They were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn’t stop to think if they should…
There was no doubt as to whether or not the Nintendo Switch could handle a port of the 2015 game LEGO Jurassic World, it was originally released on the last generation of consoles, including the much-maligned Wii U. However the question the esteemed Dr Ian Malcolm raises, is more a matter of whether we need it. After all, this year’s peak season will see a deluge of titles being released onto the Switch, all vying for gamers cash and time. In short the answer is a resounding yes, Dr Malcolm, they should.
Welcome to Jurassic Park
LEGO Jurassic World was one of TT’s finer Lego games and the nature of Lego games formula fits within the Jurassic Park/World franchise perfectly. Combat has never been a strong suit of the Lego games, and the focus upon combat within the DC and Marvel titles is where they fall a little flat. The sometimes dark and confined areas of those games also gave them a somewhat clunky and restrictive nature. Jurassic World, then was a breath of fresh air. Large open-world hub areas, in bright vibrant locals and a game which focused more on the problem solving, through light puzzles, than repetitive mashing of a button to dispose of enemies. Having said that the Compsognathus will irritate you.
Whilst there are around 100 characters to unlock, admittedly nowhere near the 250+ from LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2, the focus of the inevitable collectathon, comes from unlocking the island’s dinosaurs. Not only can you play as each dinosaur you unlock, but you may also play at being Henry Wu, and create your own genetically messed up creations from mixing up parts of each one you have attained. The game is split into four sections, each being a stand-alone title based upon each film (Fallen Kingdom not included, as it was terrible and not released at the time in 2015). Jurassic Park and Jurassic World being set upon Isla Nublar, Jurassic Park Lost World and Jurassic Park III set on Isla Sorna.
The music is amazing
All lifted straight from the films, and let us be honest, that Johnny Williams knows how to bang out a good old tune. The voice work however is a mixed bag. Most of the major characters from the franchise have had their voices lifted straight from the movies, and when we are talking about a film that is 26 years old, and the developers have tried to filter out some of the background noise, we end up with some occasional muffled or fuzzy audio.
Graphically this Switch version delivers, mostly. Having played the game on an Xbox One and PlayStation 4 previously, it is definitely noticeable that the characters and environments lack a certain level of polish, literally. There is less of a sheen to the overall presentation and it appears as though on occasion there is either no, or minimal antialiasing going on during certain parts of the game, thereby producing some obvious jagged edges. If I am being honest though, these are really quite minor issues.
Should you buy this game? If you have never played it, absolutely. If you have played it on previous consoles my answer would be “for the right price”, yes. What’s the right price? Well, it’s your money so you decide.
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Platform: PC, Mobile, Playstation, Xbox, Nintendo
Release Date: 20/09/2019
No. of Players: 1-2
Developer: TT Fusion
Publisher: WB Games
Download link: eShop