Impressions of Jurassic World Evolution 2 – Life found no way

Jurassic World Evolution 2 is the sequel to the management simulation game where you build an amusement park and hatch new dinosaurs to use as attractions. Although it released on November 9, unfortunately we received a code quite late. Therefore, I mainly focus on write instructions for the game, instead of rushing through the campaign and other modes to quickly make a judgment.

To be fair, it’s true Jurassic World Evolution 2 there are a number of ideas and concepts aimed at improving the original. However, it’s also plagued by cryptic bugs, tedious progress, constant micromanagement, and one of the most restrictive sandbox modes around.

A tough start

Campaign in Jurassic World Evolution 2 essentially resembles a stub that deals with events in the movie. Characters such as Claire Dearing, Owen Grady, Dr. Ian Malcolm and Dr. Henry Wu are introduced as you complete objectives. These areas include catching wild dinosaurs, creating habitats and repairing bases. In a way, the campaign is more of a guide, with the other modes acting like meat and potatoes.

Sadly, the campaign had a particularly infamous bug occur during the second mission. It prevents me from progressing after catch an Allosaurus because the game doesn’t know that the animal has been wrapped. That took me several retries – and wasted hours – just to figure out what went wrong. That’s because the first quest advised me to build enclosing areas in preparation for the dinosaurs being transported. Coincidentally, the Allosaurus error occurs if you just do.

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Jurassic World Evolution 2 mechanical

As mentioned before, Jurassic World Evolution 2 is all about creating a theme park and populating it with dinosaurs. The constructions themselves and the construction mechanics are both amazing. There are various amenities that have unique functions, utilities to power them, attractions that generate cash, and amenities that improve visitor happiness.

The second part, creating dinosaurs, also shows a lot of promise. Your initial goal is to recruit a group of scientists. They will conduct expeditions that will allow you to obtain fossils, as well as research technologies that help unlock new or enhanced facilities. The fossils are then studied so that you can fully map the organism’s genome. Once done, you will be able to hatch the eggs through the hatchery. After the time has passed, you can release the dinosaurs into their cages and thus, they will attract more tourists to your premises.

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Those are the basics, but things tend to get more complicated from there. For example, the genetic traits of these creatures (determined when you clone the eggs) can make them friendlier, stronger, or more content. Conversely, they may also become more aggressive, intolerant, or downright cruel.

General aspects of the social environment also come into play when each animal has its own likes and dislikes. Not only do you have to meet its environmental and dietary needs, but you also have to determine what kind of dinosaur it can coexist with in the same territory. If some species do not get along, then they will become more unruly and hostile. They can eventually rush out of the pen and attack your guests, leading to unwanted rating penalties.

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An amazing sandbox

I also chose to try it Jurassic World Evolution 2Sandbox Mode (I’m a big fan of the sandbox mechanics in the city builder and manager sim I play). Surprisingly, what this game has to offer is probably one of the most restrictive modes I’ve ever come across. By default, sandbox mode does not have expeditions or research. The only dinosaurs and buildings available are those unlocked in other game modes. This means you have to complete many tasks and spend countless hours just to get what you might need.

That’s why I advise players to just choose the first Challenge Mode map to unlock most features. Focusing on this map is good if you want to get deadly beasts like Tyrannosaurus rex, Spinosaurus, and Mosasaurus. However, there are still some options like Compsognathus, Indominus Rex, and Indoraptor that require specific modes or missions.

That’s right, we can see similarities in how the system works in the first game. But, the difference there is that Sandbox Mode was added more than a year after the game’s launch. In contrast, the sequel has Sandbox Mode available from the start, making these limitations extremely obvious.

It would be better if other game modes had different rewards, with Sandbox Mode now available for players who just want to relax and create an amusement park that has everything they could possibly need. Frontier Developments has opted to reread the same unlocking mechanics instead. If you’ve gone through the entire effort in the original game, redoing the whole process for a sequel feels like an unnecessary waste of time. Worse still, with a few exceptions, quest quests tend to become very repetitive and tedious.

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Other issues in Jurassic World Evolution 2

There are some other problems in Jurassic World Evolution 2 that spoils the experience. Chief among these is the crippling micromanagement that you have to deal with if the dinosaur gets sick or injured. For reference, there are two buildings that you’ll want to note – Ranger Station and Paleo Medical Facility. The former have units that can scan and calm your aggressive reptiles, and their actions can be automated within a specific radius. Meanwhile, the latter requires you to perform those tasks manually. If six dinosaurs are ill for unknown reasons, you need to scan them one by one with your doctors. If there’s a way to heal them, you’ll need to take that action again even if you’ve researched a treatment (scanning and healing doesn’t always happen in sequence).

For automatic actions within a radius, that can also get annoying. There are times when your dinosaur is eavesdropping. They simply won’t move and get stuck in the same place. If you don’t notice this, they will eventually starve to death. In my case I would have realized that this error only occurs when my rangers and paramedics seem to be stuck as well. They are trying to repeat the same action with the creature, and because its program is malfunctioning, rangers and ambulances just keep it for so long. There are other issues as well, such as devastating storms that keep happening (leading to reduced park income and ratings), flying dinosaurs becoming unresponsive in aviaries, and dinosaur attacks creatures they ought to like (even though they’re not ‘free from negative traits).

Jurassic World Evolution 2 can sometimes leave you in awe. The images of these giant ancient beasts are still breathtaking. Likewise, Chaos Theory Mode, gives you a glimpse of “what if?” The script from the movie, is quite interesting. Unfortunately, it’s also plagued by problematic bugs and questionable design. It’s not something I can recommend in its current state.

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