As you roam the dinosaur infested Earth while playing Second Extinction you’ll come to realise one key thing pretty quickly: these are not the dinosaurs from Jurassic Park. You will find there are similar dinos including one of those frilly neck things that killed Wayne Knight at the end of the first film, but otherwise, these dinos are of a different breed. One species wears armoured plates like boxing gloves, another burrows underground and there’s even one that shoots through the air as a bolt of electricity. The T-Rex is as daunting in size as you’d expect but it also glows red in a rage of bio-mutated power and can kill you in an instant.
Second Extinction takes place on one map that’s broken up into several zones, each with their own areas of interest and mission objectives. You can drop into a mission (literally drop down to earth in a pod), complete your core objective and call in a ship for extraction. Or you can explore the map and take part in secondary objectives to gather materials for upgrading weapons and exp for levelling your character.
The missions sub-objectives can range from simply clearing some dino-goo off a satellite to protecting a downed ship as it repairs itself. The core objectives aren’t much more expansive in nature either. It usually all comes down to holding a button to activate something and then killing a bunch of dinos in waves before moving to another area.
As a package, it’s easy enough to describe Second Extinction as a combination of Left 4 Dead and Dead Rock Galactic. There’s a lot of things to kill, but an open-world map leaves room for you and your fellow dino-hunters to explore.
Although you can play by yourself if you’re a masochist, Second Extinction is made to be played in teams of three players. I’ve played with both randoms in matchmaking and in a pre-made with Ciaran and Ashley from Explosion Network. The latter is preferred as we were all in a discord call and could both co-ordinate objectives and shit-talk as we played which always makes these types of games more fun.
After picking from one of four character classes you can jump straight into the action. My preferred was Rosy, a tank character that carries a mini-gun and the ability to place electric fences. The other three classes include a support specialist that can highlight enemies, a sniper class that can perform critical hits on enemy weak points and an evasive assault class that can dash out of tight spots.