Turok 2: Seeds of Evil was an interesting entry of the Turok series on Nintendo 64. It not only continued the story of Turok based on the comics of the same name, but it was also the first time multiplayer became part of the series. Nightdive Studios once again gives the remaster treatment to Turok 2: Seeds of Evil, combining a lot of the benefits of the PC and N64 versions into one package for the Nintendo Switch. But while the visuals and framerate are given a nice overhaul to the game’s benefit, there are some very big omissions that are disappointing and prevent this from being a near perfect rerelease.
Turok 2 on Nintendo Switch is the same game and story from back in the day. Turok teams with an extraterrestrial being named Adon against an evil known as the Primagen. The story is pretty shallow and only goes far enough with the mythology of Turok, including Joshua form the comics and not much else. The story does have a few aspects that set up future sequels that were released on Nintendo 64, but they do feel a little out of place next to the main threat of the Primagen. By the time you finish the last stage and defeat the final boss, things end somewhat anticlimactic. The short conversation between Turok and Adon doesn’t feel like a true conclusion and instead teases the next adventure in a haphazard way. If you grew up playing this game on Nintendo 64, you’ll be happy to see everything ported over exactly how you remember, but it may not be as exciting or interesting as your nostalgia may have you think it was.
On the Nintendo Switch, Turok 2 looks good for an older game remastered on a modern console. These might be late 90s polygonal visuals, but the HD remastering of the 3D models and stages are done well enough to be seen clearly and still maintain the gritty stylized look of the original. Nightdive Studios fixed up the framerate to make the game play smoother on the Switch, allowing you to move around and see everything better within the stages you explore. The gory effects and explosions are primitive compared to today’s standards, but they don’t look out of place within the environments or setting that the game places you in.
Controlling Turok 2 on Nintendo Switch feels very good. The addition of the gyro controls greatly improves the effectiveness of certain weapons and flow of specific sections later in the game. Sniping with the Tek Bow or any other weapon with a scope doesn’t feel still as it did in the original release. You don’t always have to use the gyro controls however, since the game can switch between them quickly while you’re playing. If you just want to move and look with the analogue sticks, you can do so without an issue. Because of the improved framerate, jumping around and strafing targets while firing is much easier. You don’t have to worry about the game becoming sluggish when a lot of effects populate the screen and the experience comes to a screeching halt. Certain boss fights you encounter greatly benefit from this, making them more manageable and a lot more fun to engage with.
Turok 2 had an assortment of cheat codes that greatly played around with various aspects of the game, and the Switch version doesn’t forget about them. Every cheat from the original Nintendo 64 release works on this new version of the game, however all of the PC release cheats do not. The cheats themselves have identical effects, but their specific inputs and phrases when entered in the Cheats menu are different between releases.
Anybody that grew up playing games during this console generation will remember the wackiness and fun of having all weapons, unlimited ammo, invincibility, Big Head mode, and more all at the same time when warping to the final boss of the game. And it’s just as fun as it was back then.
The Switch version of Turok 2 also has a gallery with 3D renders of every character in the game that you can look through, but it doesn’t offer much. When you encounter a new enemy or pick up a new weapon during the game, they get added to the gallery for you to view later on. However, the biggest omission and disappointment for this release of Turok 2 is the lack of multiplayer. Nightdive Studios decided not to include the multiplayer mode from the original release here, only the main game.
If you didn’t play the game back on Nintendo 64 or PC, then you might not feel like you’re missing much, but it is a significant portion of the game that could’ve added to the total package on Nintendo Switch. Though it’s unclear if the split screen multiplayer may have not worked as well in portable mode on Switch compared to the N64, it would’ve been something great to include here regardless. Without it there’s not much else to do once you complete the main game.
Turok 2: Seeds of Evil is a good HD remaster of a classic first-person shooter for the Nintendo Switch. It might not be something everyone is quick to revisit, but what you get here is fun and presented very well. The lack of the multiplayer mode from the original release is a big disappointment, despite its omission not affecting the quality of the main game. The controls are great, the guns are wild, and the gritty tale about a dinosaur hunter is still just as good as it was back in 1998.
This review was based on a digital review code for Turok 2: Seeds of Evil for the Nintendo Switch, provided by Nightdive Studios.