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RETRO MONTH: Turok 2: Seeds Of Evil

Its funny going back playing a game you haven’t played in  a while. In honor of Retro Month, I thought long and hard about  that influenced me the most as a gamer, and eventually I came up with Turok 2(also because my friend Katy called Kingdom Hearts 2 before me). A lot of my video game firsts came from this game: The first game I was allowed to play with my older sibling and cousin, the first video game I almost beat, and the first video game I learned you could cheat at(pro tip: oblivionisathand is the unlock everything code, which I’ve remembered all these years). The question is: Does the entertainment value hold up after all these years?

God, that thing gave me nightmares.

To be honest, I didn’t understand much of the story when I was younger. Going back, it actually made sense, surprisingly. The current Turok, Joshua Fireseed(There is a new one every generation, you see) is summoned by Adon, a woman who I still assume is a random alien. Because the last Turok, Tal’Set, destroyed a powerful alien artifact, it somehow caused a ripple effect that awoke a pretty nasty alien known as the Primagen. However, for him to escape his current prison, the Primagen must destroy five ‘Energy Totems’ that are holding him in his ship. Turok is commissioned to prevent this from happening.

He does with a variety of amazing and stupid powerful weapons that absolutely wreck the shit out of every enemy he comes across. Seriously. We’re talking Cerebral Bores that drain spinal fluid and then explode, and even a goddamn nuke that basically does what the name implies. If I’m not being clear, this game’s weapons are awesome. There’s even a dismemberment system, depending on where you shoot, limbs are lost in bloody fashion.

Ah, memories.

Of course, back before high-speed internet connections and 12-year olds screaming profanities over lag in Call Of Duty, the real fun was in four player split-screen. Even when I was younger, there was nothing like getting three friends together and blasting each other for a couple hours. Yes, you can do so in Turok. Each playable character has unique strengths and weaknesses. The various characters range from the original Turok to a freaking Raptor. As in, a raptor that couldn’t use guns but had claws. Memories were made and friendships were tested whenever some was running around slashing the holy hell out of someone else who didn’t watch his back.

Of course, the game had its un-fun moments too. The objectives tended to be confusing sometimes. Some were scattered off in corners and hidden so well, every nook and cranny must be searched if you wanted to complete every objective. If you want the true ending and the Primagen definitely destroyed, you had to complete every single, confusing objective. That is, if you actually beat the Primagen. Saying that he is difficult would be a bit of an understatement. You have no idea how many times I’ve come so close to beating him, only for him to regenerate all of his health and have to start the whole process over. One time, I cheated and gave myself infinite health, and still lost.

But you know what’s funny? I didn’t care. I was having so much fun that I did not care about the objectives, and how often I was dying. Fact is, I could play it over and over again, just so I could keep murdering dinosaurs with a brain drill, because memories like that, never die, Now then, if you will excuse me, I am going to go kick the Primagen’s ass.

9.5 Dinosaurs cured of headaches out of 10.

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  1. giygas says
    July 15, 2012, 5:41 PM

    Great review! The game is fun to play even without a memory and expansion pack. 🙂

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