Jurassic: The Hunted (PS3)

By Moe Rantala

Published on Saturday, December 19, 2009

Graphics: 8.00
Sound: 9.00
Gameplay: 8.00
Replays: 5.00
Gamelength: 2.00

Bermuda Triangle? Check. Airplane? Check. Elite soldier? Check. Dinosaurs? You damn well better believe it.

Jurassic: The Hunted puts you in the shoes of Craig Dylan, a man almost as tough as Duke Nukem, and sets you smack dab in the middle of the Bermuda Triangle, surrounded by vicious dinosaurs who want nothing more than to devour you whole, or sometimes bit by bit. The entire story is pretty basic, but it works really well with what you have. The game itself is pretty short, about 4-6 hours really, and there’s no multiplayer. There is however a survival mode which is pretty neat. There’s also something you can do in the single player which unlocks something else (I’m not gonna spoil it) in the survival mode, but that’s really it.

The meat of the game is pretty much the single player campaign, and it’s actually pretty well done. Throughout the entire experience you never really feel a lot of repetition, even though you do repeat many tasks. There’s basically a few events that take place.

There’s a fort/enclosure of some sort to defend from waves of dinosaurs, and in this particular event there are “windows” that are boarded up that the dinosaurs attack. If all the boards are destroyed, the dinosaurs climb through the windows and attack you, however you can repair the windows before, during, and after combat (in between waves, even).

One of the other events has Mr. Dylan grabbing hold of a mounted automatic gun, and basically destroying waves after waves of dinosaurs. There’s far less strategy in this event compared to the forts, as the only thing you have to worry about is making sure the gun doesn’t overheat and killing dinosaurs before they get too close to you, but it’s one of the most fun.

The last “event” is basically just run-and-gun you vs. dinosaurs as you explore the level. The paths are very very linear, but it’s not really that bad. As you’re exploring/moving towards the checkpoint you’ll end up coming across a wide area, this is basically an arena where you’ll fight for a bit before moving on. The way these events are spread out, it never really gets repetitive or boring.

The amount of weaponry you can obtain isn’t staggering, but it’s not weak by any means. There are pistols, assault rifles, a shotgun, a light machine gun, and even a muzzle loading rifle. You can only carry four of these at a time, and they all start out with an appropriate magazine size. This magazine can be upgraded to handle more bullets, but it can only be upgraded once. Ammo isn’t all that scarce but you’ll invariably run out of it if you only use one weapon the entire time, so it’s a good idea to make sure you have a wide array of weapons for different situations. There’s also a melee attack which is pretty effective, however the targeting with the melee attack and the shotgun as well seem a bit off, which can be frustrating at times but it isn’t game breaking or anything.

There’s an Adrenaline Mode which allows you to slow down time and see the weak points on enemies, it’s kind of like seeing a colorized x-ray, and it’s actually pretty cool. The boss fights are pretty spectacular, but there are only a handful of them which is a shame. As far as different types of dinosaurs, there are quiet a few, I’m not going to list the scientific names but there are 6 non-boss enemies and 2 boss types (but there are more than two boss battles, don’t worry).

As far as graphics and sound go, the graphics aren’t absolutely amazing, but they aren’t horrible either. The dinosaurs look pretty cool, there’s some major clipping issues sometimes, especially when a raptor all of a sudden disappears into a cliff wall, but it doesn’t happen all the time so it’s not too horrible. The guns are pretty awesome, especially the reloading animation for the muzzle loader. The music is absolutely amazing. I really, really got into it and there are quite a few different tracks during battle, and they all get the blood pumping. The environments in general are pretty awesome, and varied. To be a little more clear, you don’t always fight through an open, lush jungle. My favorite level is probably the volcano level, it’s really something else.

The only real bad things about this game is the length and the lack of multiplayer. The plot seems like your classic rushed B-sci fi movie plot, but it’s definitely chuckle worthy and the ending is pretty awesome. If you want to kill dinosaurs, I’d probably say rent it. If they came out with some DLC for it, some new levels, new weapons, something to add more replay value to it, it’d definitely be worth a buy. It’s just too short, honestly, and that really hurts it. Everything else is pretty decent, though.

Final thought: Check it out, rent it, whatever. This game is fun to play, it’s just a shame it ends early.

Overall Rating: 7.00

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