Friday, April 11, 2014

Video Game Review: Dino Crisis (DC/PS1/PSP/PSV)

Dino Crisis (DC/PS1/PSP/PSV)
Publisher: Capcom
Developer: Capcom
Genre: Survival Horror
Platform Played For Review: PS Vita

This is my first video game review. Let me know if you like it and want more!

A Secret Operation Raid Team (SORT) is assembled to investigate Doctor Edward Kirk, a world-renowned scientist who was reported dead years prior, as he is believed to be leading a secret weapons project in a remote island research facility.

When you land on the remote island, you begin playing as Regina. The story, aside from the above, basically has Regina investigating the seemingly abandoned facility. Going room to room searching for clues while you try to survive the dinosaurs who stalk those very same halls and rooms. The story hooked my in the beginning with a slow but tense introduction, then kept me hooked through the investigation and tough gameplay. It does become a bit repetitive and exhausting towards the end, but the interesting plot points, like the portal and vortex talks, kept me further invested.

This is old-school survival horror gameplay. There is a fixed camera and some stiff character movements; moving the character alone takes some time to get used to, but it eventually comes naturally. It did also adds a bit to the tension. Furthermore, the enemies are tough and pose an actual challenge, and I like this gameplay mechanic. It's more often better to run than to stand your ground, as the survival in this “survival horror” is taken seriously. But, there is a lack of variety, and you'll find yourself fighting the same type of enemy over and over, with slight variants towards the end.

The deserted laboratories and offices are great, but they become a bit repetitive and bland as you progress. The claustrophobic hallways added more challenge to the gameplay. In general, the graphics are great considering the time of release. The character models are blocky, though. The cut scenes look great, and are a great throwback. The voice acting was cheesy, very B-movie; not a bad thing if you like that, but it can be detrimental if you don't.

Overall, I really enjoyed Dino Crisis. Thanks to the great setting and difficult enemies, as well as other factors such as limited ammo and med-kits, Dino Crisis is a tense and fun video game. I played my game on the Playstation Vita and didn't run into any technical flaws or glitches. During my first play-through, I beat the game in 6 hours. If you're going digital, it's only a $6 game on PSN so it's a great deal. There is also a New Game+ mode to bring you back, as well as multiple endings.

Score: 8/10

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