corner. The playing time is pretty good, and so is the replay value. A mini-game opens up if you beat the game in under 5 hours, but you sure won't do this the first time. Overall, Resident Evil is better than Dino Crisis, but if you already have it, this is the game to get....more info
  • The real video game of Jurassic Park
    Dino Crisis, a great game and a masterpiece to the gaming industry. I loved the graphics for everything, especially the T-Rex because they were all incredible and very realistic. The story was very impressive as well as the camera angles. Anyone who loves survival horror and dinosaurs must buy this masterpiece....more info
  • Alright...not great...
    This game, as most people agree who played it, is a cross between Jurassic Park and Resident Evil. Unfortunately, it is nowhere near as good. The weapons are decent and the graphics are better than average, but this game is monotonous! There is no way to skip past the long, boring dialogue as with Resident Evil 3. It can be downright painful at times. With the weapons you get, you would figure there would be more dinosaurs, i.e. more action...wrong. This game is about puzzle solving. Big Deal! Don't get me wrong; it has its moments. My advice would be to rent it at your local video store before buying it and find out for yourself. Then you'll know I was right....more info
  • A Large Disappointment.
    Why Capcom...why! I understand you had very good intentions with this game and it has a great story line and characters but it's no Resident Evil that's for sure.Compared to the Resident Evil games this game has some very disappointing factors in it, such as you can't skip the videos or there is not enough ammo. I also would like to state that near the time this came out Capcom also released Resident Evil 3: Nemesis. The graphics in Dino Crisis aren't near as good as RE3. Why! Not to mention the low ammo and gun choice in the game. A Handgun, a shotgun, and gernade launcher. That's IT! Except for those few things that I mention it is a very enjoyable game and I do recommend Capcom make Dino Crisis 2 with all these suggestions and more. Then it would be one great game....more info
  • It's resient evil with a dino twist
    My dad originaly baught this to play himself but after three days of not getting around to it I decided to give it a try.From the first video this game pulls you in and dosn't let go.First off the larger videos have exelent graphics the gameplay graphics are pretty good too.Second the music sorta makes you want to keep looking behind you're shoulder(just in case.)Next there are three endings,four costumes and a mini game to unlock so you're getting aot for you're money.Last this game keeps jumping out at you wether it's a twist in plotline or a Raptor smashing through a window.O.k. we've covered all the pros now it's time to talk about what sucks with this game.First you're weapon selection is pretty slim.You get a handgun a shotgun and a grenade gun blows do'nt it.Next you might find you'reself strpped for ammo when you need it the most it's not as bad as Resident Evil but it's bad.Finally some of the puzzles or chalanges you will face are nearly impossable to get through so you definetly want a player's guide.Other than those downsides I highly recomend you buy this game....more info
  • Really lackluster
    I wasn't very impressed with this game at all. It takes place in your typical dimly lit industrial type building, where you shoot the ocasional dinosaur and pick up various things. The dinosaurs aren't impressive at all, and you can walk right through them once you've shot them. You also have to go to a cut-scene just to climb a flight of stairs! The really bothersome thing is that so many of the things you have to do are just for the sake of giving you busy-work. You need two keys to go through a door, and you'll additionally need to input a code. You pick up all sorts of medical gear, and you have to mix them together to create new things. Then you have to pick up "plugs" to be able to open storage boxes to store your extra supplies. Oh yeah, what fun - flipping through menus 'till the cows come home. And has anybody ever hear of a cabinet that is opened using "plugs"?

    Overall, this game has almost nothing that's interesting; it's just a basic shooter with a load of cumbersome inventory gathering crapola. You'll also spend a lot of time walking up to things and hitting "X" to see if the item does anything. More fun. The folks that made this should have dumped the whole inventory system and instead spent their time working on the game's plot. A few environments that don't involve dimly lit industrial structures would have been appreciated as well. And even in the cut scenes the characters walk in straight lines and turn at right angles! Jeez, needed an extra year in development and it might have been at least somewhat interesting....more info

  • enjoyable, but not quite a classic
    I remember back in 1999 when I received Dino Crisis as a Christmas present. This was my first exposure to a survival horror game. Believe it or not, I actually didn't bother with the Resident Evil series until six years later, in the summer of 2005, which is when I played Resident Evil 2 for the very first time.

