LEGO® Jurassic World review
Traveler’s Tales does it again with LEGO® Jurassic World as the latest addition to the popular LEGO® game franchise. Do you want to play as a ferocious velociraptor or a T-Rex? How about loading and stomping everything in your way a living tank of triceratops? If you’ve ever wanted to play or hunt dinosaurs, or even search for an important item in a huge pile of dinosaur droppings, this game may be perfect for you.
This title remains true to the Jurassic movie franchise, as do the other LEGO® games released. LEGO® Jurassic World manages to bring the quirky LEGO® brand humor into the game and does a good job of making the game friendly for younger players. It’s even educational, as the ever-cute Mr. DNA shows up during load times to enlighten us with real-life dinosaur data.
LEGO® Jurassic World incorporates the first three Jurassic movies along with the most recent Jurassic World movie in this title. Everyone loves to revive the T-Rex by shaking the ground as the huge beasts get terrifyingly close. The rumble function of the remote control works perfectly in this scene. The different thing about this title is that you can choose which movie you want to play using a monorail system in the game. This means that you do not have to finish the sequences in chronological order and you can jump directly to the last movie if you wish. That’s different from previous LEGO® games like the Star Wars series.
Much of LEGO® Jurassic World is still repetitive, as you will spend a lot of time breaking the scene to build the new elements you need. The action of breaking it down and building it is featured in every LEGO® set and was expected. Why not? Anyway, it’s supposed to be a LEGO® adventure. Replay isn’t a fan favorite and can get boring, so Traveller’s Tales opted to cut down on this action heavily for LEGO® Jurassic World. Older players may welcome this change, but young children who don’t really get involved in the more sophisticated elements of a game and just want to fight and have fun may suffer from reduced attention spans when playing this game.
LEGO® sets are not known for their superior graphics, but LEGO® Jurassic World contains the best graphics to date for Lego titles. The animation is very well done and the cut scenes are incredibly enjoyable.
As with other LEGO® sets, the controls are still a bit clunky. Camera angles are often frustrating as the camera doesn’t move accordingly. This will make precise jumps more difficult even if it should have been easy. Another annoyance that exists is minor bugs involving your teammates falling off or not keeping up. These rare occurrences can mostly be fixed by logging out and logging back in.
The missions are more guided than the previous titles. The large open world that exists in other LEGO® games like The Hobbit has been reduced considerably for LEGO® Jurassic World. This more linear format provides a faster pace for this game. The exploration is not wasted much, as the mission will also require less travel time from point A to point B.
Another traditional winner from LEGO® games is cooperative play. This always makes for a great time as a couch based event. This is a great way to spend valuable time bonding with a young child. You can share both the scares and the laughs. Tell me if you and your kid won’t laugh after a terrifying velociraptor leaves a steamy smiley face after breathing in the window.
LEGO® Jurassic World is fun and well done. If you like movies, you will enjoy this game.
LEGO® Jurassic World is ranked 7 out of 10.
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