E3 '07: Turok Hands-On

It's Turok. It has dinosaurs. We killed them.

Turok for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 was first shown at E3 2006, but in the 14 months since the show, things have been strangely quiet on the dinosaur-killing front. The futuristic first-person shooter has finally surfaced again, and we jumped on the opportunity to play for a few minutes and kill us some dinosaurs.

You'll play as Joseph Turok, a black-ops soldier who is part of Whiskey Company. Joseph's former mentor in the black ops, Roland Kane, has gone rogue and left for another planet for an unknown reason. Turok and his team are sent to bring Kane back, but the mission goes to hell when their ship is shot down and crashes on a mysterious planet. Your objectives are to survive, find your fellow soldiers, and capture Kane.

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We started approximately one-third of the way into the game and found ourselves in the middle of a dense rainforest. We were immediately impressed with the game's visuals--everything just looked and felt realistic. Our mission here was to investigate some wreckage, so--using the tall, thick grass as cover--we cautiously made our way toward our objective by following the arrow on the Halo-like onscreen indicator. Just as we turned a corner, we stumbled upon a guard dressed in black and wearing glowing red goggles. We immediately shot him in the chest with our shotgun. This should have put a kink into our plans to stay quiet, but a helicopter landing a few hundred yards away masked the sound of the gun.

We tapped the D pad to switch to our knife and continued to move through the dense cover. We then crept up slowly behind a guard, hitting the right trigger to execute a stealth kill. The camera cut to a third-person view to show Joseph kick the legs out from under the soldier and then pounce on his chest, stabbing him dead. When we reached a ledge we looked below and caught our first glimpse of a dinosaur. Two raptors were walking around, seemingly unaware of our presence. After a short moment they headed off to do whatever it is raptors do. It turns out that they attack. One of the raptors had circled around behind us, making his presence known with his razor-sharp teeth. As we scrambled away he lunged again. As he attacked, a right trigger icon appeared; we quickly pressed the trigger, which started another cool cutscene where Joseph manhandled the raptor.

As we continued toward the wreckage, we got an opportunity to chuck a few grenades and even use the series' trademark crossbow, which was a lot of fun. You can fire rapidly by tapping the trigger, but the arrows won't travel very fast and consequently won't do much damage--it's even possible for the victim to just pull the arrow right out. Holding the button longer will give you more power, but you'll have to time it just right, because if you hold it too long your arms will start to shake. We also got the opportunity to dual-wield a pair of machine guns, and a futuristic gun whose secondary function was to fire grenades.

One of the things that impressed us most about our time with Turok was the artificial intelligence of both the soldiers and the dinosaurs. One of the game's developers grabbed the controls and showed us some of the dynamic AI. He made his way to a raptor nest that wasn't far from a group of enemy soldiers. He shot a flare down to the ground, and when the raptors went over to investigate, they noticed the soldiers and attacked, doing our dirty work for us. Pretty cool stuff indeed. Our demo ended when we ran up behind a guard and stabbed him. We got the kill, but the dispatched guard had a buddy nearby, and instead of standing there oblivious as is so often the case in many games, the fallen soldier's comrade wasted no time in drawing his weapon and killing us.

Our time with the game was enjoyable and left us wanting to play more--but we'll have to wait awhile. Originally slated for Q3 2007, Turok will now ship simultaneously for the PS3 and Xbox 360 on February 5th.

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MagisterBurner
MagisterBurner

Fox: This game condones the killing and raping of dinosaurs, what "Effect" will this have on our young children? Boycott! Say no to Dino Rape America!

khalid_b
khalid_b

Played the demo and beat it 3 times now...I love it. Dbl shotgun action ftw baby...yeah!

tarald
tarald

I was not impressed by the demo. The AI is lousy: When you're fighting dinosaurs, your teammate keeps saying "If you fall behind, I will leave your ass" over and over. He doesn't pay any attention to the fact that you are dying. The graphics look good, but animations are not very smooth and everything gets choppy when you're moving around. The demo looks like a PC game from the 90's. It surprises me that they release something like this. Hope the final product is way better.

travis_y
travis_y

this game looks super cool i saw it on the show the dinos are soo cool and there reely fast

mullock
mullock

I remember playin Turok evolution on the ps2....lol I dont see why peeps are hatin on it I found it fun...'specially with the evil big colonel guy on the dinosaur thing . *ahem* anyways this game looks intense...specially with the "neutral" dinosaur dynamic , cant wait...one to pester the folks for >:D

gocanes222
gocanes222

Never played the other ones. This looks like a great game. Sweet killing dinosaurs. I'ms gonna get this game for sure.

gerrad2003
gerrad2003

aww Turok is back! loved Turok 1 & 2. 3 was alright but hopefully this one will go back to the greatness and challange level of turok 2

DancesWitKoopas
DancesWitKoopas

I'll always remember Turok 2 as the game that taught me the importance and joy of headshots, nothing was as satisfying at that age as blowing a raptor's head off, at which point it'd leg it about, headless chicken style =D Definitely gonna look into this one =]

-KILLIONAIRE-
-KILLIONAIRE-

Oh, please! Everyone knows that Dino Crisis is nothing but crap. They imitated Resident Evil and combined it with Jurassic Park that didn't work out. In our language, Filipino/Tagalog, Turok means stab. Turok is the greatest dinosaur hunting game that you and I have ever seen!

