This VR stealth game sees you playing as Sam, a silent security expert on their way to Isla Nublar two years after the fall of the Jurassic World Theme Park just before the events of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. While flying over the island, Sam’s plane is attacked by a huge Pteradon, which leads to a crash landing near a research facility. While sneaky past deadly dinosaurs and trying to find a way to escape the island, players will come across some dodgy information that links back to the movies. Jurassic World Aftermath was initially released in two parts for the Oculus Quest 2, but the developers decided to release it as one product for the launch of the PSVR 2.
While travelling the island, players are guided to mission objectives by Dr Amelia “Mia” Everett, Sam’s partner injured during the plane crash.
Players rely heavily on stealth and sound as they travel through Isla Nublar to try and find a means of escape. They are by Velociraptors for a lot of the game, and because players are given nothing to fight the dinosaurs with, they must rely on their sneaking skills and distraction in the form of an alarm or radio to get past them. The Dilophosaurus and Tyrannosaurus are brief enemies as well and provide some of the tensest moments of Jurassic World Aftermath.
Sound is a big part of the game. If you make too much noise through running, you will attract the raptor’s attention, forcing you to move slowly through your environment. You can hear different creatures moving around, but their terror-inducing high-pitched screeches at close range are one of the highlights. It is especially terrifying when you’ve closed yourself in a locker, and they throw their whole body against it to try and open it.
Puzzle-solving, minigames and fetch quests make up a large portion of the game, but they are dispersed enough throughout it to keep it entertaining.
The game has excellent audio that will have you jumping out of your skin and voice work from Laura Bailey (Uncharted 4’s Nadine Ross) as Dr Mia Everett, BD Wong as Dr Henry Wu and Jeff Goldblum as Dr Ian Malcom.
Unfortunately, some things make it fall just a bit short of standing on its own when compared to VR titles released for the PSVR 2. For example, Jurassic World Aftermath doesn’t always recognise when you’ve completed an action, which can be frustrating, especially when you’re trying to close a door and a raptor’s running at you.
Gameplay is relatively limited, which can be frustrating for players expecting more action-based sequences, and the haptic feedback in the controllers and headset is criminally underused.
Despite its few defects, Jurassic World Aftermath on the PSVR 2 is definitely a worthwhile experience.
Jurassic World Aftermath is a great VR experience, with plenty of tense moments and stunning visuals.
Certain sequences are terrifying enough to make you jump, and the tasks you’re sent on are entertaining.
Jurassic World Aftermath falls a bit below the bar compared to other VR titles.
Hannah Lieberum is, first and foremost, a geek with a passion for writing. Her love for reading, from the classics through to sci-fi, often needs her to focus and overanalyse the narrative of films and games, while her love for art allows her to see the beauty in unexpected shots. An excellent backstory will always win her over, and she will never pass up the opportunity to sit back, relax and watch Star Trek while petting her permanently grumpy cat.