Jurassic World Evolution 2 – Humble Choice Game March 2023

Jurassic World Evolution 2 is part of March’s Humble Choice.

“Jurassic World Evolution 2 is the much-anticipated sequel to Frontier’s highly successful Jurassic World Evolution. This bold new era in the Jurassic World Evolution game franchise builds upon the ground-breaking and immersive 2018 management simulation.”

I already wrote about the game back in November 2021. But that’s a long time ago, so I took a critical look at the game again for this blog post.

The game’s basic price is 59.99 €. On top of that, there is also DLC which at the moment amounts to an extra 65 €. The Humble Choice offer only includes the base game but that’s a really great deal if you are interested in JWE 2.

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As the name suggests, there is also a Jurassic World Evolution (1). That one is complete with no new DLCs arriving, but it’s not much cheaper! So if you want your own dinosaur park, you may as well take this month’s Humble Choice! And if you’re wondering about the differences between JWE1 and JWE 2, you can take a look at this description. Also, JWE2 has flying and aquatic species.

One thing that you should keep in mind: The game is based on the franchise. So it’s not necessarily scientifically correct. If you want that, then Prehistoric Kingdom may be a better fit for you. However, that one is far away from completion at the moment. If JWE 2 seems to be too complex and/or you may want something more light-hearted, I can recommend Parkasaurus.

But now, about the game that actually is part of Humble Choice: Jurassic World Evolution 2.

FEATURES – PARK BUILDING, CAMPAIGN, GAME MODES

The game plays like your standard “build a zoo” game only that your animals are much deadlier and a lot more aggressive. Unlike the first game, you can now pause and build! This makes the game playable for me because it is more relaxed and gives my injured hand enough time to handle the mouse movement.

You can’t just buy dinosaurs, though, and you certainly can’t just trade them with other dino parks or even players. Instead, you have to send out scientists on expeditions. In JWE1, your scientists went and digged up fossils until they had enough DNA samples to incubate a dinosaur. In JWE2, at least during the campaign, you send them out to capture living dinosaurs that are roaming the world. In the Challenge mode, I found that I apparently have to go about the old way and dig up dino DNA first.

JWE2_Finance Overview

One big downside is that the campaign is super short and acts more like a tutorial. In fact, I found it super boring and it took me ages to finish it, even though it’s so short. Then there is the Challenge mode, the Chaos Theory mode and the Sandbox mode. The latter requires you to play through the other modes if you want to play on all available maps. I already saw that I first need to finish the Canada map in Challenge mode in order to unlock the Germany map of that mode. And when I complete that one with a 3 star rating, then I can finally access it in the Sandbox mode. I would prefer having everything unlocked in the Sandbox mode, but some people like this sort of progress.

The Sandbox mode itself, other than the maps to play on, have everything unlocked now. This was different in the beginning when you had to play the other modes in order to unlock things in Sandbox mode. You can also choose a lot of different settings for your sandbox from disabling scientists and the need for elecricity to disabling dinosaur escapes and diseases. Make the game as easy or challenging as you like!

JWE2_Canada Challenge Mode

The Challenge mode gives you some goals to achieve in your dino park while adding map-specific restrictions, it seems. On the Germany map, you’re not allowed to have carnivores! Unless you choose the easy mode where some are allowed. So far, this mode is my favourite! You are relatively free to build your park, but also have some goals to achieve.

The Chaos Theory maps give you some “what if” scenarios based on the franchise. I haven’t taken a closer look at the Chaos Theory maps, so I can’t say anything about these.

MY ISSUES WITH THE GAME

I really dislike the “micromanagment” part of having to click to refuel generators and other buildings, having to send rangers to refill feeders, and so on. Some things can be automated, but some still need manual clicking. For example, your dinosaurs quite often show up with “requires status check” which means that you either need to manually order your rangers to check on your dinosaurs all the time or you can place a ranger post and attach that task that way to all the dinosaurs that are within its range. This, of course, means that you have to repeat it with more and larger enclosures. I find that whole “feature” very unnecessary and clunky and I’m not the only one.

JWE2_Requires Status Check

I am also not too big a fan of the DLCs. I do understand that they need to make money and pay their bills. That’s not what I disagree with. The DLCs just don’t seem to offer enough for the amount of money they want. Compared to that, I think the DLCs of Planet Zoo are better. They give you more new animals to play with, for example.

MY VERDICT

I want to love the game, but I don’t. However, I like enough about the game to play it and I enjoy the game more and more the longer I’m playing it. It is just amazing to watch the dinosaurs roam the land. I just really wish it was closer to, let’s say, Planet Zoo, which is also from Frontier Developments. When it comes to Jurassic World Evolution 2 being part of this month’s Humble Bundle? Oh yes! Then it’s definitely a great deal and I wouldn’t hesitate to get it if I didn’t already have the game.

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