    Now, let's go back to 1999 for a moment. The world of 3D gaming was in full swing at that point in time. 1999 was a year when people were anxiously awaiting what the Playstation 2 would give us, while at the same time, we were appreciating what the original Playstation was offering. The original Playstation, as you may already know, is where the survival horror genre *really* became popular. Resident Evil, Silent Hill, and, the now underrated and unfortunately forgotten, Dino Crisis series.

    Over time, people haven't treated the Dino Crisis series with *nearly* as much respect as the Resident Evil and Silent Hill series. It probably has something to do with Dino Crisis 3 being a really bad game with horrible camera angles, which meant, after that failed experiment hit the market, people weren't interested in any more Dino Crisis games. But, you know, even before Dino Crisis 3 was released, people didn't respect the Dino Crisis series as much as the other survival horror games. I really have no idea why. Dinosaurs can be *just* as cool as zombies. Believe me. Perhaps it has something to do with the animation? Even though killing dinosaurs is fun and addicting, Capcom made killing zombies slightly more interesting, thanks mainly to better animation from pointing and shooting your guns at a zombies head. It just looks and feels better in Resident Evil. This in NO WAY should be reason to avoid Dino Crisis. This also doesn't mean Dino Crisis is flawed in the shooting department. Both Resident Evil and Dino Crisis offer tons of enjoyment. TONS of enjoyment. They are just separate beasts.

    The original Dino Crisis is supposed to be about making the right decisions when it comes to either keeping your ammo and health in one place, or making the decision to bring the ammo and health with you. It's supposed to be about guessing whether or not the ammo or health will eventually be necessary as you progress through the game. However, on easy mode, none of this makes a difference. The game is *so* easy on easy mode, that you can literally get attacked by dinosaurs about five or six times before you even need one of those Med Pack M's (used to bring your health back to 100%). Seeing as how there aren't many dinosaurs in the game overall, you will only need to use one of these health packs maybe two or three times throughout the entire game. Dino Crisis is *that* easy! This means you will only have to bring one or two Med Packs with you, and leave the rest behind.

    To be fair, you can't just mindlessly shoot every dinosaur you arrive to, because you aren't given a whole lot of ammo. Certainly not as much ammo is given to you compared to how many health packs are available throughout the journey. Despite that, running out of bullets probably won't ever be a problem. Just make certain you avoid some of the weaker dinosaurs in the early parts of the game. That way you will have enough bullets for the bigger and deadlier dinosaurs in the later parts of the game (which obviously require more bullets to kill).

    You are given the ability to mix things together, to create dangerous darts. These darts are used to kill dinosaurs *very* quickly, sometimes in a single shot. The problem here is that, on easy mode, the game is so simple that mixing darts together isn't even important. You don't have to worry about dart-mixing on easy mode *at all*. You can simply shoot or avoid all the dinosaurs you come across on easy mode and not have to worry about dart-mixing EVER. That kind of ruins the whole "survival horror" aspect of the game. You should have been required to use at least one or two of these darts.

    People criticize Dino Crisis 2 for being just a mindless shooting game where you have to kill as many dinosaurs as possible to progress to the next area and collect bigger guns, but the honest truth is, the original is a MUCH easier game overall because you can simply run past all the dinosaurs that stand in your way. You can't do that in the second game. You have to stand up to them and shoot. So Dino Crisis 2 is a harder game, in my opinion. Oh sure, you are given an option to up the difficulty (in both Dino Crisis games) but the problem here is that the difficulty goes up SIGNIFICANTLY, making the game nearly impossible.

