Reviews for Carnivores - Cityscape in Action for PC-Personal Computer ( PC ) :
Having played the other Carnivores games in the past, this game peeked my curiousity since it wasn't a hunting game. (The old games being Carnivores 1, 2, and 3 or well 3 was called Iceage I believe but it's the third one still.) The graphics on the screenshots on the box looked a lot like the prior games did to an extent.
The game utilized the Serious Sam engine fairly well, but I kind of was expecting a tad more from the game. The storyline is definitely science fiction based, but is interesting enough. In general it is a linear game and playing either as an agent or a dino, you just switch roles and sides of the map basically and do the opposite objectives. I didn't mind that all too much cause the game is challenging and somewhat fun. I'm curious to try the multiplayer as a dinosaur cause this is the first game I have seen to allow one to play as one vs. other players.
The game is mission based and from what I could tell the missions were divided into 4 missions per level. But, the levels themselves were divided up for the 4 missions. So you basically load the whole map and the missions load individually as you finish each one. Interesting way to do the levels if you ask me, not what I was expecting.
If I was asked if I would recommend this to a friend or someone in a passing conversation, I would have to say yes, I would. The game is well worth the 19.95, I don't know if I would have paid 29.95 for it though. So, it is set in the perfect price range and will give any user hours of fun gameplay. Oh, and just being able to leap as those dinosaurs can is a thrill. Here's a hint ;p do a lunging attack and jump while you do it. Boy can you leap far. I sat and had a jumping contest by ramping off of little curbs in the streets. (I found all this out on accident when I was lunging at an agent as the small tyranosaurus on the city level. Kept me entertained for quite some time.)
Well, all in all it was a fun game. I really am looking forward to a multiplayer game with some people. I want to chomp some bones with the dinosaurs. My main gripe about the game is that the AI is a little too alert at times and seems to overrun you if you don't watch it.
Besides that, the only complaints I have are that the dinosaurs seem to have some clipping issues where they can't turn in the small hallways, but then again, they probably shouldn't. It's not realistic. The problem is that if you get attacked from behind in a narrow corridor
you are pretty much screwed cause you can't turn around. Oh well, just be more cautious I guess is what I'm thinking. Hopefully I can finish the game and give my opinion after it's all said and done. So far, I'm pretty content with my purchase of the game though, it is keeping me into it.
All in all, the weapons are just futuristic versions of weapons we have today. Sniper rifle, grenade launcher, shotgun(Which I have to say looked cool as heck.), pistol, and an assault rifle. The only futuristic one that was innovative was the X-rifle, which shoots energy balls. The weapon modeling was not A+ but looked somewhat impressive.
The character modeling wasn't too bad, the agents were pretty blah but had pretty cool armor for the most part, just lacked some needed detail. The dinosaurs all in all looked good, but some of them were too stiff in their movement. But, I will say for a budget game they looked good.
The environments were probably the biggest plus with this game. Colorful and some pretty decent detail was put into each one. The actual city itself I was impressed with. Nice sun glares off windows and such. This I would say is what impressed me the most and kudos to the development team in general for the levels. My only gripe is the load times can get bad, but then again the levels are pretty decent size.
Sound wasn't anything special, I would say it fit the game but wasn't spectacular. I give them credit though, the small details like the muffled gun shot noise underwater is cool and a nice addition. The dinosaur growls and roars really had me on edge a lot while playing as an agent. So, that is why I gave the sound a better rating because of the very nice implementation of scaring the bejesus out of me when I come around a corner to a roaring dinosaur.