Jurassic World Evolution is a different genre then what I usually play. However, I do enjoy some simulator games once awhile when I feel that the MMO genre is completely dead. Which it really is, whether we want to believe it or not.
Some of you may know, I love history and I really love dinosaurs. I remember attending a school museum trip, while most of my classmates were like meh boring, my eyes were bleeming with excitement.
As Jurassic World Evolution is based off the Movies.
- Jurassic Park (1993)
- The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997)
- Jurassic Park III (2001)
- Jurassic World (2015)
- Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018)
- Jurassic World: Dominion (2022)
Yes, a new Jurassic World Movie next year, I’m pretty hyped for that too, but that’s another story for another time.
The game is based on the 2015 movie, Jurassic World, the theme park.
As for how the actual game is, it’s pretty amazing, as a theme park style simulator. As I am no real expert in playing this genre, for me, it was quite enjoyable. Even more when the game was given away for free during a Christmas event from Epic Games.
So here comes the million dollar question, is Jurassic World Evolution worth buying at it’s high price tag or should we find another game invest time in playing?
While it is a simulator style game, it does have some combat. Where you drive via Ranger Mode, or when your dinosaurs breaks out and attacks your visitors.
Basing the combat off that, it is pretty solid for a game that does not focus on a third person shooter view.
It is on the expensive side I believe, an retail price tag of $63.00 AUD. It’s a little stretch considering it needs DLC content to be completely complete. While it would be a 4★ if the game was free while the DLC packs are the only cost involved, as for in my situation as I received the game for free. However, I cannot give it more than 1★ as just the very high price tag to begin. The DLC ranges from $2.95 to as high as $30 AUD with a total of 8 available at this time of review. A whopping $177 AUD total for the base game and the entire DLC collection. Heck, even buying World of Warcraft collector’s edition and you still have leftovers for a 3 month sub. This is one of the biggest reasons why this is a 1★ price point for me.
The artwork is simple, it’s beautiful but plain and average, but it isn’t jaw breaking like other Triple AAA games out there. At times, this game can’t even match some of the more beautiful MMORPG games such as Black Desert Online. It’s graphics are average at best but it doesn’t look completely dated, but I don’t see it aging well with time.
As far as simulator games goes, this kept me on my toes for a few hours before I knew it. This itself shows that the game has some fun factor involved. What’s more enjoyable than hatching new dinosaurs, designing their playfield and keeping them from feeling crowded and aggressive. At the same time, running away from the crazy T-Rex who is eyeing you for lunch while you are trying to nurse sick dinos back to life.