Excerpt: Who hasn't pretended to be a dinosaur at some point during their youth? Even if you didn't pretend to be a T-Rex, you still pretended to be a Pterodactyl, right? Or you were one of the weird kids who pretended to be a Dilophosaurus and spit on people. Don't lie. Admit it! It's okay! Dinosaurs are awesome, after all, and I mean that in the sense that they inspire awe.
Excerpt: Lukewarm Media let me check out their multiplayer only dinosaur versus humans shooter Primal Carnage back around the time of its Steam release at the beginning of December, but I decided to give it a bit of time to get patched before preparing this review. The game was a bit messy back when I first tried it, as everything still felt slightly glitchy and waiting things out would also be a good way to judge how the player base had expanded or contracted.
Summary: Primal Carnage is a tight PVP multiplayer game focused on pitting a team of Human based players versus a team of carnivorous Dinosaur players. Each class has a far different role from the others, and the game actually has great tactical play for players willing to work to their teams strengths in taking out the other team.
Conclusion: All in all, I have enjoyed my time with Primal Carnage . The title has got its fair share of issues, but there’s something to be said about running through a jungle lit by the sheen of a flamethrower with a scientist hanging from your mouth. Now the ball is in the hands of Lukewarm Media. If they follow through with their promises of DLC opening up the game a bit, this will go from decent to very fun.
Review: Primal Carnage is a one trick pony, and that pony is a dinosaur
29 November 2012
Excerpt: Are you looking for a first-person shooter where you only play team deathmatch, and the two teams are humans versus dinosaurs? If so, Primal Carnage is for you. Primal Carnage is a multiplayer-only team deathmatch game where one team chooses from human roles, and the other team chooses from different types of dinosaurs. I'm fine with the premise/gimmick of PVP humans vs. dinosaurs, but what I have a problem with is the execution.
Conclusion: So with the above in mind, Primal Carnage is a hard sell at this point. $15 isn't going to break the bank, but with the Steam Forums, at the time of writing, awash with threads titled "Money down the drain" it's hard to recommend this one even with its madcap take on the online genre. A few more updates are definitely needed, and a spoon full of free DLC will make this one go from surprising but flawed oddity, to a solid, worthwhile experience. My advice?
Summary: Of the great dream matchups in humankind's evolutionary history, none is more pervasive than humans versus dinosaurs. Countless books, movies, video games, and more have broached this subject, but a definitive winner remains elusive. The latest in this ongoing academic effort is Primal Carnage, a team-based, competitive multiplayer game that hits on a fun design, but stumbles in execution.
Pros: Good variety in individual human and dinosaur play styles, Large maps create both exciting group combat and nerve-wracking isolation.
Cons: Several small technical bugs hamstring the game, Lack of overall content.