Work together to survive the devastating Dinosaur horde in huge, endless environments.
User reviews: Mostly Positive (23,305 reviews) - 76% of the 23,305 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: May 4, 2012

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"It really doesnt feel like a complete game but its cheap and its fun for a few hours with friends. fun and silly gameplay shooting dinosaurs."

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About This Game

'ORION: Prelude' is an indie Sci-Fi shooter (FPS/TPS) that seamlessly blends together incredible visuals and addictive combat. It puts you and your friends together into intense, cinematic battles using some of the most incredible weaponry and amazing vehicles in which you must work or compete against one another to accomplish mission objectives, explore giant worlds and survive the devastating Dinosaur Horde.

In addition to the return of the adventurous, survival-based cooperative gameplay and retro-inspired Arena Combat, 'ORION: Prelude' features massive, Open World Cooperative and PvPvE.

*Previous version names include ORION: Dino Beatdown (2012) and ORION: Dino Horde (2013).

Supporting up to a variety of game modes, including:
  • Survival (Objective)
  • Slaughter (Duration)
  • Rampage (Playable Dinosaurs)
  • Prehistoric (Custom Variable)

Supporting up to 10 players and offering 2 game modes:
  • Conquest (Cooperative - 5 Players)
  • Vital (PvPvE - 10 Players)

Supporting up to 10 players and offering 3 cooperative game modes:
  • Free-For-All (Deathmatch)
  • Elimination (Stealth)
  • King of the Hill (Territory)
  • Gun Game (Ladder Climb)
  • Instagib (Twitch Reflex)
  • Vital (Open World)

Supporting up to 10 players and offering 3 unique game modes:
  • 1v1 Duel (4 Playlers - Tournament)
  • FFA Duel (4 Players - FFA)
  • Team Duel (5v5)

Key Features:

  • Open World Gameplay
  • Cooperative & Competitive Gameplay
  • Dueling & Melee Combat Gameplay
  • 1st Person / 3rd Person Hybrid Gameplay
  • 15 Game Modes
  • 50+ Weapons & Gear
  • 30 Augmentations (Mutators)
  • 20+ Multiplayer Maps
  • 7 Vehicles
  • Full Weather System
  • Persistence & Player Progression (150 Levels)
  • Class-Based Gameplay & Player Loadouts
  • Statistics & Leaderboards
  • Lobbies, Matchmaking & Server Browser
  • Player Store (Cosmetics)
  • Rewards & Unlockables
  • Real-time Dynamic Day/Night Cycles
  • 10 Dinosaurs (All Playable)
  • 250+ Steam Achievements
  • 12 Steam Trading Cards
  • Steam Big Picture Mode Support
  • Bots & Offline Play
  • Tutorial System
  • SDK & Steam Workshop (Custom Maps)

System Requirements

    • OS:Windows Vista SP2 32-Bit
    • Processor:AMD Athlon X2 2.8GHZ / Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHZ
    • Memory:3 GB RAM
    • Graphics:256 MB Graphics Memory (SM3)
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:8 GB HD space
    • Sound:DirectX 9 Compatible
    • OS:Win 7 / Win 8 (64-Bit)
    • Processor:AMD 4-Core / Intel 4-Core
    • Memory:4 GB RAM
    • Graphics:512 MB Graphics Memory (SM 3)
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:8 GB HD space
    • Sound:DirectX 9 Compatible
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
Helpful customer reviews
261 of 317 people (82%) found this review helpful
246 people found this review funny
9.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 9
The ONLY thing that could make this better would be if there were game modes with nazi dinosaurs.
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219 of 265 people (83%) found this review helpful
267 people found this review funny
8.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 14
Got 360 no-scoped by a T-Rex throwing a rock at me

11/10 IGN
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84 of 89 people (94%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
11.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 10
TLDR version;

Co-op or versus horde mode shooter with dinosaurs. Some bugs and lacks polish, but for its price (50 Euro Cents thereabout?) this is a shockingly FUN game. If you're looking for a co-op game to play with up to four other friends, I'm giving this game a glowing recommendation!

In a bit more detail:

What's good:
  • Dirt cheap
  • Large maps with obvious inspiration from the Halo games
  • Surprising amount of depth thanks to the three classes, gear choices, augments and vehicles
  • Competent and frantic horde mode gameplay
  • Dinosaurs
  • Silly waves

What's bad:
  • Some obvious bugs here and there
  • Some nice shaders and lighting effects but ultimately not a great looking game, player models in particular are butt ugly
  • Poor volume normalization, you'll know what I mean when you hear the gatling guns fire
  • Solo play with pretty basic bots is supported but feels very lacklustre


I'm quite frankly blown away at how many hours of very entertaining horde mode shooter action my friends and I have had with this game already, value for money wise I don't think I've ever seen any game quite like this. As such I can't recommend this game enough. If you compare 'ORION: Prelude' to 'Killing Floor 2' it doesn't hold a candle of course, but that would be silly, wouldn't it ? I love this game!
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134 of 170 people (79%) found this review helpful
116 people found this review funny
13.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 20
Always wanted to know what would happen if you rammed a jeep into T-Rex

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66 of 74 people (89%) found this review helpful
24 people found this review funny
20.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 4
What can I say about ORION: Prelude? Let's start with what it's not...

It's not a perfect game.
It's not 100% bug-free.
It's not a contender for Game Of The Year.

But more importantly, let's go on to what it is...

It's extremely fun.
It's very well supported.
It's extremely fun.
It's got a great community.
It's extremely fun.
It's amazing value for money.
Did I mention that it's extremely fun?

For the price, you wouldn't believe that this is a fully-fledged multiplayer FPS with solid progression, numerous weapons and power-ups, a decent array of vehicles and goddam dinosaurs to gun down! But that's exactly what it is. You probably won't put hundreds of hours into it but it certainly doesn't feel like a £0.79p / $0.99c game. In fact, I reckon this is the single best value for money of any game in my entire collection. I've certainly got my 79p worth and then some - and I still keep coming back for more!

If you like multiplayer FPS and you're not literally penniless, why are you still reading this review? At this price, just buy it already!
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