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Do you like first-person shooters? Do you like giant mecha? DO YOU LIKE DINOSAURS? Then Orion: Prelude may just be for you.
I’m in two minds about this multiplayer shooter from the ORION: Prelude team that somehow isn’t ORION: Prelude. Is ORION: Dino Beatdown a brilliant name for a game, or is it a horrible name for anything? One thing I do know, despite the laudable presence of dinosaurs and jetpacks, I’d be a lot happier if the dinosaurs were actually using the jetpacks :D
Everything in Orion is a little…bland. That isn’t to say that the game is rendered poorly, but it all just looks generic. Most of the dinosaurs and vehicles look good, for what they are worth, but some of the guns have not received as gracious a treatment. For example, the shotgun looks more like a rifle and has a really ugly ammo counter on it that just looks tacky.
The dinosaur models look just fine, but that isn’t the problem with them. They are often poorly animated. For velociraptors and “compies” the jump attack just looks silly and the bite animation is more a head twitch than a vicious attack.
The vehicles are frustrating to drive yet are grossly overpowered. Most dinosaurs, baring the large ones, you encounter can simply be killed by running them over. The rest will immediately destroy you vehicle for some unspecified reason.
The basic survival mode gets you through 15 waves of defending a generator and buying guns, but lacks any form of climax on the last wave. An evolution of this mode is Conquest , where you defend three bases consecutively and additionally, you can buy vehicles. It is basically three times Survival, but the game gets a lot more interesting with limited funds available – money sharing gets very important here.
The game feature actually 14 game modes.
Only in some modes you actually get to play as all the dinosaurs you normally fight. This part is actually pretty cool. You play as the dinosaurs in third person. Some of the gems in this mode are playing as a t-rex, raptor, and spinosaur. You can even be a deinosuchus (40ft long crocodile), which is pretty rad. But hey, how many games can you actually play as a dinosaur?
I am being pretty hard on this game, but despite all the flack I am giving it I still LIKE IT for some reason. It is just fun to play in its own quirky way. At the same time, I feel like the studio behind it might actually be able to polish it to a degree that it becomes a decent title. This is the 3 update now? Every update, the game is much better and the price drop down. 0,99$ is it today and at the halloween special the developers give the community 1000 FREE copies of the game. thats awesome :)
Overall, i almost feel like it is one of those games that is so bad it becomes good. 75% of the steam reviews are good, try it out and dont hear at the meta critics!
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