Jurassic: The Hunted Reviews

  • BillJones0302BillJones0302560,429
    05 Dec 2009 05 Dec 2009
    19 5 8
    If you were hoping for a Jurassic movie-to-video game adaptation, keep looking because this is not it. The plot unveils in historic Mesozoic era Earth (the scenery and presence of dinosaurs are the only "Jurassic" comparables I noted). There are no DNA reproduced dinosaurs seizing control of theme parks or cities in this game. The game reminds me more of "King Kong" (just the dinos and scenery) meets "Darkest of Days" (time bubbles warping you into and out of trouble).

    Jurassic: The Hunted is produced and distributed by Activision (it looks like an early COD4 graphic engine?). The quality is apparent. Video is crisp, audio is clean, gameplay is solid (similar button controls as other Activision games), a large assortment of weapons (both good and bad), and plenty of dinosaurs. The achievements are somewhat challenging, but not too difficult, and all are singleplayer. The toughest rely mainly on completing the game on its hardest difficulty without dying. There are only two difficulties (Normal and Hard). Unlocking the hard difficulty requires completing the game on Normal.

    As with every video game (at least the ones I have played), Activision used their developer's "magic" to warp the true nature of realism. Jurassic: The Hunted takes this to an annoying level...fixed weapons with plenty of ammo on prehistoric Earth, T-Rex battles (will he just die) with Pterosaurs (flying dinosaurs) thrown in, log walking (easy fall-to-your-death moments), a convenient plasma weapon (to add a helpful cheat) on the Hard difficulty, and much more.

    The game requires around 6 hours for two playthroughs to complete 1000gs. Most of the time will be spent on the Normal walkthrough. The majority of the achievements are story related, few require any "real" effort to complete. One, in particular, requiring you to kill a dinosaur using each weapon does take time. If you miss a weapon, die, etc. you can repeat individual levels (from the level select menu) to complete an achievement. As mentioned before, the game lacks online multiplayer capabilities. None of the achievements were glitched for me (all unlocked without incident). Easily completed in one rental.
    Rating: video-7/10, audio-5/10, gameplay-6/10, controls-7/10. Overall-6/10. Enjoy!
    3.0
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    DampfshoppingNot to mention the sniper rifle including elaborate reloading animation is recycled directly from Civil War: Secret Missions (which is also an Activision game based on the COD4 engine)
    Posted by Dampfshopping on 21 Nov 10 at 23:47
    Sneaky G WizardYou can't play this game in the UK?
    Posted by Sneaky G Wizard on 19 Feb 14 at 09:46
    CassiopeiaGamesIt's US only from what I remember.
    Posted by CassiopeiaGames on 19 Feb 14 at 11:52
  • KingOfWeightKingOfWeight238,794
    15 Oct 2010 15 Oct 2010
    9 2 2
    Jurassic: The Hunted is a bargain-priced first-person shooter for people who thought Turok was too high-brow. Developed by Cauldron, the Slovakian creators of numerous budget shooters over the years, Jurassic: The Hunted has two things gamers like: lots of dinosaurs and easily-obtainable achievement points. While hardly a classic, Jurassic is more fun than its dubious pedigree would lead you to believe.

    At the start of Jurassic: The Hunted, your soldier character Dylan and his friend Rock are on a mission to find a scientist who went missing many years ago in the - cue ominous music - Bermuda Triangle. Since this is the Bermuda Triangle, some weird stuff happens and Dylan, Rock and the scientist's attractive daughter are forced to bail out of their plane when it gets attacked by electricity.

    Now on the ground of an uncharted not-so-desert island, Dylan sets out to find his missing comrades and get back to civilization. Standing in between the player and the finish line are...dinosaurs!

    Bet you didn't see that one coming.

    After finding a couple of guns and shooting a few chicken-sized dinosaurs, Dylan hits the trail. While the island looks large, the path through each of the game's 14 levels is very linear; it's impossible to get lost while playing Jurassic: The Hunted. Dinosaurs, usually in packs, will leap out and attack every so often and your mission is to shoot them before they're picking you out of their teeth. Sometimes dinosaurs just warp into existence by the power of magic and special effects. Thankfully the designers don't cheaply spawn dinos in behind you too often, although it still does happen from time to time.

    Most of the dinosaurs in Jurassic: The Hunted are smallish bipedal reptiles like raptors that enjoy lunging at you. But with only seven or eight different types of dinosaurs, you're going to see the same few types over and over. Cameo appearances by a couple of gigantic Tyrannosaurs and a Spinosaur help out a bit, but some more variety would have been nice. Giant scorpions round out the bestiary, although their appearance is limited to a couple of areas.

    Dinosaur-blasting is handled with a variety of handguns, machine guns, shotguns, crossbows, grenades, and rocket launchers; there are even a couple of Civil War weapons (don't ask). Unlike most modern shooters that only allow you to carry two weapons at a time, Jurassic: The Hunted lets players carry about five, and each one has an upgradeable magazine. The gunplay in the game isn't amazing, but is competent enough.

    Jurassic: The Hunted also has a bullet-time feature that briefly slows down time and highlights sensitive areas of the dinosaurs' anatomy like brains, hearts, and lungs, allowing for one-hit kills if your shots strike the right places. It's a decent - if overdone - gimmick that comes in handy when you're getting swarmed.

