Jurassic World Evolution
Summary: While most critics hailed Jurassic World Evolution's creative and spot-on use of the Jurassic Park fantasy world, many also were critical of its shallow and repetitive gameplay. If you're looking for a time-sink, this might be for you.
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Jurassic World Evolution is a simply gorgeous and robust game. This multilayered gameplay experience takes place in a beautifully crafted world with lush terrain, changing weather patterns, and an incredible amount of control. Even the musical score awakens that sense of wonder and the gravity of what you are doing - you get to run Jurassic World! It is an outlier in the long line of movie-based video games, standing as a beacon of hope that it is possible for them to actually be good while staying true to their source material.
Frontier showed that they can do a lot more than just roller coaster theme park games. It’s amazing to know how studios push themselves to give out the best experience to players. Setting aside the game’s performance since a future patch can fix it and it’s not entirely game breaking, Jurassic World Evolution never fails to amaze me when it comes to its variety of dinosaurs, deep gameplay mechanics, and incredible visuals. It’s a Jurassic Park builder you never want to miss.
Jurassic World: Evolution can be really boring, yet really rewarding and I didn't feel it hit the perfect balance.
I doubt I’ll play a game in its genre which is as fun during this console generation.
Despite some problems with pacing throughout the game, and the division system which isn't quite convincingly executed, Jurassic World Evolution is the game all dinosaur fans have been waiting for since watching Jurassic Park as a child.
I can’t recommend a game that plays like this despite enjoying it for the most part – when it actually works.
As Phil Daniels once sprechgesanged, "Accessibility is a preference for the habitual voyeur of what is known as."
It’s when you’re not in control of things – like in the snippet that I opened this review with – that the Jurassic World feeling really kicks in during this game. When your T-Rex is fighting Velocirators and your guests are running scared from rampaging Triceratops’ and you’re trying desperately against the odds to put everything back the way it was. It’s sublime.
As far as park management goes, Jurassic World Evolution sure is pretty, sadly, it shallow management mechanics makes it for a tough time for other than dino-lovers.
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Somehow, even dinosaurs aren’t enough to save a disappointing and middling park sim that undermines its own fun with poor design choices