With the release of Bethesda and Id Software's Doom reboot/sequel (which is fantastic by the way), I am reminded of a game that went under the radar which was most unfortunate: that game was known as Jurassic: The Hunted.
Rewind back a few years to 2008 when Touchstone Games and Propaganda Games finally gave us the return of Turok the Dinosaur Hunter with a game simply named...well Turok. Oh so many were excited to play this game: Ron Perlman and Powers Boothe were characters in the game and the graphics were astounding. While it was fun with some very memorable bosses and Power Boothe was a great villain, the game itself was overall disappointing in my opinion. Just a year later, Jurassic the Hunted came out and I didn't even hear about it until around 2011 and even then I expected a piece of trash that should be in the $5 bin at a Wal-Mart.
Oh boy was I wrong because this was one of the most fun first person shooters that I have ever played. Now am I saying this game was innovative and groundbreaking? No, not at all. But what is it about the game I love so much? Well let's take a look.
You are Craig Dylan, a Navy Seal tasked with accompanying a young scientist named Sabrina Sayrus into the Bermuda Triangle in search of her father. Inside the Triangle are portals which suck up you and your group thus sending you millions of years in the past upon an island filled to the brim with dinosaurs and other strange creatures. Now you must fight your way through and find Sabrina and your war buddy, Rock, so you can find a way home.
Okay so the plot (as well as the voice acting) is cheesy and at times downright B-movie-esque at times but that's not a bad thing, it adds a bit of charm to it. Think of it like Guardians of the Galaxy, it is so crazy and wild and embraces it while not going too overboard with it. After all, you can't exactly take a soldier gunning down dinosaurs on an island too seriously otherwise it might get a little grating. *cough* Turok *cough* Overall despite its silly moments, the story was at least fun enough to keep me enjoyed. However the story is not the focus of the game.
A reason why the new Doom reminded me of this game is that they both have a similar start and set up: you're a soldiers, here's a gun, there's some dinosaurs, there are more guns and even bigger dinos later, now go have fun. Again, is it innovative? Nah, it's actually pretty typical shooter controls but running around and shooting up prehistoric monsters is so satisfying and unlike a lot of shooters nowadays, there are times where it can actually be difficult. I mean gunning down a T-Rex with a .50 caliber gun or punching tiny raptors in the face can only get me to grin.
Only problems I have in terms of the gameplay is that there are random difficulty spikes that got me throwing down my controller, the quick times events are pretty cool but there aren't many variations so they lose their charm pretty quick, and a couple times the objectives will seem a little repetitive.
While I wouldn't put Jurassic: The Hunted as one of the Top 10 Best Video Games or even the Top 10 FPS games, I still say it is a very underrated game due to its fun gameplay and quick pick up nature. Quick paced and fun gameplay, an entertaining and cheesy plot, not the greatest graphics but I've seen way worse, and overall it is just an entertaining game. I say if you're ever bored and you just want to get right into a game and shoot up some monster...play Doom because it is amazing but if not then definitely give Jurassic: The Hunted a chance. I give the game a solid 8/10. Oh and if you play it, get used to seeing Jurassic Park references, the achievements/trophies are filled with them.
Hope you all enjoyed the review!