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Jurassic Park: The Game Preview

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Scheduled release date:

April 2011

Publisher:

Telltale Games

Developer:

Telltale Games

Number Of Players:

1

Genre:

Adventure

Release Date:

November 15, 2011

Wanna know how old I am? Here’s a hint: “Jurassic Park” was big when I was in high school, and I even remember playing the theme in band one time. …oh, shut up. Anyway, the reason we all remember that movie – especially the first one – is because of the combined sense of awe and fear. We had quite literally never seen anything like that before but soon, anxiety and foreboding added to our amazement, and the epic picture became ingrained in our brains. They’ve tried to turn these films into video games before, but the results have been mediocre at best. This is why we’re always leery when we hear about another “Jurassic Park” game. But you know, maybe Telltale Games can pull it off; they seem to do just fine with movie licenses – Back to the Future seems to be very good – and all indications are that Jurassic Park: The Game will turn out very well.

The game will act like a direct sequel to the first movie, when that chubby thief Dennis Nedry stole some dinosaur embryos and died trying to get them off the island. But whatever happened to those embryos…? That and many other questions will be answered in this new adventure, which appears to have a heavy emphasis on story and atmosphere. There will be many dinosaurs in the game and while not all are deadly, the ones that are can end your life quickly and violently. In fact, based on the information we have, along with that teaser trailer below, dying in this game will be downright nasty. You might get crushed or mangled, or maybe you’ll just get eaten. It seems Telltale will implement a style of gameplay found in Heavy Rain and other blockbuster titles: those button prompts that test your reaction time and knowledge of the controller. When being chased, you might hit the wrong button…and then you might be dinner.

It’s going to be that great atmosphere and environment that should draw us in; it’s about crouching somewhere in the darkness, knowing that death is nigh. Telltale is taking the chaotic situation briefly depicted at the end of the original film and running with it: the main characters and the kids just barely escape, but they leave behind an island with no security and dinosaurs running amok. And that’s where we’ll find ourselves at the start of The Game. Will it be all about escape or are we somehow supposed to stop the rampage? Well, the latter possibility doesn’t really seem realistic, now does it? How do you stop a T-Rex? A gun? Doubtful. We’re willing to bet the environments themselves won’t be especially large (this is a downloadable quest, after all) so we’re not expecting much in the way of free-roaming, but we’ll gladly sacrifice that for a captivating story and white knuckles.

The key to immersion in this sort of game involves ours surroundings, and the visuals and sound seem to be capable of delivering the goods. Over the years, downloadable efforts have become more and more impressive in terms of technical competence, and we’re hoping Telltale will continue to raise the bar. Perhaps it’s best that Jurassic Park: The Game isn’t a full big-budget production; this might end up being a worthwhile experience for something like twenty or thirty bucks. Finally, here’s a snippet from the press release:

“… a desperate smuggler infiltrates Isla Nublar, hunting the canister and its precious cargo. She collides – literally – with park staff trying to evacuate. They are trapped together as the park collapses, left behind with the newly-freed dinosaurs. When InGen launches a perilous rescue operation, mercenaries, saboteurs, and survivors are thrown together in the struggle to escape the island. They confront T. Rex, Velociraptors and other dinosaurs in spectacular showdowns. As human agendas clash, secrets of the park are exposed, and a new threat emerges: an eerie, nocturnal predator stalking the group, hunting them relentlessly across the island.”

2/21/2011 Ben Dutka

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Comments (20 posts)

laxpro2001
Monday, February 21, 2011 @ 9:35:48 PM
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What instrument did you play Ben? I happened to like the Sega Genesis version of the game. Granted it was a little difficult but still very fun, especially since you could play as the raptor... so cool

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Tuesday, February 22, 2011 @ 12:09:54 AM

Trumpet.

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GuernicaReborn
Tuesday, February 22, 2011 @ 12:12:07 AM

Definitely. JP: Rampage Edition. The level on the freighter and the raft levels were awesome.

