Turok is a video game franchise based on the Turok comic book series published by Valiant Comics.The first Turok video game, titled Turok: Dinosaur Hunter, was released in 1997 for the Nintendo 64 console. It followed Tal'Set Fireseed, the eldest male in his family chosen to become Turok: The protector of the boundary between this dimension and the others, a series of parallel universes held together by "The Lost Lands", a world where "Time Has No Meaning". In other words, things like robots, cyborgs and aliens from the distant future, Demons from the darkest pits of Hell, and Dinosaurs from primeval jungles ran rampant, and where various people from different dimensions were at war for its control. The job of the current Turok was to keep balance in this world and close the portals to the other dimensions that were bound the The Lost Lands (this was also a good excuse to give a Native American warrior things like Nuclear Fission Cannons and Radioactive Death Rays).Turok was well received by gamers and critics alike, and paved the way for the even more popular sequel: Turok 2: Seeds of Evil (1998), which was lauded for its excellent AI, graphics and long, sprawling levels. It followed the life of a modern-day eighteen-year-old boy chosen to become the next Turok: Joshua Fireseed, as he slaughtered his way through hordes of enemies to stop the evil Primagen from destroying his universe. A PC port and a side-scrolling Game Boy Color version were released in the wake of the game's success, but both were poorly received.The following title, Turok: Rage Wars (1999), was a pure multiplayer game along the lines of Quake III: Arena or Unreal Tournament, which was situated outside the main chronology. Despite this (and a so-so reception from reviewers) Rage Wars was well received by fans.The third canonical entry to the franchise was Turok 3: Shadow of Oblivion (2000), which took a more story oriented path than the previous games, and more-or-less picked up where Seeds of Evil left off. The Hero of the previous game dies, leaving his two remaining family members - younger brother Joseph and older sister Danielle - to carry on the family tradition of blowing up dinosaurs with big guns... And to also stop the abomination known as Oblivion from devouring all life in the universe. The game was sadly mired by programming errors and annoying bugs, as well as poor voice acting. A common fan criticism is that it didn't have the feel of a Turok game.The final game to appear as part of the original story-line was Turok: Evolution (2002), a prequel game revolving around the early exploits of the first game's protagonist, Tal'Set, as he battles the tyrannical Slegs (a race of Snake/Lizard/Dinosaur people) and their commander, a genetically-engineered T-Rex named Tyrannus.A Continuity Reboot simply titled Turok was released in 2008 for PlayStation 3, PC and Xbox 360, with the titular hero as a Space Marine. While not a terrible game, it was "simply another generic FPS" and received predictably poor reviews.
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