previews\ May 22, 2003 at 8:00 pm

Dino Crisis 3 - XB - Preview

E3 2003 - Hands On


Anyone who’s played a Dino Crisis game knows that it borrows a lot from the Resident Evil series. The control scheme is similar and so are the weapons, the only difference is that the zombies are replaced with dinosaurs. Well, with Dino Crisis 3 things are going to change.


Taking place on a doomed space ship taken over by mutant dinos, you take on the role of either Patrick or Sonya. Even though Dino Crisis 3 is more action oriented, survival is still the key and the dinos are scary, making DC3 kind of an action survival-horror.


Since action is a bigger focus, weapon add-ons are aplenty. One weapon is called the Wasp, which acts as a helper that flies around firing at oncoming enemies. A jetpack has also been added, allowing you to hover, dash, and make higher jumps.


The graphics are absolutely stunning, and I’m just talking about during gameplay. The CG sequences are even better. The controls are no longer like Resident Evil and now are much more useful in the fast-paced action setting. Instead of pivot and go controls, they are now fully 3D – up goes up and down goes down. Ammo is plentiful now as well…in fact, it’s infinite. The main gun didn’t ever run out of ammo and it has two different modes of fire. If you tap the fire button it goes into auto fire, but if you hold the button down you charge up your gun for a more powerful single shot.


The new action theme of Dino Crisis 3 is definitely the direction the series needed to take. When it comes to a game with dinosaurs coming at you from different directions, it makes sense that the game would action packed than slow and cautious. With its upgraded graphics and gameplay, Dino Crisis 3 is going to make an awesome shooter when it comes out this September.  

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