Carnivores: Dinosaur Hunter Review– Deep and Wide

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Before I begin, let me remind you that Beatshapers’ Carnivores: Dinosaur Hunter is not Rambo Versus the Dinosaurs. This is a hunting game, of which you’ll be more of a conservative hunter rather than a testosterone–filled action star.

This game is based on the 1998 PC title and was ported to the iPhone. The PC is arguably the best platform for First Person Shooters, I had my doubts on how can this game translate to the PSP. I had bad experiences in playing FPS in the PSP since I always find myself twirling slowly in the middle of the crossfire. Carnivores: Dinosaur Hunter surprisingly implements great controls.

You can move forward using the Triangle button, backward using X, strafe to the right with Circle and strafe to the left with the Square button. The left shoulder button is used to toggle weapon and the right one will let you fire your weapons. The directional buttons are for your hunting essentials like the binoculars, the dinosaur call and the map.

Basically, you are some rich person who paid good money to DinoHunt Corporation to hunt dinosaurs on an alien planet which got prehistoric reptiles as residents. Now, the 28-page software manual that is downloaded with the game offers almost everything you want to know about the game. There are dinosaurs’ profiles, descriptions of weapons, game mechanics and even very helpful hunting tips are included!carnivores_screen13

The main factor why this FPS works great in the PSP is because of the very nature of this game. You’ll find yourself mountain-trekking, running on the seashore or traversing valleys more than shooting down oversized reptiles. This game is slow-paced, much more relaxed than any other FPS out there. You don’t have to run-and-gun around.

Also, the game ends almost everytime your target (specifically the carnivores) spots you because they move quickly, they run fast and when you’re bitten you are dead on the spot, forcing you to be very careful on approaching your hunt. Several factors play on how you will fare on your hunt. Dinosaurs use three senses and you can counter this with disguised scent and camouflage. For a far easier tracking, you can also use radar. However, using accessories will punish your points gained for that hunt. So you’ll have to weigh your options prudently. You can still survive the hunt even without accessories, like moving with the directions of the wind (so that your smell won’t explode throughout the area), sane usage of the dinosaur call (unless you really want to die, fire away!) and patience. The hunting locations are huge and well-designed, it is so huge it might have some Easter eggs or some bonuses I’ve yet to discover.

After you gain a lot of points you’ll unlock weapons and areas and more dinosaur species to hunt. There is also a tranquilizer if you want to spam points and for easier hunting, however, the dinosaur won’t be placed in your trophy room. You’ll have to mix and match the accessories and weapons for optimized hunting. If the dinosaur is almost blind, why use camouflage? Those kinds of things.

The graphics is not jaw-dropping but it’s good enough. The sound is great since you’ll have to utilize it. Gone are the days of tribal-tribal drum-and-chant background music instead the soundtrack is exactly what it sounds like when you are dropped into a wilderness full of dinosaurs. You have to listen attentively to footsteps, gush of sudden movements and dinosaurs’ shrieks or you’ll end up running in circles or getting decimated.

It will be a blatant nitpicking if I point out some of the shortcomings in the graphics department (the sea seems to be on TOP of the shore, as well as some clipping issues).Let’s face it, it’s a mini and other than the said reasons, having this kind of 3D graphics is a privilege. A big HOWEVER, however, the AI and some gameplay hiccups shave off a full point from its score. One issue is the pathfinding, most of the times the dinosaurs run in circles on its place when they are stepping on some depressed terrain. Also, when the dinosaur is faced with a hill and you shoot them they’ll tend to push the hill out of the way, or climb its way up instead of getting their way around. Your hunt will be a sitting duck if you find them beside a hill or a mountain.

carnivores_screen15Another one is the spawning system, several times I find myself getting killed right after the loading time. The dinosaurs are spawned directly at your face. Sometimes if you try to relocate, you’ll end up relocating inside the mouth of the T-Rex, figuratively. I hope an update will fix the issue of insta-death spawning system because it’s frustrating, really frustrating when you already did a thorough search around the map and when you relocate, HELLO FANGS!

The trophy room is amazing. It records the stats of how you captured the dinosaur like what weapon you used and the distance you shot them dead. You’ll be so cool if you killed a T-Rex using a pistol.

This game is not for everyone, as it requires a lot of patience. It requires a lot of planning. If you want an easy-going game, look elsewhere. This game is for the people who got an insatiable craving for challenge, longevity and the use of brain. Channeling Kobe Bryant, you’ll love or hate this game for the exact same reason.

9/10

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29 Responses to “Carnivores: Dinosaur Hunter Review– Deep and Wide”
  1. Freelance says:

    I was wondering if it was easy to actually kill dinosaurs. Do they take several hits to kill or can you kill them in one shot? It’d seem pretty easy if you could just kill them with one shot (I doubt a pistol can easily kill a dinosaur), but all this wind and camouflage and stuff makes it sound harder than it looks.

    Cool review. I hope it comes out tomorrow.

  2. Jasper Nikki says:

    it depends on what weapon you use, what kind of a dinosaur AND what part of the body you shoot them. T-Rexes can only be killed when shot around the head area specifically the eye. and yes, pistols are not the best weapons to wield when taking on carnivores or even s herbivores (which charges back at you when provoked).

  3. Mark M says:

    @freelance they take several hits in my experience, and you really will need skill with wind and camouflage when hunting with close range weapons such as a pistol and shotguns

    i love this game, well worth the money, it was a good choice for my first mini, tracking and successfully killing your target takes some skill

    my first trex kill was from a pistol as it was charging me down, but i put that down to luck as i have died countless times trying to replicate the kill

    my problem with the game are

    -when dinosaurs glitch and water walk to the far corners of the map, but it is not a major problem as it makes for a easy kill as they dont seem to rush me while water walking

    -there is only one major dino in the map at one time and no night and twilight modes like in the iphone version.

