Welcome… to He Got a Big Face Park! No, it doesn’t trip off the tongue but the Dsungaripterus is the main reason to pick up Jurassic World Evolution 2’s Early Cretaceous Pack.
This big snouted flying dinosaur, one of the four included in Jurassic World Evolution 2‘s first DLC pack, is just amazing to look at. It sports a massive bony crest that makes it look like it could saw through steel and there’s enough space there to slap on a whole bunch of sponsorship logos. “The Dsungaripterus, brought to you by Terry’s Chocolate Orange.”
Sadly, slapping brands on dinosaurs is not an option the Early Cretaceous Pack adds to this dino building sim. But I loved tackling Jurassic World Evolution 2 when I first got my hands on it and this pack gave me just the excuse I needed to dive back in. Aside from the aforementioned wide-faced flappy boy, it adds the Wuerhosaurus, a stegosaurus style herbivore, the massive, aquatic meat-munching Kronosaurus and the adorable Minmi, an ankylosaurian beast that’s just begging for an Austin Powers joke.
All the four included are immediately available in sandbox mode, so you don’t have to unlock them from other modes. Is this an act of kindness on Frontier Development’s part? Possibly, or maybe it recognised that people who purchased the pack with real cash would want immediate access to their dinosaurs.
Because it all comes down to money, and I’m not just talking about the horrifying moment when you realise you’ve shoved these four into your park but can’t afford their upkeep. Whether the Early Cretaceous Pack is worth it depends on how much of a dino-completist you are.
Yes, the Dsungaripterus is cool but I never once felt that my park was missing anything. Would I have purchased the Early Cretaceous Pack for its £5.99 asking price if it hadn’t been provided to me for free? Probably not. I’d have shelled out £1.99 for Dsungaripterus, but that’s not an option here.
If your office or bedroom is wall-to-wall dinosaur posters, if you follow palaeontology like some people follow football and dream of going into the profession yourself, by all means take the plunge. But for the rest of us, the Jurassic World Evolution 2: Early Cretacious Pack could use a little more meat.