Dino Crisis 2
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|Dino Crisis 2|
August 20, 2002
Dino Crisis 2 (ディノ クライシス2 Dino Kuraishisu Tsū?) is an action-adventure video game for the PlayStation developed by Capcom in 2000. It is the second installment in the Dino Crisis franchise. The game was later ported to Microsoft Windows in 2002 and re-released on PlayStation Network in 2011.
After the events of the previous game, unsafe research into time-distorting Third Energy has resulted in an entire research base, military institution, and fictional metropolis of Edward City to be transported to another time; along with all of its inhabitants. Secret Operations Raid Team operative Regina returns as one of the main playable characters, sent along as an adviser to the rescue team that travels through time to find survivors of the time displacement and recover data on the Third Energy experiments. Dylan Morton, the rescue team leader, is the second playable character. Despite Dylan and Regina initially going their separate ways, they end up joining forces to find a way back to the present. The player switches between controlling Regina and Dylan at specific points during the story.
Dino Crisis 2 is an action-adventure game that uses predetermined camera angles. Capcom Production Studio 4. changed the series' focus from the survival horror of the first Dino Crisis by creating a more action-packed arcade-style experience that featured more open areas, greater varieties of weapons and enemies and less emphasis on puzzles.
As players kill dinosaurs in succession, countering attacks and avoiding damage in areas, they can earn "Extinction Points" a form of in-game currency that tally up as player moves between locations. Throughout the game, the player can locate and use computer stations that act as a save point where players can save and load games. They can also spend Extinction Points on new weapons, upgrades, health packs and ammunition. There are also bandages (used to stem bleeding). This type of injury occurs when a player takes damage from certain attacks, and it results in slow draining of the health bar.
There are two forms of weapons in the game, main and sub-weapons; the player can only equip one of each at a time. Main weapons provide the most damage and are used for the majority of attacks, for example shotguns, flamethrowers and rifles whereas sub-weapons are used to get past obstacles, like the machete for cutting plant vines and the firewall gun that creates a temporary wall of fire against foes. Over the course of the game players switch roles between Regina and Dylan, the two have different weapons, making some passages blocked for one but accessible for the other.
Among the action-adventure gameplay are sections of on rails shooting, such as a chase where the player shoots at dinosaurs that are chasing an automatically driven vehicle and, like the previous game, several puzzles. Throughout the game, the player finds data files and documents that progress the story and give details of certain areas. Hidden "Dino Files" can also be found; these go into detail about each dinosaur in the game. Upon collecting all the available Dino Files, the player is granted unlimited ammunition for weapons on the next play through.
Upon completion of the main game, there is an unlockable mode known as Extra Crisis with two gameplay modes: "Dino Colosseum" and "Dino Duel". Colosseum is a survival mode where a chosen character with their own pre-set weapons fight off series of attacks by certain dinosaurs, the larger and more deadly being the latter. Upon completion the player is graded and awarded a trophy on how well they performed. Dino Duel is a mode that allows the player to take control of a dinosaur and battle another in the style of a fighting game. Completion of the game on harder difficulties allows more characters and dinosaurs to become available for purchase, using the final Extinction Points gathered from that play through. These include Gail and Rick, two characters from the first game. Dinosaurs can also be used in Dino Colosseum, however, they must be unlocked by completing the game in normal or hard mode.
- Regina (Stephanie Morgenstern) - A member of Secret Operations Raid Team (SORT), Regina is the only returning cast member from Dino Crisis that features in the main story. She is extremely intelligent, and she had survived the fatal attack from T. rex one year ago, the mission's name was Dr. Kirk. She is skeptical of Dylan's abilities at the outset, calling him "Mr. Barbarian," before going it alone.
- Dylan Morton (Gabriel Hogan) - Part of the Tactical Reconnaissance and Acquisition Team (TRAT), an off-record covert group of shady characters recruited from army special forces. They focus on subversive activities, e.g. jailbreaks and insurgency.
- Paula Morton (Lisa Yamanaka) - A recurring character. This teenage girl is part of a helmeted syndicate that is hostile towards Regina and Dylan. She appears childlike and is unable to form complete sentences. Paula shares a special connection with Dylan.
- David Fork (Eric Hempsall) - Another prominent TRAT member, David is a heavy weapons specialist and Dylan's friend. He is separated from the others during the opening cinematic. David is boastful, loyal, and can fly a helicopter. Towards the end, he is slain and eaten by an Allosaurus.
- Cyclops - Minor character of the game, is a tyrannosaurus that haunts Regina and Dylan. At the beginning of the game, one of his eyes is hit by a rocket launched by David, making it therefore blind in one eye (hence the name Cyclops). It seems the undisputed antagonist of the game, but towards the end of the game is killed by the Giganotosaurus
- Colonel Dylan Morton - Appearing as a hologram at the end of the game, Colonel Morton plays an important role in the story. He reveals the truth about the helmeted attackers and what went wrong with the experiment.
