The World Is Ready for a New Dino Crisis

Extinct no more.

The extinction of dinosaurs isn't just something that happened in the animal kingdom. Take a good look at the gaming landscape. There are so few digital dinosaurs that they might as well have been destroyed by the same terrible comet that exterminated the real creatures. I propose a renaissance that would strike fear in the hearts of anyone courageous enough to stand before those deadly fangs and eager claws, a reemergence that would instill a sense of awe in those brave few before they're devoured by the beasts that once ruled the earth. It's time for Dino Crisis to be reborn in a modern era. We've lived through this endless slumber long enough; let's reawaken our destiny.

Imagine being lost in a tropical jungle. Nasty insects swarm in your view, overgrown foliage corrals you in, and there are no animals in sight. There are no monkeys overhead or birds in the trees, no deer visible in a clearing or rodents scurrying by your feet. No animals are nearby to provide comfort in a strange land, or a glimpse of peace as you try to ignore the predicament you're cast in. And there aren't any animals to warn you of hidden dangers. If you strain your ears, you hear nothing save the bugs buzzing, buzzing, buzzing. You're alone, except that you know you're not. And that's when the attack strikes.

Dino Crisis Reborn (catchy name, no?) would focus on the fear you would feel when faced with a monster stronger, deadlier, and maybe even smarter than you. Like in the original game in the franchise, running away would be the surest way to survive. So you would slink through the oppressive heat of a dense jungle, keeping your senses honed to give yourself any advantage you could have over the predators roaming just out of your sight. Dive into rivers so you don't leave any tracks, or hide in a tree to stay out of harm's way. That is, of course, assuming that the dinosaurs hunting you can't also climb. There's no way to ensure you safety in such a world, so you just push onward, hoping that your luck has improved since you were banished to this hellish place.

We've seen glimpses of this kind of cunning, unstoppable adversary in Alien: Isolation, which looks to capture the terror Ripley must have felt when trapped in such close proximity with a killer being. And though borrowing liberally from a game that hits those fearful notes so well does seem rather lazy, transporting you to a humid jungle and swapping the aliens for dinosaurs would inject enough of a change to make Dino Crisis a wise franchise to bring back. Plus, you can't discount the scariness of a real animal versus a science fiction creation. After all, humans may never come in contact with aliens, but a renegade biologist could resurrect dinosaurs despite the obvious dangers humankind would face. Or maybe I'm just being too optimistic.

What would be fascinating is if you could do more than simply hide or run away. What if combat were an option? This is where things get tricky. We're used to being in control of powerful killing machines, people capable of perfect aim even while running, who can withstand more damage than a steel-plated blue whale and can carry more artillery than a human back should be able to bear. Imagine how you would fare trapped in a jungle with dinosaurs all around you. Any thought of willingly attacking dinosaurs would be out of the question--unless you have a death wish--and you wouldn't want to reveal your hiding place unless you were positive you could strike a killing blow. If that helplessness were transported into a game, then we would have something interesting.

We saw such a system in Dino Crisis 2. Unlike the original game, which borrowed heavily from Resident Evil, the second Dino Crisis had more of an action slant. However, the static camera angles and sluggish controls remained. While this sounds arduous on the surface, it made for tense encounters in which you fumbled and stumbled through every fight, desperately firing off rounds while scrambling to safety, wiping the sweat off your brow after every victory. You felt like you earned your existence in Dino Crisis 2, and though stripping people of the exacting controls that we expect in games would provide a tough barrier for entry, it would make for a much more interesting experience.

To borrow one more element from days gone by, fixed camera angles are a smart solution to an ever-present problem. Developers can control only so much of our experience. We become the cinematographers of our own stories, sometimes scouting out every nook and cranny ahead with the camera rather than walking into any unknown dangers. Although such freedom can be a good thing, when you're talking about games in which fear is important, it can be a problem. If Dino Crisis Reborn directed exactly what you see, every obstacle and creature could be expertly placed to quicken your pulse in the most efficient way.

Dinosaurs have been extinct for too long. A new Dino Crisis could be incredible if it played to the strengths of its predecessors, and ignored the unfortunate third entry completely. Yes, space plus rocket packs plus dinosaurs should equal fun, but it was just too hokey to take seriously. So borrow the unrepentant fear of Dino Crisis and the clunky combat from Dino Crisis 2 to create a terrifying experience that would make you understand what it would feel like to face your biggest fear. And if there's a raptor riding a Tyrannosaurus rex, that's all the better.

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99 comments
Dredcrumb9
Dredcrumb9

We need an open world, action adventure first or third person shooter, with dinosaurs, human enemies, modern predators like sharks, lions, and crocs, and aliens. 


