There, I said it. The first game is often cited as a Resident Evil rip-off and the second is often called a bit silly, but then I remember that this game has dinosaurs and that makes your point invalid. Sort of.
To pretend the Xbox-exclusive Dino Crisis 3 game didn’t kill off the franchise would be lying. I haven’t played it personally, but reviews were poor, the game became convoluted and had little connection to the rest of the series (cliffhangers from Dino Crisis 2 were just left alone) and the dinosaurs weren’t really dinosaurs — they were space cyborg artificial dinosaur… things.
As a child, Dino Crisis 2 was one of my favourite games of all-time. Frankly, it still is. It sparked my childhood interest in dinosaurs off and was, for a a long time, my absolute favourite game. There’s just something about it that got me. I played the sequel before playing the original game (which is unusual for me as doing that bugs me) and although the original game felt like the ol’ Resident Evil games I grew up with at the time, the sequel felt like something different and something amazing. I still enjoy picking it up from time-to-time and speed-running the game just because I can and for nostalgic reasons, even if the game hasn’t held up astoundingly well to the test of time.
But the game feeling outdated is a sign; a sign that the series needs a new breath of life. What with retro revivals and ports being common these days, a port (or souped up version of) the two games would be neat in itself and not out of the question, but what I really crave is a bloody sequel. I want a current or next-gen Dino Crisis game that I can really indulge myself in and I preferably want it to hold similar a gameplay experience and feel to Dino Crisis 2, included the series’ previous characters and continuing on with story. Or just a reboot of the damned thing, of course.
Dinosaur games haven’t really been around this generation anyway, other than the average 2008 reboot of Turok. Capcom should absolutely invest some time and money in reviving some of their old franchises (Onimusha, anyone?) and I would stick Dino Crisis at the top of that list.
How likely is it ever to happen though? Even with retro revivals being an in-thing to do, Capcom doesn’t sound too sure. What with Dino Crisis 3 being such a flop, they may just not think it’s worth the risk. In an interview, Resident Evil Revelations producer Masachika Kawata said that although Capcom does not shy away from older IPs, he thought it was more important to focus on new ones and move on.
Interestingly, Capcom last year posted a public survey asking which old franchises they should bring to a digital game space, meaning if they ever did consider a Dino Crisis revival it would probably be through digital means — which is fine; you wouldn’t expect them to take such a large risk in retailing it if they largely expected it’d flop. With the next-generation PlayStation coming our way, I’d like to dream that I’ll one day see a new Dino Crisis game I can dig my teeth into.