Hello everyone! This week, I played a really bad game. But despite what you might think, I actually enjoyed my time with it!
The game was Telltale's Jurassic Park, which is a QTE-fest in a similar vein to The Walking Dead. This is interesting, because while The Walking Dead was a viable contender for Game of the Year, Jurassic Park was considered one of the worst games of its year. The gameplay between the two was extremely similar, with a few tweaks in The Walking Dead's favor, making characters think differently of you depending on what you say, and maybe those characters will live long enough to make it a little further in the story. I guess the main thing The Walking Dead had going for it was the fantastic character development, and the feeling that player choices were affecting the story, and that was enough to push it into Great Game territory, leaving games like Jurassic Park to be looked down upon in shame.
Jurassic Park's story wasn't bad though, in my opinion. It certainly helps to be a fan of the first movie though, otherwise many of the references the game makes will be lost on you. Since the first Jurassic Park movie happens to be one of my favorite movies of all time, however, I found all the references to be a joy! You get to explore areas from the movie, immediately after the events of the movie have taken place, such as Nedry's car crash site and the main room of the visitor's center, where the T-rex just destroyed the two raptors. It was really cool going into these areas knowing what happened there, looking around the bushes for the can of shaving cream Nedry lost and the stick that he threw, and panicking when you have to open up Nedry's car door knowing full well that there's a dilophosaurus hiding in there.
The new characters introduced in the game were pretty interesting too. Dr. Harding was in the movie very briefly, taking care of the sick Triceratops, but he's much more interesting in the game. His daughter, Jessie, was probably the best character in the game, same as any of the children from the movies (because how can you not love Tim and Lex?). The other characters, Nima, Billy, Oscar and Dr. Sorkin, were also really great characters (and very diverse, in terms of personality and physical appearance), although I thought Billy went a bit uncharacteristically crazy towards the end. Nima and Dr. Sorkin probably had the most interesting and believable character arcs, while Dr. Harding's and Jessie's arcs were pretty sappy but still entertaining (typical father/daughter stuff).
The game's biggest draw, of course, is the dinosaurs, and I thought they had a great variety of awesome looking dinos! The sections of the game with the raptors were appropriately frightening and super tense, while the T-rex was more thrilling than anything. I also enjoyed the introduction of the Troodon, which were terrifying simply because of how little was known about their behavior. My favorite dino, though, was of course the Mosasaur, a giant aquatic beast which was sort of a mix between a shark and an alligator. Granted, I don't think it would be humanly possible to outswim that thing like they did in the game, but it was still the coolest section of the game for me anyway.
AHHHHHH! So cool!
Of course, none of this stops the game from being a lazy mess of quick time events and little else. There are a few easy puzzles, and some dialogue options to explore, but other than that it's purely QTEs. It's definitely not the most fun thing to play, but the story was interesting enough to hold my attention the entire way through. Although, like I said before, it certainly helps to be a Jurassic Park fan.
No topsauce today :(
A - Thumb Scar discusses a card game called Boss Monster, a game overflowing with references to other games and media.
One thing the game was missing was Jeff Goldblum's glorious bod.
F - Friday Night Fights on Nintendo + Battalions!
F - Friday Night Fights on Playstation + Drunktrev!
R - Lord Spencer reviews Sparkster, an SNES game with opossums and rocket packs!
N - Under Night In-Birth Exe: Late has been confirmed for a physical release on the PS3, but what does the name MEAN?!
N - Apparently if you have a Steam VAC ban, meaning you've cheated in the past, you won't be able to use the online features in Dark Souls II.
V - Some dude plays the Attack on Titan theme on guitar.
No fails today! Huzzah!