    Another problem I have with the game is the amount of cutscenes. You CANNOT skip over them, so you are forced to watch almost every single one of them. Most of them are kind of boring because most of the cutscenes feature the main characters just talking to each other. Sometimes you will see a cool-looking dinosaur attacking something, though. But Capcom *really* should have given you an option to skip over the cutscenes like they did in the sequel, because most of them are flat-out boring. These conversations are supposed to create a spooky mood, but it doesn't work in my opinion.

    I also have a problem with the INCREDIBLE amount of puzzles you come across. I am not kidding, there's over 25 puzzles in this game. Some of them are just a matter of typing in the correct series of numbers, or the correct words to access the next area. Some of the puzzles are more along the lines of finding the right way to complete them, such as the puzzle where you're pushing these Up, Down, Left and Right buttons to figure out how to sucessfully lift up and put down boxes using a giant crane. These are extremely hard puzzles to figure out by yourself unless you have a walkthrough. Once you figure them out, the sequence is exactly the same the next time you play the game, though. They're not random like in Resident Evil 3.

    The game is also *very* heavy on searching for the correct key cards to gain access to the next part of the game, which can be annoying. Simply put, the game is dominated with puzzles and key cards, which are always required to access the next area. A bit much, to say the least.

    Despite the above problems, Dino Crisis is STILL a pretty fun game because the dinosaurs are animated beautifully and the graphics as a whole are really good for 1999 as well. The actual gameplay has some problems mentioned above, but there's also plenty of action to be found. Also, the game is pretty scary and intense, and the dinosaurs are simply wonderful looking and it's interesting the way they can attack you because they attack differently each time. Sometimes they will bite at your arm, other times they will pick you up from off the ground, and more.

    Oh, and the music and sound effects are amazing. Perhaps the best music and sound effects in a survival horror game ever. Instead of featuring melodic themes, you are treated to sound effects and musical notes that seem to play randomly, almost making it sound like improvised music, like something from a King Crimson record. This means, if you listen to the music carefully, you can hear a bunch of unusual and creepy sound effects in the background. You hear something different each time. It's awesome, and works great. It's not a typical soundtrack in any shape or form, even by survival horror standards. It's so good.

    Overall, even though Dino Crisis has almost zero replay value, and too much time is spent running around inside a facility doing one puzzle after another (and collecting one key card after another) the game is worth the experience. It's not a classic, just a nice game....more info
  • Not as good as I'd hoped
    When I first saw it advertised on TV I thought WOW! Syphon Filter with Dinosaurs! So I bought it along with FF8 (Which I really liked). After playing FF8 for days I popped in Dino Crisis. In the beginning, I was pleased with my purchase after seeing the beautifully rendered cut scenes. Then something awful happened...The game started. I can't imagine why capcom would decide not to use analog on a game made in 1999. After being mad about no analog, my Syphon Filter + Dino = Cool formula was falling apart. Then I tried to move and found out that the whoever came up with the character movement was either drunk or stoned because to move you have to press left or right on the D-Pad to rotate then up or down to move forwards or backwards. Whatever happened to right means move right, left means left, etc. Another thing that isn't too bad but is un necessary is the holstered and drawn positions of the gun (this feature is also in the Tomb Raider series). Its easier to just have the gun out at all times. Something that I found annoying was when you go through a door, gate, anything, it changes to a scene with a black background showing the girl going through a door telling you where you are going at the top of the screen. The menu interface during the game is a little confusing. However, as I said earlier, the graphics are very nice. The backgrounds are in pretty good detail outside of cutscenes, as are the characters. The cut scenes speak for themselves. This game has better grpahics than Syphon Filter, but Syphon Filter has better gameplay and character control. Overall I think that capcom could have turned out a much better game....more info
  • One of Capcom's greatest games, re playability very high.
    Dino Crisis is like resident evil in the sense that it is "survival horror" but it is much more than just a RE copy. This game is very intense and in depth with it's story line very easy to follow and understand.

