[PlayStation 4] Turok 3: Shadow of Oblivion Remastered Review

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Turok 3: Shadow of Oblivion Remastered brings us a new take on the classic FPS now on PlayStation 4. Check our Turok 3: Shadow of Oblivion Remastered review!

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Turok 3: Shadow of Oblivion Remastered brings us a new take on the classic FPS now on PlayStation 4. Nightdive Studios is back with the last game in the original Nintendo 64 trilogy – and no, I’m not counting Turok: Rage Wars since that’s a non-cannon first-person shooter that goes all-in on split-screen multiplayer while also offering a Trials Mode on the side. Nightdive Studios previously gave us prequels Turok: Dinosaur Hunter and Turok: Seeds of Evil, so it makes sense that we’d be able to enjoy the entire trilogy on PlayStation.

I previously got to review other games that Nightdive Studios has brought to newer consoles, such as Strife: Veteran Edition on the Nintendo Switch, Powerslave Exhumed on PS4, Nintendo 64 cult-classic Shadow Man Remastered, as well as Rise of the Triad: Ludicrous Edition, also on PlayStation 4. Having grown up playing a ton of first-person shooters back in the day, as well as being someone who owns all the Turok games on the Nintendo 64 – yes, including Turok: Rage Wars – I was more than ready to check out how Turok 3: Shadow of Oblivion Remastered did on Sony’s PlayStation 4.

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Turok 3: Shadow of Oblivion was released for the Nintendo 64 back in the year 2000 – yes, it’s really been more than 23 years! – and it’s now ready for you to enjoy on PlayStation 4 with a revamped look and feel that brings it a bit closer to some more recent FPS releases. Along with updated high-res textures, lighting, and rendering, the controls have been revamped, thanks to a revamped version of Nightdive Studios’ KEX engine being used for this particular experience.

As for the game’s premise, Oblivion is back, and it’s angry. Extremely angry. It prepares its minions to go up and destroy Joshua Fireseed, the current Turok. Joshua had a dream about a boy who has to be saved in order to save everyone else. The following night, Oblivion’s minions teleport to Joshua’s house and try to kill him in his sleep. He manages to get a jump on them and kills all three in a single shot but is soon outnumbered as more monsters enter the house through Oblivion’s portal.

Before it’s too late, Joshua asks his sister Danielle and brother Joseph to escape since his plan is to use a bomb to make the whole house explode with all the monsters and the portal that was used to get them in there in the first place. While Danielle and Joseph do manage to escape, they’re attacked by a huge creature that knocks away their vehicle. Before the monster crushes them, Adon, who we know from the previous game, teleports in and defeats the monster and saves them. With Joshua gone, it’s up to Daniell and Joseph to decide who will take the Turok mantle and battle against Oblivion to put a stop to its destruction.

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Danielle is 27 years old, and after the tragic death of her husband, she has focused on her younger brother Joseph and his wellbeing. They lived together in their childhood home along with Joshua before the attack. Danielle is skilled with explosive weapons, can jump a bit higher than Joseph, and is able to use the Energy Grapple for platforming segments. Joseph is only 15 years old and is a young individual full of energy and ready for action. He’s able to use night vision goggles and can squeeze into tight spaces.

Since the game is a first-person shooter, you’ll use the left analog stick to walk around as you aim with the right one. You’ll jump with the L2 button and can attack with the R2 button. You can open up a weapon wheel with the R1 button to choose what you’ll be using, or you can switch between them by pressing left or right on the D-Pad as needed. What weapons can you use? You’ll start with a tomahawk for melee attacks but will quickly gain access to the classic bow and arrow that can help you attack enemies from a distance. After that, you’ll get a pistol and can also find a shotgun that packs a punch.

There are some options for you to customize your experience with Turok 3: Shadow of Oblivion Remastered. You can activate aim assist, look smoothing, adjust the stick sensitivity, activate or deactivate the controller vibration, and decide if you’ll be using the motion controls for the DualShock 4 for looking around and aiming. You can also decide if you’ll be using antialiasing, motion blur, depth of field, ambient occlusion, bloom, height fog, or outdoor shadows, adjust the field of view and brightness, and decide if you’ll be making use of the CRT emulation settings – scans, pixels, masking, linear gamma, and more.

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And then, there’s the game’s trophy list. This one has a full trophy list with a Platinum trophy waiting for you. You’ll have to get 16 Bronze trophies, 15 Silver trophies, and 4 Gold trophies before you can add that shiny Platinum to your collection. Along with the trophies that will pop as you defeat each of the game’s bosses, there are also trophies for collecting 100 and 500 life force, finding 3 secret areas, defeating 30 raptors, defeating 25 enemies with melee weapons, completing the game with Danielle, completing the game with Joseph, beating the game on the Hard difficulty setting, and doing this while playing in the Oblivion difficulty, to name some examples.

Turok 3: Shadow of Oblivion Remastered brings us a new and revamped take on the classic FPS that updates it with a bunch of graphical and performance improvements – as well as some extra bells and whistles – that bring it closer to some of the more contemporary releases. After all, the game was originally released for the Nintendo 64 back in 2020! As a fan of the Nintendo 64 trilogy, I was looking forward to diving back into the third entry of the trilogy. I’m here to report that it’s a solid FPS that is definitely worth checking out, even if some of its levels do start to show their age. Turok 3: Shadow of Oblivion Remastered is out on PlayStation 4 with a $29.99 price tag.

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This Turok 3: Shadow of Oblivion Remastered review is based on a PlayStation 4 copy provided by Nightdive Studios.

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