Dino Strike- Nintendo Wii

As promised I've now played through Dino Strike (not to be confused with Battle of Giants Dinosaur Strike) on the Wii. Sadly it was the bog standard version not the one with the green 20" blaster because we've got enough orifices that Wiimote will fit in without yet another piece of plastic for the pile. 

Dino Strike is an on rails shooter in the same vein as House of the Dead, Resident Evil Chronicles and Dead Space: Extraction with the distinct difference in that aside from featuring dinosaurs (and one other prehistoric creature), isn't very good at all. Until that is you play through all the levels dual wielding, in which case the game is almost passable. 

Where to start? You can probably guess the following details. You see there's an island (there is always an island). You crash your boat there. There's dinosaurs on the island. You have to navigate your way through a volcano and along a river and through a temple whilst shooting all kinds of dinosaurs in the face. What you were expecting something different? We don't normally care about how much graphics games have but this doesn't have many at all. The art of shooting, so key in a game all about shooting, is excuse the pun, hit-and-miss and the game liberally sprinkles you with continues acknowledging that sometimes a raptor will just ignore the shotgun shells to the face and maul you anyway. 

Dinosauriness: The cast is like THE gold standard for what you do with dinosaurs in video games. Jurassic Park raptors make up your typical goons. Spitting Jurassic Park Dilophosaurus attack you from a distance. Annoying Pteranodon fill in for annoying flying things that should be banned in all video games. Ankylosaurs are the beefy fat guys and then Tyrannosaurus is the boss. STANDARD FARE. 

Scientific Accuracy: Look at the creatures in that box art. Think about islands and cryptic dinosaurs and miss-sized dinosaurs and spitting Dilophosaurus. STANDARD ERRORS. 

Buzz Bonus: We were really really looking forward to Jurassic: The Hunted.

26 comments:

Eric said...

Hi!

I couldn't find a general contact form, so I do hope leaving this in a comment isn't too obnoxious.

I am the Producer of an exciting short film and I'm hoping you may be willing to post about it and our kickstarter campaign on your blog. Let me tell you quickly what it's about.

"Battle Lizard" is a 5-minute segment of much grander story set during a time-twisted post-apocalypse in which a calvary soldier tries to lure his steed out of hiding so that they can confront their fate together, and by ‘steed’, I actually mean dinosaur. Think of a live action Dino Riders. Fun, right!?

We knew that the only way this story would work was if the dinosaur looked incredible. If we made a short film with mediocre visual effects, it would fall short of its potential. The finished film will reflect ILM quality as opposed to what you might see on a low-budget science fiction channel.

A little about the team behind this project: The Director, Keegan Wilcox, recently won the Phillips and Ridley Scott Associates worldwide competition with his short film "Porcelain Unicorn." I produced "Apple of My Eye" and "Goldilocks," both of which literally paved the way for iOS and mobile filmmaking as well as "It's a Magical Life" for Porsche.

I'm sure you can imagine a film such as this doesn't come cheap, which is where our Kickstarter campaign comes into play.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1867104869/battle-lizard

As with any project like this, support grows through word of mouth. If you could help spread the message, it would mean a lot to everyone involved!

Thank you,

Eric Edmonds
Producer - "Battle Lizard"

link references:

"Porcelain Unicorn" - http://www.porcelainunicorn.com/
"Apple of my Eye" - http://vimeo.com/12819723
"It's a Magical Life" - http://vimeo.com/28566889
"Goldilocks" - http://vimeo.com/channels/goldilocks

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