Jurassic World: Evolution (PS4)
SynopsisThe game described herein is set in the universe created for the movie series titles Jurassic Park and Jurassic World. The action of the game takes players to a near future, in which human scientists managed to develop a technology allowing them to recreate the DNA of prehistoric reptiles from the preserved samples and bring them back to life. This has resulted in the creation of the titular Jurassic World – a peculiar zoo, in which the visitors can see the prehistoric reptiles with their own eyes.
It’s full of the kinds of intricacies you’d hope for in a Jurassic Park game, the fantastic management sim mechanics that Frontier is famed for, lovely little nods and references to the movie series and, honestly, why wouldn’t you want to play a game that lets you drive your own gyrosphere through the legs of a T-Rex? It’s true, life always finds a way, but in Jurassic World Evolution it’s all in your hands - or should that be claws?
The dinosaurs are absolutely the star of the show here and surprisingly enough, the controller support for Evolution is spot on and really intuitive. But if you're looking for a solid dinosaur-themed tycoon or business sim, then you might wanna keep looking. Because sadly, Evolution just comes off feeling like it was rushed out the door.
Jurassic World Evolution sits happily in the difficulty sweet spot: it's easy enough to pick up and play that park builder novices will likely have a good time, but it's involved enough that genre veterans should enjoy it as an amusing diversion between more hardcore titles. While there's a couple of tedious processes involved, building a park is generally entertaining, and dinosaur fans – who isn't a dinosaur fan? – will likely be enamoured with the array of creatures available, and the mischief they can get up to.
Jurassic World Evolution is – in many ways – the game that you make it. Fans of the franchise will jump for joy as they stumble across the classic original movie skins for the ranger jeeps while Dr. Ian Malcolm explains his theory on the meaning of life in a voiceover. They’ll be so happy that a lot of the flaws can and will be overlooked by those people.
Jurassic World Evolution is by no means a bad game, it can be enjoyed, it just can’t be enjoyed for very long. Despite its efforts to try and have a progression system that doesn’t unlock certain features until you go to a new island, there’s not enough to keep the player filled with an urge to want to progress.
We liked the fact that you had to unlock the sandbox mode and when you did, only the dinosaurs you'd discovered in the main game were unlocked in sandbox mode too. It pushed you into playing more of the campaign missions and finding out what the game had to offer. It's a lot of fun, then, and if dinosaurs or sim games are your thing then you should definitely check it out.
Business management games don’t come much cooler than Jurassic World Evolution, and as subject matter goes it has done the the franchise proud. The dinosaurs look fantastic, the park building is easy and coherent, and the ensuing chaos when it goes a little bit off the rails can be frantic and enthralling.
Jurassic World Evolution isn't exactly a great park management sim. It's light on far too many of its facets, bringing a lopsided feel to its structure. Even so, the relative accessibility of the game and the attention given to the dinosaurs make up for most of the issues. The ride is enjoyable enough, but the lack of sim depth makes this a bit of a toothless attraction
Pas parfaite pour autant, l’expérience pâtit de quelques lacunes, comme la durée de vie quasiment absurde des dinosaures, qui meurent de vieillesse au bout de deux heures de jeu. Ou encore l’absence totale de dinosaures aquatiques ou aériens, alors même qu’ils tiennent une place relativement importante dans les films de la licence et dans l’imaginaire collectif. D’ici à ce qu’on nous les serve dans un contenu téléchargeable payant...
Jurassic World Evolution è la cosa più vicina alla materializzazione dei sogni di qualsiasi amante della serie ideata da Michael Crichton e poi trasposta sul grande schermo da Steven Spielberg: il titolo di Frontier Developments è un vero tributo a tutto quanto è apparso sui romanzi e sulle pellicole, nulla è stato lasciato al caso e dar forma al proprio giurassico parco dei divertimenti, equivale a sfogliare una immensa enciclopedia sull’opera.
Jurassic World Evolution è un gestionale piuttosto semplice, che punta molto sull'immersione nel mondo creato da Michael Crichton su carta e da Steven Spielberg su pellicola. Difficilmente offrirà una sfida ai più attempati giocatori del genere, mentre è l'ideale per chi cerca un rilassante passatempo.