September 21, 2023

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Preview: Turok 3: Shadow of Oblivion Remastered

Preview: Turok 3: Shadow of Oblivion Remastered

huh? What am I reading now? Preview on Turok 3 in 2023? This game is already 23 years old, isn’t it? Yes, that is absolutely correct. Turok 3 is already 23 years old. The 3D First Person Shooter from the Nintendo 64 is back, continuing the Turok trilogy on modern consoles.

During Gamescom 2023, we were allowed to visit Nightdive Studios, who allowed us to work on a level from Turok 3 Remastered. The game is scheduled to be released on November 14, 2023 and will appear on PC via Steam, Xbox One, Series S|X, Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4|5. The game plays great with the modern controls and also looks sharper and smoother thanks to the KEX engine in which the game runs at 120 frames per second at up to 4K resolution. Previously, the same studio had already produced remasters of Turok and Turok 2, so it’s not unfamiliar territory. So the developer radiates this expertise during the demo.

Although Turok 3 is not the most popular title in the franchise and the fact that it came out on the N64 shortly before the Gamecube’s release didn’t help the game. Ahead of its time, Turok 3 introduced interesting mechanics such as different heroes following unique paths. It is unfortunate that this title was not as successful as it could have been. We are being offered a second chance by Nightdive and I love the old games a lot.

Turok 3 Remastered

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Although you can clearly see that it is an old game, it has gotten better over the years. Among other things, much better lighting has a significant impact on the appearance of the game. The modern controls also change the whole look of the game, making it look like you’re playing a new classic, which I think was exactly the goal of the developers. We don’t lose the original vision, we just make it a little better for the current market.

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Screenshots from Turok

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For now, we’re very happy with what we’ve seen. Of course, the full version has yet to prove to be a valuable addition in today’s market. I have confidence in that. It’s not a next-gen bestseller, but a typical old-fashioned remake intended for a specific audience that seems to hit the right chords. This is also a great opportunity for anyone who was unable to play the original game. No price has been announced for the game yet, but Parts 1 and 2 are available on Steam for €19.99 each or €29.99 in the bundle. Turok 3 will likely appear at a similar price as you can purchase the entire trilogy at a discount.