Lego Jurassic World
Developed by Traveller’s Tales
Published by Warner Bros. Interactive
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*Please Note: This Review is of the PlayStation 4 Version*
Lego Jurassic World follows the stories of all 4 Jurassic Park movies in which I will post a brief description of each movie below.
In the Jurassic Park segment of the game; Paleontologist Alan Grant, Paleobotanist Ellie Sattler & Chaos Theorist Ian Malcolm get paid a visit from Millionaire and Jurassic Park Owner; John Hammond in order to visit his theme park in which Dinosaurs have been brought back to life in order to sign the park off to calm Investors after the death of an employee however as soon as the group of specialists enter the park; A conspiracy leads to things taking a turn for the worse.
In The Lost World Segment of the game; A Young Girl is attacked on Isla Sorna (Not far from Isla Nublar from the first movie) 4 years after the events of Jurassic Park. Soon after; Ian Malcolm is once again called in by John Hammond to lead a small team to document the dinosaurs on Isla Sorna in order to preserve it. Ian agrees to go after finding out his girlfriend; Sarah (Also a Paleontologist) is already on the island however what they don’t know is Hammond’s Nephew is leading a team to capture the Dinosaurs to open Jurassic Park: San Diego.
In the Jurassic Park III Segment of the game; A Family lose their son while parasailing at Isla Sorna and in a desperate attempt to rescue him enlist the help of Dr. Alan Grant to help find him. Alan agrees to help on the condition they try to find him by plane however this plan goes awry when the plane lands and is attacked by the deadly new dinosaur; the Spinosaurus which destroys the plane leaving the passengers in a bid for survival…especially as the Velociraptors (Smarter than ever) start to come into play.
Finally in the Jurassic World Segment of the game; 22 Years after the events of Jurassic Park, A New Theme Park is built on the ruins of Jurassic Park on Isla Nublar called Jurassic World and is run by Simon Masrani and Masrani Corp. In order to get more visitors to the park; The science team create a brand new dinosaur however trouble soon ensues when the Dinosaurs break out into a park full of visitors.
All in all, the amount of story content you get is well worth your money since it is essentially 4 playable movies in lego form.
Lego Jurassic World like the other games in the lego series utilizes the simplistic lego style of smash, build and collect. The game features numerous puzzles to solve by smashing and rebuilding certain objects. The game features huge open worlds based around all 4 Jurassic Park movies with each world hub taking up half of the islands where the films are based with Jurassic Park & Jurassic World taking up Isla Nublar and The Lost World & Jurassic Park III taking up Isla Sorna. Like quite a few of the lego games in previous years; each character has a specific class of character including Adventurer’s who can climb walls and paraglide aswell as Mathematicians who can solve certain puzzles.
One thing I absolutely adored about this game is the fact that it has stuck so close to the original source material and uses it for puzzles which you can solve for the gold bricks and other collectibles such as examining the fecal matter of Dinosaurs to discover their illness to help heal them and Using the abilities of the different dinosaurs such as the Raptors sense of smell and the T-Rex’s Roar. All in all, the gameplay in Lego Jurassic World is very similar to the other lego titles but that makes it enjoyable and so the gameplay is great however I did encounter a slight glitch when I switched to the Huge Dinosaurs like the T-Rex and the Indominous Rex in which I couldn’t switch characters and was essentially stuck to the spot until I rebooted the game.
The score in Lego Jurassic World is phenomenal since the game actually utilizes the original soundtrack scores of all 4 of the movies including the iconic Jurassic Park theme tune which you can hear when you free roam around the Jurassic Park Isla Nublar Hub. In addition to this, The game actually took the good majority of dialogue from the actual movies for the games script with the films actors’ voices being taken to portray the mini-figures. Voices in Lego Jurassic World include many well known voice actors such as Laura Bailey, Troy Baker, Etc… however the game also features a wide variety of the cast members from the actual movies such as Chris Pratt, Sam Neil, Jeff Goldblum, Samuel L. Jackson, Laura Dern and even the late and great; Richard Attenborough. All in all the sound section for Lego Jurassic World is pretty damn solid however there were a few times when the actual sound looked out of sync with the characters talking but this was only minor and only occurred every now and then.
Lego Jurassic World being like every other lego title tends to look like a lego playset and like I said in the Lego Batman 3 review I posted last year; the character models seem to have gotten a lot more sharper with the characters looking and moving more realistic compared to the previous lego games and like most lego games in recent years; the game does feature parts of the world and levels that actually look real rather than having the appearance of lego bricks. One thing I will say about the hub and level layouts for Lego Jurassic World is that like nearly everything else in the game, it stays true to the original layout and concepts of the movies with the game pretty much being scene for scene from the movies (with the added bits of extra scenery to make the game playable and lack of character deaths). The graphics for this game are on top form for a Lego game.
Like all Lego games; Jurassic World has a huge amount of replay value to it with many collectibles in game (Minikit, Amber Bricks, Etc…) requiring a second playthrough of levels with Free Play in order to complete 100% however like most lego games; Once you have collected everything the game has to offer including the trophies/achievements (Which are pretty much earned just playing through the story), unless you just want to play through the game again; there is no replay value upon 100% completion.
Overall, Lego Jurassic World is on a personal level my favorite lego game made in the history of lego games (I’ve played nearly all of them) because while it is simplistic; It suits the style of game that you can expect from Jurassic Park and as soon as the game enters the start menu; it just takes you on a lego roller-coaster ride in a true love letter to the movies. When playing the game, you can easily see that the developers were fans of the series and so you could feel that more love went into it than previous titles. The gameplay retains that solid gaming genre that Lego has built up over the years while also bringing back the character specific abilities. The soundtrack(s) for the game are perfect and suit each level. All in all, Lego Jurassic World is arguably the best lego game I’ve ever played and if Lego Dimensions and Lego Avengers are anything like this title; It will be a brilliant year for Lego games.
My Score = 9/10
- The Stories are exactly the same as the movies
- Gameplay is familiar
- Character Specific Abilities
- Vast Open World Hubs
- The Soundtracks (Especially the Iconic Theme)
- The Voice Cast
- Graphics look sharper and slightly more realistic in-game
- Not much Replay Value upon 100% completion
- Glitch with Dinosaur switching
- Audio sometimes went out of sync
Lego Jurassic World is available now from all good retailers for PC, 3DS, OS X, PS3, PS4, PS Vita, Wii U, Xbox 360 & Xbox One. Thanks go out to Warner Bros. Interactive for supplying the game and assets used in this review. Be sure to let us know your thoughts on this review in the comments section below and be sure to stay tuned to UGNN for all your gaming news and reviews and be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.