Friday, November 15, 2019

Eric Vs. 365 - Day 138 - Jurassic Park 2: The Chaos Continues (SNES)

Back in the day developers could pump out a new game much faster than they can now so it wasn't a big deal when something was popular and they needed to make a new game as quickly as possible. Even better if it was a licensed game as they'd just venture out into the vast fields of 2D platformers and harvest them with wild abandon because nobody gave a crap and people would buy it regardless. Even for games that had non-platformer entries previously, like Jurassic Park, they still needed to crank out a sequel ASAP, and making another open world adventure game was too much work, so a year later we were greeted with absolute 2D platformer trash like Jurassic Park: Part II: The Chaos Continues. Oh Ocean Software, you were better than this. Click to read more and watch.

The first Jurassic Park game on SNES was an ambitious open world top down adventure where you explored the island of Isla Nublar and then the game switched to a first-person view when you were in a building. It was cool. Super cool. And compared to every other licensed game at the time, and the Jurassic Park games on SEGA systems, that were almost always 2D platformers, it was a breath of fresh air. 

Then a year later Ocean Software pumped out a non-canon sequel - because Michael Crichton wasn't writing "The Lost World" fast enough for greedy video game publisher execs - and we got Jurassic Park 2: The Chaos Continues. The story here is that a rival genetics company has invaded Jurassic Park and is trying to steal the dinosaurs, or something, so John Hammond asks famed paleontologist and definitely not a CallaDoodyShootaMan Dr. Alan Grant to return to the island to fight off the bad guys. So Grant comes back and kills tons of people, along with tons of dinosaurs (that he's protecting?) in order to save Jurassic Park. It's really dumb. 

The game is a 2D platformer / run and gun shooter like Contra, which is actually kind of interesting, but it is very poorly executed. It even has two player co-op. It's too bad the gameplay is so brutally difficult. The dinosaurs are just so fast and do so much damage, and your character can't move or aim or react fast enough, so you take tons of damage and die quickly and repeatedly until you get bored and quit. The human soldiers you fight against in some levels are even more deadly as they shoot you from a million miles away. I even cheated and still struggled. Nothing about it is fun.