Wednesday, 20 June 2018 12:58

REVIEW: Jurassic World Evolution (PC)

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Who doesn’t love a great theme park sim? You get to put your creativity to work.

Build a park...check!
Build some gift shops...check!
Build some attractions...check!
Keep your guests from being eaten alive...check...wait, what?

I loved the Jurassic Park movies. Yeah, they were a bit “B grade” at times, but I still loved them anyway. I have been waiting with bated breath for this game and now that it is finally here, I figured I would share my thoughts.

Starting a new career takes you to the first of the 5 islands known as (Las Cinco Muertes or “The 5 Deaths”), Isla Matanceros. This is where you will need to make your start and learn the ropes.

Let me just say straight up that this game is slow, very slow. I haven’t been able to figure out how to speed it up, maybe you can’t, maybe I am just useless... Meh who knows. Either way, be prepared to lose many hours to this game.

There is quite a lot to do throughout the game too. You need to search for fossils by send out your teams around the world to dig. You then need to extract said fossils in the fossil centre to gather your genome. Once you get to 50% genome, you can start incubating your dino’s. However, you need to have a creation lab to do this.

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It is here, in the creation lab that you can modify the genome also. Doing this can cause your incubation to fail or the price of incubation to skyrocket however, you can get some awesome results if you succeed.

Breeding is the easy part. You still need to look after your pet dino’s and keep them healthy and comfortable. If their comfort levels drop too low, be prepared for a revolt. They will start attacking your fences and then once out, your guests are next. Make sure you have emergency shelters just in case this happens... And it will happen.

If they do get out, you need 2 things. 1. The ACU. These guys use their choppers to tranquilise and transport rogue dino’s. 2. Rangers. These guys repair stuff, medicate dino’s and refill feeding stations among other things.

What I really love here is being able to fly the chopper or drive the jeep in third person. You can set the tasks automatically, but sometimes it’s just fun to be in command yourself. This is a big plus for me.

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Other things you will need are research centres to, well, research stuff, storm warning centres, viewing platforms, monorail systems, power stations, gift shops, food shops, upgraded fences and still soooo much more. Word to the wise, storms suck. Make sure you have enough emergency shelters to cover your guests. Dino’s tend to go a little coo-coo in the storms and break stuff.

The game has a large amount of depth to it. On top of everything else, you will complete contracts. These contracts will earn you special bonuses and money. Some are hardly worth it, while others can be worth millions.

Speaking of money... each time you take over a new island, you start anew. Broke. Again. You don’t get to spend the millions you have sitting on your previous island. When you get to the third island, you actually start in the negatives. This kind of blows. Yes, it adds the longevity of the game, but it comes at a cost...frustration. You must keep going though as you need to unlock all the islands to be able to unlock all the dino’s. TIP: T-Rex is available on island 3. I do love my T-Rex.

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Every dino can be named also. I gave up after naming about 4 or 5 of them. Same with all of your structures. It’s nice to have the customisation, but a little unnecessary.

There is so, so much to this game that I have probably really only touched on half of it. As I said the game is so very slow to progress, but it is also damned addictive. I have had a couple midnight sessions without even knowing it until I look at the clock. You can’t walk away and just the game tick over either... this is when all hell can break loose... you must stay vigilant. At least autosave is fairly often too.

The game is visually stunning too with the ability to zoom right in close to your dinos and watch their every move. They act just like the movies all depicted. My favourite is watching the different kinds of carnivores’ different ways of hunting live bait...and no I’m not a psychopath!

The attention to detail throughout is second-to-none. Hell, I could hear the T-Rex roar from all the way over the other side of my park, headphones are a must!

Overall this is a very cool theme park sim. It still has some rough edges to smooth out (and speed up), but it is a “must play” for any sim fan. Now leave me alone, I have a park to run!


Additional Info

  • Review Score: 4.5 / 5.0
  • Release Date: Jun 12, 2018
  • Platform: PC, PS4, XBOX ONE
  • Age Rating: Teen
  • Developer: Frontier Developments
  • Publisher: Frontier Developments
  • Genre: Strategy, Top-Down, Simulation