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LEGO Jurassic World, a comedic LEGO reconstruction of the series of Jurassic Park/World movies.

Purchased: I bought this game through one of Fanatical’s sales.
Achievements: Yes.
DLC: Yes.

This was actually the first LEGO game that I got to try, so things were a bit new to me from the get-go.

But the idea of getting to actually play through the Jurassic Park worlds and interact with dinosaurs, as well as run away and die from them was more appealing than the other LEGO games I got at the current time.

Sorry Harry Potter and Ninjas.

(I’m sure they understood.)

Pros:

  • Nostalgia
  • Play as characters from the movies
  • Play as dinosaurs and eat people
  • Humor

Cons:

  • Lag spikes
  • Voiceovers are grainy from movies
  • Can get stuck in places

Navigation

I was expecting a pretty linear path with these games, but was surprised to note they felt a little open-worldish to me.

Not so much the specific sections where each individual mission of the games take place, but when you come out on the different islands, you’re able to basically free roam anywhere on said island. You can run back to certain areas, or drive there, or even do a fast travel to an area you’ve done and not fully completed.

I think it’s pretty easy to get a little lost in everything if you don’t exactly know what you’re doing. Especially those looking to buy things they’ve unlocked and don’t quite know where they are.

As a completionist myself…I became lost on the map. But, let’s face it, my navigational skills even with a map, compass, and cursor pointing me to a specific direction suck.

Which reminds me. If you do lose track of where you’re going, it does give you a trail to follow.

They’re learning.

Graphics

As the first LEGO game I’ve played, I was thinking everything was going to look like it came out of a LEGO box. So…Minecraft type of looks, I guess?

Only, y’know, better.

That wasn’t exactly the case though. While everything in the foreground might’ve been made up of mostly LEGOs, the background wasn’t. And even some of the foliage wasn’t. Basically, anything you can’t really break or interact with isn’t going to look like it came from a box of building blocks.

I was kind of bummed by this, but the different graphics do serve a purpose in showing what you can fool around with and what you can’t.

Gameplay

I’ll give it to you straight–it was a bit wonky at times.

Sometimes the extra characters that follow you around liked to get stuck in some places. So if you got too far ahead, you couldn’t switch off to them. You’d have to go find them or get closer.

Also, I managed to get stuck myself toward the beginning of the Jurassic Park episode. When big ol’ Bessy came out and we rode her to her little food pit, I switched characters, then switched back, and one of the characters became stuck on the cow.

I don’t even know. But they were rodeo riding for sure.

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Aside from that little glitch, there were several laggy locations throughout the entire game. Not even on cutscenes, but just during actual gameplay.

Should I get to the good shit?

Kay.

You get to break things. You get to build things. You get to hunt for fossils, scream and break glass, play as some of your favorite characters from the movies, and become dinosaurs.

That deserves boldness, right there.

LEGO Jurassic World is a collectible game. You’ll want to collect all the little bits of currency, because I don’t actually know what the hell they’re actually meant to be. You can use this currency to then buy things you’ve unlocked. People, vehicles, dinosaurs.

Audio

Here’s where it might make it or break it for you.

If you like the nostalgia of hearing your favorite characters’ voices from the movies, then great. This game gives clips of different sayings the actors/actresses did. They’re grainy sometimes, and it’s not wonderfully done, but you’ve got some of their better lines in the game as things go down.

On the other hand, there are voice actors for some random characters in the game. And they almost all have something funny to say.

The two types of vocalizations definitely stand out from one another though, and it kind of throws you out of the game for a moment when it does happen. A jarring effect, if you will.

Overall

As my first LEGO game, and a sucker for the Jurassic Park/World movies (uh, dinosaurs eating people, hello?), I completely recommend this game to anyone that liked the series as well, and enjoys humor and breaking things.

It’s not as dramatic as the movie. It changes things up. Makes you laugh during those stressful moments.

You can die, but you don’t die for good. It’s kind of like Sonic the Hedgehog in that way. You lose a bunch of your money, but there’s a crap ton laying around you can get back.

Once you finish the storylines, you can go back to the main islands and become the completionist you were meant to be. Unlock all the crates of dino bones. Find all the mosquito ambers, which give you dinosaurs to control. Just go back to every area and do the things you couldn’t do before.

Nail those achievements.

Did I mention characters (like Sarah) can dumpster dive into large piles of dino poop to find things?

Well played, LEGO Jurassic World. Well played.

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