Dino Stalker

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Dino Stalker
Dinostalker.jpg
North American box art
Developer(s) Capcom Production Studio 3
Publisher(s) Capcom
Director(s) Eiro Shirahama
Producer(s) Tatsuya Minami
Writer(s) Noboru Sugimura
Yasuyuki Suzuki
Composer(s) Hiroshi Nakajima
Tomoko Matsumoto
Platform(s) PlayStation 2
Release date(s)
  • JP June 27, 2002
  • NA September 9, 2002
  • EU September 20, 2002
Genre(s) Light gun shooter
Mode(s) Single-player

Dino Stalker, known as Gun Survivor 3: Dino Crisis (Japanese: ガンサバイバー3 ディノクライシス Hepburn: Gan Sabaibā Surī Dino Kuraishisu?) in Japan, is a first person shooter video game created by Capcom that was released for the PlayStation 2 on June 27, 2002. It was developed by Capcom Production Studio 3,[1] and is an offshoot of the Resident Evil light gun shooter games, but based on the story of the Dino Crisis series. Though it can be played by other means, a light gun is recommended, as the game is one in a number of Capcom games that try to bridge the gap between light gun games and traditional games that allow the player greater range of control over their movements in the game.

Dino Stalker is the third installment in Capcom's Gun Survivor series and the third entry in the Gun Survivor series after Resident Evil Survivor 2 Code: Veronica. Although the Gun Survivor games are an offshoot of the Resident Evil series, Dino Stalker is the only game in the series without any ties to Resident Evil. It was followed by Resident Evil: Dead Aim.

Story[edit]

The game focuses on the central character Lieutenant Mike Wired, who is caught in an intense dogfight during World War II. With nowhere to go, Mike appears to be doomed until he is suddenly teleported into the sky in the 3,000,000's, and must defend himself against an army of flying prehistoric predators.

When he makes it to the main land, he sees more dinosaurs and must battle them single handedly with whatever weapons he can acquire. He hears a voice on his new wrist communicator, telling him to find a girl called Paula. When he does find Paula, she simply replies with "Trinity" before more dinosaurs appear. Trinity is actually a dinosaur, (a evolved Troodon, to be precise), with significant intelligence and it can send other dinosaurs to attack the player, as it does during a boss fight.

Eventually, Mike sees Paula is trapped in a ravine and is able to save her. After they escape in a jeep through an empty town, it is revealed that the man talking to Mike is Dylan Morton from Dino Crisis 2 and he is also Paula's father.

After the fight is over, Mike is sent back to his own time, in the same plane fight he was in at the beginning of the game. A rival plane shoots him down, and as he parachutes out, bullets are shown about to hit Mike right before Paula teleports the bullets elsewhere. The game ends with Mike being rescued by a boat.

Enemies[edit]

  • Evolved Tyrannosaurus Rex: called "Pitch-black Tyrannosaur", it's the main antagonist and lives in Edward City.
  • Carnotaurus: A male and female that acts as recurring bosses.
  • Deinonychus: Normal enemies of most the levels. It's called "Velociraptor" in the game because the Deinonychus is also known as "Velociraptor antirrhopus".
  • Utahraptor: Bigger and stronger than Deinonychus/Velociraptor, appear on the city.
  • Evolved Troodon: His name is Trinity, and is capable of call out Deinonychus/Velociraptors and Utahraptors.
  • Pteranodon: They aren't dinosaurs, but pterosaurs, flying reptiles. Appears as the main enemies in the first level, later reappears in the river and in the city.
  • Kronosaurus: Swim underwater and jump on you.
  • Triceratops: Appears in the city running and accidentally making barrels fly on your direction.
  • Plesiosaurus: Normal enemies during the river.
  • Oviraptor: Normal enemies during the desert, also appears in the city. Spit poison (egg yolk?) on you and steal recovery objects.
  • Compsognathus: Harmless little dinosaurs that need to be killed to gain the "kill all the dinosaur" bonus. Only appears in the city.

Levels[edit]

  • CRETACEOUS CREATURES: Mike is teletransported to Cretaceous era and it's attack by prehistoric reptiles.

Main enemy: Pteranodon.

Other enemies: none.

Boss: none.

  • STRANGERS: Mike fall in a jungle with dinosaurs.

