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Jurassic World Evolution 2 | Dominion BioSyn Expansion Review

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Jurassic World Evolution 2 is the critically-acclaimed sequel to Frontier’s highly successful Jurassic World Evolution which builds upon the ground-breaking and immersive management simulation. With it came a new narrative campaign that features new tools and awe-inspiring new dinosaurs that are brought to life through captivating authenticity. The results and outcomes of managing your own Jurassic Park/World are now bigger and better.

With Universal Pictures releasing the highly-anticipated Jurassic World: Dominion comes the culmination of the franchise and the Jurassic Era. To accompany the release Frontier has just launched their biggest update for the game to date, one complete with a new fully immersive campaign that takes you through Dominion as you discover the rise of BioSyn and take control of their Valley research compound. The update also features a new gripping “What If” scenario within Chaos Theory mode as well as new and returning characters but also most importantly a new array of mesmerising prehistoric species will be making their way into the game for the very first time as part of the Dominion expansion, including feathered dinosaurs Therizinosaurus and Pyroraptor. Ancient carnivore Dimetrodon and Quetzalcoatlus. 

The Expansion also includes a variety of new dinosaur variants and skins authentic to Jurassic World: Dominion and the PDLC launched together with a free update that offers existing players a range of new features and mechanics, but more on that later. I and Coastal House Media would like to thank Frontier and Heaven Media PR for providing us access to the new Biosyn Dominion Expansion so that we can get our review coverage out to you all and I’m so excited to get playing the DLC as I’m such a big fan of this series of games in fact I’ve just completed the Chaos Theory modes in Evolution 2, my favourite, of course, was Jurassic Park and helping John Hammond and InGen was a dream and now its BioSyn’s turn. Will history repeat itself, stick with me and we’ll sure find out. 

This review may contain spoilers that are central to Jurassic World: Dominion’s plot so if you haven’t seen it, I’d recommend watching as I had a terrific time, otherwise please continue. Here’s just a taste of what the Dominion BioSyn Expansion will offer. 

Campaign Review

The Frontier Development team have truly knocked it out of the park, especially with the scope and scale of this DLC expansion. The campaign starts with an outstanding opening cutscene that also catches us up on the key moments that have happened throughout the Jurassic franchise.

From the get-go, players are brought into the events of Jurassic World Dominion as you’ll be tasked by Lewis Dodgson and Ramsey with building the BioSyn Genetics Facility located on a new lush valley map. Throughout the game, you’ll be listening to Dodgeson’s ramblings as you build the facility with his vision at the forefront. To create a functional facility you will need the following buildings Power Stations, Research Outposts, Science Centre, Control Centre, Hatchery, Emergency Centre, BioSyn Ranger, Capture and MVU Teams, Staff Centre and finally an Expedition Centre. Also featured is a brand new mechanics, one is the HyperLoop system which allows players to transport staff quickly through the park, and did I mention it’s all underground.

I had to play around to get the hang of it. There are also new amber mines which also utilise a new system and allows you to dig deep as we can send our dig teams out to unearth never before seen dinosaurs which are all inspired by Jurassic World Dominion. These dinosaurs attract more operatives as you’ll be tasked with researching and once you complete the Dinos genome you’ll also get additional skins and cosmetics, including some for base game dinos such as a feathered Tyrannosaurus Rex.

Some of the coolest additions come with this DLC, most notably are the invisible fences which you have to research at the beginning of the campaign to unlock. The enclosures are now easily viewable from the ground, letting visitors and operatives see the dinosaurs without any obstacles in their way. As the player, this also benefits your view of the map and you’re able to get to your sick or injured dinosaurs in no time. Scientists are at the forefront of this campaign and playing it shows how much money BioSyn are working with as they employ modern- science in the game.

The Campaign also expands on the events of Jurassic World Dominion as eventually, you work alongside Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard), Owen Grady, Dr Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern) and Dr Alan Grant (Sam Neill) as Biosyn Genetics ushered in a new era of bioengineering as they build a utopia for their dinosaur creations, but in the shadows Dodgson was devising a more sinsiter plan. A plan that caught the attentions of Doctors Ellie Sattler and Alan Grant. To cover his tracks Dodgson destroyed the evidence which ultimately caused a catastrophe in the valley putting all lives at risk.

