Barreling on through the ’90s revival, it’s inevitable that we’d see the return of cyborg dinosaurs with guns for arms and laser eyes. Though perhaps not the most iconic antagonists of the decade, they were always there, seen in shoddy cartoons and found in toy shops alongside non-copyright-infringing bodacious humanoid reptiles. Oh, and they had a whole FPS series devoted to them.
Night Dive Studios, the folks who untangled the knot of System Shock 2‘s rights for a rerelease, have announced plans to “restore” and release “modernized versions” of Turok: Dinosaur Hunter and Turok 2: Seeds of Evil.
Turok is a series about a load of nonsense with time travel and dinosaurs and aliens but look, ignore that, the point is: you get to fight cyberdinos. I remember the games as fairly unremarkable early 3D era FPSs, though with levels more open than was typical.
However, Turok 2 did have a weapon named the Cerebral Bore, a hefty bastard of gun which would lock on them fire a homing cyberworm to latch onto someone’s skull and drill into their brain, showering gore everywhere before exploding. Me and my young chums sure did get annoyed about that in Turok multiplayer marathons, though you had to laugh because of the horrible noise it made.
Night Dive say “both titles will be re-mastered for today’s modern computers with enhanced graphics and other improvements.” No word yet on when they’ll arrive.