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Give us a Dino Crisis remake, you cowards

Give us a Dino Crisis remake, you cowards

The people want it, Capcom!

In 2002, Capcom created what I believe is the best remake ever, Resident Evil on the Nintendo GameCube. It had everything you’d want in a full remake. Modern visuals, improved gameplay, new enemies, locations, and much more. This would arguably set the benchmark for all remakes to come.

Capcom would leave it 17 years until its next remake in the series, namely Resident Evil 2 in 2019, followed by Resident Evil 3 the next year and the latest remake, Resident Evil 4, in 2023. Now fans eagerly await the next remake in the iconic survival horror series, whether it’s Resident Evil Code: Veronica, Resident Evil Outbreak or even, Resident Evil 5. But there is another worthy title that’s been lost in the shuffle of the walking dead, and that game is Dino Crisis.

Check out the Dino Crisis trailer below!

The first Dino Crisis was released in 1999 and very much had the tone of the original Resident Evil 2. Instead of Leon S. Kennedy or Claire Redfield, it starred the red-haired Regina, a special operative for S.O.R.T (Secret Operation Raid Team). Instead of Raccoon City, Dino Crisis takes place on a fictional tropical island called Ibis and much like Resident Evil’s Umbrella, Dino Crisis even had its own secret research facility. Oh, and as the name of the game states, instead of zombies, Dino Crisis has bloodthirsty dinosaurs.

Taking further inspiration from Resident Evil, just like RE3 was an action-orientated sequel to RE2, Dino Crisis 2 had more of an emphasis on arcade action than survival horror. That being said, Resident Evil 3 still had plenty of horror, whereas Dino Crisis 2 certainly leaned more into action than its zombie-infested counterpart. Sadly for the Dino Crisis series, while Resident Evil eventually evolved into the juggernaut that it is today, Dino Crisis suffered a major identity crisis and much like its dinosaur inhabitants, it eventually became extinct.

The last mainline entry in the series is Dino Crisis 3 in 2003 which took dinosaurs into space but to be honest, I’d much prefer to watch Muppets from Space any day of the week. I worked at a video game retailer during its launch and I was so hyped for this release, that was until I played it. To say that Dino Crisis 3 is woeful is an understatement and is represented by its equally woeful Metacritic user score of 3.5. Perhaps the colossal failure of Dino Crisis 3 is the reason why this series is yet set to join the ranks of Capcom’s Resident Evil remakes. However, it’s now been over 20 years since Dino Crisis 3, and it’s time for the original game to make a comeback with a modern remake.

Dino Crisis (1999)/

Fans did have hope for a Dino Crisis remake when Capcom revealed a red-haired character at Sony’s State of Play in 2022 but were ultimately left devastated that it ended up being a co-op dino shooter called Exoprimal which is already on a path to extinction. Still, the fact that Capcom were at the very least trolling fans with a Regina lookalike indicates that Dino Crisis is at least in its thoughts because there’s no way that the Exoprimal reveal trailer was a coincidence.

Nonetheless, can you imagine how good a Dino Crisis remake would look and sound powered by Capcom’s RE Engine? Going by the standard of recent Resident Evil remakes, Dino Crisis would not only be a treat for veteran fans but also for those who never had an opportunity to play this cult classic, especially if the action is toned down a little and the horror cranked up. It would surely print money for Capcom, right?

Capcom must be aware of the interest in a Dino Crisis remake but the chances are that it might want to get one or two Resident Evil games out of the way first. That being said, a Dino Crisis remake has to be only a matter of time. I just hope we’re not left waiting another 20 years until we’re being chased by a Tyrannosaurus or a pack of Velociraptors and hopefully this time, it won't take place in space. So, what are you waiting for Capcom? Remake Dino Crisis, you cowards (I love you really).

Featured Image Credit: Capcom

Topics: Capcom, Dino Crisis, Features, Resident Evil, Opinion