The premise seems so simple - build your own theme park with dinosaurs and make it as safe as possible - how has it never been done before? Well, it has been done before. Jurassic Park III: Park Builder, Jurassic Park: Operation Genesis, and Jurassic Park Builder all tackled the same situation. However, those games all seemed to fall somewhat short of the dream players had of running a dino park while making sure life doesn't find a way.
What makes Jurassic World Evolution different? Well, without more information, there aren't any specifics that back up the impression that this time we might finally get a game that fully capitalizes on the premise of a dinosaur theme park. However, the ray of hope comes in the form of the developer: Frontier Developments.
Frontier has been on a bit of a roll in recent years. They created Elite: Dangerous, the sprawling space-faring sim, and Planet Coaster, a theme park construction simulator. Both titles were very well received, which bodes well for Jurassic World Evolution. Not only that, but Frontier worked on park management sims (RollerCoaster Tycoon and Thrillville franchises) for much of the early to mid 2000s. Their team possesses a wellspring of experience when it comes to creating the ideal Jurassic Park sim.
What we do know is that players will be running a more modern version of Jurassic Park, Jurassic World, as seen in the recent soft reboot of the film franchise. Players will be in charge of creating new dinosaurs to show off to the public, creating additional attractions, sealing up the containment areas with the best tech available, researching new improvements to the park, and creating contingency plans in case life finds a way.
Jurassic World Evolution releases sometime during summer 2018 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.
It looks like the time has come to shut off the lights on some of Nintendo's older services. Nintendo has announced that they will be discontinuing Nintendo TVii, Wii U Chat, and Miiverse on November 7th 10pm PT. All functions associated with Miiverse on Wii U, 3DS, PC, or smart phones will cease to function across all titles. For example, the messages left in New Super Mario Bros. U or WaraWara Plaza will no longer be shown. A workaround is planned for Super Mario Maker that will allow players to continue uploading courses.
After November 7th, players attempting to access these services on Wii U or 3DS will receive error codes.
If you're left scratching your head regarding Nintendo TVii - the service was discontinued in North America two years ago, but continued to operate in Japan.
If you have made some awesome memories that you want to share, Nintendo is offering a limited window of time during which people can download their post history to PC. You can make a request by visiting this page and clicking the "Request Post History" button at the bottom. Nintendo released more information about this process:
If you make your request, you will receive an email when the service closes down that includes a download link containing gall of your posts and screenshots. Unfortunately, this will not include any comments made on your posts, messages sent to and from friends, deleted messages, or anything that violated the Miiverse Code of Conduct.
InFAMOUS, the 2009 super-powered open-world action title, made huge waves when it released as a PlayStation 3 exclusive. The game came courtesy of Sucker Punch, the creators of Sly Cooper. It follows the adventures of Cole MacGrath as he either cleans up the streets of Empire City or terrorizes its citizens. MacGrath seems to be responsible for a massive blast in the center of the city, which starts him on a journey to clear his name and uncover the truth of what happened.
Does inFAMOUS deserve to be held up as one of the best games period?
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Human Head Studios's name might ring a bell for fans of cult classics. The studio was behind games that slowly achieved followings like Prey (2006) and Rune. They even helped create some of the most recognizable titles of the last few years, contributing to BioShock Infinite, Batman: Arkham Origins, and World of Tanks. Now the studio is going back to its roots with a sequel to Rune titled Rune: Ragnarok.
Chris Rhinehart, project director at Human Head Studios, expressed his excitement at returning to the world of Rune, “After seventeen years, we are thrilled to finally announce a new Rune game. In the spirit of the original, Rune: Ragnarok has intense and brutal combat in a world steeped in Norse mythology. We can’t wait to show you what we’ve created.”
Rune: Ragnarok takes on the ambitious task of creating an open-world RPG set during the apocalypse of Norse myth, the final battle that heralds the end of the world. Fight alongside beasts, men, and gods to survive in a dying universe.
Players will pledge allegiance to one of the Norse gods of old in order to curry their favor. That favor can grant special abilities that become very useful when it becomes necessary to raid enemy settlements, fight armies of undead, sail across the seas, and craft powerful weapons. Will you be left standing when Ragnarok ends?
No word on a release date or what systems on which Rune: Ragnarok will be appearing, but more games about Norse mythology with Viking action are always welcome.