PS: human enemies should bleed when shot/stabbed, just like dinosaurs(I am talking to you Turok 2008!) 

gamefreak215jd
gamefreak215jd

Like I've already said plenty of times,they should have released a new Dino Crisis(with most of RE5 mechanics) instead of RE5

and should have turned RE5 into a survival horror like its predecessors.

thekazumalord
thekazumalord

 i saw this story on facebook and I thought it was a story about a them announcing a new Dino Crisis game.. misleading  story title

Gbullet
Gbullet

Nice article, only thing i disliked was the banal name you chose "Dino Crisis Reborn"...

C´mon, i am sure you could come up with a better name ; ) 

In my opinion Dino Crisis : Extinction would be more catchy and make much more sense, and i bet many other people here  have great names in their head also !

MAXAM999
MAXAM999

Capcom , I swear if you make any "XBAX" exclusive from any of your games from now on i will

I swear >>>> ಠ_ಠ 

enough is enough and I'm sick of it .. STOP MAKING DUMB DECISIONS

daleksareepic
daleksareepic

omy god i sooo neeeed dino crysis next gen . hope they dont ruin it like resident evil


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gothsalvation
gothsalvation

Actually, there is a Dino Crisis 3, it was an Xbox exclusive and a freaking awful game. Dinasours.. ON SPACE! Great idea, Capcom. 

robertcain
robertcain

Well the last game I saw with proper Dinosaurs was 2008's mildly competent Turok reboot. It would be great to see Dino Crisis make a comeback after the beating it took with number 3. I'd want a sequel that follows on from 2.

nyran125tk
nyran125tk

i DL'd this for the EPSXE emulator, the playstation 1 emulator. Its still awesome today. Its crazy the developers decided to go with such hammy acting for the original Resident Evils and Dino crisis, but the gameplay even today is still awesome. I had more fun replaying the original resident evil 1 and 2 on the EPSXE emulator than i did playing RAGE. It was definately a more interesting experience oh and it had an ending, unlike RAGE.

fedetaco
fedetaco

Please do ! I would also like a remake of Soul Reaver , and a Remake of Crash Bandicoot

Darklurkr23
Darklurkr23

Shows just how  much hand holding there is.  What horrbile gameplay from them XD  wasting ammo and NOT killing, where is the save? XD

JURGMANDR
JURGMANDR

You want to bring back static camera angles?? We may as well bring back tank controls to go with it smfh.

Latiran
Latiran

I still play these games on a regular basis and Dino Crisis 2 was and still is an amazing game. Dino Crisis 3 was just weird and strayed away from the main storyline, even though Dr Kirk does get a mention here and there if you bother to take the time to look around.

Despite that i still enjoy Dino Crisis 3 because you know dinosaurs in space is always awesome right? of course it is.

russelsviper89
russelsviper89

i was wondering why no one was talking about this incredible game... Thank god finally some one talked about it.. This game is one of the best games i've played in the original playstation...  Dem childhood memories <3

monicker
monicker

The series had it's moments. But definite reboot or remake.

gajbutler
gajbutler

Still waiting for Resident Evil to return, ever since 4 it has been shit.

ThePowerOfHAT
ThePowerOfHAT

You know what?  I liked Trespasser.  I don't care what anybody else says.  The controls were awful, it was buggy, and there weren't nearly enough dinosaurs to actually make it exciting.  But those intentionally awful gun controls made every bit of combat genuinely terrifying, and scouring for ammunition that you HAD to conserve in order to fight off velociraptors meant that exploration was both necessary and often terrifying.  The physics system was incredible for its time, and even today, the A.I. driving the dinosaurs is almost downright amazing.  (Insane fact: rather than precanned animations, the dinosaurs moved, attacked, etc. purely by their A.I. and the physics system.)


I'd love a remake of Trespasser.  We need another Dino Crisis as well, but dammit, Trespasser deserves a second chance.

virtuasega
virtuasega

RE is a mess, leave that series alone and focus on bringing back some awesome forgotten gems like Dino Crisis, Powerstone, etc. A new Dino crisis on the PS4/One would be awesome!!!

Lach0121
Lach0121

I enjoyed all 3 Dino Crisis games, Albeit the second one was the best.  It need a series reboot, not a sequel!


I have thought this for years now.

breadisgood
breadisgood

I liked Dino Crisis but I'd much rather have a new Onimusha.

Rennik_Repotsir
Rennik_Repotsir

If this game happens, it needs to make me sh*t a brick like I'm trying to fend off a f*ck*n DINOSAUR!!!

hugoadan
hugoadan

aww, just when i was thinking about it! the first two games were great, would love to see a reboot. i don't know, with a resident evil 4 gameplay style maybe.

Sun-Tzu-GE
Sun-Tzu-GE

Oh yeah ! I remember this game.I would definitely love a modern reboot.

otanikun
otanikun

I would love to see this franchise come back, I would want to see them first remake the original 2 in HD from the ground up, updated everything, visuals, music, animation, everything.

