Ten Minute Taste: Jurassic: The Hunted

Quick, name some videogames that let you punch a velociraptor in the face with a quicktime event. I’ll start — Jurassic: The Hunted!

This Activition-published first-person shooter quietly made its way to shelves last week for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Wii. After negotiations involving Miranda Cosgrove (don’t ask), I was able to get my hands on a copy of the game. And yes, within the first ten minutes, I had to tap A repeatidly to punch a velociraptor off of me. Awesome? I think so. 

Jurassic: The Hunted follows Dylan, a military escort hired to protect a doctor on the search for her father lost in the Bermuda Triangle. One thing leads to the other, the good doctor is stolen by lightning (yes, really!), and Dylan wakes up in a dinosaur-infested island, seemingly trapped in time. 

The game plays like your typical first-person shooter, with impressive graphics for a $39.99 budget title, and — did I mention this already? — velociraptor boxing. Quick note: Immediately after this ten minutes of gameplay, I shot the crap out of some pteranodons and velociraptors with a mounted machine gun I found in the jungle. If you ask nicely enough, I’ll post video of that later. It’s pretty incredible.

If you can find it, Jurassic: The Hunted is available in stores now.

Nick Chester