As players you will be helping them restore this scorched landscape and create a permanent viable home for the dinosaurs.

New Speices And Variants

Now having had a week playing through the expansion I’ve gotten to see the majority of the dinosaurs, especially the BioSyn exclusive ones. My first job in the campaign was to go on exhibitions so that I could get a complete genome of these discoveries. The graphic and social animations of these prehistoric creatures were outstanding and I appreciate Frontier for giving each their personality and characteristics. The four different dinosaur types are,

Pyroraptor

Similar to the Velociraptor, the name Pyroraptor means “Fire Thief” and was the first identified member of the Raptor family in Europe. Its bones were discovered after a forest fire and it’s a small but fast hunter. This dinosaur will surely put your park management skills to the test. The Dominion cosmetic is fiery red but the Pyroraptor comes with a variety of vibrant colours.

Dimetrodon

The oldest prehistoric species that’s been added to Jurassic world Evolution 2 as it became extinct several million years before the dinosaurs first roamed on Earth. This carnivore is characterised by its impressive neural spine sail on its back which is used to regulate heat.

Therizinosaurus

This dinosaur is a fierce territorial foliage-grazer sporting feathers across its imposing stature. With its elongated forearms and curved claws, this ancient dino whose name means “Scythe Lizard” has an intimidating appearance. When I first saw this species in the film Jurassic World Dominion I was completely asto

Quetzalcoatlus

Last, but certainly, not least the related to the Quetzalcoatlus is one of the largest flying animals of all time. This towering Pterosaur has a massive wingspan and requires serval aviary domes to satisfy its territory and environmental needs. Its sheer size and long sharp beak make it the most dominating force in the air.

Also to accompany the new dinosaurs in this amazing expansion pack is that you’ll be able to enjoy six new skins as well as two new variants.  The T-Rex, Giganotosaurus, and the Dilophosaurus will all have new appearances on their skin designs as well as designs that feature In Jurassic World Dominion. 

Chaos Theory Mode

Alongside the campaign from the Dominion Biosyn, Expansion DLC comes a new Chaos Theory level that also coincides with the film’s release. In this Chaos Theory, players will explore a scenario where Owen Grady’s ranch has been used as a temporary shelter for Dinosaurs whilst a solution on what to do with them is being worked on as the DFW is looking to place these roaming creatures and ultimately reintegrate them into the world. Owen offers his Ranch in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, however, things don’t always go to plan when dinosaurs are around.

The gameplay in the snowy mountains is stunning as players will not just look after these magnificent creatures but also you’ll have to fend off rustlers who are out to poach the dinosaurs for their own gain. The Rustlers are poachers who come onto your ranch to kidnap the dinosaurs. They will arrive in their own vehicles and can destroy your facitilty and fences and use tranquisers to hunt. If they’re not dealt within time they’ll have succeeded. Some rustlers will get scared if they see a ranger approaching and some you’ll just have to ramm into their vehicles.

Of course you’ll get notified whenever they’re about to attack and also how many dinosaurs they plan to steal. Research also plays a big part in this Chaos Theory as aside from improving your facilities you also have access to anti-rustler research projects that will help you defend the ranch as well as a cool new feature OF Wrangling . Heres a look at the Chaos Theory.

Verdict

Frontier have created a phenomenal expansion for Jurassic World Evolution 2, the campaign and Chaos Theory were so immersive and engaging and the four new dinosaurs are incredibly detailed. The development team have added plenty of cool new features also for the DLC and the base game if you haven’t purchased the expansion, which I suggest you do if you want more from this incredible park management game.

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Jurassic World Evolution 2 | Dominion Malta Expansion Review

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“Jurassic World Evolution 2” is the critically-acclaimed sequel to Frontier’s highly successful “Jurassic World Evolution” which builds upon the ground-breaking and immersive management simulation. With it came a new narrative campaign that features new tools and awe-inspiring new dinosaurs brought to life through captivating authenticity. The results and outcomes of managing your own Jurassic Park/World are now bigger and better.

