Turok Evolution - Xbox

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Also for: PS2, GameCube, GBA
Viewed: 3D First-person Genre:
Media: DVD Arcade origin:No
Developer: Acclaim Soft. Co.: Acclaim
Publishers: Acclaim (GB/GB)
Released: 6 Sept 2002 (GB)
Unknown (GB)
Ratings: 11+, ESRB Rating Pending
Accessories: Xbox Memory Unit


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Turok first debuted exclusively on Nintendo 64 in 1997, and despite carrying an excessive £70 price tag, was a remarkable piece of software that sold very well. Four sequels later, Acclaim has finally unleashed Turok Evolution to a huge audience of hyped up, FPS-hungry Xbox owners.

During a conflict with his formidable archenemy, Captain Tobias Bruckner, hero Tal'Set is sucked through a rift in his world and winds up in the Lost Land. Nursed back to life by the natives of this Jurassic world, Tal'Set becomes a crucial participant in a pre-historic war against Lord Tryannus. But before long, he succumbs to the knowledge that Tobias Bruckner, also sucked through the rift, has been appointed to lead Tryannus' army. Bad news, then.

Built from the ground up, Turok, although still strictly an FPS game, is quite different from is predecessors in terms of game design and much overlooked AI routines.

Much of the game remains predictable, but doesn't detract from being thoroughly addictive. Evolution comprises of a great number of missions and challenges that encourage players to master both combat and stealth-based tasks. A seemingly limitless supply of armour and weapons are littered around Evolution's massive and exotic locations, but many are well hidden and hard to reach, so spend the contents of your inventory wisely.

But what makes the gameplay compelling in a title otherwise near identical to its predecessors, are the overhauled AI opponents. The resident 30 species of dinosaur react, almost instinctively, to their surroundings and your own actions. This frequently forces the player to 'live on the edge', never quite sure what will happen next or how an enemy will attack.

A broad range of samples combined with Dolby Digital or Dolby Surround Sound really help to make Turok Evolution as atmospheric as it can be. Developers often spend too much time on visuals in attempts to make a game scary or mysterious, but the quality and variety of sound does most of the work in Turok.

Also, players are no longer restricted to ground-based combat, as you are given the opportunity to ride a mythical Quetzalcoatlus in air combat sessions. Such welcomed extensions on the world of Turok are also playable in the game's polished multi-player battles, and help to boost the lifespan of an already massive game.

Turok is a game met with heavy scrutiny, but it is a rewarding experience packed with brilliant action scenes and character driven plots and we are confident gamers will find little to complain about.