Here we go again!
(Although I'll pretty much only be talking about Dino Crisis 2)
When Shinji Mikami and Capcom introduced the world to Dino Crisis back in 1999 most people's (correct) response was. Oh look, he replaced the zombies with dinosaurs. Indeed, other than a serious saurian obsession there wasn't much reason to play Dino Crisis if you already had your fill with Resident Evil 1 and 2 (3 followed a little while later of that same year).
But then, about one year after RE3 Nemesis was let loose on the masses Capcom birthed a sequel to Dino Crisis and... HOLY GUANO BATMAN it was eyebleeding awesome!
Gone was the "RE clone" identity crisis from the first game. Dino Crisis 2 was an almost entirely different (m)animal. No longer were you running around tight hallways with puny weapons and even punier stocks of ammunition. This time it was time to effing TCB!
The action was furious and rewarded the aggressive player in the form of a combo system for maintaining a killing spree which resulted in the player getting "Extinction Points" for each area in the game. These points could then be used to get bigger guns, upgrades to the weapons and other useful trinkets.
The story wasn't all that special but had it's moments and combined with good graphics, nice cutscenes, 2 characters to play as, extras, boss battles, on rail events, submerged areas and truly awesome enemies the game's flaws were negligible while its strengths were gigantosauric.
After the 'great success' that was Dino Crisis 2 the series took a nosedive into fossilized triceratops excrement with the release of Dino Crisis 3 for the Xbox in 2003. They basically tried to make a 'dinosaurs in space' game and by Jove it was awful.
Time passed, the Resident Evil series continued it's familiar path and it appeared that Dino Crisis was lost in space forever. But then came the revolution. 2005, Resident Evil 4 takes the public and critics by storm. Resolutely stepping away from its survival horror roots and firmly going into the action-filled third person shooter direction.
This got me thinking, Dino Crisis 2 had most of the elements everybody loved in Resident Evil 4. Why hasn't a sequel been announced? Is it because the RE series and the Dino Crisis series would again be too similar? I don't know.
What I DO know is that I totally wouldn't mind seeing a new Dino Crisis game. Crazed dinosaurs in HD, kickass weapons, a more fleshed out Regina (both physically and mentally ) and combining elements from Dino Crisis 2 with Resident Evil 4 & 5 for a truly wicked action title.
Dino Crisis - 1999 - Playstation ... 2000 - Dreamcast & PC
Dino Crisis 2 - 2000 - Playstation ... 2003 - PC
Both are 1 player games.
Dino Crisis 2 screamshots:
DC2 trailer showing what the game is all about.
Intro to DC2 + a bit of gameplay