Oh, the mixed feelings when I saw this title. As a life-long fan of dinosaurs the potential for fun screamed out at me, undoubtedly boosted a bit by the suggestive “box art” for the game featuring you standing close to the head of a hulking T-Rex. That said, while I can understand how people can enjoy the challenge of hunting, I’ve never quite found the experience to be terribly thrilling in video game form. Carnivores, for me, is misnamed since in the early going you won’t be hunting apex or even less formidable predators, you’ll instead be working to pick off their herbivorous brethren, and starting out it’s very slow going at that. Try to avoid being downwind, work to get a decent spot after spotting a dino in your tracker, work to line up a shot, and hope you connect and take it down. The thing is, even as hunting simulators go, there’s a sterility to the environment you’re in that fails to immerse you and periodic quirks and bugs further pull you out of “the hunt” with some regularity. The result makes it tough to pull out satisfaction, though at least as you get further improved gear and more ambitious targets at least liven things up a bit. If you’re looking to get more impressive trophies on your virtual hunting lodge this may work for you, but if you’re just looking to capture the sort of excitement the game’s name and art imply you’ll find it lacking.
Justin Nation, Score: