Primal Carnage Review
Primal Carnage Box Art
System: PC
Dev: Lukewarm Media
Pub: Reverb Publishing
Release: October 29, 2012
Players: 1
Screen Resolution: 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p

One other complaint: The dinosaurs are controlled from a third-person view, and it's very difficult to move them with any precision. I can't tell you how many times I managed to get the drop on a human opponent, only to attack the air for a few seconds as my prey turned around and set me on fire. A first-person view, or maybe some form of lock-on targeting, might make the dinosaurs feel more natural (if it can be implemented without upsetting the balance).

Primal Carnage Screenshot

Indie developer Lukewarm Media promises plenty of improvements to come, based on "community feedback," however. They will be rolling out new modes over time—though there’s no news yet as to what these modes will be—and they might also add NPC dinosaurs that attack both teams. New maps are also on the way.

These will be welcome developments, and they might put Primal Carnage over the top. For the time being, however, the game is a brief, pleasant distraction rather than an addictive experience. It's not a rip-off at $15, but it's not a no-brainer buy, either. Especially with the holiday game flood upon us, I'd recommend keeping an eye on this one to see if future developments make it worthwhile, rather than picking it up right away.

Robert VerBruggen
Freelance Writer
Date: NOvemnber 2, 2012

This looks good for an FPS and amazing for an indie game.
The FPS controls are what you’d expect, but controlling a dinosaur can be clunky.
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Excellent sound effects bring the jungle to life.
Play Value
The idea is great, but there’s not a lot to this game yet.
Overall Rating - Good
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • Five varied environments in which to engage in vicious combat .
  • Five playable human classes, each with distinct weaponry and character.
  • Five playable dinosaur classes, each with unique abilities and skills.
  • Community-driven development intent on creating the game people want.
  • Future DLC greatly expanding the game experience.
  • Steam Achievements.

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