On May 10, 2010, TRAT is selected to investigate the disappearance of Edward City and its surrounding countryside. Their mission is to travel through the Time Gate, locate 1300 survivors and collect data on what happened to the Third Energy project. Intelligence operative Regina is brought along as an adviser due to her past experiences. Shortly after arrival by patrol ship, the team's camp is attacked by a large pack of Velociraptors. Dylan, Regina and David are the only ones left alive when suddenly the ground shakes, making the raptors flee. A Tyrannosaurus rex bursts forth from the jungle to attack the group. David manages to save them with an RPG. His shot damages the Tyrannosaurus eye, leaving it permanently disfigured. The enraged dinosaur then chases Dylan and Regina off a cliff. Having survived the fall, they argue about how to proceed before going their separate ways. Regina returns to the ship while Dylan heads into the jungle, spotting a mysterious helmeted figure on his way to the military facility. Upon arrival, he is confronted by the one-eyed T. rex. While escaping to the barracks, he is shot at by unknown helmeted attackers. Later, he attempts to retrieve a key card, triggering a security alert that imprisons him.
Regina receives Dylan's distress call and sets out on a rescue. She takes an alternate route to the facility through a poison gas zone, using a flamethrower to kill the plants producing the poisonous spores. Along the way, after a fight with an angry Allosaurus, Regina catches one of the mysterious attackers. She removes the helmet, revealing a blonde teenage girl who is unable to speak. Regina leaves her handcuffed and goes to save Dylan. When they return to the patrol ship, they find the engine room ransacked - apparently by the helmeted attackers. They are now stranded in the past. Dylan resolves to find parts to get the ship moving so they can search for information on how to reactivate the Time Gate. Before leaving, he tends to the unknown girl, who halts her struggles upon seeing his face, acting as if she recognizes Dylan.
After traveling to a new part of the Research Facility, Dylan finds a nest of Oviraptors, fast little dinosaurs that spit acid. After fighting his way out of the building lobby, he is about to open a locked door when a Compsognathus snatches his card key away. Dylan eventually manages to outfox the "Compy", locking it in a cage and winning the card back. Inside the locked room, he discovers human containment chambers and a starter battery for the ship. Dylan returns to find the girl has escaped, and discusses the possibility that the helmeted attackers could be from a totally different time period. Regina dismisses this, saying they should get back to finding the Third Energy data and looking for survivors. They use the repaired patrol ship to reach the offshore Third Energy facility, repelling an assault from numerous flying Pterosaurs and water dwelling Plesiosaurus.
Regina finds a diving suit at the facility and decides to investigate the underwater reactor, evading attacks from Mosasaurus along the way. Once in the reactor core, she is suddenly attacked by a huge Plesiosaurus. The water currents from the giant creature disturb the reactor, causing it to go into lock-down mode. Regina uses her aquagrenade weapon to dispatch the Plesiosaurus, restoring the water current back to normal and opening the reactor shields. Once topside, she and Dylan receive a distress call from David who has found survivors at Edward City. Following signs left by their team mate, they traverse caves filled with Inostrancevia and stumble into the Allosaurus nesting grounds. Dylan and Regina make it through by taking turns covering each other with mounted cannons. They emerge next to a dying Triceratops fawn. It cries out, alerting adult Triceratops who charge Dylan and Regina. The two escape in a nearby jeep, fending off the Triceratops with a mounted heavy machine-gun, before crashing into a field infested with Velociraptors. David heroically rescues them with a helicopter, yet when they fly over Edward City, it is under siege by the raptors. Arriving too late to save anyone, the team splits up to find the Third Energy data. Dylan engages the T. rex with a tank before being jumped by another helmeted figure. The blonde girl appears to save him. She runs away, but Dylan recovers something she dropped in the struggle: a necklace worn by his dead sister. Regina asks about it, and Dylan relates his dark past, explaining that he used to be in a street gang, but joined the military after a rival gang killed his mother and sister. Deciding they have no business at Edward City anymore, Regina heads to a Missile Silo in the jungle, using a newly acquired gas mask to get past more poison plants.
Regina discovers the Third Energy data at the Missile Silo, but is once again confronted by the persistent Tyrannosaurus. Her savior is a massive Giganotosaurus that defeats the T. rex in a brief one-sided fight. It follows Regina inside the Missile Silo, causing damage that triggers a countdown to launch. While dodging the giant dinosaur's mouth, Regina ignites gas vents to incinerate the Giganotosaur's head, rendering it comatose. Although she manages to stop the countdown, the beast awakens from its slumber, smashing the missile to the ground. Regina barely escapes the resulting explosion, fighting her way through the burning facility and more Inostrancevia to reach the patrol ship outside. She meets back up with Dylan and David, and they take the ship down river, hoping to escape further detonations from the Missile Silo. Their escape is halted by a water gate. After helping open the way through, Dylan is attacked by an Allosaurus. He is saved by David, who pushes him into the river. Dylan is swept away by the current, watching as David is eaten by the Allosaurus.
