[Jurassic World](movie:32752) is slated for release on June 12th, 2015. The franchise, at long last, is getting its reboot. As often happens with big blockbuster films, they get their own video game spin offs, but could this film spawn the first GOOD Jurassic Park video game?!
Let's take a quick look at the history of Jurassic Park in the video game sphere. There have been a lot of flops but have any of them demonstrated some true potential for designing a formula that could really work for a video game set in this universe to succeed? We'll see, welcome to Jurassic Park!
Jurassic World & A Jurassic Park Video Game
The Lost World: Jurassic Park
This is the earliest title that I can recall playing that featured Jurassic Park, there were some on the Mega Drive and Sega Master systems, but unfortunately I'm not familiar with them (though judging by the reviews, I didn't miss anything). What can be said about The Lost World: Jurassic Park? Just this: it was f**king hard!!
The difficulty level of the game that was apparently designed for kids was insane. I never get past the initial levels playing as a Compy, because after one was finished, there was no way of saving your game! I even revisited it recently, only to discover, that is was STILL f**king hard!! Sorry, had to get that out there, did anyone else play this game or the older ones?
The game was poorly received due to its high difficulty level, lack of a SAVE function (!!!!) and poor controls. Though the graphics were praised for their time, with one outlet stating that Playstation owners should go out and rent the game just so they can see the graphics. How times have changed.
The gameplay wasn't all that exciting, with the promise of playing as a T-Rex only available for 7 of its 30 levels. Needless to say, I never got to play as the bloody thing! But anyway, this is clearly not how a good Jurassic Park game is created!
Jurassic Park: Trespasser
The player assumes the role of Anne, the sole survivor of a plane crash on InGen's "Site B" one year after the events of The Lost World: Jurassic Park. With a fractured arm and only her wits, Anne must escape the remote island by solving puzzles and evading dangerous dinosaurs. This game wasn't that bad, I thought as a child. Looking back on it though, it's not all that great.
It was mocked as the worst game of 1998, Gamespot gave it 3.9/10 and Computer and Video Games actually gave the title a 1/10 calling it a 'dog'...ouch. Check out the game here with its sideways walking dinosaurs and a woman's arm that looks like a piece of spaghetti holding a gun.
Telltale: Jurassic Park the Game
There were a series of other smaller Jurassic Park titles, though Jurassic Park: Operation Genesis did rather well. It gave you a full park to design and then allowed you to fill it with dinosaurs and ensure that when you had visitors to the park everything went smoothly. Sounds like fun, and the PC and Xbox versions are so rare that copies of the game can sell for over $100 on ebay!! But let's take a look at Telltale's game.
Jurassic Park is a meandering tale of forgettable characters getting lost in a park that is far less wondrous than the one we saw on the silver screen. A simple run down of what Telltale did with Jurassic Park, back before they were awesome!
The game's storyline dragged, the gameplay was boring and the dialogue was deplorable. What is it with Jurassic Park games? Why can't they succeed when the notion of Jurassic Park itself is so cool?! I mean, what was it that made Jurassic Park so great?
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It was the fact that people had never seen anything like those dinosaurs on the screen before. The dialogue is pretty awful (though I adore every second that Jeff Goldblum is on screen, basically in anything) and the characters are completely 2D. But the film showed us something we were not expecting and it was beautiful and exciting. Cinematic magic, and it would be so difficult to transfer this feeling over to a game.
So what do you guys think, is it possible? Will Jurassic World be able to replicate this sense of wonder on the screen and will we ever see a truly good Jurassic Park game? I have sincere doubts, but who knows! Maybe it'll take years, like with Alien: Isolation until someone gets it right. Let us know in the comments!