The Steam Stream Plays Primal Carnage, A Shooter Full Of Dinosaurs

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This week, the Steam Stream checks out Primal Carnage: Extinction, the latest attempt at making a multiplayer dinosaur shooter, well, not horrible. Watch now!

Also on the docket for today: Battlefield-like top-down shooter Running With Rifles, permadeath horror game Space Beast Terror Fright, and the Jet Grind Radio-esque Hover: Revolt of Gamers. Soooooo maaany gaaaames.

Update: stream's done! Primal Carnage was dumb fun, Space Beast Terror Fright did indeed have space, beasts, terror, and the smallest smidgen of fright, Hover was very early, and Running With Rifles rocked. I also ended up playing a bit of Hero Generations, a roguelike RPG mixed with Civilization-style strategy, at the end. That one's not out yet, but it's fantastic. Anyway, watch it all below:

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The Steam Stream is a marathon of recently released Steam games that (for now) airs every Wednesday afternoon. The goal? To help you sift through the ceaseless avalanche that is Steam's "new releases" section in a quick, easily digestible fashion. If you hate the unbridled havoc of moving pictures and prefer slow, easy-going words, fear not: each of these games will also get brief write-ups that will explain why you should (or shouldn't) care about them.

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It's been around for a while in Early Access but also as sans-Extinction. There's not a huge difference between the two aside from inventory items (skins etc.) and a nicer interface. It's...an okay game, certainly the best dinosaur based multiplayer game out there - though the competition via Orion: Dino Horde and Dino D-Day is hardly fierce.
Devs seem to really struggle with correct balancing though. Trapper is easily the best of the human characters unless you're an exceptional sniper. Dilophosaurus is pretty much useless on the dinosaur side.

Since I "play dinosaur games for a living" (yes, shut up) - I'd like to see them do a bit more with it, but they're also working on a PS4/PC exclusive single-player version (ages away) called Primal Carnage: Genesis.

On a note about the actual stream; I'd suggest the balance between game audio and mic audio needs shifting towards the game a bit.