Turok 2

Turok 2: Seeds of Evil just dropped today on the Nintendo Switch eShop. Despite being more than 20 years old, Nightdive Studios polished their port to near perfection. GameXplain breaks down the differences with a side-by-side video, showing just how far we’ve come with graphical power.

The re-release has been available for Windows and Xbox One for some time now. Despite recent problems with the Switch’s poorer graphical capabilities, this port looks just as good as the earlier ones. This is probably because the Turok 2 on the Switch is by no means an HD remake. There are just as many polygons in the re-release as there were on the Nintendo 64 version. However, despite the aged graphics, the game looks almost infinitely better thanks to the power of the Nintendo Switch.

Two of the most major complaints about the original game were its lackluster frame rate and intense “fog” that helped hide the game’s poor draw distance. Both of those problems have been removed, and the game is much more fluid. Turok 2 can now be played essentially how it was originally meant to be.

A game ahead of its time

Loosely based on an old comic book character, Turok 2: Seeds of Evil was originally developed by Acclaim Studios Austin (known as Iguana Entertainment at the time). It released for the Nintendo 64 in 1998, and a Windows port followed a year later. Much like the first game, Turok 2 is a first-person shooter where players take control of Joshua Fireseed, aka Turok. Turok must defeat a race of primitive dinosaur-like creatures lead by the Primagen, a being trying to destroy the universe.

Turok 2: Seeds of Evil is out for the Nintendo Switch today. Even if you weren’t a fan of the original, you might want to check this one out. Much like GoldenEye 007, many have praised the original release as a landmark shooter that helped revolutionize the genre.

Mark Kelly
Fledgling Young Adult author and rabid Princess Peach fanboy. My favorite Nintendo games are Pokémon, Super Smash Bros, and Fire Emblem. I claim to be good at first-person shooters, but that's a dirty lie.

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