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Metacritic: N/A
Release: May 2012
Reviewed on: PC

ORION: Prelude

Site Score
7.0
Good: Price – Play as and against dinosaurs
Bad: Still a number of minor bugs – Dull graphics
User Score
8.4
(5 votes)
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Originally considered the worst game of all time ORION: Prelude (previously under the name Beatdown and Dino Horde) has stayed strong since its 2012 release to turn itself into a fun co-operative shooter.

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At the core ORION: Prelude is a sci-fi first person shooter that puts you and several friends on large maps with dinosaurs, vehicles, perks and various weapons. There is a vast number of game modes also available that broadly fall into co-op, open world, PvPvE and duel.

The game mode you’ll generally find yourself in though is the survival mode which is a wave based dinosaur challenge that spawns increasingly powerful dinosaurs that you and your allies will have to dispatch while using the credits and experience earned to beef up your arsenal. Dinosaurs range from small raptors and dilophosaurus to flying dinosaurs and the gigantic stegosaurus, triceratops and of course T-Rex

Other popular servers include rampage which lets you take control of dinosaurs, stealth elimination and free for all. All in all there are over a dozen variants that vary in popularity but is generally not too hard to get a server going for your preferred game type.

Regardless of game mode players can choose to take the field of battle as one of the three available classes. This includes the assault who is armed with a jetpack to reach new heights, the recon who has the power of invisibility and the medical engineer that can support the other classes. In addition to the unique gear each class also has their own augments which act as perks for the current game.

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Recon players for example can unlock bonus damage when attacking from behind, fire certain weapons while cloaked and extend their cloak duration. There are also a large number of common augments that can increase your accuracy, remove fall damage, carry more weapons, double jump, extra credits for kills, health regeneration and many more.

With the price tag of the title and the often wacky nature of gameplay you’ll definitely get your dollar’s worth.

Summary:

  • A game that has gone from bug filled nightmare to playable experience.
  • Bargain title that has you fight dinosaurs.
  • Over a dozen game modes.
  • Play as the three available classes and customise them each match with augments.
  • Various weapons and vehicles.

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ORION: Prelude, 8.4 out of 10 based on 5 ratings

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