NEW YORK (CNS) – An addition to the high-grossing Dangerous Dinosaurs franchise that began with Michael Crichton’s 1990 novel “Jurassic World Evolution 2” (Frontier), like its 2020 predecessor, gives players the opportunity to create successful theme parks.

While the graphics are relatively tame, the objectives are demanding, making the game too complex for small children, although it is fine for everyone else.

While the first iteration is set on a mysterious archipelago, the sequel is set in North America after the events of the 2018 film “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom”, in which a band of prehistoric predators escaped into the world. This allows for new challenges in the different biomes of California, Oregon, and even the Nation’s Capital.

There are several modes, including a “Fallen Kingdom” inspired campaign story and a “Chaos Theory” storyline that revisits key moments in franchise history. Various characters from the books and movies appear to help players, including former Park Operations Manager Claire Dearing (voiced by Bryce Dallas Howard) and mathematician Dr Ian Malcolm (voiced by Jeff Goldblum).

Players can create over 75 different species from DNA acquired from fossil expeditions – dinosaurs, pterosaurs, and various types of marine life among them. This is in addition to the creatures that can be captured in the wild. Various resort amenities are also available to build, including rides, gift shops, and restaurants.

In addition to building a successful business, players need to ensure that the parks they create are functioning properly. If animals are not placed in the right habitats with the right resources, for example, they can end up competing with each other, with lethal results.

Additionally, disgruntled employees can sabotage the workplace, allowing outsized creatures to rampage. Even so, whether the beasts feed on each other or on visitors, only minimal gore is depicted.

Customer needs must also be managed effectively. Otherwise, customer dissatisfaction will lead to a drop in sales.

In addition, personnel management is a major concern, more than in the previous game. So, players have to recruit not only scientists and research teams, but also park rangers and veterinarians.

Another upgrade from the last title involves the increased complexity of artificial intelligence controlling animal behavior. They interact more with each other, hunting in packs, for example, which reinforces the sense of realism.

Playable on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series and Windows.

The game contains creature violence with mild blood effects. The Catholic News Service classification is A-II – adults and adolescents. The rating from the Entertainment Software Review Board is T – adolescent.


Smith reviews video games for Catholic News Service.