Then release an actual 3rd entry (we never mention Dino Crisis 3 because seriously, wtf were they thinking?) that continues after the 2nd games ending sometime in the future when Regina is able to come back to a time before Dylan and his future daughter are crushed by those falling computer towers.

maduscg
maduscg

Fix the RE disaster first,then move on to DC.love those 2 games btw

jenovaschilld
jenovaschilld

Oh come on, the Dino Crisis series was just Resident Evil dressed up in lizard skins, and many of the same developers and divisions worked on each. Do not get me wrong I loved the games back then, but what we really need is a damn good Resident Evil game first and then let DC copy that 'good' RE game for 8th gen. 

Now here is my wish list for rebooted games, 

Colony Wars

Fear Effect  (syphon filter meets two hot lesbians)

Syphon Filter

Parasite Eve

Grandia

An NFL 2K sega sports modern football game not made by EA

Strategy RPG on 8th gen console triple AAA, like (vandal hearts, FFT, Kartia, Fire Emblem)

Summoner RPG

Shenmue

Suikoden

Mario Sunshine without mario

Diablo 2 - with offline mode

resident Evil - after RE6 gonna mention it twice

The entire Squarenix line changed back to Square soft and Enix corp

Hudson soft franchises

And dammit why not Fatal Frame or Silent Hill one last try. 



jinzo9988
jinzo9988

Dinosaurs aren't cool right now.  A new entry would be dumb unless you hold off long enough to release it around the time Jurassic World comes out.  The original Dino Crisis came out between The Lost World and Jurassic Park 3.  I can't think of a popular dinosaur movie that came out within the last decade.  I don't think there's interest in it.  If there's anything that'll bring it back, it would be the Jurassic World movie.

lozandier
lozandier

Since we're talking about Capcom games that deserve a new installment: it's almost criminal that  a new Onimusha, Dragon's Dogma,  Power Stone, and Megaman Battle Network haven't been announced. 


It's like Capcom doesn't want money, yet they ironically position certain "broad market appealing" franchises to be of higher importance to the company.


I personally don't think can ever match the pure fun proposition--and sales--these specific games have.


I'll take a new Power Stone game over a new Lost Planet game any day of the week for example.  

Printul_Noptii
Printul_Noptii

Dino Crysis and Parasite Eve are two IPs that kinda went under the radar and they were excellent for their times, i would like to see a reboot of these in next gen graphics :D Zorine please do Parasite Eve 1-2 next :D

ALLIAMOS
ALLIAMOS

dino crisis with tomb raider style

g1rldraco7
g1rldraco7

I know supposedly Dino Crisis is going to be rebooted by Capcom, but so far no sign of it anywhere :(

hitomo
hitomo

yeah, this and Onimusha ... bring it !

Jay2528
Jay2528

Damn did I enjoy playing both Dino Crisis 1 and 2 during the PS1 days. I would love to see a new installment but I feel like Capcom will never bother making one, which is truly sad.

I actually hope I'm wrong and Capcom brings back Dino Crisis.

Chatch09
Chatch09

Its just Resident Evil with dinosaurs....but I guess that actually would be better than just another RE....

TomMcShea
TomMcShea moderator

@fedetaco I would love another Soul Reaver. Such an amazing franchise.

Latiran
Latiran

@virtuasega I wouldn't say the series is a mess but it does need to go back to its roots i'll give you that much.

Lach0121
Lach0121

@jenovaschilld  Oh not a bad list at all.  I specifically agree with you on Parasite Eve, Syphon Filter, and Fear Effect.


I would also like to see a Hybrid Heaven, and Body Harvest reboots.


As well as a Blood reboot, (like the shooter from the 90s)

otanikun
otanikun

@jenovaschilld  They actually are rebooting Syphon Filter, and they're calling it Kill Strain, a spiritual successor and reboot of the original franchise.

Lach0121
Lach0121

@jinzo9988  It is actually time for a new Dino Crisis. Games don't always need movies to push them....

Lach0121
Lach0121

@Printul_Noptii  Parasite Eve 1 was a freaking masterpiece.

Parasite Eve 2 was a significant let down!


I have yet to play 3.

jenovaschilld
jenovaschilld

@Lach0121 @jenovaschilld  I would also like to see a Hybrid Heaven, and Body Harvest reboots.

As well as a Blood reboot, (like the shooter from the 90s)'


I also friend, I also. 

jenovaschilld
jenovaschilld

@gruntboy116 @jenovaschilld  

You kinda know what I mean the mario puppeteering doll show that is every story for nintendo franchises kinda wears thin. 

I am a nurse but alot of my family are artists and the simple way the use of color and platforming mario sunshine gave back then was pretty amazing to me. 

But now I am 42 and would love a story, maybe like child of light, or ICO, banner saga, or even Journey- I know, i know the amount of story with those compared to Mario sunshine seem about the same but something more impacting.