Nintendo 64 – 1997: When I first got my Nintendo 64 I save up like a mad man to be able to afford one. I really wanted to get one at launch, but sadly mu budget was not enough. So that summer of 1997 I worked my butt of at three different jobs to be able to afford a Nintendo 64.
The game I was most excited to get was Turok Dinosaur Hunter which at the time was as much as £75 in some stores here in the UK. Turok Dinosaur Hunter is a game that really has not aged well. But I do still have some great memories of the game. Also this apart from the Super Nintendo version of Doom would be the the first time I would buy a first person shooter.
Turok Dinosaur Hunter sees you playing the role of Turok. You are a warrior who travels through time to try and stop the evil Campaigner trying to use a devastating weapon to take over the universe. This weapon is called the chronosceptor and it has been split up into pieces. There is a piece on each level that you need to find.
The game is set in a world called The Lost Land that is kind of like a prehistoric world. Despite being set in The Lost World you still have some very high tech weapons at your disposal. You will have to shoot not only bad guys, but dinosaurs as well. The all locations in the game look amazing and while now when I go back and play this I notice the pop up really bad. Back in 1997 I could not believe what I was seeing on my TV.
The game was a ton of fun to play and I was blown away at how great it looked. One really cool thing about the graphics was the way that the enemies would have different death animations depending on where you shot them.
Turok was a very hard game and if I am honest it took me the use of a guide and some cheats to beat this game. The main problems for me were that I would get lost very easily. Turok came out a time when games did not give you a detailed map and a waypoint icon for you to follow.
Turok may not have aged all that well, but it is still one of my fondest Nintendo 64 memories. The game did get a few sequels and even a couple of reboots. While I had played a few first person shooters on my friends PC this was the first one that I really got into on my own.