The Lost World: Jurassic Park (console game)
|The Lost World: Jurassic Park|
|Developer(s)||DreamWorks Interactive (PlayStation)
Appaloosa Interactive (Saturn)
|Publisher(s)||Electronic Arts (PlayStation)
|Designer(s)||Parker A. Davis|
The Lost World: Jurassic Park is an action-adventure video game developed by DreamWorks Interactive and Appaloosa Interactive, and published by Electronic Arts and Sega for the Sony PlayStation and Sega Saturn, respectively. It was released in 1997.
On September 23, 1998 a special edition of the game was released for the Sony PlayStation as a Greatest Hits title and featured several modifications to the gameplay.
The game features a side-scroller perspective. There are 5 characters in all throughout the course of the game, each with their own special abilities and attributes. During gameplay, the character must complete all levels to sequentially gain access to the next character. In each level of the game there are “DNA bonuses” that can be collected for access to new characters and storyboard art for that particular character. If every bonus is gained a secret ending to the game will be accessible.
The plot varies with every character, each one struggling to survive on InGen’s “Site B” populated by over 20 species of dinosaurs in an environment of escalating chaos. Each time the player gained a new playable character, one can say that as "crawling up the food chain, from a mere prey to the apex predator".
The playable dinosaur's chapters consist of traversing various parts of the island, defending against other predators as well as InGen Hunters.
The "Human Hunter" chapters are largely based in more urban environments including an underground complex, a geothermal center and an InGen lab. Though objectives are never elaborated on, the Hunter's goal is to eliminate any dinosaur threat. The final chapters involve Sarah Harding the "Human Prey", and escaping the island by means of a cargo ship.
The Lost World: Jurassic Park was released mixed to negative reviews, it currently holds a score of 59.67% on GameRankings. Multiple critics noted that the game suffered from poor control, incredibly high difficulty, and a lack of a save function. Additionally, GameSpot commented regarding the T-Rex as a playable character, "on the back of the game's box it says in really big letters: "You're The T-Rex." The whole truth is you only get to be the T-Rex for seven of the 30 levels."
Despite the negative reviews there were a number of elements in the game that received praise. The Lost World: Jurassic Park was one of the first games to feature a full orchestral soundtrack recorded specifically for the game, noted by critics as a high point in the game. The sound design was also well received, with GameSpot even stating that it was "definitely one of the few reasons you will enjoy playing The Lost World". Many also agreed that the in-game graphics were some of the best available upon its release. The dinosaurs in particular were considered to be highly lifelike with Game Revolution stating that "despite the game's many problems, every PlayStation owner should rent the game just to experience its graphics".
On September 23, 1998, the game was released for the Sony PlayStation under the Greatest Hits banner as The Lost World: Jurassic Park - Special Edition. Unlike most greatest hits releases this was not a straight repackaging of the original game. Instead the Special Edition featured several modifications to the gameplay designed to address concerns raised by critics on the games initial release. Several of the game's mechanics that were modified included the difficulty level with improved save game options, stronger player characters, and the inclusion of level select codes in the manual.
The Special Edition also featured an additional level that allowed players to play as the T-Rex much earlier than before. At the time of its release, there were no additional reviews made for the special edition, however The Video Game Critic has since reviewed both versions of the game giving the original a score of "D" and the Special Edition a score of "B-" stating that the "Lost World Special Edition is almost good enough to let me forgive EA for the first one".
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