    Every now and then throughout his adventure Dylan will come upon a crude wooden fort that he has to defend: raptors try and get in through the windows and you have to blast the rampaging reptiles and nail boards over the windows in an attempt to keep the dinosaurs at bay. While there are only a few of these siege sequences in Jurassic: The Hunted, they're surprisingly entertaining and fairly tense.

    Jurassic: The Hunted also features a few turret sequences where you man a fixed gun emplacement and blast incoming dinosaurs. These shooting gallery bits are okay, but the lack of a checkpoint in one of lengthier ones might have you cursing the designers.

    If Jurassic: The Hunted didn't feature dinosaurs, it wouldn't be that great of a game: the campaign can be beaten in around 3 - 4 hours; the story and dialog are laughable (albeit in a good way); and the shooting rarely rises above average. Dinosaurs go a long way towards making Jurassic: The Hunted a good guilty pleasure; factor in decent production values and a budget price and a lot of the flaws can be overlooked.

    While Jurassic: The Hunted doesn't have any multiplayer options, a survival mode extends the life of the game a bit. Survival mode functions like the fort sieges from the main game: you are behind the wooden wall of a ramshackle fort, and you have to use mounted weapons, guns, and grenades to repel attacking waves of dinosaurs. Repairing holes in the walls helps to hold back the murderous beasts, and surviving waves unlocks new weapons. Each wave adds tougher dinosaurs, and more of them. You can't win at survival mode; your goal is just to live as long as you can and upload your score to an online leaderboard as a permanent testimonial to your ability - or lack thereof - to survive a dinosaur holocaust. Survival mode is fun, but with only one map the fun will eventually play itself out. In a nice touch, parts of a .50 caliber machine gun are scattered throughout the singleplayer campaign, and if you find them all you can use this weapon to mow down the leathery hordes in Survival mode.

    Presentation-wise, Jurassic: The Hunted acquits itself fairly well: the graphics are respectable, with nicely-modeled and animated dinosaurs and decent environments. In-game human characters don't look very good, but you never see them outside of a few sparing cutscenes, so it's not too big a deal. The frame-rate is a bit sluggish most of the time, but can be lived with. Audio is average: the guns sound okay, and the dinosaurs sound alright. Music is sparing, but can be suspenseful at times. The metallic guitar riffs that play during some of the bigger action sequences are kind of silly, though. Voice acting is equal parts ham and cheese, although the script doesn't do the earnest voice actors any favors. At least you can - and will - laugh at the dialog, so that's something.

    Jurassic: The Hunted features 31 Xbox 360 achievements totaling 1000 GamerScore points. You'll have to play through the game at least twice - including once on Hard mode - to get all of the achievements, but most of them are pretty easy. There are also a few 0G achievements that can be picked up by dying in amusing ways. The rest of the achievements are pretty straightforward, and involve the usual things like finishing the game; killing certain amounts of dinosaurs; getting at least one kill with each weapon; and beating the game without dying. Playing through the game once on Normal difficulty will net most players around 18 - 20 achievements. Amusingly, some of the names of the achievements are direct quotes from the Jurassic Park movies.

    Jurassic: The Hunted is a better game than it has any right to be. You'll forget the game as soon as you've finished playing it, but if you like shooting dinosaurs and getting lots of achievement points for shooting said dinosaurs, you can do a lot worse than this.
    3.0
  • SSCPSSCP857,406
    13 Oct 2010
    8 3 0
    On October 5th 1983 Dr James Sayrus and his team dissappear whilst studing unexplained phenomenom in the Bermuda Triangle.
    28 years later your security company has been hired by his daughter Sabrina Sayrus to search for her father, after mysterious transmissions are heard by passing ships and planes. You play the role of Dillon,ex army in the search for her father and the story unfolds...

    I was holding judgement on this game untill I played it. And to be perfectly honest, it wasnt as bad as what i was expecting. The cutscene graphics were nice, but let down in the single player.

    Story was interesting,and at parts some gamers will find tricky, but with perserverence these arent too bad. At one point I honestly thought about turning it off as I kept dying on one of the defend parts.

    Difficulty wise its average, after you have finished the story on Normal you unlock Hard mode, all being said is easier than the first playthrough due to being given a Plasma Rifle at the beginning of the game, next to a skeleton. This means you can blast through 90% of the level with no problem.

    The dinosaurs look good in game, and the way the Veloceraptors call out to the rest of the pack when your seen is a nice touch.

    As easy 1000gs goes this is definately up there, with only one part giving me trouble on Normal,but as i say a breeze on Hard.
    3.0
  • youre efffedyoure efffed330,401
    15 Dec 2009
    4 4 0
    This game isn't a high dollar top of the line game.
    But for an easy 1000 this game is at the top of the list.
    I've played my share of lame/annoying games.
    This game is actually fun.
    I love killing dinosaurs, but who doesn't.
    To top it all off; this game has it's own version of nazi zombies from cod:waw.

    I'd say this game is a fun good game to play.
    It has a high replayability with it's survivor mode (nazi zombies).
    This is the type of game where you should rent it, unless the price is right.
    39.99 isn't the right price.


    Overall; it's a good game with a good storyline.
    3.0