Jurassic World Evolution 2by Aethyna Nov 11, 2021 | 1 Votes | 78 Played | 0 Reviews 10 rate Set in the new neo-Jurassic world where humans have to coexist with dinosaurs, Jurassic World Evolution 2 will have you capture the dinosaurs roaming in the wild and bring them back to your Jurassic World to conserve them. Play Now Similar Games Played
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Jurassic World Evolution 2 is the highly anticipated sequel to what is already a delightful simulation game featuring gorgeously-rendered dinosaurs and a large park to manage. Set in the new neo-Jurassic world where humans have to coexist with dinosaurs, your goal now is to capture the dinosaurs in the wild and bring them back to your Jurassic World to conserve them. There are lots of facilities, upgrades, and new features to unlock as you play, and there’s even a brand-new story-driven mode, Chaos Theory, which lets you experience the many “What ifs” during critical events in the Jurassic World and Jurassic Park movies.
Set after the Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom movie, where – spoiler alert! – the caged dinosaurs were released into the wild, your goal now is to send out expeditions to capture these wild dinosaurs and bring them back to your newly-built, conservation-oriented Jurassic Worlds scattered across the United States.
Jurassic World Evolution 2 comes with 4 game modes, two of which are story-driven. The campaign, which doubles as a tutorial, is fairly short. It consisted of several missions where you’ll learn about the game and unlock new buildings and features for use in the other game modes. If you play Planet Zoo, the Challenge mode here is pretty similar to Scenarios in the zoo simulation game.
Besides Sandbox mode which is basically a free-for-all game mode, the main bulk of the game comes in the form of a new game mode, Chaos Theory. The idea behind this mode is to let you experience the “what-ifs” based on critical moments in the Jurassic World and Park movies.
The gameplay itself is pretty impressive to someone who has not played the original title before. The game will have you set up enclosures to house the dinosaurs you’ll be “rescuing” from the wild, and you'll need to make sure their welfare is being met. Usually, this means having enough food, water, and a team of rangers patrolling their enclosures just to make sure the dinosaurs are doing alright. If one of them happens to fall ill, you’ll then need to have a team of mobile vets ready to treat the dinosaur.
As you’re running a park, there will be guests and visitors but not in the kind of volume you’d see in a zoo, considering the… safety concerns. You’ll have to build observation decks for your guests to view the dinosaurs and naturally, you’ll want to provide them with the best view.
As mentioned, there are plenty of safety concerns that you’ll have to address when operating a Jurassic World. Sometimes, even with proper fencing, you will still have cases when dinosaurs escaped from their enclosures and you’ll need to get everybody to safety. This is especially true during natural disasters like sandstorms agitate the dinosaurs to the point where they might just decide to break out of their enclosures – to hell to the electric fencing!
Escaped dinosaurs, like any escaped predator in Planet Zoo, will greatly alarm your staff and your park’s visitors so you’ll need to manually open the doors of the nearest emergency shelter so they could… well, shelter in place safely.
Although you’ll start the game with a barebone selection of facilities, upgrades, and features, know that you can easily unlock new ones via research. Scientists are, after all, the backbone of your Jurassic World. You can recruit them and, depending on their stats, send them on expeditions to bring back new dinosaurs from the wild.
With the proper research and team, you can even bioengineer the dinosaurs to customize them with cool vibrant colors, which, if paleontologists are to be believed, are the kind of colors that the dinosaurs should realistically have. Of course, you can give your dinos new traits as well.
If you love the original game for its dinosaurs, then you’ll be delighted with this sequel. The game adds in much-requested marine and flying dinosaurs, bringing the total number of dinosaurs available in this game to 75. There’s also a launch-day DLC, which you can get separately or as part of the Deluxe Edition, that will add 5 more new dinosaurs to the roster.
Personally, I think one of the highlights of the game is the fact that I could go into the field myself via the helicopter to capture dinosaurs or to get some close-up time with the dinosaurs via the ranger’s jeep. It’s just an entirely different experience when you can be rolling alongside the dinosaurs you love in a jeep. The dinosaurs here are more realistic than ever as well, thanks to improvements done to how the dinosaurs interact with one another.
Coming from a Planet Zoo background, however, I can’t say that I’m not a bit disappointed that the game doesn’t offer the sort of depth that Planet Zoo was able to provide. I guess I could also understand why this is so. Unlike animals, we don’t know as much about dinosaurs, like what they do to “play” or “entertain” themselves since these kinds of info can’t really be gleaned from fossils. This is why there aren’t any “enrichment” objects here.
The goal is to conserve the dinosaurs in a habitat that replicates the one they had too – as close as possible anyway – after all, so I reckon to introduce modern-day objects for the dinosaurs to potentially play with might just disrupt this effort.
There are some micro-management here as well, such as the need to manually open emergency shelters when an emergency breaks out, which can be a bit annoying I guess, but thankfully, if things are getting out of hand, you could always pause the game.
Another thing which I have to agree with most of the other players is that the Sandbox mode in this game isn’t exactly a Sandbox. Sandbox mode typically gives you free rein to create what you want with all the assets the game has to offer, but for some reason, the assets in this game are locked behind researches, forcing players who just want to play Sandbox to have to go through the other game modes. Personally, it's not a huge issue for me since I enjoy playing the story modes, but I can understand why other players are a little more than upset.
To meet and interact with your fellow dinophiles, the game’s Steam discussion forum is definitely the best place to be. Here, you can also report bugs, provide suggestions, and discuss the game.
As with any Frontier’s games, the graphics and animation here are absolutely gorgeous. They are definitely a step-up. That said, it seems like they still use the “old” artists’ depiction of dinosaurs since none of these dinos have feathers on them. If you’re picky about these kinds of things, I’m guessing this might annoy you to no end.
The soundtrack here is very pleasant to listen to while you’re completing objectives and building your Jurassic World. The game even features voice acting from some of the original cast of the movie franchise!
All in all, Jurassic World Evolution 2 has definitely improved on the original in many ways but there is still some room for improvement. It may not be as in-depth as Planet Zoo, but at least, the game stayed true to the movie and the premise of the story and actually lets you get your hands dirty by heading into the field yourself. Of course, the addition of flying and marine dinosaurs are very welcomed!