You may initially think of the blockbusting films and iconic books when you hear the words ‘Jurassic World’, but it is a franchise and brand which goes deeper than you may well imagine. For many, it’s the animated Netflix Camp Cretaceous offering which is the most exciting of all options, with the depth of lore ensuring that new avenues can be wandered. It’s with that show in which the latest Jurassic World Evolution 2 content is focused. Is the Camp Cretaceous Dinosaur Pack worth your time, cash and, more importantly, stress?
We’re big fans of what Frontier have created with the Jurassic World series, and Evolution 2 is no different. It’s a game that is ripe for the imaginative juices to overflow, letting players create the dino-filled parks of their dreams, occupying them with some of the finest beasts.
As a base game, there’s a lot going on in Jurassic World Evolution 2 and when you consider the addition of the recent Early Cretaceous Pack, there is already a host of opportunity for would-be park rangers. The Camp Cretaceous Dinosaur Pack very much follows on from that of previous, and whilst we’d like to have seen a little more included, there’s no debate that those looking to add variety to their Evolution 2 experience will be well catered for.
Out of the gate the Camp Cretaceous Dinosaur Pack includes a couple of new dinosaurs that you wouldn’t have previously found in-game, along with some new variants of iconic classics and additional dino skins – including some glow-in-the-dark variations. Whether that’s enough to sell the Camp Cretaceous Dinosaur Pack to you or not, will all depend on how deep you like to get with your park building, and how much you value the £7.99 asking price. To us, it seems a little on the high side, but then, we’re not particularly massive fans of the Camp Cretaceous show. If you are, this would possibly be much more of a no-brainer, and considering the animated series is four seasons deep already, there’s obviously much love.
So what do we have? Starting with the dinosaur skins and there are new options for fans of the show to infuse a bit of their love to Evolution 2. You’ve got skins that will give you the chance to add the Baryonyx triplets in Grim, Limbo and Chaos to your park, there’s the cutesy Ankylosaurus of Bumpy and Toro the Carnotaurus. What’s more exciting to us – although we love Bumpy – are the two glow-in-the-dark skins of Lux 1 and Lux 2 which can be added to the Parasaurolophus.
It wouldn’t be a dinosaur pack if there wasn’t something T-rex styled either and the Camp Cretaceous Dinosaur Pack also adds in Big Eatie. There is no sign of her daughter, Little Eatie, although perhaps the skin design can easily work your mind either way.
There are also the two variants of existing Evolution 2 dinos to enjoy. These come in the form of a couple of docile herbivores – the Ouranosaurus and the Kentrosaurus. Both of these guys are happy to wander the plains, grazing as they go, ideally in packs. We’ve found that packing our parks out with the more easy-to-manage dinosaurs is a great way of easing our way into the world of Evolution 2 and both of these should make that a real possibility. It’s disappointing that we only have access to new variants here, but it is what it is.
Thankfully the Camp Cretaceous Dinosaur Pack also comes complete with a couple of newbies – the Monolophosaurus and a proper hybrid creation, the fearsome Scorpio Rex.
The Monolophosaurus is a real weird one; relatively small in stature and capable of pounding around on its hind legs, it’s the dazzling skull crest which sees this guy stand out. Think Velociraptor with a nose adornment and you’re somewhere in the right ball park. It’s nearly as ferocious too.
However, the Monolophosaurus is nothing on the headline act of the Jurassic World Evolution 2: Camp Cretaceous Dinosaur Pack – the stunning Scorpios Rex.
Now, attach the word Rex to any dinosaur and you know you’re in for a world of trouble, with the king of all kings rocking up to the party. That’s the case with the Scorpios Rex. Genetically modified by Dr. Henry Wu, mixing scorpionfish DNA with a range of carnivore dinosaurs; this is one of the most fearsome of all the dinosaurs from the pack. It’s not much of a looker if we’re honest and for that reason aren’t really sure why on earth anyone would be attracted to viewing it in Evolution 2, but perhaps it’s the intriguing, highly aggressive nature that makes it fit for purpose. Just prepare for your stree levels to go through the roof once you’ve added the Scorpios Rex to your park.
There’s no debate that the inclusion of the Scorpios Rex is the real highlight of the Jurassic World Evolution 2: Camp Cretaceous Dinosaur Pack. That beast, alongside the less exciting Monolophosaurus, ensures that this goes some way to fixing the wrongs of the previous Early Cretaceous Pack by including a couple of proper predators. But aside from that, it feels a little lacking, with skins and variants the only other inclusion.
We’re not quite sure that the price is right either; ramped up from the pack before it. A similar or slightly lower cash ask would be preferred, however a purchase still just about makes sense for fans of Jurassic World Evolution 2 to consider a trip to Camp Cretaceous. More so if you’re hugely familiar with the Netflix series.
You’ll find the Camp Cretaceous content at the Xbox Store