Surprise! Jurassic World Evolution will be released on November 3rd, 2020 on Nintendo Switch – as a Complete Edition, with all additional content, patches and DLCs published so far. To be precise, that means: On the Switch, dinosaur fanatics not only get the base game, but also the three expansions Back to Jurassic Park, Claire's Refuge and Dr. Wu's secrets as well as all four dinosaur packs and the skin collection for raptors. On the PC and the consoles, we were very impressed by Jurassic World Evolution, which is all the better that there is now the opportunity to breed dinosaurs, manage parks and protect visitors (or not) from erupting raptors. If you are looking for a general overview of the game and its mechanics, you will find it in our review of Jurassic World Evolution, we limit ourselves here to the impressions of the Switch version.
Small but mighty
We had the opportunity to watch Jurassic World Evolution: Complete Edition in action on the Switch via a livestream. The game was played on a conventional switch – at least that was the information, because neither the console nor the person operating it could be seen in the picture. Instead, Game Director Rich Newbold took us through various parks and demonstrated what Switch players can expect in less than a month.
Since our wishes were met, we can confirm that it was live gameplay. Of course, we wanted to know how good the dinosaurs would look on the Switch – and we're relieved because the giants (as well as the microsaurs) have lost little of their fascination on the Nintendo console. The models are detailed, nicely animated, and well textured. Of course, if you look closely, you have to make compromises; the switch version cannot keep up with what a good computer spits out. But the game ran smoothly in the stream and if you admire a freshly bred Spinosaurus in love, the poor lighting effects or the less fine textures of the surroundings and buildings are not so much noticeable. With a title like Jurassic World, where you can zoom out a lot, objects sometimes disappear in the distance – but at no moment was that blatantly disturbing.
Is it easy to do?
In terms of controls, Frontier has benefited from the implementation on PS4 and Xbox One, Newbold said. Nevertheless, fine adjustments were made to the switch output, because Jurassic World Evolution: Complete Edition can also be controlled with the Joy-Cons – and anyone who has used these controllers can probably confirm that their handling is especially the sticks) feels significantly different than that of a PS4 controller. Of course, we haven't been able to lend a hand ourselves, but we're excited to see how comfortable the control will ultimately be. The Switch has all the content for Jurassic World on board, but there are no extra sausages for Nintendo fans – so you don't get any exclusive goodies, and there is no touchscreen support either. But of course that would have been just the icing on the cake, because the attention to detail and material that has gone into Jurassic World Evolution can also be seen on the portable console at first glance.
Incidentally, what led to the implementation of the switch version was the enthusiasm for the console among the Frontier workforce. There is now one downer for all those who want to experience the dinosaur park simulation on the Switch soon and like to admire and display their game collection on the shelf: Jurassic World Evolution: Complete Edition is (at least for the time being) only published digitally via Nintendo's eShop .
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