In this weekly column, we’ll be selecting inexpensive, discarded titles from still playable consoles for your perusal. They may be games you’ve heard of and remember playing, or they may be games that have flown completely off of your radar. Just know that we love them and they’re available on the cheap. That’s a bonafide win/win situation.
If you have any favorite titles that you consider hidden gems, let us know in the comments below and we might feature your pick in the weekly column.
Original Release: July 1st, 1999
A friend and peer actually suggested this week’s game. After maybe 15 seconds of consideration, I agreed. Dino Crisis, folks…Dino Crisis.
We imagine the discussion for this property went down like so… The game is from the fine folks at Capcom. It was designed by none other than Shinji Mikami. Mikami, aside from games like Viewtiful Joe and Devil May Cry, was the creative force behind the original Resident Evil back in the mid 90s. Capcom went to Mikami and said, “Give us a survival horror featuring a villain more awesome than zombies.” Mikami’s only legitimate reply? Dinosaurs.
Capcom touted the title as Panic Horror. While not exactly action-packed at all times, the theme of the project centers around suspense and critical situations. Oh, and big, scary dinosaurs.
Dino Crisis wouldn’t stand as a great game under today’s criteria for mechanics, design and controls. But, given its release era and the team behind it, the title was once an example of quality. It’s available today on the PlayStation Store. If you like survival horror and dinosaurs, step up to the plate and snag it.
But, let’s be serious, who among us doesn’t like dinosaurs? Seriously.
Be sure to check out our ever-growing list of Hidden Gems.