    One of the greatest things about this game is that the dino's depth of detail is great, AI is very impressive. Predators will follow you through doors until you either out smart them or they kill you. Thrashing, charging, tossing, and leaping are just some of the ways your enemys will challenge you. The T-Rex can instant kill you or stomp you to death, birds will pick you up and toss you around in the air if you are unable to dodge there attacks. All the attacks and designs of the dino's make you wonder if they were ever really extinct.

    Another cool thing about this game is you can mix different items to make darts. Some will temporally put the enemy to sleep, stronger darts will put them to bed permently. When a dino is put to sleep you can walk up to it and do "point blank damage" the closer you are the more you do. Not only can you make darts but the same weapon functions as a shotgun depending on what you decide to load it with. All weapons function realistically and are greatly detailed.

    Bottom line I paied 50 bucks for this game when it first came out. In my opinion almost 7 years later it is still worth 50 bucks. If you have not played this game and like survival horror this is a must buy....more info
  • Dino Crisis Review
    If you like to shoot dinos this is Not your game. It looks like a good game, but I like action games and this game is just full of puzzles. You only fight 1-2 dinos about every 15-50 minutes. If you want a game that has Dino shooting action then get Dino Crisis 2. In Dino Crisis 2 it is none stop action, you kill about 12 Dinos every minute, and their are two times more dinos in Dino crisis 2 then in Dino Crisis, And their are about three times more Weapons too(And the wepons are so cool, like when you have one machine gun in each hand at the same time you are able to shoot two different Dinos at the same time). So if you like hard core shooting games(rock on) then get Dino crisis 2, but if you like puzzles(ZZZZZZZZZZZ) then get Dino Crisis....more info
  • WORST GAME EVER!
    At first this game seems cool because of the name. You think that dino crisis has got to be good. Well your wrong! The game has too many cutscenes in it and you can't skip them which really drove me crazy. The dinosaurs are pretty cool but you run out of bullets and they win everytime.The only reason I gave this game one star was because I couldn't go into the negatives. DO NOT BUY THIS GAME....more info
  • Better than the sequal
    Dino crisis is a very scary game, and overall, i think better than the sequal! Its just like resident evil but more scarier at times (when t-rex broke through the glass, that scared the H E double hockey sticks out of me!) The one thing i didn't like is that, i was reading my walk through (note: i didn't use it to beat the game) and it said that shooting should be the last thing u do against a dino! I see why and its because of lack of ammo............ BUT HEY, as long as theres enough to keep ur guns loaded who gives! I mean if u have enough and u get more little by little, i think thats fine, u dont need a whole pile of ammo!...more info
  • Dino Crisis -
    Makers of RE bring us : Dino Crisis The graphics, musick, backgrounds do look pretty good! You play a redhead babe Regina and have to blast your way through all these blood thirsty dinos.. It gets hard at times, but after you play it a few times, you'll be all set.. This also has decent replay value as well, you get more costumes, and an infinite grenade launcher, so you can play again and blast all dinos Regina's other costumes are really cute as well, especially the cave-girl one, and she looks yummy! What else can I say? DC is worthy of purchase although it's somewhat on the mediocre side. RE fans will like......more info
  • Go for it!
    This is an excellent game and an excellent filler in between Resident Evil 2 and Resident Evil 3. The drama and grafix are hot! The puzzles are sometimes annoyingly challenging, but overall this game is excellent. It also has multiple endings, just to make it all the more fun....more info
  • A thinking person's shooter
    The atmosphere of this game is very much like the movie Jurassic Park. The dinosaurs are vicious and cunning, and the events in the game are well paced so you don't lose interest. There is decent variety in the puzzles, and the game gives you choice points where you can decide whether to skip some puzzles and open numerous cans of whuppass! While I think it falls short of games like Metal Gear Solid in terms of innovation and originality, it is still a great game that will make it hard for you to tear yourself away from the Playstation....more info
  • Excellent...
    This is a great game, original, and somewhat fun. However, I felt that the game lacked good weapons. The weapons used in the game seemed boring. Secondly, the dialogue. Good Lord! The voices were decent, except for one of the characters named Rick. This doesn't mean much, but to me, it does. That's why it's getting four stars. Rick has the worst lines in the game because he's always trying to be funny. I'm glad Capcom can continue their tradition of cocky and humorless characters. Overall, put the game on mute and enjoy the challenge of "Dino Crisis"....more info
  • Its the next best thing to resident evil
    I really liked this game its very similar to resident evil except DINOS which is good but on the other hand. It has limited weapons, not enough ammo and thats about it. I highly recommened you buy this game. It may not be a resident evil but its the next best thing. but if you dont like it try out the resident evil series you might like it better. Thanks for reading....more info
  • enjoyable, but not quite a classic
    I remember back in 1999 when I received Dino Crisis as a Christmas present. This was my first exposure to a survival horror game. Believe it or not, I actually didn't bother with the Resident Evil series until six years later, in the summer of 2005, which is when I played Resident Evil 2 for the very first time.