Set before the dramatic events of Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment’s Jurassic World Dominion, you’ll experience new challenges and exciting opportunities that Massively expand the film and the scope and scale of the game itself as you help lead a brand-new enterprise in Malta. Work alongside Cabot Finch and key figures from the film, including Kayla Watts (voiced by DeWanda Wise), Soyona Santos (voiced by Dichen Lachman), Barry Sembène (voiced by Omar Sy), and Lewis Dodgson (voiced by Campbell Scott) as you set up parks across three Mediterranean locations. Establish key buildings, and trade on the dinosaur exchange to acquire more species, eggs, and even genome data. Work with both the Underground and Authorities and build trust with these organisations via various actions to unlock further opportunities such as hatchery upgrades, locations and more.

The Dominion Malta Expansion also includes a variety of new dinosaur variants and skins authentic to Jurassic World: Dominion and the PDLC launched together with a free update that offers existing players a range of new features and mechanics, but more on that later. Coastal House Media and I would like to thank Frontier and Heaven Media for providing us access to the new Expansion so that we can get our review coverage out to you all, I’m so excited to get playing the DLC as I’m such a big fan of this series of games.

if you’d like to read my In-depth review of the previous DLC The Dominion BioSyn Expansion, you can do so by clicking here.

This review may contain spoilers that are central to Jurassic World: Dominion’s plot so if you haven’t seen it, I’d recommend watching as I had a terrific time, especially with the extended version, otherwise please continue. Here’s just a taste of what the Dominion Malta Expansion will offer.

Campaign Review

The Frontier Development team have truly knocked it out of the park, especially with the scope and scale of this DLC expansion further extending what Jurassic World Dominion brought. The campaign starts with an outstanding opening cutscene narrated by DeWanda Wise’s character Kayla Watts bringing the events set before Dominion to life showcasing how the world looks with dinosaurs roaming modern-day earth and being traded on the black market.

We head to the Mediterranean in the latest DLC showcasing sunnier shores, sand, and sea which compared to the BioSyn expansion’s snowy landscape offers much richer gameplay, especially in sandbox mode. As I began to sink my teeth into this campaign, the Dominion Malta Expansion will have the player manage three parks across the Mediterranean as each location needs to be rebuilt from its decayed and dilapidated state with guidance from Cabot Finch, scientists, and Barry Sembène (voiced by Omar Sy). The locations are absolutely stunning to play through, with one island featuring a natural lagoon perfect for the aquatic dinosaurs.

The expansion also introduces a new system to the campaign which brings to life Dinosaur management through the new Acquisition Centre, which gives you access to the “Dinosaur Exchange”. This exchange truly brought an extra new layer to the gameplay, through this system you have to do some deals on the market to purchase dinosaurs, eggs, and genomes. However, you’ll have to do these exchanges with the authorities or the underground black market. The authorities are more trustworthy with their information letting you know of the selected dinosaurs’ aliments and providing reliable information prior to purchase.

The Underground however may lie and deliver an unhealthy dinosaur as they won’t disclose any information and don’t care where or how they get the dinos. All they care about is profit. However, you need to build up trust with both sides to gain a reputation with them as it’ll influence their trust meter with you, the higher the trust the more exchanges become available such as dinos, upgrades, locations, etc.

Another new feature in the “Dominion Malta Expansion” is the ability to control and steer your dinosaurs. When you’re trying to capture them, you no longer need to hit them with tranquilisers and airlift them to an enclosure. You can now use your Rangers to “herd” the dinos, calling them to you, and pointing them at the enclosure gate. 

New Species And Variants

Now having had a few days playing through the expansion I’ve gotten to see the majority of the dinosaurs, especially the Dominion Malta exclusive ones. The graphic and social animations of these prehistoric creatures were outstanding and I appreciate Frontier for giving each their personality and characteristics. The four different dinosaur types are,

Atrociraptor

Known as one of the ‘designer dinosaurs’, the Atrociraptor name meaning “Savage Theif” is arguably even more dangerous than its Velociraptor cousins. They’re fast, quick, and agile and able to move through and around just about any obstacle, jump great heights and distances, and adapt to changing areas. This is another Carnivore that will surely put your park management skills to the test. The game also provides you with Atrociraptor’s iconic Jurassic World Dominion skins: Ghost, Red, Tiger, and Panthera!

Lystrosaurus

Notable for its tusks and horned beak, a Lystrosaurus name meaning “Shovel Lizard” is a genus of herbivores dicynodont therapsids from the late Permian and Early Triassic Epochs. This mammal-like reptile is a very fast learner as it gains experience much more quickly than other creatures. It lived in what’s now known as Antarctica, India, China, Mongolia, European Russia, and South Africa.

