Jurassic Park: The Game is based on the events that happened in Isla Nublar, during and after the film. As Dr Grant and co are escaping Velociraptors and the mighty T-Rex from the visitors center, our game characters were also trying to make their own getaway.
The game opens with two characters. Nima Cruz and Miles Chadwick whom are waiting for Dennis Nedry, Jurassic Park’s computer programmer (from the film) who smuggled Dinosaur embryos into that famous can of shaving cream. But as we know, Nedry never makes it and it’s not long before our characters realise they are going to need to go into the park and find Nedry.
The game also follows Dr, Gerry Harding, the parks veterinarian and his daughter, who also gets caught up in the dinosaur chaos. You might remember Harding from the film, as the chap in shades with the sick Triceratops. Who by the looks of the games appears to have gotten younger and had a recent shave.
Jurassic Park: The Game switches between the two parties, until they cross paths with a few new additions to the gang and their attempt to escape Jurassic Park with their life’s. But hey this is a JP epic, we all know not everyone is going to make it out alive.
I’m a bit torn with this game, on one hand, for the price it costs, I’d tell you to stay away, but on the other hand, it was quite an entertaining game.
The opening felt disappointing. Episode 1 could cut down on ‘setting up the characters’, I’ve not played enough games in this genre to know if that’s the norm (feel free to leave comments below guys!). I normally find this happens a lot with films. I’m likening this to Harry Potter and the Philosophers’ Stone and Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. While both great films, I felt they spent too much time setting up the characters and not enough time getting into the actual story. Jurassic Park is similar and you might get left with the feeling it wasn’t going to ‘gear up’.
Episode 2 has a few laughs in it, escaping dinosaurs while riding a rollercoaster defiantly has a thumbs up from me. But that wasn’t enough to keep me entertained. I can’t help but think this would work better as a first person shooter. I would pick it up and have another go if TellTale did go down the FPS route.
What I really wanted to see was different outcomes to the game. You’re constantly pushed down a pre-determined path, with no option to deviate from course. There’s plenty of moments where a choice system could work well.
TellTale did a good job in allowing me to connect with the characters, and if a choice system was implemented, I would have chosen to save a couple of the characters and looked forward to taking a different path to the games ending. I think that would have also allowed a greater re-playability of the game. You will be met with one choice to make, which dictates how the game ends, but neither ending inspires emotion from the player.
No matter what conversation choices you pick, you still seem to have the same conversation, there’s not an option to cause a different outcome. I’ve played games such as Heavy Rain, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic in the past and immediately wanted to replay, albeit if just to pick different conversation options and see how my journey would be effected. Jurassic Park just made me look for the next game on my list, without a second thought.
Again, I’m really torn as the storyline was OK, and the cinematic adventure the game takes you on is brilliant, it was worthy of being in the JP universe. I was drawn to certain characters hoping they survived, but again, felt let down by the game itself. Game play didn’t have that fun factor to it, I didn’t feel like I was in danger. I know that’s a bit bizarre to say. If I couldn’t click buttons quick enough, the game got easier, while the chance of me scoring higher was taken away, so also, was some of the button clicks I had to make.
Taking about buttons clicks, I found the controls frustrating. While I should be educated enough to press the buttons in the right order, I found it slightly difficult doing so, while trying to watch the story play out on screen, it doesn’t always appear clear what you need to do with said buttons. Before I knew it, Argh! Dinos had eaten me again!
I’m trying to think of something to say to save the game from an average review. but sadly, I can’t.
Thanks Telltale for bringing the game out. All games are worth playing at least one, and this game should be played, but don’t get your hopes up about it.
All said and done, I’m still ordering the Deluxe Edition as I’m a sucker for anything Jurassic Park.