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laxpro2001
Tuesday, February 22, 2011 @ 12:37:59 AM

@Ben Nice. I played a little trumpet in my day then was forced to move to the trombone (which was still fun)

@Guernica Indeed the raft was most definitely my favorite to play as Grant, though it always puzzled me why he couldn't stand up in the water which was seemingly an inch think (lol at that age I didn't realize how crazy white water rapids could be)

EDIT: Watched the trailer... not too impressed with the graphics and I'm not even a graphic whore. Though I focused more on the people. The environment itself as well as the dinosaurs looked pretty well done though.

Last edited by laxpro2001 on 2/22/2011 12:42:20 AM

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, February 21, 2011 @ 9:42:07 PM
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Lol, a buddy of mine hadda play the theme in highschool too. I was not musically inclined.

Game could be good, I shall stay tuned.

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SvenMD
Monday, February 21, 2011 @ 9:56:14 PM
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JP on the Super Nintendo was insanely hard for me at the time. I know that I never beat that game.

Love the movies - but I can't say I'm really excited for this game...

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SayWord
Monday, February 21, 2011 @ 10:22:31 PM

I used to love that game. Lol always got scared walking in the section with the t-rex.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, February 21, 2011 @ 10:28:44 PM

Sweet new Avatar Sven

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xnonsuchx
Monday, February 21, 2011 @ 11:55:07 PM

...except that it violates the 80x80 pixels rule, but then several others do too!

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SvenMD
Tuesday, February 22, 2011 @ 8:32:46 AM

Thanks World - I got tired of the South Park Me, and since I've been in a DS2 mood for the past month I decided to go with that.

I'll probably keep it for a while...I like it.

EDIT: @xnonsuchx - I wanted one that was longer than Highlander....I think I got him beat!

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sirbob6
Tuesday, February 22, 2011 @ 8:37:35 AM

That game was so fun. I still go back and play it.

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BTNwarrior
Monday, February 21, 2011 @ 10:07:29 PM
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you keep saying that the old Jurassic Park games were no good but I really enjoyed that one for the ps2 where you build your own park. It was like rollercoaster tycoon only you had to make sure your dinosaurs never got out and ate everybody

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Alienange
Monday, February 21, 2011 @ 10:42:11 PM
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I'm going to guess that this game is going to be ok. At least they seem to have a good idea on their hands. Hopefully it's not over priced and turns out to be a gem.

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dlte
Monday, February 21, 2011 @ 11:06:22 PM
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A free roaming Jurassic Park Game would be amazing.

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kraygen
Tuesday, February 22, 2011 @ 1:54:29 AM
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I'm wary to get my hopes up, I would like a good Jurassic Park experience, haven't had one in years, but downloadable games have never really impressed me.

I would rather have a full game, maybe this will be good, I just don't know yet.

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Kevin5
Tuesday, February 22, 2011 @ 3:36:46 AM
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I want it to be good but i'm not holding my breath.

Imo, Dino Crisis was THE best dino game ever created. Why that franchise hasn't been bought back this gen is beyond me, although i am guessing it has something to do with the dino turd that was Dino Crisis 3 on the original Xbox, which ruined the series imo.

I'd prefer a new Dino Crisis anyday of the week or even the old PSone games bought back on PSN but if Jurassic Park here can somehow deliver something special then that would be great.



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Excelsior1
Tuesday, February 22, 2011 @ 5:17:04 AM
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absoloutely loved the dino crisis games. i still own both psone games.

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Spineshank
Tuesday, February 22, 2011 @ 5:39:17 AM
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This utter has long since been milked dry..

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___________
Tuesday, February 22, 2011 @ 6:47:22 AM
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doubt ill get this.
1 35 bucks for a PSN game is WAY too much.
2 its a PSN game and i dont have enough download usage to waste.
3 dinosaur games, well, they dont exactly have a fantastic track record.
TUROK, nuf said!

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GuernicaReborn
Tuesday, February 22, 2011 @ 11:18:53 AM
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I'm kinda confused... I was assuming the gameplay was going to be similar to BttF and Monkey Island. How can a game with gameplay mechanics similar to those game give you white knuckles?

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