Verfasst: 16. Juli
Jurassic Park: The Game
is a narrative experience set as a sidequel to the original movie. The actual gameplay is composed of Quick-Time-Events (QTEs) during action sequences and mild puzzles during the plot development sequences. You won’t find wild, face-paced, dinosaur-fighting action, but I think any fan of story-driven experiences and/or of the Jurassic Park
movie will find this game intriguing.
The heart and soul of the game lies in the story and the characters. I found the story to be absorbing and the characters to be interesting. I will admit that I am a little biased because the original movie came out when I was a kid and at the time it was one of the best movies around for my generation. I really liked how Jurassic Park: The Game
was set as a sidequel to original movie and expanded on the events that occurred.
The QTEs are a frequent topic of discussion when people consider this game. I personally enjoyed it, because there are plenty of other games out there where I run around in with an assault rifle and a bandoleer full of grenades— so it was refreshing to experience action sequences in an alternate fashion. I also thought it was pretty cool that there were different cut-scenes depicting the various ways you could die throughout the narrative; this helps make it less annoying and more interesting when you do mess up a QTE.
The game is not without faults, of course. In fact there are many faults. They ranged from truly game-faltering, (for example: I experienced UI trouble where my mouse cursor disappeared and was forced to restart), to just annoying, (for example: I had to change the resolution one level at a time, each time waiting for the screen to readjust). Then there were some things that didn’t really matter gameplay-wise, but still were a little ridiculous: for example, I found it jarring that the character of the aboriginal Costa Rican girl who supposedly grew up on an island was voiced with an accent you would find on a second-generation American Latina from Brooklyn.
Nevertheless, I didn’t find any of the faults to be so egregious that they soured my experience. I actually rather enjoyed the experience, despite the minor annoyances, and I legitimately remember feeling a little sad when I beat it because it was over. In fact, I would say the thing that disappointed me the most about this game was just that it was a little shorter than I would have liked, because I was really enjoying it.
I posit that Jurassic Park: The Game
is an enjoyable, story-driven experience that will especially appeal to anyone who is a fan of the original movie. You also should be comfortable with idea of playing a game that relies heavily on QTEs for action scenes. If you want intense firefights with dinosaurs then you probably will want to look at other games.Follow my curation page to see more of my recommendations!