Posted on November 25th, 2008 in Axel Night, Flashback, GEN, Video Games by Axel Night

Flashback!  We don’t need no stinking Flashback!

System: Sega Genesis/Mega Drive
Year: 1994
Company: Sega
Genre: Action Platformer

Say hello to my little friend!

I liked the first Jurassic Park for the Sega Genesis.  A lot of people did.  Dr. Grant wading through the jungle, out numbered by swarms of intelligent dinosaurs and grossly under-armed with a limited supply of darts, gas grenades, and other non-lethal implements.  It captured the suspense of fighting for your very survival, and thus the source material, very well.  And if you needed to blow off some steam, you could give the game a rush through as a freakin’ raptor.

Then came a sequel.  At a glance it looked the same.  It was most certainly not.  Did I like it?  Oh hells yes.

Jurassic Park: Rampage Edition follows its prequel in roots.  You play as Dr. Grant or the blood thirsty raptor in a quest to escape the island.  Dr. Grant, however, has left behind his knock-out gas in favor of better gear.  He still has his trusty dart gun, though with unlimited ammo this time around.  Littering the ground are AK-47s, flame throwers, rocket launchers, grenades, and more tools of death designed to drop the waves of humans, dinosaurs and military-grade transports that will block your path.  No more stun and run.  Vaporize the bastards.

The raptor plays similar to his ancestor, though with more moves at his disposal.  It doesn’t hurt that the controls are vastly more fluid than the prior game, for both Grant and Mr. Teethy.  Also, small brief cases of mystery goop are laid out for the cold blooded protagonist.  When he gets five, the screen goes red, he becomes invulnerable, and slays anything that comes within claw’s reach for a few seconds.  Satisfying?  Yes, ma’am!

 

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