Turok 3: Shadow of Oblivion (2000)

by Christopher
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Turok 3: Shadow of Oblivion is a landmark title that combines an engrossing story with dynamic gameplay. It remains a beloved entry in the Turok series, celebrated for its narrative ambition and gameplay innovation.


Turok 3: Shadow of Oblivion is an iconic first-person shooter that continues the legacy of its predecessors with a gripping narrative and enhanced gameplay. Released in 2000, it remains a standout title for its ambitious storytelling and technical achievements.


“Turok 3: Shadow of Oblivion” is a first-person shooter video game developed by Acclaim Studios Austin and published by Acclaim Entertainment. Released in 2000 for the Nintendo 64, it is the third main installment of the Turok series and a sequel to “Turok 2: Seeds of Evil”.

The game’s plot unfolds two years after the events of “Turok 2: Seeds of Evil”. The protagonists are Joseph and Danielle Fireseed, siblings of Joshua Fireseed, the protagonist of the previous game. The player can choose to play as either Danielle or Joseph, each with unique abilities. Danielle can jump higher and carry high-powered weapons, while Joseph can crawl into crevices and use the sniper rifle in conjunction with night vision goggles.

The story begins when the Primagen’s Lightship was destroyed at the end of “Turok 2: Seeds of Evil”. The resulting chain reaction was so powerful that the universe as it existed was completely eradicated. This pushed Oblivion, a monstrous cosmic entity that consumes bodies of the living and reigned before the birth of the universe, to the brink of destruction. Though totally ravaged, Oblivion survived and now desperately seeks a means to punch through the Netherscape that separates the living world from the Lost Lands, a strange and primitive world where time has no meaning.

The game’s antagonist, Oblivion, is a monstrous cosmic entity that consumed everything in its path. Oblivion fed on the very energy of the dead and dying, invading the bodies of the living and devouring them from the inside-out. For the first time, Oblivion felt pain, fear, and hatred. Though totally ravaged, Oblivion survived and now desperately seeks a means to punch a hole through the Netherscape.

The last shreds of the pure energy source that created our world and nearly wiped out Oblivion are contained within the Light Burden, a satchel which every member of the Turok lineage has carried. The Fireseed siblings must prevent Oblivion from shattering the barriers between this world, the Lost Land, and countless other dimensions, thus preventing the loss of countless lives.

In addition to the single-player campaign, “Shadow of Oblivion” features a multiplayer mode where various players can compete against each other in eight game types, including blood lust, capture the flag, last stand, and monkey tag. Multiplayer games can be played in 42 different maps and can also include bots.

A separate game, also titled “Turok 3: Shadow of Oblivion”, which is set in the same universe but follows a different storyline, was released for the Game Boy Color in 2000. A remastered version of the game developed by Nightdive Studios was released on November 30, 2023, for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Windows, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S.

“Turok 3: Shadow of Oblivion” is a thrilling journey through time and space, filled with action, adventure, and the struggle to save the universe from the brink of destruction. It is a testament to the enduring appeal of the Turok series and a worthy addition to any gamer’s collection.


Danielle Fireseed, Joseph Fireseed, Oblivion, Primagen


The game offers a blend of exploration, puzzle-solving, and combat, with a variety of weapons and abilities available to the player. Unique to this installment is the choice between two protagonists, each with their own story path, adding replay value and depth.


Turok 3: Shadow of Oblivion stands as a significant chapter in the Turok saga, balancing its rich narrative with solid gameplay. While it may have its flaws, the game’s ambition and execution cement its place in the annals of video game history.

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