Carnivores: Ice Age
Very sweet throw back game
Overall ys no instructions you just there with a pistol(20lame shots takes 4 to take prey down) a radar(down button on d-pad) the noise maker(makes the sound of the pey your hunting right or left button on d pad) and off you go, it took me half an hour runnig around using my "hunter" skills to find 1 animal and i find the radar and se im way oout in the boonies and relocating is a pretty cool feature though sometimes you will spawn next to prey, its not a hard game to get use o as far as controls go in my opinion. Graphics are pretty old school as well as sounds BUT the concept of being the hunter and trying to get you accuracy to 100% cuz you only get so much ammo and you better use it wisely, you can climb mountains and look for your prey if not using the radar and use the grunt sound maker, Going without the radar is crazy hard but a very good challane and awesome way to rack up them points. this game has lots of replay value due to its variety in ways of hunting. ALSO i did want to mention when you get killed or eaten its the funniest thing because of how the prey does it, like the whooly ryhno take a guess what he does to you with his horn ;)
Dinosaur Hunters, prepare for the Ice Age!
First thing’s first-if you haven’t read my review on Carnivores: Dinosaur Hunter, go check it out right now. The reason I say this is that this is really the same game, and I want you to have some idea of what you’re getting into with this game (and I also don’t feel like repeating a few dozen paragraphs of information).
I’ll wait. :)
Alright, now that you’ve read that entertaining little piece, you’ll know a few things about this game: the controls are not what you’re used to (especially for FPS players), there is no in-game tutorial, and you will get eaten a lot before you learn the art of the hunt. All of these things apply to Carnivores: Ice Age, because it is really the same game, albeit with new creatures to hunt, new environments, and a somewhat different atmosphere.
I knew that Ice Age would be the same game from the moment it landed on my PS3, and with this in this mind I ventured into the frozen wasteland armed with important knowledge on how to hunt. This is something that can only be achieved by playing Carnivores over and over again, and as a result, getting eaten over and over and over again. If you’ve sunk some serious time into Dinosaur Hunter, you’ll warm up to Ice Age much faster than a new player, like I did.
So what exactly is new in Ice Age? Well, the set of creatures you can hunt is totally different from Dinosaur Hunter’s set. The full roster includes several herbivores, such as the wooly rhinoceros, the Brontoteriy(a rhinoceros-like beast), Megaloceros(giant elk), and a large wild boar. There are also many carnivores, including the giant wolf, the diatryma(terror bird), the smilodon(saber-toothed tiger), and the giant cave-bear. The roster also includes the wooly mammoth, which is a great asset to your trophy room but does not present much of a challenge in terms of hunting difficulty.
There is also a special creature included in Ice Age: The Yeti. The Yeti is the most elusive creature in the game, and perhaps one of the most dangerous. It has superhuman senses, making it the hardest creature to hunt. It can be tough to unlock, and even tougher to get a weapon good enough to hunt it with, but once you get your first yeti, it’ll all be worth it.
The environments are much different this time around. Gone are the prehistoric jungles of Dinosaur Hunter, replaced by arctic wastelands and frozen landscapes. The change is quite refreshing, and will put you into many varieties of environments that are somewhat more modern than a prehistoric jungle. On parts of some maps, the snow has melted and given way to a forest of pine trees. This was a welcome change to the arctic tundra and frozen forests, although I still wanted to hunt in these environments.
I believe I’ve talked enough about what’s new with the game, and if you’ve read the Dinosaur Hunter review, you’ll know what its graphical limitations are. There are a few things I forgot to mention in that review, however, mostly because I did not have a PS3 at the time. Firstly, this game can be played on you PS3 and PSP, making it a hunt you can take with you everywhere you go, and yet still enjoy hunting on the big screen.
Secondly, the wind does effect how you hunt. In Dinosaur Hunter, I had always noticed a small arrow on the compass that constantly changed direction, but I had no idea what it was (which can probably explain why I got eaten so much). My advice? Save yourself the trouble of dying over and over again and just pay attention to the direction of the wind (staying downwind and all that hunting lore).
The final verdict? I’ll keep it simple: If you liked Carnivores: Dinosaur Hunter, then this is a must-buy for you! If you didn’t like Dinosaur Hunter, then stay away from this; it’s got nothing for you. If you’re new to the Carnivores games, but you’re interested in this type of game, then you should check it out; in fact, get the Carnivores 2-pack that includes both games; it’ll save you a lot more money than I had to spend buying both separately.
Well, that wasn’t very simple, but you get the idea. My final score for this game is 8.3/10. Thanks for reading my review; I hope it was helpful!