So yes, when was the last time you played a really good dinosaur game? Turok? Dino Crisis? Jurassic Park on the SNES? Forget those guys, I’m just looking forward to seeing Primal Carnage at Gamescom next week. It’s a multiplayer online dino shooter in which players take on either muscular mercenaries or slavering prehistoric beasties. Like the forthcoming Aliens: Colonial Marines, the gameplay is asymmetrical, with the humans wielding guns in first-person and the monsters wielding only their mighty jaws and flailing tails, in third-person.
Naturally, the two species must go at each other with murderous intent, with the mercenaries teaming up to reclaim a tropical island from the dino-squatters. Each group has five different classes, adding different abilities into the mix. You have to check out the trailer, which features lots of dinosaurs being attacked with flamethrowers.
The game, which is coming out on Steam later this year, has been built using good old Unreal Engine 3 and looks to have nailed the sort of hysterical nightmarish violence that genuinely would ensue if mankind were to find themselves attempting to evict a group of Jurassic mega-lizards from an attractive piece of island real estate. Developer, Lukewarm, will be showing the game in Cologne – and I’m hoping to take a bite out of the playable demo. Not literally. I’m not a monster.