*Updated* Game Review- Battle of Giants: Dinosaurs Strike

I’ve got an idea… Let’s make the weekend sweeter with a contest!! Yeah, I thought you might like that. But, much like those reality game shows, I won’t be giving you the details until (say it with me) “after the break,” which is in this case the review of the product we’re going to be giving away. “What product are you giving away then,” you say? Well, today we’re going to take a look at the latest in Ubisoft’s Battle of Giants franchise, Dinosaurs Strike.

Check out the trailer here:

Battle of Giants: Dinosaurs Strike is aimed at the younger Wii player but has just the right amount of “cool” for older players. Of course that “cool” is giant lizards duking it out in the midst of chaotic surroundings! It’s something primal that appeals to the “guy” in many of us guys (ahem, and our sons too). When you turn the game on, you are greeted by a plethora of awesomeness from which to choose. You get to play the game as a menacing Tyrannosaurus Rex, or the armored Triceratops. Dinosaurs Strike even pulled out all the stops, giving you two different types of Velociraptor to choose from! Though not the flashiest of dinos, or the fastest, one of my favs was the Ankylosaurus. Check out some of the game play footage below of Ankylosaurus getting his “tail whip” on!

The game is awesome for young children because the controls and attacks are pretty simple. I found this to be one of the game’s greatest strengths for younger players and though quite enjoyable, Dinosaurs Strike will have a shorter life for older players who may find less challenge in that simplicity. There’s a lot of Wiimote and nanchuka shaking involved in the fights and the combos are great for the little ones, only requiring button combinations like: A+A, B+B+A, etc. Where the game scores major points with players is in the upgrading of your Jurassic gladiators. After each round won, players get the opportunity to level up their dinos by increasing health, strike speed and attack damage which ultimately “evolves” your meatasauras physically, adding things like extra horns, spiny armor and more menacing looks. Along the way, as you beat dinos, you unlock some of the other playable dinos giving you a deeper well of toothy awesomeness to draw from. As you encounter bosses at the end of each level, your dinos evolution definitely comes into play as defeating those bosses increases in difficulty.

We had a bunch of boys over the house to put the game through its paces and I have to say I was surprised by just how much my boys and their friends enjoyed playing the game! They really had a blast. Being the competitive beasts guys are, the band of boys in the house definitely enjoyed playing in versus and tournament mode the most. In those two modes, they were able to fight each other using any dinosaurs they’d already unlocked as well as the beasts they had already leveled up. One of the aspects they really likeD was the tag team mode where they were able to choose more than one dino to fight their matches. We had a roaring time playing Battle of Giants: Dinosaurs Strike and now it’s your turn! I’m going to give you a little over a week to enter for a chance to win your own copy of the game. All you have to do is:

1. Tweet this: I entered to win BOG: Dinosaurs Strike with @DadsTalking & #UbiChamps http://tinyurl.com/4g4tmx5 #DadsTalking

2. “Like” us on Facebook.

3. After you’ve tweeted out your entry and “like” us on Facebook (if you haven’t already), go ahead and leave us a comment here and let us know about it.

Update: Contest ends at 11:59PM this Sunday night, 2/20. We’ll announce the winner Monday morning!! Good luck everyone.

If you’re not lucky enough to win, you can pick up your copy of the game on Amazon.

Full Disclosure:
While Ubisoft provided me with this game to review, the opinions I’ve expressed here are solely my own and represent my honest viewpoint. Ubisoft, Clever Girls Collective and I promote Blog With Integrity.

About Tshaka Armstrong

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