Primal Rage is a unique fighting game between prehistoric creatures, developed in 1994 for the arcades and ported a year later to the Commodore Amiga AGA, PC (Windows), Panasonic 3DO, Atari Jaguar CD, Nintendo SNES, Sega 32X, Sega Game Gear, Sega Mega Drive/Genesis, Sega Saturn and Sony PlayStation. The Jaguar CD version is one of the Jag CD's strongest titles with an exemplary job of recreating the graphics and sound of the arcade version!
A meteor struck the Earth, and caused great chaos. Seven gods (creatures) from ancient times awoke, and are now attempting to take control of the post-apocalyptic world. These creatures have otherworldly or supernatural abilities and each is said to represent a different aspect of nature, as in life and death, fire and ice; and they are considered to be a "god" of their respective sphere. In Primal Rage you control one of seven large beasts that battle each other to determine the fate of the planet. Matches feature many of the conventions of fighting games from the era, including special moves and gory finishing maneuvers. The final battle of the single player game consisted of fighting all the other CPU monsters. The moves are limited though when compared to the Mortal Kombat series, thus action is a bit weak I guess! The Jaguar CD version is one of the Jag CD's strongest titles with an exemplary job of recreating the graphics and sound of the arcade version!
The Jaguar CD release is based on the 3DO version, although it has shorter loading times. The graphics are very well done and extremely smooth with nicely animated post-apocalyptic backdrops. While fighting, human tribesmen will wander nearby and worship their gods during battle whist lava in volcanoes comes from deep in the earth and so on. Technically the game is identical to the 3DO version, offering the same fast action and sharp graphics here. The music and sound effects are crisp and clear offering several samples along with pretty cool tunes during fighting.
In-game music sample:
Arcades (original version)
CPU: The main processor is called "Jaguar" and it is based on a RISC 3000 MIPS. Co-Processor: MC68000 at 13,3MHz used as a general purpose control processor. MEMORY: 2Mb (64bit bus usinf 4x16bit fast page mode DRAMS GRAPHICS: GPU is called Tom at 26,59MHz, 32bit RISC architecture, 4Kb int. cache. Object Processor: 64bit RISC architecture (could do a variety of graphic architectures). Blitter: 64bit RISC architecture managing high speed logic ops, z-buffering, Gouraud Shading (64bit int.registers). DRAM Controller, 32bit memory management. SOUND: Sound chip is called Jerry. DSP 32bit RISC acrhitecture with 8Kb int.cache. It has CD quality sound while the number of channels used depends on the software. Two DAC (stereo) convert digital data to analog sound signals. Full stereo.