    Now, let's go back to 1999 for a moment. The world of 3D gaming was in full swing at that point in time. 1999 was a year when people were anxiously awaiting what the Playstation 2 would give us, while at the same time, we were appreciating what the original Playstation was offering. The original Playstation, as you may already know, is where the survival horror genre *really* became popular. Resident Evil, Silent Hill, and, the now underrated and unfortunately forgotten, Dino Crisis series.

    Over time, people haven't treated the Dino Crisis series with *nearly* as much respect as the Resident Evil and Silent Hill series. It probably has something to do with Dino Crisis 3 being a really bad game with horrible camera angles, which meant, after that failed experiment hit the market, people weren't interested in any more Dino Crisis games. But, you know, even before Dino Crisis 3 was released, people didn't respect the Dino Crisis series as much as the other survival horror games. I really have no idea why. Dinosaurs can be *just* as cool as zombies. Believe me. Perhaps it has something to do with the animation? Even though killing dinosaurs is fun and addicting, Capcom made killing zombies slightly more interesting, thanks mainly to better animation from pointing and shooting your guns at a zombies head. It just looks and feels better in Resident Evil. This in NO WAY should be reason to avoid Dino Crisis. This also doesn't mean Dino Crisis is flawed in the shooting department. Both Resident Evil and Dino Crisis offer tons of enjoyment. TONS of enjoyment. They are just separate beasts.

    The original Dino Crisis is supposed to be about making the right decisions when it comes to either keeping your ammo and health in one place, or making the decision to bring the ammo and health with you. It's supposed to be about guessing whether or not the ammo or health will eventually be necessary as you progress through the game. However, on easy mode, none of this makes a difference. The game is *so* easy on easy mode, that you can literally get attacked by dinosaurs about five or six times before you even need one of those Med Pack M's (used to bring your health back to 100%). Seeing as how there aren't many dinosaurs in the game overall, you will only need to use one of these health packs maybe two or three times throughout the entire game. Dino Crisis is *that* easy! This means you will only have to bring one or two Med Packs with you, and leave the rest behind.

    To be fair, you can't just mindlessly shoot every dinosaur you arrive to, because you aren't given a whole lot of ammo. Certainly not as much ammo is given to you compared to how many health packs are available throughout the journey. Despite that, running out of bullets probably won't ever be a problem. Just make certain you avoid some of the weaker dinosaurs in the early parts of the game. That way you will have enough bullets for the bigger and deadlier dinosaurs in the later parts of the game (which obviously require more bullets to kill).

    You are given the ability to mix things together, to create dangerous darts. These darts are used to kill dinosaurs *very* quickly, sometimes in a single shot. The problem here is that, on easy mode, the game is so simple that mixing darts together isn't even important. You don't have to worry about dart-mixing on easy mode *at all*. You can simply shoot or avoid all the dinosaurs you come across on easy mode and not have to worry about dart-mixing EVER. That kind of ruins the whole "survival horror" aspect of the game. You should have been required to use at least one or two of these darts.