Oviraptor

Oviraptor possesses an incredibly effective jaw for their size, and was named ‘egg thief’ because they were originally thought to steal other species’ eggs! It’s since been understood to be an omnivore, though. With a distinctive head crest and feathers, it offers a unique look. It lived in Asia during the Late Cretaceous period. Oviraptor was an Omnivore, using its powerful beak and jaws to eat meat, eggs, seeds, insects, and plants.

Moros Intrepidus

Moros Intrepidus name meaning “Harbinger of Death” was one of the smallest Tyrannosauroids to have ever existed and is only a fraction of the size of its famous relative, the T. rex. This quick and nimble hunter. Its skin was covered in small, tough scales, and its teeth were sharp and serrated. Moros Intrepidus is a formidable addition to any park, It lived in what is now known as Utah in the United States.

Also to accompany the new dinosaurs in this amazing expansion pack is that you’ll be able to enjoy and customise the iconic dinosaurs from Jurassic World Dominion’s stunning Malta setting as Allosaurus, Dimorphodon and Iguanodon will all have 2022 variants. Carnotaurus will also have a 2022 skin!

Free Update 5

Releasing alongside the Dominion Malta Expansion is Update 5, which is a free update for everyone who owns Jurassic World Evolution 2. This includes some exciting additions as well as some quality-of-life updates and bug fixes, as well as the ability to import saves from PlayStation 4 consoles to PlayStation 5 consoles, and all you need to do to access this content is update your game. The update also includes the 5 DFW Campaign maps as Challenge Levels, which will become accessible once you’ve earned earns 3, 5, 7, 9 and 2 stars across all maps in Challenge Mode. You’ll also be dealing with some brand new Challenge Conditions, which will vary across levels.

Update 5 brings brand new behaviours for tiny dinosaurs, including group attacks for Moros Intrepidus and Compsognathus on guests & goats, as well as changes to navigation logic, so that Lystrosaurus, Oviraptor, Moros Intrepidus and Compsognathus will navigate around water. There will also be some changes to collision logic for Lystrosaurus, Oviraptor, Moros Intrepidus and Compsognathus, so that they no longer collide with guests or vehicles.

Verdict

Frontier has created a phenomenal expansion for Jurassic World Evolution 2, the campaign In Malta is so immersive and engaging and adds a whole new cosmetic set of decorations and species, the four new dinosaurs are incredibly detailed. The development team have added plenty of cool new features also for the DLC and the base game Update. If you haven’t purchased the expansion, which I suggest you do if you want more from this incredible park management game.

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Netflix Set to Create Live-Action Film, Animated Series based on Popular Video Game Franchise, ‘Gears of War’

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Gears of War is a video game franchise that has always been meant for an adaptation for a series of films. Dave Bautista, is a star that has campaigned for years to play the central character of Marcus Fenix through all the different development deals across multiple studios but now, he may have a better chance than ever.

According to an exclusive from The Hollywood Reporter, Netflix is set to create a live-action feature film and an adult-oriented animated series based in the world of Gears of War. The original video game was released on Xbox consoles over 15 years ago and chronicles a war between a squad of COG soldiers led by sergeant Marcus Fenix fighting for their lives against a group of monstrous creatures known as the Locust Army.

The video game franchise is rich with original mythology and adds to the play that Netflix is embarking on to develop well-known IP for their powerful streaming service. Bautista would make sense to play Fenix, the main character as his stature and attitude resembles that of the pro wrestler-turned actor. Also, with Bautista’s lead role in Zack Snyder’s Army of the Dead for Netflix, he already has an established relationship with the streamer. Gears of War also has a passionate fanbase that has been clamoring to see these characters brought to life in the film/TV medium with many stories already in place to adapt to the big and small screen.

Cliff Bleszinski and Epic Games lead the charge in the development of the first Gears game before Microsoft acquired the rights to the game series in 2014. The Coalition, a Canadian game developer, took over for the last two releases of the series, Gears of War 4 and Gears 5 and will partner with Netflix for the planned film and animated series.

As of now, no producers, writers or directors are attached to developing these Gears of War projects, however, as THR reports, Scott Stuber, the head of original films at Netflix, was once attached as a producer when the video game was being developed in the mid-2010s so he is sure to be pleased with the acquisition for company.

