Turok 2 is a load of previous toss, and I ought to know. As an N64-owning teenager it was all the fashion within the video games magazines, with one notable outlet even awarding it a ten. The game had hype. It obtained on my Christmas record. What a waste of a slot that was.

Okay okay, I’m presumably overdoing it (what a WASTE of a slot), and there is a sizeable minority of oldsters who love this dinosaur-hunting FPS sequence. There is in concept lots to love: a cool setup, dinosaurs as baddies which is at all times nice, and random bits of future tech and aliens in there to spice issues up. I really feel it is compulsory to say the Cerebral Bore, a projectile that latches onto an enemy’s head and drills out their mind. Which was in all probability probably the most enjoyable I ever had with Turok 2.

Well, modder Totalitarian is right here to make all the pieces alright once more. Their Turok 2+ mod is designed for these after “an enhanced Turok 2 game experience” that does not stray too removed from the unique game’s design choices (thanks, DSOGaming). The mod is for Turok 2: Remastered by Night Dive Studios, and is one heck of an overhaul.

The Turok 2+ mod with Turok shooting a bow.

(Image credit score: Night Dive Studios)

They might have truly pulled this off. Among different issues, the mod overhauls numerous weapons so as to add new alternate hearth modes, results, and balancing tweaks. Enemy AI has been tweaked in order that “gravely underutilized behaviour [is] put to good use”, they’ve new assaults and a brand new spawning system to account for prolonged draw distances.

The mod provides new participant mechanics, together with a double soar, new alt hearth modes, one thing referred to as a spirit cannon (I feel it is a minigun), and will increase the character motion to one thing extra akin to the unique Turok’s zippiness. The ranges have additionally been fiddled about with to account for the brand new participant and enemy mechanics, together with new encounters, however the layouts have not modified.

Then, for anybody who’s performed this game, a very powerful bit: a tough rebalance. The mod provides quicksaves and a touch perform, however extra typically “is not the brutal beast the game originally was on the N64,” writes Totalitarian. “If you pick higher difficulty modes you’ll face more enemies (as one example) to compensate.”

I additionally admire the modder’s capability for a sly backhand: one of many ultimate notes on this mod is on bug fixes, and says the mod provides: “a professional standard of polish.”