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A Dive into the Prehistoric Future: An Exoprimal Review

Updated: Jul 18, 2023


three exosuits stood on rubble as dinosaurs fall from a portal
Image: Capcom


Hey there, fellow gamers and dinosaur enthusiasts! Today, we are delving into the futuristic and exotic world of Exoprimal, a fresh take on the co-op action genre with a prehistoric twist. But is it a roaring success or an evolutionary misstep? Let's embark on this adventure, in this Exoprimal Review.

 

Gameplay and Mechanics (7/10)

First and foremost, let's talk about the meat and potatoes of any game: the gameplay. Exoprimal presents an innovative take on cooperative gameplay with its blend of third-person shooting and strategic team-based tactics. You and your squad are faced with an array of colossal, time-displaced dinosaurs wreaking havoc in a future metropolis, and it's up to you to stop them. The combat system is satisfying and engaging. The diverse range of weapons, each with their unique attributes and abilities, provides different strategies to take down the dinosaur menace. However, it sometimes lacks depth, and the lack of meaningful customization can make combat feel a bit repetitive after a while.

 

Story and Characters (6/10)

While not the game's strongest suit, the narrative does its job, providing enough context and motivation for the dino-blasting action. The characters, however, leave much to be desired. Although they have their unique abilities and roles in the game, they lack depth and emotional investment. I would have loved to see more character-driven side quests or cutscenes that expand on their backgrounds and personalities.

 

Visuals and Audio (8/10)

From a visual standpoint, Exoprimal is good looking. The futuristic cityscapes contrasted with the raw, primal power of the dinosaurs creates a visually striking environment. The game manages to capture the awe and terror of these beasts effectively. On the audio front, Exoprimal delivers. The sound effects, especially the roar of the dinosaurs, are bone-chillingly immersive. The background score, while not particularly memorable, complements the game's pacing and high-intensity action sequences well.

 

Multiplayer (7/10)

Exoprimal's multiplayer aspect shines is its standout feature. The cooperative play is fun and allows you to mow down dinosaurs with mates, the PvP aspect is fine, but sometimes it feels like it ruins a perfectly enjoyable match. It also suffers from a lack of variety in mission objectives, which can lead to gameplay feeling somewhat repetitive over time. There is also some purchasable 'content skips' that allow you to unlock characters 50 levels early. My first game was against a full 5 suits that were used by people who paid for the 'get them now' style of store content. Contrary to what other publications may tell you, this did in fact affect the gameplay this early in Exoprimal's lifespan and we were slaughtered.

 

Conclusion

Exoprimal is a fun new entry in the co-op action genre that offers a fun premise and visually appealing gameplay. While it does stumble in areas such as character development and mission variety, it compensates with its dinosaur battles and cooperative play dynamics. It's not perfect, but if you're looking for a quick game that lets you team up with friends to take on hordes of massive, rampaging dinosaurs, then Exoprimal is a ride worth taking.

Overall Score: 7/10



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