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The Jurassic World movies are not great but I really appreciate that they’ve brought us some of the best Jurassic Park games

I love Jurassic Park. It's a near perfect movie in my mind with a great mix of wonder, humor, horror, introspection, and adventure. Unfortunately, just like all the movie sequels, games have always struggled to capture what made the original movie so good.

I remember enjoying the Genesis sidescroller game although, like most tie-in games from that era, it actually has very little to do with the movie. I also enjoyed the PS1 Lost World game's presentation but found it an incredibly frustrating and difficult game to actually play (judging by its reviews, I'm not the only one). Telltale's Jurassic Park game unfortunately game before they really perfected their modern adventure game format with The Walking Dead and it simultaneously features some interesting exploration of Jurassic Park's themes while also having some of the worst QTEs ever.

Of course, Trespasser is one of the weirder Jurassic Park games. A failed attempt at an immersive first-person game that was ahead of its time in some ways but ultimately bungled the execution on all of it. Out of all the games, Operation Genesis clearly stands out as the one truly good game of the bunch that fully gets the feeling of Jurassic Park.

Fast forward to the release of Jurassic World (and past a lot of bad JP3 tie-in games). The movie itself is a fun summer action movie but it completely lacks interesting characters and any of the heart of the original film. However, with it has come a ton of great tie-in games that finally fulfill the promise of Jurassic Park in video game form.

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Firstly, and hear me out here: LEGO Jurassic World. This game rules. It has so much of what you could ask for in a Jurassic Park game. You get to play through the stories of four films, embody your favorite characters and dinos (all with their own unique abilities), drive vehicles, explore open world Isla Nublar and Isla Sorna, and even play in co-op. The game pays wonderful homage to the film franchise and has fantastic presentation. Yes, the gameplay is simple, being a LEGO game and all, but just exploring, collecting, and reliving these stories is a ton of fun. If you are a big fan of the original movie, I can't imagine someone not enjoying this game. It's a true open world third-person Jurassic Park game despite the LEGO veneer.

Jurassic World Evolution is another park builder game like Operation Genesis but now in HD. Perfect game if you ever just wanted to build and run your own version of Jurassic Park.

And lastly, Jurassic World Aftermath, a new stealth/horror game for the Oculus Quest where you must run and hide from the dinosaurs to survive. The game features a unique cel-shaded/graphic novel art style and you can imagine how scary being stalked by a raptor in VR is. It's a great mix of trying something new while very much sticking true to the franchise. Basically, imagine a whole game built around the kitchen scene from Jurassic Park.

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I hated Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and expect that I'll hate Jurassic World: Dominion too but so long as these mediocre movies keep resulting in good Jurassic Park games across a range of genres, I'm all for it.


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