I’ve never understood the appeal of the Turok games. There’s all these dinosaurs in the game, and the devs expect me to be happy playing some random human? Seriously?
Turok game (1997) came from that FPS era of games where you played as a bad-ass tough-as-nails human battling tons of monsters & all kinds of ridiculous B-movie story-lines. Think say Doom, Quake, Duke Nukem 3D, Serious Sam.
Also, Turok's original sub-title is Dinosaur Hunter (same name as the original comics). Why they (Night-Dive) had the subtitle is dropped in the remaster (especially since there already was a Turok 2008 Reboot with no subtitle), who knows. [shrug]
So, yeah - it's about Turok out to hunt dinos, not actually being one.
Though, you do bring up a point - I'd like to see more games where you do play as dinos. Primal Rage was fun, back in the arcade days.