LEGO Jurassic World - Xbox One

Release Date:

12 June 2015

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Also on USA.
6.8

Summary:

LEGO Jurassic World on the Xbox One allows players to experience all the blockbusting excitement of the movie Jurassic World and the three Jurassic Park films in this dino-centric thriller. Customize your own dinosaur collection: Collect LEGO amber and experiment with DNA to create completely original dinosaurs, like the Dilophosaurus Rex. Players can also populate and explore Isla Nublar and Isla Sorna. Put your unique dinosaur creations in to paddocks as you complete special Free Play missions. The game follows the epic storylines of Jurassic Park, The Lost World: Jurassic Park and Jurassic Park III, as well as the highly anticipated Jurassic World.

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LEGO Movie Videogame on the Xbox One is as simple as it has always been. The title follows along with the same story as the film so if you haven't seen the film yet, you should probably give that a...
by TT Games
Release Date: 14/02/2014

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LEGO Jurassic World comes by way of developer TT Games with a release by Warner Bros. Interactive. The LEGO series of video games has been, for years, one of the most consistently cashable franchises in all of entertainment. The teams ability to blend fun with true-to-fan adaptation means that the games are appealing to just about every demographic. Fans can play these LEGO games as adults or with their children and they make great casual entries. We picked up a copy of LEGO Jurassic World on the heels of the record breaking box office performance by the film. We found an interesting game that pushed the LEGO name in certain areas while falling woefully short in others. Here is our review for LEGO Jurassic World (cue Jurassic Park music).

So the LEGO games have always been focused on co-operative gameplay with players on the seat next to you. Mixing puzzles with platformer segments, along with a steady stream of hack and slash combat, you maneuver your way through various block based worlds. The LEGO team has divined the charm of their creation down to an easily applied skin and we’ve seen a ton of franchises get the benefit: Star Wars, The Lord of the Rings, Batman and now Jurassic World. The charm is here in full force and immediately we were smiling once the game loaded.

Jurassic World doesn’t just focus on giving you the experience from the newly released film as it instead opts to go all the way back to the legendary first film, and Michael Crichton novel, Jurassic Park. From there you are able to play through all three films proceeding it in order to get the full serving of Jurassic dinosaur action. This makes for a game that is deep in terms of content and wide in terms of scope with plenty to do and more to see.

If you’ve played prior LEGO titles then the typical M.O. you would expect is to start the game inside of a level hub. From there you would spread out and explore the world one level at a time, always returning to your hub in order to make character tweaks and inventory adjustments. This isn’t the case in LEGO Jurassic World. Instead the game presents itself as fairly open world in a sort of linear way. You start off the game on the iconic Isla Nublar, right off the coast of Costa Rica. From here you can work your way through the park and the rest of the island, stumbling upon different levels that you can go into. So instead of being assigned to a level hub where you are surrounded by instanced entry points, you get to feel like the whole of Isla Nublar is at your feet. This gives the game a more expansive feeling while sticking true to the core of the series.

Once you are inside of a level things will come back to their full familiarity. You pick one character out of the gigantic roster, including fan favorites Alan Grant and Ellie Sattler, and then push forward through large and unique levels that make you dive deeply into your backlog of LEGO skills. Each character has their own special ability, as is typical of LEGO games, and you can use them to their fullest extent. Alan Grant, as an example, has a Velociraptor claw that he wields in order to cut down vines or attack enemies. Ellie Sattler has the ability to dive head first into dino excrement in order to find hidden clues, not exactly an ability we’d be proud to have but it works for her.

If you have spent any measure of time playing LEGO games then you know how big of section that combat takes up in the game. Considering Jurassic World is full of man eating dinosaurs, combat would be pretty hard to have constantly. So in order to keep the game somewhat realistic to the series the amount of dinosaurs you fight are scaled back and instead you are given a new, and more exciting, gameplay element: Chase sequences. These sections of the game are pulse pounding races that have you running from dinosaurs feverishly trying to have you for dinner. You maneuver right to left in a downward facing hill while collecting the familiar studs that make up the core of the games collecting mechanic. You’ll create some new dinosaur driven memories with this mode as well as recreate some of the classic moments from the different films. It’s a great twist on the core gameplay mechanics while staying true to a series that is both fun and easy enough to acclimate to.

Another wrinkle in the series is the ability to play as dinosaurs. This refreshing change of pace pops up after you begin to unlock characters in droves. Playing as Alan Grant may get boring, playing as a Velociraptor will never get dull no matter how long you do it. And really the dinosaurs are the star of the show anyway so why shouldn’t you be able to play as one?

Bonus content runs the day once more as LEGO continues to emphasize replayabililty with their games. Collecting studs is a primary component of filling out your bonus content catalogue but there is a ton more to find. The campaign mode is pretty short so there is a ton of added content to flesh things out, as well. You can replay the different chase scenes as the dinosaurs instead. You can also engage in Free Play mode with any number of special characters and these characters give you access to new content such as the LEGO minikits which allow you to build new items.

The biggest problem that LEGO Jurassic World has is that it lacks a bonafide supporting cast of interesting characters that the other franchises had no problem filling out. The presentation is also often lacking with backgrounds mostly mundane forest backdrops as is typical of the island. Still this is a solid entry into a solid franchise and definitely worth a playthrough.

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