Okay, here's a story more so about Nintendo 64 than about Turok 2. Sorry in advance. But it goes like this: Back when the N64 was released, I wasn't into it. I had gotten a Playstation myself, and it took me a long time to save up for one. So I had to justify the purchase by proclaiming to my one N64-owning friend that his new Nintendo console was for kids. And my new Sony console was for cool dudes.
My buddy (bless his heart) loved his N64. And he'd try to push it on me every chance he got. That said, I only really remember him having three games for it. The first was Mario 64 and that one did nothing for me. I mean it looked pretty cool. But I didn't enjoy the 3D platforming. And besides, Playstation had Tomb Raider. Hello! He also had Goldeneye, which I thought was pretty fun as far as death match went. I never even touched the campaign, though.
The game he had that MATTERED was Mario Kart 64. There was nothing on Playstation that came CLOSE to competing with Mario Kart 64, so for a long time I'd beg him to bring his N64 over so we could play Mario Kart. That game ruled. And the point of this story is that for years I had thought of N64 as basically a system I enjoyed one game on. And once Double Dash came out, that game felt obsolete to me anyway.
So I never did buy a N64 of my own. I had very little nostalgia for it. I just never really thought about it. And then my brother texted me late one night to say he had found a beat up N64 and asked if I wanted it. I figured this was the only way I'd get an N64: for free. It was the perfect price. And besides, it was the only Nintendo console I was missing (besides Virtual Boy). So sure. I'll take it.
He wasn't joking about it being beat up by the way. Physically, this console is hurting. The little flap doors over the cartridge slot are gone. The little vents are cracked in. The previous owner clearly decided to make it region free by brute force, so much of the body is damaged. On the plus side, the green controller was in good condition and there was even a memory card included.
I had no carts to test it with, so I had to wait until I could get my hands on something cheap. As it happened, Turok 2 found its way to me. This was a series I was sort of familiar with from the comic books, but not sure I ever played one of the games. Looked like standard mid-90's FPS trash to me. With dinosaurs! So why not?
On the plus side, the N64 powered up on the first try with no problems. It rose from its yard sale "free" box of trash like phoenix. So that made me happy. Heck, even the memory card worked. Though sadly, Turok 2 would still be unplayable for me in spite of all this.
Unfortunately, Turok 2 is a casualty of early 3D games. There are certain growing pains associated with the era. And one of them is control schemes. Apparently, it wasn't a given that you'd have an option for inverted controls on a FPS back then. Sort of odd seeing that Star Fox gave me this option on SNES. But here we are. Turok 2 has forced inverted controls for the y-axis, leaving the game in a state that makes no sense to me. It's really hard to play and enjoy a game when your brain can't remember how to properly even move the protagonist. Ugh.
I wish I could say more about Turok 2, but sadly I'm left with motion sickness.