Hunt or be Hunted: Primal Carnage: Extinction [Review]
Primal Carnage: Extinction by Circle 5 and Pub Games is an intense and immersive game, filled with savage dinosaur vs. human combat. If you’ve ever dreamed of being a carnivorous dinosaur or hunting carnivorous dinosaurs, this game will give you what you’re looking for. Unlike many fast paced death-match type games, Primal Carnage: Extinction wants you to hunt and feel like you’re being hunted. With no mini map, players must traverse across enemy riddled terrain without knowing where they are or how many of them there is. Players choose a side, Human or Dinosaur, and face off in four dynamic game modes across thirteen beautiful maps, with new additions to each, promised to come. With the ability to change character or sides in an instant, the game allows players to change into a role that the team needs.
Initially Primal Carnage: Extinction seems small, with only two ways to play the game: LAN and Online. LAN, sadly, does not offer much outside the Survival game mode, and there are no added bots for Team Deathmatch, Free Roam or Get to the Copper. Online, however, is a different story entirely. The Online Mode is a player rich, allowing one to experience various modes of gameplay and interaction with players on either side of the conflict. There is also a spectator mode which allows the player to observe the battle from all angles.
Although the match options alone are fun, the most exciting aspect to me was the Dinosaurs themselves. Beautifully animated, stunningly colorful, and fun beyond my wildest dreams, each dinosaur has unique skins, sounds, and traits that add depth to gameplay. In total there are five unique family classes for both humans and dinosaurs. Each class has its own abilities that make them feel unique and useful in their own way, and with the ability to change classes or teams in an instant, the gameplay is ever-changing. One class of dinosaur, the Pteradons, is able to mark enemy players making them visible to members of their team, and fly high into the air to avoid enemy attacks. On the opposite side of the coin, the Human class Trapper is able to net dinosaurs both large and small, which prevents the dinosaurs from utilizing their attacks, and even impairs movement depending on the Dinosaur.
The game itself strongly encourages team-based gameplay, adding buffs and abilities to aid those on your team or devastate your enemies. Overall, Primal Carnage: Extinction is a well thought out and fun multiplayer game that offers a unique variety of gameplay (for both Humans and Dinosaurs) and allows Players to make game changing decisions in an instant to support their team or destroy enemy players. With entertaining dinosaur gameplay and fun survival mechanics such as sneaking, this game truly brings back the hunter vs hunted arenas.
Stunning visuals, beautiful animated dinosaurs feel realistic and are very appealing color wise.
Able to customize by unlocking and different dino skins and human apparel, giving a unique feel to appearance of your character.
Unique mechanics on each side of the battle make humans and dinos both worth trying out.
Hitboxes are strange and much smaller than expected, which greatly increase difficulty for first time players.
The game was very fun and enjoyable overall. It seemed especially geared towards dinosaurs. The graphics looked great and both dinosaurs and humans handled well. The lack of splitscreen was disappointing due to an inability to play with someone physically next to me. There are no bots either, so if you only have LAN you are unable to play most of the game. It seems well thought out for the standard PS+ user and has a lot of neat features that make it fun and fast paced and have a high replay value.