RAWR!! Today in retro gaming, we celebrate the release of Dino Crisis on the Playstation with this classic ad culled from the pages of GamePro Magazine. Capcom’s insidious crossbreed of Jurassic Park and Resident Evil began hunting gamers back on this day in 1999, and we think it’s still just as scary fourteen years later.
What’s more frightening than shambling hordes of the undead all hungry for your brain? Try some not-so-shambling hordes of velociraptors all hungry for your flesh. Dino Crisis took everything Capcom learned while developing two Resident Evil titles and cranked it up to eleven to produce this awesome action/survival horror hybrid. Playing as Regina, one fourth of an elite military squad tasked with retrieving a rogue scientist from his fortified island, you arrive to find your radioman missing in action, only partial power to the security and computer systems, and a deserted lab complex that should be teeming with people. Either everyone’s sleeping off the mother of all hangovers, or something went horribly wrong.
While there’s no denying that Resident Evil’s a great series, Dino Crisis upped the ante by introducing new game mechanics like bleeding damage and the ability to walk and fire a weapon simultaneously. The puzzles got a more cerebral treatment too, moving away from RE’s more simplistic find-the-item-to-get-the-key mechanic and into the territory of simple logic puzzles, substitution cyphers, and environment manipulation. Oh, and did we mention the T-Rex? Man, that guy’s a bastard…
So: new player abilities, branching story lines to increase replay value, enemies that open doors and stalk you from room to room, new jump scares, and one of the best opening cinema sequences of any survival horror game to date? Dino Crisis brought so much awesome to the survival horror table that it’s still eminently playable today. Plus it’s available for download on the PSN, so all you need is a few bucks, your PS3, and a night alone in front of your big flat screen TV to experience the horror all over again. So even though you should be off playing this game right now, here’s the ad we promised. Now get going–you’ve got a scientist to catch!