Wednesday, September 03, 2008
Gotta Fossilize 'em All!
Damn you, Sega. Somehow, you knew that I obsessively "caught 'em all" in Pokemon Pearl last year, but that my chief complaint was that there weren't enough dinosaurs. Well, Sonic's pappy is rolling out a new DS cart in the coming months, Dinosaur King, which promises over 70 real-life prehistoric creatures which duke it out for world domination much like a Pokemon battle would work. I was able to briefly play the game at PAX, and I've got to say this: It's fucking awesome.
Why? Because the dinosaurs are scientifically accurate. Sure, the Tyrannosaurus breathes fire and the Triceratops does some sort of jumping flip dive, but the gross anatomy is strikingly well-done, and the 3D models are crisp and animate beautifully. When you're not fighting other dinosaurs, the game takes place on a 2D sprite-based backdrop, much like the Pokemon games. You have a trainer, a stash of dinosaurs ready to battle with, and items to use both on the field and in fights.
I don't think I could be a whole lot more excited about this, which reminds me: I need to get the PR guys at NWR to contact Sega and get me on their review copy list. I need to review this game!