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Dino Crisis (Capcom – PSX – 1999)
Dino Crisis is a game that was created by Capcom for the PlayStation and released in 1999. It was created by the same people who created Resident Evil and has many similarities to that game. It is a survival horror game but it features dinosaurs instead of the undead.
The dinosaurs were brought from the past as the result of a secret weapons research project. An experiment gone wrong resulted in a pocket of the island the research lab is on being swapped with one from the distant past. You must destroy the rift in time and capture the the person responsible.
Though similar to Resident Evil in many ways, it is a newer game and has a number of improvements and differences. The biggest is probably that it uses an new 3D engine and a real-time environment instead of a pre-rendered background. This made high detail scenes more difficult to achieve but allowed for more immersion and interactivity.
Dino Crisis was ported to both the Sega Dreamcast and Windows in 2000. However, they were not enhanced much over the PlayStation version. It was also re-released via the PlayStation Network in 2006. For those that like survival horror games, this is a pretty good one and worth having for your PlayStation or Dreamcast. Either one is fine, just don’t expect the Dreamcast version to take advantage of its superior hardware because it really doesn’t.
There were several sequels and spin-offs to Dino Crisis. Dino Crisis 2 was released in 2000 also for the PlayStation and later in 2002 for Windows. In 2002, Dino Stalker was released for the PlayStation 2 but this was more of a spin-off and related to the Gun Survivor series. In 2003, Dino Crisis: Dungeon in Chaos was released. This was a mobile game, another spin-off, and a first person shooter. Finally, Dino Crisis 3 was released for the Xbox in 2003. However, this last game in the series was more action/adventure that survival horror and it takes place in the distant future on a space station with dinosaurs created from mutant DNA. Dino Crisis 2 is the only real direct sequel and the only one that could be considered better than the first. It was mostly downhill from there…
After the original Electronic Games, Electronic Gaming Monthly was probably the most influential and popular video games magazine. The January 1997 issue includes:
- Insert Coin – Our editorial director goes to the Dark Side.
- Press Start – The news that’s making headlines in the world of video games.
- Gaming Gossip – THE inside source on the gaming industry from Q-Mann.
- Next Wave Protos – Exclusive first-looks at games on the horizon.
- Review Crew – A no-holds-barred critique of gaming’s latest releases.
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- Special Features – An in-depth look at the newest of the new (including Mechwarrior 2).
- Next Wave – Get a sneak peek at upcoming titles for all systems!
- Contests – Don’t miss your chance to win BIG!
- Team EGM – Previews and reviews for sports games.
- Interface – An open forum for readers’ questions and concerns.
- EGM Delivers The Gaming Goodies From Shoshinkai – While gamers were feasting on turkey and pumpkin pie this Thanksgiving, our editors were busy compiling the information gathered at this year’s Shoshinkai Show in Japan. Now gamers can savor each morsel of gaming info provided in this issue.
- Which MKT Version Is Better: The PS Or N64? – Mortal Kombat Trilogy has hit the PlayStation and the Nintendo 64. The EGM editors dissect each one, showing the pros and cons of each version (glitches, character differences and the price tag). As well, each Review Crew member picks the version he says is the best to get!
- Final Fantasy VII Update Sheds Some Light… – …on what gamers can expect from the next Fantasy installment. This much-anticipated title – to be released in the second half of this year – will be on three discs instead of the rumored two in order to live up to gamers’ expectations. Final Fantasy buffs won’t be disappointed with this one!
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- PlayStation – Find out who you truly are in the latest role-playing game for the PS – Persona.
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