-KILLIONAIRE-
-KILLIONAIRE-

I'm in love with dinosaurs, since I was a kid. Those prehistoric creature always made me obsessed and became a problem at school. Such fascination forced me to study more about dinosaurs every single day than to study on my current lessons during those days. Turok might be the closest thing for me to see live dinosaurs. The gameplay is awesome. The graphics is magnificent. The special effects are very sophisticated. The story is cool. The value is great. Can't wait to play this game!

Teebown24
Teebown24

this game looks great. i never played the other ones so im hoping i didnt need to

mingfu
mingfu

Turok awesome!!!!!!!!!!

Qwickkiller
Qwickkiller

i love this game...its gonna be intence

Switch_776
Switch_776

anyone read the turok books from the eighties? man they were cheesy. yep, this looks gud, possibly what evolution should have been

MikeyOfLamb
MikeyOfLamb

Hmmm, somthing different. Looks interesting. One thing that doesn't look fun is you just push a key and your character does a complex move. I've never much liked those. Still, this game looks promishing.

harleyindanet
harleyindanet

gr8, just what ive been after!! A game which plends fantastic visuals with a mixture of fast paced and stealth based killing. I reckon killing dinosaurs will never be more fun. Like LS07 said, Turok always had plenty of potential and he's perfectly right. This games will not live up to its 100 percent potential but pehaps 95 percent, leaving the designers to work on a newly energized sequel which will become the 100% which has every1 wondering will the new turok series be the games that ppl talk about!!

p00phead
p00phead

better not suck like the last one

schevuan
schevuan

turok looks amazing the graphics really stands above the rest

masterchief375
masterchief375

Yeah one of my fave dino games finally got the next gen treatment!!! Now wheres my Dino Crisis 1 and Dino Crisis 2 remake...lol

Booner17
Booner17

I was always a Turok fan...Im so happy that someone brought ti back to life!

rafarmer
rafarmer

Ooh goody. Another game with a character called 'Kane'. These wacky developers, eh?

AceDonald
AceDonald

This doesn't look like a Disney game at all! Look at it, since when has a Disney game been filled with blood and gore. But it looks fun.

HTML_d00d
HTML_d00d

This game just looks awsome, ive never been a fan of the older turok's single player, but the multiplayer was fun, i hope this ones single player is just amazing.

Mush_Mouth
Mush_Mouth

as long as it's better than the first ones...cerebral bore was the only thing I liked about 2.

MorphiX82
MorphiX82

the videos for this game look down right amazing, after reading this hands on review it makes me want this game even more then before! hopefully it turns out to be great!!

LS07
LS07

Turok games have always had a lot of potential, but never seem to get everything right, maybe this one will finally be the game that lives up to its potential.

darkchaostitan
darkchaostitan

Awsome, I really enjoyed turok 3 for the gamecuke(multiplayer mostly) I can't wait to see the arsenal of weapons to kill with, but that's about it.

axeman87
axeman87

Sweet! come and get some ya stupid giant chicken!! Us advanced races call this stuff GUNPOWDER!!

Extra_Life
Extra_Life

Hope there is more of a link with the Turok games than Dinosaurs and a man with the surname Turok... Where are the Fireseeds? Oblivion? The weapons? Fair enough though, it is a way of release, I hope some more Turok-like details emerge in the near future.

Hell-Fire21
Hell-Fire21

Will it be equal to seeds of evil for the n64?? MAYBE. Just, maybe.

haesuse
haesuse

mixed feelings, there are gonna be so many better shooters out, specialy if u are more of a online player, such as CoD 4: MW, SOCOM: Confrontation and others. this may be a good game but not one to make anyone buy PS3 just because of it.

BrendanLee13
BrendanLee13

played the old one on ps2 and going to buy this one.. looks very nice

dragonslayer22
dragonslayer22

Hopefully it will live up to Turok Evolution's standards, but why do i have to wait until february?

encodi
encodi

I have mixed feeling about this game.... idk... I didn't like any Turok games so far...but i hope this game is not like the others and it's a great game.

Testament
Testament

lookin good, i hope it has lots of different up close camera kills.... i also hope its more to the game than just walking through the jungle the whole time...

alex1889
alex1889

looks fun, i hope they can make the islands and areas look really dinosourish

stewiegriffin20
stewiegriffin20

petervaht my old math teacher used to say crapola, but this game is looking better and better, turok has always been great games