Posté le : 27 juin
I really, really want to be able to recommend this game, but I can't. I'm sorry, I just can't. I love Telltale games and I have absolutely no problem with well made episodic games; to me, they're like really good books that can be read (or played through) every so often just for an enjoyable story line and interesting characters.
Not so with Jurassic Park, unfortunately. I'll start with the premise and the positives though...
This game is beautifully conceived and rendered; the premise was too tantalising to ignore. It is set immediately after the first Jurassic Park movie; Hammond, Dr. Grant and the others have just escaped the island in their helicopter. You play as a rag-tag group of characters consisting of other people trapped on the island by the storm, the group intent on stealing the dinosaur embryos and the mercenaries/rescue teams sent in to extract the survivors. It answers all sorts of questions and follows up several interesting threads from the film, like what happened to the dinosaur embryos Nebry stole - okay, in the film they were apparently buried in the mud by the storm, but this covers what happens when the can is found again. One of the characters you play as is Dr Harding, the vet who was treating the sick triceratops in the film, so there is some really nice crossover and continuity.
The graphics are stunning and there are some fabulous extra touches, like unlocking journal pages from one of the scientists which muse upon issues such as why the velociraptors are three times bigger than they should be; why the therodpods don't have feathers as they should, why the dilophosaurs spit venom when they shouldn't, and why the T'Rex's vision is based on movement (okay, it's all mainly to do with Dr. Wu screwing things up with frog DNA, but it's still interesting!).
So far, so good, but then the game runs smack into a solid brick wall of mediocrity that it cannot overcome no matter how much you want it to, despite being a die-hard Jurassic Park fan and the “OMG WOW!” factor that it's got DINOSAURS in it and how can DINOSAURS not be COOL?!
So what's the problem? Unfortunately, there are many.
First off; the characters. Not one of them is particularly likable or even consistent in their personalities. You end up really not caring what happens to them, which ruins your investment in the game completely. You kind of wish that they would get eaten by the dinosaurs - in fact, I spent much of the game thinking I'd rather be playing as the T-Rex, because I'd have really enjoyed ripping the heads off the irritating mainstays. And they’d have deserved it.
Secondly, the controls - I nearly put this as number one just because the controls are awkward, irritating, badly executed, inconsistent and downright frustrating. The lack of a decent control interface makes the game slow, clunky and repetitive as you find yourself playing through the same short section over and over because one little mis-click has you dead in the jaws of a T-Rex and when you've watched that same cut scene three times over you find your frustrations mounting - it's one of those games where you find yourself shouting at the screen, such pearls as "stop dying and start running, you idiot!" and many, many expletives. I tried playing with both keyboard and mouse and a control pad and neither worked properly.
Thirdly, the story line. It's... it's okay. Well, it starts off okay and then it just rambles off on a tangent that makes little sense. Seriously, the characters make some really bizarre decisions that end up keeping them on the island and in mortal peril for just that bit longer, apparently completely lacking in common sense and basic survival instincts. Being unable to skip the end credits was irritating but it clearly shows that each chapter of the game was written and directed by different people, so that lack of a coherent, consistent story might be the result of too many cooks spoiling the broth. You honestly get the impression that one team sat down, played with the dinosaurs for a while, got bored, and then handed it on to the next guys to have a go. You are offered tantalising glimpses that some of the goings on about the island were a lot darker and more illicit than the film indicated, but none of this is properly explored.
Fourthly, the pacing is awful. You either get loads of character development, which is for the most part boring conversations that you simply have to click-wade through; ploddingly slow investigative scenes which are just looking around and clicking on things until something is revealed, or rapid action scenes that you simply cannot keep up with. I'm not kidding, racing driver reactions couldn't keep up with the speed of some of the keystrokes you have to make, and if you get one wrong, you've had it. You therefore die two or three times, but then you think 'Ah ha! I've memorised the sequence now' - ready to go for your final attempt, you find the game has realised you're struggling with this bit and has simplified the controls, which sounds helpful but actually just leads to you mis-clicking even more as you're anticipating steps that are no longer there. Frustration reigns supreme once more – finishing each chapter is a chore and the only sense of accomplishment comes from the relief that you’ve finally finished that part and can move on to the next dog’s dinner of a chapter.
As a result of all this, the achievements don’t really mean anything – it’s basically a way of marking that you’ve finished each chapter. Some of the achievements can only really be achieved on a replay, which is unlikely to happen given how irritating the whole experience was the first time around. Some of the achievements require a perfect, faultless play through – not impossible, I guess, but very unlikely and no doubt irritating to try to achieve. I certainly won’t be bothering to try for a ‘perfect game’ on this one; I’ve made it through the storyline and that’s enough for me.
I imagine that in a year’s time, I’ll see this game in my library, re-read this review, and think; “oh, it can’t have been that bad, I must have been in a really bad mood when I wrote that, I’ll give it another go, after all, it’s got to be some fun, as there’s DINOSAURS in it and DINOSAURS ARE COOL.”
Yes, dinosaurs are cool.
This game is not.
It is an irritating pile of dino-droppings, and I honestly don’t recommend it to anyone.