Some time later, Dylan awakes in an unknown area. The blonde girl returns, leading him into a large base complex deep in the jungle. Once inside, she plays a hologram of an army colonel who explains the truth of the disaster. In the future, it is discovered that the first overload in 2009 had consequently caused time alterations to the Cretaceous Era that would lead to disastrous results. The space-time skew would alter the Earth's history dramatically and change the human race from ever existing. To fix this, the international organization WAPP enacted the "Noah's Ark Plan": utilizing the Timegate technology, they would transport the living organisms of the Cretaceous to a different time with similar environments, where they could thrive unaffected by the alterations. This was far into the future - 3 million years ahead. With the distortions prevented, the organisms would then be returned to their original time. However, there was an accident when the Noah's Ark team tried to return. The gate overloaded and was destroyed, stranding both the dinosaurs and humans far in the future. The helmeted attackers are revealed to be the only remaining children of the survivors, who were brought to the safety of the Habitat Support Facility and placed in special life support chambers. These allowed for growth and learning, but were intended for use by the dinosaurs. The holographic colonel explains that because of this, the children lost the ability to speak and were taught to co-exist with the dinosaurs, attacking anyone who threatened the animals. Finally, the hologram reveals himself to be Colonel Dylan Morton, speaking in 2055. Dylan realizes that he has been talking to a future version of himself, and that the blonde girl before him is his daughter, Paula. The hologram instructs Dylan there is a basic gate they can use to go home, but it will work only once. He pleads for Dylan to take Paula through the gate as well.
Suddenly, the facility announces that its self-destruct sequence has been activated. Dylan is attacked by the helmeted figure that triggered the self-destruct. Their fight is interrupted as the Giganotosaurus stomps inside, destroying the platform they were brawling on. The helmeted figure is killed while Dylan barely makes it to the facility controls. After re-linking a series of satellites, he triggers an orbiting laser cannon that blasts the giant dinosaur out of existence. Regina returns and they activate the gate, but a sudden earth tremor leaves Paula trapped by falling equipment. Unable to free her and with the building ready to explode, Dylan decides to stay with his daughter. He begs Regina to go back alone and find a way to save them with the Third Energy data. Regina promises to return and dashes through the gate moments before the facility explodes.
The game features three post-rating epilogue scenes showing the main characters in happier settings. One features Dylan driving a sports car through the city, another has Regina standing in front of a window in her bedroom, and a third shows Paula lying in a grassy field, wearing her necklace and smiling as bubbles float by. Which image is shown changes depending on how many times the player has beaten the game.
Dino Crisis 2 was met with mixed to positive reviews, with an average score of 80.70% based on 22 reviews for the PlayStation version and an average score of 57.33% based on 3 reviews for the PC version at GameRankings and an 86/100 based on 13 reviews for the PlayStation version at Metacritic.
In their review, GameSpot commented that the first Dino Crisis was as if Capcom "replaced the zombies with carnivorous dinosaurs" for a Resident Evil spin-off. However, they found Dino Crisis 2 "an original, enjoyable experience that can no longer be considered just another entry into the survival-horror genre", as it "avoids the stereotypes of the genre and delivers one of the most refreshing takes on the action-adventure genre to date." IGN concurred that the game had been "stripped of its slow-paced Resident Evil shell and its haunting, creepy shockeroo tricks". They had even more praise for the game: "the creatures and the design are both excellent, and the jungle backgrounds, and especially the underwater environments, are simply top-notch." GamePro's review commented that, "Sound is solid, with an unobtrusive musical score that blends well with gaming effects, i.e. the telltale rustle of foliage preceding a raptor's leap for your throat isn't drowned out by J-Pop."
The Cincinnati Enquirer gave the game four stars out of five, stating that, "overall, Dino Crisis 2 is a fantastic sequel that delivers more adrenaline-pumping action, beautiful scenery and a hearty dose of terror." However, the newspaper added that "tasks such as running around looking for keys can be tedious. And some of the action portions of the game can get repetitive, too." Game Revolution felt the "arcade-like" gameplay "detracts a bit from the whole survival-horror theme". They also noted that "the back and forth gameplay gets tired after a while," and that it can be "very easy to get distracted from the storyline and get sucked into the process of amassing an arsenal."
Like its predecessor, Dino Crisis 2 was a commercial success, with the PlayStation version selling 1.19 million copies worldwide. Capcom would later re-release the game for PC, and brought it to PlayStation Network in the US and Japan.
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