Main enemy: Velociraptor and Deinonychus

Other enemies: Poisonous Plants and Trinity (only appears in a cutscene)

Boss: Two Carnotauruses.

  • TRACKING: Mike is in a boat in a river, he's attacked by plesiosaurs, pterosaurs and mosasaurs.

Main enemy: Plesiosaurus

Other enemies: Pteranodon and Kronosaurus

Boss: none

  • DIFFERENT WORLD: You are in a desert, with a great time portal created by the Third Energy, and also have a Liberty Statue semi-underground.

Main enemy: Female Oviraptor (pink ones).

Other enemies: Male Oviraptor (green ones).

Boss: Two Carnotaurus.

  • PITCH BLACK TYRANNOSAURUS: Mike and Paula are in Edward City. Somehow the carnotaurus are also there, and one of them is killed by a mutant T-rex.

Main enemy: Velociraptor

Other enemies: Velociraptor, Deinonychus, Utahraptor, Female Oviraptors, Pteranodon, Two Carnotaurus and Compsognathus.

Boss: Mutant Tyrannosaurus

  • TRINITY: Trinity somehow is in Edward City.

Main enemy: Trinity, the mutant Troodon.

Other enemies: Velociraptor, Deinonychus and Utahraptor.

Boss: Trinity, the mutant Troodon.

  • DETERMINATION: Paula try to make Mike backs to his time, he fights the mutant T-rex in the volcano.

Main enemy: Mutant Tyrannosaurus.

Other enemies: none.

Boss: Mutant Tyrannosaurus.

Weapons[edit]

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings 58.14%[2]
Metacritic 50/100[3]
Review scores
Publication Score
Edge 6/10[4]
Electronic Gaming Monthly 5.5/10[5]
Eurogamer 6/10[6]
Famitsu 30/40[7]
Game Informer 7.25/10[8]
GamePro 3/5 stars[9]
Game Revolution D+[10]
GameSpot 4.6/10[11]
GameSpy 2/5 stars[12]
GameZone 8.4/10[13]
IGN 4/10[14]
Official PlayStation Magazine (US) 3.5/5 stars[15]

On release, Famitsu gave the game a score of 30 out of 40 in Japan.[7] Elsewhere, however, the game got mixed reviews, as GameRankings gave it a score of 58.14%,[2] and Metacritic gave it a score of 50 out of 100.[3]

References[edit]

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  3. ^ a b "Dino Stalker Critic Reviews for PlayStation 2". Metacritic. Retrieved 2013-12-21. 
  4. ^ Edge staff (September 2002). "Dino Stalker". Edge (114). 
  5. ^ EGM Staff (October 2002). "Dino Stalker (PS2)". Electronic Gaming Monthly (160): 179. Archived from the original on 2013-12-24. Retrieved 2013-12-21. 
  6. ^ Bramwell, Tom (2002-10-01). "Dino Stalker Review". Eurogamer. Retrieved 2013-12-21. 
  7. ^ a b "プレイステーション2 - ガンサバイバー3 DINO CRISIS". Famitsu 915: 92. June 30, 2006. 
  8. ^ "Dino Stalker". Game Informer (114): 85. October 2002. 
  9. ^ Fennec Fox (2002-09-16). "Dino Stalker Review for PlayStation 2 on GamePro.com". GamePro. Archived from the original on 2005-02-09. Retrieved 2013-12-21. 
  10. ^ G-Wok (October 2002). "Dino Stalker Review". Game Revolution. Retrieved 2013-12-21. 
  11. ^ Davis, Ryan (2002-09-25). "Dino Stalker Review". GameSpot. Retrieved 2013-12-21. 
  12. ^ Villoria, Gerald (2002-11-06). "Dino Stalker (PS2)". GameSpy. Archived from the original on 2005-02-09. Retrieved 2013-12-21. 
  13. ^ Bedigian, Louis (2002-09-30). "Dino Stalker Review - PlayStation 2". GameZone. Archived from the original on 2008-10-05. Retrieved 2013-12-21. 
  14. ^ Perry, Douglass C. (2002-09-16). "Dino Stalker". IGN. Retrieved 2013-12-21. 
  15. ^ "Dino Stalker". Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine: 140. October 2002. 

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