It has been quite a long time since we last visited Jurassic Park on the silver screen. Franchises have come and gone but few captured the imagination of the public like Jurassic Park managed to do. Finally, after all these years, a new Jurassic Park movie gets released and they wisely chose Tt Games to produce a game that releases with that movie. The game is called Lego Jurassic World and while it is everything you’d expect it to be, the game covers the franchise as a whole, not just the new movie. By now, you pretty much know what you are getting with a Lego game. All the mechanics are there, it still maintains the same Lego charm that has grabbed so many gamers, and though this game follows the story of the franchise, there is still plenty of fun to be had. Exactly what awaits you this time around? It seems it is time to visit Jurassic World.
One of the strengths of the Lego games is the way they tell the story the game is based on. In Lego Jurassic World, you still get to play all the iconic scenes that you loved from the movies. Whether you are trying to outrun a T-rex with the jeep or you are trying to outsmart a pack of Velociraptors in a kitchen, all those scenes and others are playable. Each movie is well represented here and each one hits the highlights and moves one which is only a good thing. You won’t find yourself wishing a movie was over so you can move on, everything is well-paced and the game is better for it. The game also samples directly from a movie so not only do you get to here the excellent score from the movies, but you hear many of the same sound effects which only helps to pull you further into the story.
From a gameplay perspective, Jurassic World functions just like any other Lego game you’ve played. Simply smash everything you see, collect the bricks that the thing you smashed broke down into and use those bricks to unlock new characters and vehicles to use in the game. Each character you unlock has their own special ability which you will need to reach new areas and move the story along. You can also play each level cooperatively and the game feels like this is the real way to experience the game. The game does perfectly fine as a single player experience, so if you prefer your games alone, you can buy this one in confidence.
This time around, there are several open world areas that you can access once you’ve defeated certain levels in the campaign. These open world areas allow you to take the vehicles and characters you’ve unlocked along the way and use them however you’d like. Each area represents one of the major motion pictures, so if you had a favorite movie or just loved the franchise as a whole, this is a great opportunity to drive around, play as your favorite characters or just take in some of the impressive scenes from the franchise. These open world areas are not completely necessary so if this isn’t your cup of tea, you can skip the experience. This is a nice touch for those willing to dig a little deeper and get more for their investment but still remains optional for those that want more gameplay without the exploration.
From a visual perspective, this game looks good on the consoles. This game will not max out the hardware by any stretch, but it still looks good for what it is and is certainly an upgrade over the visuals from the last gen. While the Lego games never really looked bad on any individual console, even on the handhelds, but it is good to know that Tt games is at least keeping the status quo rather than sacrificing technical quality for quantity. The game looks bright and colorful, it runs extremely smoothly and you can expect a quality experience all the way around.
One of the more unique features for this game is the ability to play as a dinosaur. It is a fun experience and surely one that fans of the franchise always wanted to experience. Each dinosaur plays much like any other character with their own strengths and weaknesses. You will also have the ability to change the color, scale pattern or features and make it your own. It is a fun feature that is at least a little different from the other Lego games, which is particularly important seeing how many of them are out there. However, this is where the game seems to breakdown and show some of the uglier bugs that the game has hidden away. Many times the dinosaur will get caught on the environment making you restart the game to free yourself. The system also seems to have a hard time with the larger character models causing the game to crash every now and again. This really hurts the overall presentation of the game and it makes you not want to play one of the potential best parts of the game. It was a solid missed opportunity.
Overall, Lego Jurassic World is a great Lego game. This entry will probably not win you over if you haven’t caught on to the genre. However, if you love the Lego franchise, chances are you’ll love this game too. Unfortunately, the bugs associated with the dinosaur parts leave much to be desired and it will make playing as the dinosaur more headache than fun. If you can look past the game-breaking bugs, there is plenty of fun to be had by Jurassic Park and Lego fans alike. Playing those classic movie scenes from a Lego perspective were a blast and it is highly recommended to check it out and let yourself get lost in Jurassic Park once again.
This review is based on a review copy of the PlayStation 4 version of Lego Jurassic World developed by Tt Games
- Awesome to Revisit Jurassic World
- Same Lego Charm and Humor
- Excellent Visuals
- Giant Playable Dinosaur Glitches
- Technical Issues