Jurassic World Evolution - First Look
Jurassic World: Evolution is a management sim in the style of the Tycoon games of the early 2000s. The set-up at E3 had the huge iconic wooden doors leading to a fenced off area, making everyone feel like the dinosaurs we'd be managing shortly . There was a short presentation, with a staff member acting as an employee of the Hammond Center, which showed the trailer and explained what our objectives were during the demo. What that being said, the demo was not locked to the mission so I was able to mess around the genome sequencing, pen creation, and setting dinosaurs on unsuspecting guests.
From what I could see, the main attraction seemed to echo the movies, in that the chaos of rampaging dinosaurs beats an orderly and profitable park every time. Most people in my section of the demo dedicated their time to figuring out how to unleash the T-Rex we started out on our unsuspecting guests instead of the iconic goat she was supposed to be sampling.
If you're more in to playing properly, there are tons of small systems that you'll need to look after to keep things running smoothly. From picking the right kind of fence to making sure the whole park has power, there's never a shortage of things to tweak and test. I got a small peek in to the genome sequencing portion, where you can customize dinosaurs to your heart's content. This lets you create dinosaurs that look and act how you want, and most importantly draw the biggest profits.
Controls were similar to all management sim games: WASD to pan and mouse to zoom and select (props for being one of the only demos with a PC version!) Overall the controls felt fine, nothing innovative but nothing to complain about either. Unfortunately, that phrase could be used to describe the entire demo. I didn't see any signs of major innovation or improvements for the genre that would warrant trying it if management sims aren't your thing. That being said, if you enjoyed games like Zoo Tycoon (and are as upset as I am it's not on Steam), this will scratch that itch for you.
Jurassic World Evolution is out now for Xbox One, PS4 and PC.