You play as Joseph Turok, a Native American trying to make up for some mistakes he has made in his past. As a member of a combat unit comprised of typical butch soldiers with attitude problems, your mission is to locate a war criminal known as Kane, who long ago, liberated you and taught you much of what you know.
The game itself is a standard first person shooter, with linear levels and uninspired weaponry. However, the game does have some redeeming qualities. The levels are lush and gritty, providing a good sense of immersion and immanent danger, enemy AI will often work together and try to flank you, providing an extra layer of challenge and there are of course, prehistoric nasties who simply see you as walking lunch.
Shooting your enemies is all well and good, but Turok also has more elaborate methods of fighting off his enemies. Predatory dinosaurs do not distinguish between you, your squad mates or the enemy - meaning taking a stealthy approach, and luring dinosaurs to your enemy with the help of a flare gun a valid tactic to help you along your way. Of course, you'll have to deal with whoever, or whatever is standing at the end, and if gunplay is not to your liking, you can go toe to toe against your enemies with your trusty knife.
The knife allows you one hit takedowns on human enemies and small/medium sized dinosaurs, providing a rewarding and well animated scene. However, these do get repetitive, and although appealing the first few times, they do become boring after a while.
The game itself is not overly harsh, if you're in the middle of a firefight and a Raptor like beast comes at you from outside your vision, you'll have the opportunity to fight back in a brief quick time event. These can be rather rewarding, as you pry the jaws of a ferocious dinosaur away from your throat...but again, they do get boring the further into the game you go.
The story is forgettable, but not bad by any means. The checkpoints could be friendlier, and saving mid-mission will still force you to play from the previous checkpoint location upon restart. On default difficulty this isn't too bad, but can become very frustrating on the harder difficulty setting.
Multiplayer is enjoyable, with well designed levels, including a few co-op levels which are well made and fun to play with friends or strangers. Unfortunately, no multiplayer mode allows you to play as a dinosaur hunting your prey.
There is little reason to replay the game, or stick with multiplayer, but the game is certainly worth its current price, providing several hours of entertainment and some impressive moments now and then throughout the story.