    People criticize Dino Crisis 2 for being just a mindless shooting game where you have to kill as many dinosaurs as possible to progress to the next area and collect bigger guns, but the honest truth is, the original is a MUCH easier game overall because you can simply run past all the dinosaurs that stand in your way. You can't do that in the second game. You have to stand up to them and shoot. So Dino Crisis 2 is a harder game, in my opinion. Oh sure, you are given an option to up the difficulty (in both Dino Crisis games) but the problem here is that the difficulty goes up SIGNIFICANTLY, making the game nearly impossible.

    Another problem I have with the game is the amount of cutscenes. You CANNOT skip over them, so you are forced to watch almost every single one of them. Most of them are kind of boring because most of the cutscenes feature the main characters just talking to each other. Sometimes you will see a cool-looking dinosaur attacking something, though. But Capcom *really* should have given you an option to skip over the cutscenes like they did in the sequel, because most of them are flat-out boring. These conversations are supposed to create a spooky mood, but it doesn't work in my opinion.

    I also have a problem with the INCREDIBLE amount of puzzles you come across. I am not kidding, there's over 25 puzzles in this game. Some of them are just a matter of typing in the correct series of numbers, or the correct words to access the next area. Some of the puzzles are more along the lines of finding the right way to complete them, such as the puzzle where you're pushing these Up, Down, Left and Right buttons to figure out how to sucessfully lift up and put down boxes using a giant crane. These are extremely hard puzzles to figure out by yourself unless you have a walkthrough. Once you figure them out, the sequence is exactly the same the next time you play the game, though. They're not random like in Resident Evil 3.

    The game is also *very* heavy on searching for the correct key cards to gain access to the next part of the game, which can be annoying. Simply put, the game is dominated with puzzles and key cards, which are always required to access the next area. A bit much, to say the least.

    Despite the above problems, Dino Crisis is STILL a pretty fun game because the dinosaurs are animated beautifully and the graphics as a whole are really good for 1999 as well. The actual gameplay has some problems mentioned above, but there's also plenty of action to be found. Also, the game is pretty scary and intense, and the dinosaurs are simply wonderful looking and it's interesting the way they can attack you because they attack differently each time. Sometimes they will bite at your arm, other times they will pick you up from off the ground, and more.

    Oh, and the music and sound effects are amazing. Perhaps the best music and sound effects in a survival horror game ever. Instead of featuring melodic themes, you are treated to sound effects and musical notes that seem to play randomly, almost making it sound like improvised music, like something from a King Crimson record. This means, if you listen to the music carefully, you can hear a bunch of unusual and creepy sound effects in the background. You hear something different each time. It's awesome, and works great. It's not a typical soundtrack in any shape or form, even by survival horror standards. It's so good.

    Overall, even though Dino Crisis has almost zero replay value, and too much time is spent running around inside a facility doing one puzzle after another (and collecting one key card after another) the game is worth the experience. It's not a classic, just a nice game....more info
  • Dino crisis crisis
    This game is deffinately fun if your a hardcore survival or dinosaur gamer. This game though was to boring, the weapons stunk, there weren't enough dinos, they weren't surprising the puzzles stunk. There were to many and were to confusing. The characters were even more confusing. For example when Regina approaches the half corpse lying there bloody with organs hanging out every orfice on the corpse she reacts by saying That's disgusting in a dumb blond sort of way. There were more puzzles than dinos in exception to the compies which I must say were exceptionally fun to blow away with the shotgun or grenade launcher. There were puzzles than silent hill or resident evil. There was a puzzle for every thing you could do. To open a door , more dang puzzles. The game is quite an odd combination of resident evil and Jurassic Park. If your in the mood for puzzzles or lots of gore try renting it before buying it. Try it yourself....more info
  • The Best Game Ever
    Dino Crisis is the best playstation game I ever played. 3D graphics, realistic weopons, and multiple endings make it a new jurrasic park. The only downfall is the lack of ammo....more info
  • Dino Crisis
    Dino Crisis is a fun and clever game and it is fun for people that like the taste of horror!...more info

 

 
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