If you want to shoot dinosaurs in their extinct faces, your interests are catered to now more than ever. With Ark: Survival Evolved, The Hunter: Primal, The Stomping Land, Orion: Prelude, Primal Carnage: Extinction, Crytek’s new tech demo, and more, it’s chockablockasauraus out there. If dinogames could be a bit better (or not a total shambles, in some cases) that’d be nice.
Now the Carnivores series, which started on PC in the ’90s then wandered onto pocket telephones and consoles, has returned to its old stomping grounds with the release of Carnivores: Dinosaur Hunter Reborn [official site].
It’s described as the sequel to Carnivores: Dinosaur Hunter, though series creators Action Forms are not involved. But look, the idea’s something pretty simple that presumably other people can get right: you have a sniper rifle, crossbow, tranquilliser gun, and sidearms, and are hunting dinosaurs because reasons. This being the tensies, there’s an app for that – your phone can help track dinosaurs. There you are, in an open world filled with herbivorous and carnivorous dinosaurs, trying to murder (or knock out?) as many as you please. That’s it, and what I still hear many cries for. This looks a bit janky, but who am I to judge? It’s certainly not what I’d want to do with dinosaurs.
I’d like a game where you can roughhouse with them. Me in the ferns with a load of ankylosaurs, or going on pleasant hikes with a friendly parasaurolophus. If only you could talk to the dinosaurs – with some kind of dinosaur whistle, I mean. Ark certainly goes hard on riding dinosaurs, at least.