Management sims are a niche genre, but if you like the idea of building a sprawling public facility and managing a business, and you have an affinity for dinosaurs, this game should be right up your alley. Jurassic World Evolution 2 is basically the first game made bigger and better, with more modes, more realistic dinosaurs, and more ways to customize the experience. Regardless of whether you're new to the series or not, a good place to start is the story mode, which is composed of a series of missions that introduce both basic play concepts -- like ensuring your dinosaurs are properly cared for in their enclosures -- as well as more advanced elements, including how to manage your team of scientists based on their specialties. Fans of the films can then dive into Chaos Theory mode, which has missions based on all five movies from the film franchise that are challenging but fair. Eventually, most players will end up spending the bulk of their time in sandbox mode, where every feature of the game is unlocked, allowing for some truly imaginative park building.
What returning players will likely appreciate most, though, are the quality-of-life improvements. Park management has been made more robust, but also more intuitive. It's fun, for example, to go hands-on and jump in a helicopter to chase down and sedate a rampaging escapee or go out and examine how the inhabitants of a particular pen are faring, but later in the game when things get a little more hectic, you can have your staff take care of tasks like these with just a couple of button taps, freeing you to focus on other things. It's a good thing, too, since -- depending on the individual traits of the animals you capture and synthesize -- your dinosaurs may be prone to fighting or getting sick and require a little more attention than they needed in the first game. Plus, your scientists are now more apt to grow disgruntled when they're overworked, so you need to consider their contentedness as well. Jurassic World Evolution 2 doesn't revolutionize the management sim genre, but it's packed with features, loaded with callbacks to lines and events from the films, and is perhaps even just a little bit educational. A great option for the sim-loving dino fan in your family.