FPS with a twist
Offering an interesting spin on the FPS and hunting genres, Carnivores sends gamers to a world where dinosaurs roam wild and are just waiting to be shot in the head. There is no real plot to speak of, just some background to explain why you come to be on a distant planet hunting giant beasts (something to do with a failed colonisation attempt which opened up a unique business opportunity) but that doesn't really matter when the game is this entertaining. A variety of environments await exploration, all of which are inhabited by a good selection of dinosaurs, both carnivorous and herbivorous, which you must successfully bring down in order to advance. Offering a degree of depth unusual in FPS games, you must consider things like wind speed and direction in order to remain hidden for longer and make your kills easier. Three weapons are available, a shotgun, sniper rifle and crossbow, which all require different approaches to hunting, but it is disappointing there is not a greater selection on display. Graphically, the game remains quite impressive with imposing and realistic dinosaurs which certainly feel threatening and are nicely detailed with good animation. A satisfying level of challenge is offered, with each dinosaur requiring a different approach and while the game is atmospheric enough, there just isn't quite enough content to make this a classic. If you're a Turok fan or just looking for an FPS with a twist though, this is fun while it lasts.