Turok

Common Sense Media says

Prehistoric shooter filled with blood, gore.

Age(i)

NOT FOR KIDS

Quality(i)

 

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Your goal is to bring down your mentor and former colleague. The story fails to flesh out what type of character Turok portrays.

Violence

Players kill dinosaurs and enemy soldiers with a bevy of guns and grenades, as well as with a bow and arrows and a knife. Stealth strikes with the knife involve stabbing an enemy in the chest or side. With dinosaurs, it can mean slitting their throats. Slaying dinosaurs is particularly gory because of the large amounts of blood.

Sex
Not applicable
Language

The foul language is most prevalent during online sessions.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is a violent, bloody shooter with a prehistoric twist. Beyond the assortment of firearms ranging from machine guns to rocket launchers, players will use a compound bow and combat knife. Players can sneak up and execute a quick knife kill. You can kill by slitting another's neck, and when done on Dinosaurs, those deaths look particularly gory and involve a lot of blood. The game is also open to online play, which could expose players to foul-mouthed opponents.

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What's it about?

TUROK is a first-person shooter with a prehistoric twist: You can shoot aggressive dinosaurs. The main character, Joseph Turok, works for commando unit. The group must hunt down Roland Kane, Turok's former mentor and colleague in a black ops squad called the Wolf Pack. During Turok's mission, Kane's troops force Turok's ship to crash on a planet littered with dinosaurs. Throughout the game, Turok confronts two enemies: Kane's forces and bloodthirsty dinosaurs.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Ferocious dinosaurs aren't enough to make this game stand out in a crowded genre. The planet's jungle landscapes look vast but lack polish. Ambient sounds are crisp, including branches crackling under your feet. While the standard arsenal of guns and grenades are at your disposal, the knife and compound bow stand out as the most notable weapons. Turok can sneak up on enemies and execute a quick knife kill with a timed press of the right trigger. The compound bow requires precision, which makes long-distance strikes rewarding. Targeting is tricky, since the reticle moves faster than in most shooters. Your character, on the other hand, is sluggish. It takes a second to get him moving, and he feels slow even when running. Dinosaurs are aggressive, particularly once you're spotted. Kane's troops aren't as smart. Occasionally, they employ clever battle tactics, like flanking, but sneaking up on them is way too easy, as they seem oblivious to most noises.

Turok's single-player campaign strikes a healthy balance between dinosaurs and human enemies. The sudden presence of an angry dinosaur can create some tense moments at times. You also get the chance to battle more menacing foes, including a Tyrannosaurus Rex and a underwater behemoth. Unfortunately, the story is bare. Few background details exist, particularly about the origins of Turok and this mysterious planet. Multiplayer modes boast the usual deathmatch and co-op options. The inclusion of dinosaurs as well as the knife attack allows for interesting combat strategy. Diehard fans of the first-person shooter should enjoy this fresh entrée into the genre. Unfortunately, with so many stellar first person shooter choices, Turok fails to do enough to differentiate itself.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how this game compares with other first-person shooters. How does this game rank in terms of the level of violence involved? Is there such a thing as a shooter that's more accessible to younger gamers? Is the character justified in killing these aggressive dinosaurs?

Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360, PlayStation 3
Price:$59.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Touchstone
Release date:February 5, 2008
Genre:First Person Shooter
ESRB rating:M for Mature (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360)

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Teen, 13 years old Written bySunsBalla23 April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
QUALITY
 

Great!

This one of those rare games that doesnt come along often! It is very cool with nice graphics and awesome weapons! I do not know why they are saying it's extreme violence and stuff, its really only bloody when u kill da dinosaurs but when u shoot the other guys sparks just fly, what is really cool is that when u get u get the bow and u hold the arrow long enough it can pin them to something(tree's, wall's boxes.) And also all weapons have an alternate fire which is great online is great but there some foulmouthed people sometimes,and can be an issue the launguage is okay some cuss word **s, **itty, **tch, stuff like that. But overall great game!!
Kid, 11 years old January 7, 2010
AGE
13
QUALITY
 

Scared after 30mins of playing!!! OMG

To tell the truth this game scares me. i prefer 3rd person shooters not 1st! There is loads of blood and gore! e.g stabbing a dinosaur in the head 10 times!!! But other people say its good so give it a try. Maybe i will again
What other families should know
Too much violence
Kid, 10 years old April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
QUALITY
 

a fun difficult shooter that is really fun

this game might have some iffy action or blood but it's not that bad i mean i bet kids could get worse influences other places than here this is pretty much jurassic park with a knife bow and guns this is not a bad game parents just losen up and let your kids buy this game i mean this is not going to make your kids grab a knife off the counter and start hunting dinosaurs.

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