Jurassic World Evolution.
It’s hard not to be impressed by the sheer beauty of constructing your own dinosaur exhibits on Isla Matanceros, Muerta, Pena, Sorna and Tacaño in the surrounding archipelago around the now-quarantined Isla Nublar. Frontier Games has a supremely stable and fast engine that renders everything gorgeously at insanely high framerates at 4K or windowed 1080p when I have other things drawing my attention.
And then to top it all off, they paid BD Wong (Dr. Wu), Bryce Dallas Howard (Claire boss lady), and JEFF freaking GOLDBLUM (Dr. Ian Malcolm from the originals and new Jurassic movies) to voice dozens of hours of content, voiceover, narration, dialogue, and exposition! Holy cow! That was a massive surprise, honestly assumed it was just a gimmick for the opening trailer, maybe the first mission then nothing for the rest of the game (or cheaper actors).
I will say, the physics can be a bit simplistic though for driving or flying. It’s similar to GTA - not really a challenge, and not super realistic acceleration or turning but it makes for some really comical scenes that Frontier apparently decided to embrace with open arms. Sometimes when you see a sick dinosaur and want your doctors to handle it (instead of manually driving over to shoot it full of medication), they will purposely accelerate like a maniac right at a small hill outside the fence of an exhibit to pop up dozens or maybe 100 meters in the air to jump the fence, despite there being an automated gate a few meters away. It makes me laugh though, it’s a fairly lighthearted game with funny moments.
As for mechanics, the first few days can be tough as I didn’t realize how easy it was for the common freaking cold to wipe out my entire stock of dinosaurs (yes, they die if you don’t treat it quickly). Basically I had to learn to drop EVERYTHING if a sick dino alert popped up, and constantly check the dinos for potential diseases. You have to think of them as multi-million dollar investments: without them, no visitors will come and the park dies. Once you figure out how to not kill off your money-makers, it becomes fairly trivial to balance your budget and keep funds flowing.
All in all, it’s yet another reason to love Frontier. They did the license proud. And I really want Secrets of Dr. Wu expansion; making my own hybrid dinos sounds like I get to re-live my Impossible Creatures (2003) childhood fantasies again.
Solid 9/10 (if you’re addicted to numbers), highly recommend