Head Back to Isla Nublar in Jurassic Park: The Game

One of the games that I was really dying to hear more news about at this past year’s E3 was TellTales’ Jurassic Park. It had been years since there has been a video game adaptation of the franchise that Steven Spielberg built (Okay, Michael Crichton too). I remember as a kid, spending my own hard earn money on Jurassic Park when it first hit the Sega Genesis. Then of course there’s the classic Jurassic Park: Arcade Game, an arcade cabinet that you can find, til this day, at any Chuck E.Cheese. Video games have come along way since then, so let’s take a trip back to Jurassic Park.

The story starts off right before the first movie ends. You literally see John Hammond’s helicopter leaving the island as you walk around the park completely oblivious to the carnivorous dinosaurs that have been let loose. The games has you fallow the story of 3 separate groups. Dr. Harding and his daughter Sara, the mercenaries that were sent to rescue any survivors and Nima, a shady merc for hire that goes into Jurassic Park to find out what has become of Dennis Nedry and his precious can of shaving cream.

The game sticks pretty close to the source material and even explains why the dinosaurs didn’t die off between the first film and Lost World. If you remember, the dinosaurs were biologically designed to require routine lysine injections to survive. This was fail safe precaution just in case the dinosaurs somehow find their way off the island. The game also introduces a new species, the Troodons. A dinosaur with a deadly poisonous bite. They were originally scheduled to all be destroyed because they were deemed too dangerous but escaped when the park lost all power. You’ll also get to run away screaming from some of your other fan favorites dinosaurs like the Dilophosaurus, Velociraptors and of course the T-Rex.

There is really not much to go over about the controls other than be prepared for a shitload of Quick-Time-Events! I was at skeptical at first when I heard the company behind all the Lego games was making a Jurassic Park game. I mean it’s not like the people who made Crash Bandicoot didn’t go on to make Uncharted, but you just never know. Don’t get me wrong, this is a great game and I am a huge fan of games like Indigo Prophecy and Heavy Rain, but there is something to be desired about being able to freely roam around a giant zoo filled with dinosaurs. There were some point in the game where I just wanted to walk around and take in the beauty of the island, but it only allows you to go where there are clues to help further advance the story. The experience reminded me of LA Noire but only far more linear.

Even though there were a large amount of Quick-Time-Events, it actually works to the game’s advantage because the cinematics are quite amazing. You’ll find yourself frantically smashing the A-button to outrun the snapping jaws of the Tyrannosaurus Rex. Even the QTE miss steps can be quite hilarious. I couldn’t help but fall over laughing because I missed the timing to knock a Raptor away from my daughter. So I could only watch in horror as she was torn apart, screaming off camera.

This game is a lot of fun and is sure to be perfect for any die-hard Jurassic Park fan. If you played the games, read the comic books, read the books and even enjoyed the 3rd film, you’ll love this game.

Grade: B

Jurassic Park: The Game

Rating: Teen
Genre: Third-Person Adventure
Publisher: TellTale Games, Kalypso Media
Developer: TellTale Games
Platforms: PC, Mac, Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Ipad

For more information, visit TellTaleGames.com. You can also follow them on facebook or twitter.

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