  4. Takao says:

    Every time I look at those trees, I cringe a little.

  5. Freelance says:

    Thanks for the info. Now the game sounds cool. It does look like it’s coming out today. Too bad it never updates before I go to work though :(

    P.S. Talk about a rude awakening if you spawn inside a T-Rex mouth!

  6. AG Awesome says:

    What kills me is that you cannot customize your control. This game would be so much easier for me to play if I could just invert the stinking control stick! ARGH!

  7. jonesy says:

    I dont like the look of this game it seems not very nice to the dinosaurs :{

  8. jake says:

    I played the PC version when it came out,I was only 5 but I loved it, and still do. The PSP version is a good remake of the original game.

  9. alan says:

    Ya the PSP version is worth $4. Good sound and gameplay and large varying maps make this a nearly perfect game if it weren’t for the not so good graphics.

  10. mike says:

    i bought this game after reading this review. and let me say im never going to read another review here again. THIS GAME WAS THE WORST WASTE OF MONEY AND TIME IN THE HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES. at BEST and being EXTREMLY GENORUS this game is a 3/10. only nestalgic ‘98 will think this is a enjoyable game. if u buy this the world will know u as a failure. and look at me…FAIL

  11. mike says:

    and i dont say this cuz i am impatent or ‘cant’ use tactics. its that this game dosnt even channel the slightest bit of skill. this game is just a mistake. dont waste ur money PLEASE!!

  12. Addison says:

    Sounds sort of like Monster Hunter mini. May have to check it out.

  13. Mitch says:

    @Mike it’s not meant for anyone other than the nostalgic fans. It’s not supposed to be raging graphics and fast-paced. Yes, you have very few options and that could make the game become a bit stale. It’s supposed to be like a prehistoric hunting sim and that’s basically what it is. Don’t hate it because it’s not exciting as Halo or CoD. And just because someone has a different opinion of you doesn’t make them a failure. Learn to review properly if you’re going to submit them. Attacking other people and calling something a waste of money are not strong aruments against a product or idea. Also, the word ‘epic’ is old. Find something original. Troll.

  14. pat says:

    mitch you said it I have the ipod version and it’s awesome!!!!!!!!Though I think mike is just a quitter.If he has cod or halo {no offense to you} they’re easy games. I caught on to them in less than 10 min. The Game Is NOT LIKE THAT!!! the first few days I had it I only hunted the stego., duck bill, ankylotank, and the tritops. when I finally got the nerve to hunt the raptors, they had lunch every time and they’re the so called easiest meat eater to hunt [I think they're the hardest]. then when I hunted the big guys I died: spike:0 [because of a cliff and its sheer stupidity to run out into the water], horn Rex:4-7, trex:2, I got trophies though:]. though back to the subject this game IS NOT EASY but I don’t want to discourage anyone from buying this game, it’s okay as soon as you get the hang of it.

  15. pat says:

    what is the easiest carnivore to hunt other than trex, and how do you kill the brontosaurus it’s like super man!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! annoying!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  16. Nava says:

    I LOVED this game, it reminds me of playing Primal Prey back in the day and it was the only worthwhile mini I could find. I never had the issue of spawning inside a T-Rex mouth, but close enough! Also, to pat: personally I think the easiest carnivore is a Spinosaurus, but they can be annoying because they run, and run after you shoot them. On the plus side, I’ve never been attacked by one after shooting it. And I don’t think the Brontosaurus can be killed.

  17. awesomeness says:

    I know this is a late comment but if anyone cares to answer it which is better this or N.O.V.A?

  18. volcane says:

    @awesomeness

    While they both are FPS-style games, they play very differently IMHO. NOVA is basically a Halo clone (a good thing), so is more of a traditional FPS. Carnivores: Dinosaur Hunter is a hunting game, similar to Monster Hunter. Both games are excellent!

  19. awesomeness says:

    Wow volcane thanks again!!! After reading this I just bought both and both are very fun (I especially like carnivores)!!! :)

  20. volcane says:

    @awesomeness

    I’m glad to help! :-)

  21. Pikachu says:

    It is not a Brontosaurs stupid it is a Brachiosaurus

  22. Pikachu says:

    Secondly there is no such thing as a Brontosaurus now it was renamed ages ago to Apatosaurus

  23. steeve says:

    i look this game for 2 day

  24. Shail says:

    HOW DO U RELOAD…. PLEASE ANSwER!!!!!!!!!!!

  25. Ryan says:

    HOW DO YOU RELOAD

  26. michelle says:

    I’m playing this game on my brothers ipad.How do you unlock more dinasours & weapons? Are there a certain amount of points needed to unlock these things? Please get back to me soon!

  27. confuletlyf says:

    michelle, you need to pause the game and end the hunt, if you keep playing until you die then you don’t get to keep any points.

    to reload I’m pretty sure you have to fire off the rest of the clip. When you’re out of ammo you’ll have to end the hunt.

  28. Freelance says:

    Yes you can’;t reload. Once you run out of bullets you have to end the hunt.

    You need to keep hunting to unlock dinos/weapons. Each dino has a specific point when you select them. Using weapons costs points too. Some ‘extras’ like better camouflage costs points but using tranquilizers gives you points. Anyway, successfully bagging something and surviving will net you points. If you die you lose your accumulated points.

    Once you unlock everything you don’t need to worry about points then. It is not possible to ‘relock’ whatever you’ve unlocked.

  29. michelle says:

    Oh yeah I already know about the points thing. So basically I just keep hunting dinosaurs until some of them unlock? Because I already have like 1,000 something points, and nothing has unlocked.

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