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‘Return To Monkey Island’ – the beloved franchise is back!

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It’s been 13 years since the last Monkey Island instalment was released in 2009. Going back even further, it’s 32 years since the original game ‘The Secret Of Monkey Island’ was released on the Amiga in 1990. Created by game designers Ron Gilbert and Dave Grossman, it helped launch the point and click genre of adventure games onto a global scale, and introduced young and old gamers to a fun, family-friendly interactive adventure to capture the imagination.

You take control of a young wannabe pirate, Guybrush Threepwood, who arrives on a small island in the Caribbean with aspirations of becoming a – well – a real pirate! A whole host of colourful characters await him on his journey, including the Ghost Pirate LeChuck and Governor Elaine Marley. When the Governor is kidnapped by LeChuck who terrorises the entire Caribbean with his un-dead crew, it falls to you to help Guybrush assemble a crew, get a ship, set sail for the fabled Monkey Island, save Elaine and defeat LeChuck!

‘The Secret Of Monkey Island’ (1990)

This was followed by a hugely successful sequel in 1991; ‘The Secret Of Monkey Island 2: LeChuck’s Revenge’ that expanded and improved on everything we had seen before. Years later in 1997 and under new management after Gilbert and his team parted ways, the third entry – ‘The Curse Of Monkey Island’ – helped introduce new blood to the franchise. New styles of graphics, interactive heads-up display and a full voice cast brought the series to life like never before.

In 2000, the fourth entry – ‘Escape From Monkey Island’ – was released that divided fans and critics. The heart was there, but the inclusion of 3D graphics and removal of the familiar mouse controls for PC was a big shift that didn’t win everyone over. It would be in 2009 when Telltale Games developed an episodic entry called ‘Tales Of Monkey Island’, returning some familiar point and click elements, the full voice cast and a very imaginative fantastical story.

2009 also signalled the revival of both original games with new special editions being released for PC and console. This breathed new life into the classics, bringing the established voice cast to record dialogue, new composition of the score and improved graphics and HUD. It also allowed players to switch between classic and special editions whilst playing for a truly immersive experience of old and new.

‘The Secret Of Monkey Island 2: LeChuck’s Revenge’ Special Edition (2009)

 And then…all was quiet.

Fans cried out for more Monkey Island, but when Disney acquired LucasFilm Games in 2012 and the entire back catalogue of George Lucas, it seemed the adventures were well and truly over. However, in 2021 when Disney brought Lucasfilm Games back, a glimmer of hope was sparked. And then on April 1st 2022, Ron Gilbert announced the development of a brand new Monkey Island game. Being this was April Fool’s Day and Gilbert was known for his tongue-in-cheek jokes, there was a huge pinch of salt taken with the announcement. But just three days later, Devolver Development released the teaser trailer for ‘Return To Monkey Island’

 After two years of secret conversations with Disney and the old team including Gilbert, Grossman, original composer Clint Bajakian and voice actor Dominic Armato, a new story had been written for the 5th entry into the series. Described as both a direct continuation from LeChuck’s Revenge but with new elements that honour the previous games not under Gilbert’s design, it seems this is the game fans have been waiting years for.

A striking difference noted by many was the art style. While hardcore fans longed for a return to the classic pixel design of the original games, something of a nostalgic comfort blanket, artist Rex Crowle (of ‘Tearaway’ fame) brought the look into 2022 and then some. Taking a 2D style but with a cartoonish, almost paperfolded style, this entry looks nothing but unique and unlike anything that has come before. In order to keep the game fresh and appealing to new gamers and old, Gilbert couldn’t simply harken back to a game design that kept the series in the 90s. He had to take new, bold risks to be innovative and fresh. This looks just that.

‘Return To Monkey Island’ (2022)

With Gilbert and the team releasing mini teasers each Monday in a self-proclaimed Monkey Island Monday, critics and fans worldwide have lapped up everything the game has offered. It holds nods and winks the franchise as a whole (especially the originals) whilst giving us glimpses of new characters, islands and puzzles. The HUD retains the point and click charm but in a modern way. And with a full voice cast back to bring new and old characters to life, it seems this is the perfect time to hoist the main sails and set sail once more as we return to Monkey Island…

‘Return To Monkey Island’ will be available on PC via Steam, macOS and Nintendo Switch from Monday 19th September 2022.

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