Shack's Arcade Corner: Primal Rage

Shacknews takes a look back at an arcade classic that's really rockin': Primal Rage!


Welcome to another edition of Shack’s Arcade Corner, where Greg Burke makes it his business to parade around like a huge monster and fight off any takers. That’s why in this episode of Shack’s Arcade Corner, he’s tackling Primal Rage.

Greg checks out this versus fighter from Atari Games released in 1994 and discovers exactly what makes these brawlers so primal in the first place. The Virtuous and Destructive Beasts are ready to duke it out with red T-Rexes, ape-beasts, stegosauruses and more. It’s a throwback to the Stone Age here at Shacknews as Greg risks life and limb to bring us one of the best arcade fighters ever — at least, to some of us.

Check out our look at Primal Rage below!

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    February 22, 2017 2:15 PM

    -Shack Staff posted a new article, Shack's Arcade Corner: Primal Rage

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      February 22, 2017 2:55 PM

      Oh my god, this was one of my favorite arcade games as a kid. So much fun! I loved being a Dino and crushing all my opponents. Even better was being able to eat your bystanding followers to regain a bit of health.

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      February 22, 2017 3:04 PM

      Oh, cool! I didn't know it was LITERAL stop motion animated; I just thought it was made to look that way to honor Harryhausen.
      I didn't ever really play this or Killer Instinct. The only 'digitized' fighters I played semi-regularly were Mortal Kombat 1-2.

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      February 22, 2017 3:08 PM

      There was also a Primal Rage 2 that was built to completion and then never released

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      February 22, 2017 6:03 PM

      Thanks Guys! Glad you enjoyed it!

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      February 22, 2017 11:13 PM

      Awesome! I loved this game so much I really wish they would make a new one in a crazy new engine. If they would get NetherRealm Studios aka the MK guys to make it and use their epic Injustice 2 engine that would be incredible.

      Good times, I have the Xbox 0 version its really good probably the best version.

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      February 22, 2017 11:37 PM

      Good memories of playing this on Game Gear. Almost as good as MK2. Looked amazing in arcade through. Need more giant dino fighters.

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