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Jurassic Park: The Game – Review Part 1

Posted by on November 16, 2011 at 6:40 pm

Welcome back to Islar Nublar, the island where the greatest childhood dream has come true! This time around, TellTale shares the story of another group stranded during the events that took place in Jurassic Park. So, is the game’s hype worth your time and money? Check out the review after the break!

 Must go faster, must go faster.

Eighteen years ago, Jurassic Park opened across the nation on the big screen. For some, that was a lifetime ago. For others, like me, barely old enough to be admitted into the theater. No matter how old you were when you saw Jurassic Park, your mind was blown. Over the years, many of those blown minds have been pondering questions like what exactly happened to the island, where did theother people/employees go and what happened to the infamous Barbosal can? Granted, if you read the novel, you’ll know the destruction of the park occurs at the very end. But not much is known about that damn can or the other people!

I don’t know about you guys, but I only knew of one great Jurassic Park game and it’s the shoot ‘em up arcade. Don’t play coy — you know exactly what I’m talking about! Back when arcades were the cats meow, The Lost World shooter was the first game my friends and I rushed to play. Unfortunately, nothing else lived up to it’s standard. Until now.

Nothing good ever comes from this place…

Story

Jurassic Park The Game isn’t about the dinosaurs as it is about the people involved — which makes it quite similar to how the first film was written. The movie followed a group of individuals placed at the wrong place at the right time. Essentially, JPTG takes that formula and opens up a whole new box of pandora. Dont worry, I won’t spoil it for any of you. The game has to be played to capture that same experience you felt eighteen years ago.

Some of my favorite moments included subtle call backs from the first film. For instance, as two characters run into the visitors center, the camera pans up towards the sky only to show the InGen helicopter leaving the island. It honestly felt as if a camera crew got lost from the rest of the production company and decided to film the last stragglers on the park.

It’s time like these where you lose all sensibility and press X.

Gameplay

This is where a lot of people will lose interest. Jurassic Park The Game is not an RPG, FPS, or …whatever popular genre people enjoy playing. People who previewed the game stated that it plays a lot like Heavy Rain. Real time action sequences can get old, especially if there’s not a lot of action happening. For me, that wasn’t the case for JPTG. One particular occurance I’ve noticed while playing is I’ll be so enthralled with the scenery and or story that I’ll quite often miss pushing X, or B. After realizing this mistake and frantically pressing the wrong buttons, I’m rewarded with a flinch worthy death sequence. You’d think that dieing over and over again would fill one with rage but it’s actually hilariously fun to watch. One thing that bothered me was the repetition of dialogue during certain parts. It didn’t ruin the experience but rather left me yelling STFU several times.

Ah! Well, she was annoying anyways.

Final Thoughts

Jurassic Park The Game surpasses the second and third film in terms of story quality and excitement. It really does bring back the prehistoric thrill ride that Jurassic Park gave us. Unfortunately, I feel like the game won’t get any special recognition due to the genre it’s placed in and that makes a sad dinosaur sad.

Want to watch some gameplay from JPTG? Check it out here!

8/10 FleshEatingZipper

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