Jurassic Park: The Game
Jurassic Park: The Game is an episodic graphic adventure video game based on the 1993 film Jurassic Park and released for the PlayStation 3, Macintosh, Microsoft Windows, and Xbox 360. The game was developed and published by Telltale Games as part of a licensing deal with Universal Partnerships & Licensing.
Why It Sucks
- The story takes place during and after the original Jurassic Park following a string of events related to the dinosaur embryos that Dennis hid in a shaving cream can. While this isn't a bad idea, the story is very bland, boring, and forgettable for reasons shown below.
- The graphics haven't aged that well.
- All the characters are two dimensional at best and are forgettable.
- The pacing is off as there are times where it feels like the story is progressing too fast.
- Unlike other Telltale games, there are no choices to be made. In fact, there is only ONE choice at the very end where the player has to choose to whether Nima goes to save Jess or the embryos.
- If the player decides that Nima should save Jess, she pulls her up while the embryo canister is crushed under the T. rex's foot. After evading the dinosaur's attacks, Gerry, along with Jess and Nima, escapes the island together. As they sail off, Nima worries how she will take care of her daughter without the money the embryos would have brought her, but Jess manages to find a large case of money in the boat, presumably the payment she would have received for the embryos, implying that everything will work out in the end.
- If Nima goes to retrieve the embryos however, she is devoured by the T. rex while Gerry and Jess escape the island on a boat, with the former deciding to return to his old job as a regular zoo veterinarian so that he can be closer to Jess. He also mentions taking care of Nima's daughter, perhaps even adopting her on Nima's behalf.
- It's really short and can be beaten in about 3-4 hours.
- You can get a gold ranking for doing all QTEs without making a mistake, but you don't get anything for it.
- There's a QTE that requires you to line up a node to the center, which is tedious due to how sensitive the node is.
- Some of the characters' expressions can look really weird at times.
- Yoder is suppose to have gone insane after seeing his friends constantly die, but his turn feels out of nowhere given the lack of build up.
- The game looked pretty good for its time, but as said hasn't aged well.
- Decent voice acting.
- Nice callbacks to the original movie.
- As you progress, you can unlock entries to Dr. Sorkin's journal, which gives details about the dinosaurs you see, which is neat.
Jurassic Park: The Game received "mixed or average reviews" according to Metacritic.
IGN's Greg Miller said of the 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".