PlayStation 4 And LEGO Jurassic World Lead July 2015 NPD

The latest results from the NPD are in, and the hardware and software sales for July 2015 have been revealed. Interestingly enough, LEGO Jurassic World was able to knock Batman: Arkham Knight off of the top spot, though they note that if console bundles counted than Arkham Knight would have reigned supreme again.

LEGO Jurassic World NPD July 2015

Scroll down to check out the the top 10 best-selling games of July 2015, with the accompanying platforms listed in order of the highest to lowest amounts sold.

1. LEGO Jurassic World (3DS, PS3, PS4, PS Vita, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One)
2. Batman: Arkham Knight (PC, PS4, Xbox One)
3. Minecraft (PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One)
4. Grand Theft Auto 5 (PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One)
5. Rory McIlroy PGA Tour (PS4, Xbox One)
6. The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited (PC, PS4, Xbox One)
7. Destiny (PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One)
8. Mortal Kombat X (PS4, Xbox One)
9. FIFA 15 (3DS, PS3, PS4, PS Vita, Wii, Xbox 360, Xbox One)
10. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One)

The PlayStation 4 manages to, once again, be the best selling console for the month. This makes it the king now for 3 months in a row, though this doesn’t mean its competition is doing badly. Xbox One is continuing to outpace the Xbox 360 during the same time in its lifespan, with the holiday season looking like it may put it over the edge of PlayStation 4 once again.

Condemn O.R. Condone – LEGO Jurassic World (PlayStation 4)

With the big release of Jurassic World in theaters this Summer, it’s only fitting that there would be a LEGO game to accompany it. Telltale Games is always up for the job, and thus we have LEGO Jurassic World, which is about the bajillionth game in the LEGO series. However, even though the core of what makes these games tick remains unchanged, the devs always manage to bring their A-game in bringing the source material into the realm of LEGOs perfectly and LEGO Jurassic World is no exception.

What’s great about the package we have here is that, even though it’s called LEGO Jurassic World, it also contains adaptations of the first three Jurassic Park movies. Reliving some of the most iconic moments in the series feels great, with the game’s playful sense of humor making them even more enjoyable. All of the series’ classic characters are here like Ian Malcolm and Alan Grant, and their dialogue is ripped straight from the movies. While this does allow for some hilarious jokes as they take the movie’s dialogue and insert into a completely different context, the quality of the audio is occasionally under par. If there’s ever any dialogue that has background noise from the movies you can expect it to sound tinny and muffled here, though fortunately it wasn’t so often that it really got annoying or anything.

Where the game truly gets it right is in recreating the worlds from each of the 4 movies. Wandering through lush jungles with all kinds of dinosaurs roaming around is a lot of fun, and the LEGO visual design looks as solid as ever. There’s a lot of variety to the areas, as well, with a good mixture of indoor and outdoor areas to keep things from ever getting stale. Of course, you will also have the iconic Jurassic Park music blaring through the speakers to accompany you on your journey, which really adds a lot to the nostalgic vibe that this game has in spades.

These various locations are also riddled with objectives for you to overcome, like destroying objects to create ladders or bridges from the rubble, finding pieces of food to heal dinosaurs, and so on. You will always have a handful of different characters with you to switch between in each area, and each one of them has unique abilities that makes them necessary to progress in the game. Some characters will be able to crawl through holes in walls, while other characters will be able to repair broken machinery. The game will often ask you to regularly switch back and forth between two different teams of LEGOs to overcome obstacles with each teams various abilities, which is actually a lot of fun.

Combat remains very simplistic in this game, as you’ll come across other LEGO humans or animals that will require just a few button mashes before they burst into pieces. This lessened reliance on regular LEGO combat and more on stealth this time around makes sense and works in the game’s favor due to the fact that you’re often trying to avoid being seen by viscous dinosaurs. The part where the combat really gets good is when you actually get to control a dinosaur, which usually results in you taking on a few other dinosaurs in Jurassic combat. It’s big and bad fun, and is always a nice change of pace when those sections pop up. My only complaint about some of these sections are the QTEs, not that I have a problem with that mechanic in itself, but the game tends to use the same exact button prompts over and over again that makes these parts get a little repetitive.

By far my favorite gameplay sequences here are the numerous chases that are sprinkled throughout the game. You’ll find yourself in a vehicle driving towards the camera as a massive dinosaur is charging at you from behind, which is tense not only because there’s a freakin’ dinosaur trying to eat you but because you can’t see where the hell you’re going! The game switches up the camera angles regularly, too, resulting in some action sequences that are breath-taking even in LEGO form. There’s one chase sequence that happens near the end of the Jurassic World story that was particularly incredible, which really makes me want to go and check out the movie to see if it’s even better in the movie.

What’s cool about how the game is set up is that you essentially have one giant hub world that allows you to wander between each of the four parks. The game allows you to access the Jurassic Park and Jurassic World storylines right from the beginning, though you’ll have to complete them to unlock The Lost World: Jurassic Park and Jurassic Park 3. It’s really relaxing to be able to wander through an area that was previously swarming with dinosaurs trying to eat you that now only has characters happily strolling around. Plus, coming back to these areas will have new items for you to find, which is a must for you completionists out there as there’s a LOT of things to collect in this game.

Speaking of collecting things, the biggest challenge of each of the game’s stages is finding all of the hidden collectibles throughout them. They’ll require you to use your characters abilities to the fullest and even potentially make a return trip to bring back a character you didn’t have access to yet, which adds a lot to the game’s replayability. Of course, the main thing you’ll be collecting are studs that you’ll get from doing just about anything in the game, which can be used to purchase new characters. You’ll always be picking up some new item throughout your many adventures, which is nice as it always feels like you’re making progress.

By this point everyone knows what to expect from a LEGO game based on the source material its covering, but lets just say the LEGO formula mixes really well with the Jurassic Park series. I am by no means a big fan of the movies, but experiencing them through the charm and humor of LEGO made me appreciate them more. There’s tons of laughs to be had, puzzles to solve and dinosaurs to run the hell away from, which is exactly what a LEGO game should be. Fans of the movies will absolutely adore this game, but even for people (like me) who aren’t LEGO Jurassic World is still definitely worth biting into.


Things Get Intense And Silly In The LEGO Jurassic World Launch Trailer

This week marks the launch of LEGO Jurassic World, the next installment in the incredibly successful and well-received series. To celebrate, the devs have released a launch trailer that gives everyone a taste (heh!) of what they can expect in this latest adventure.

The cool thing about LEGO Jurassic World is that – even though it takes the name from the current movie of the same name – it will actually contain adaptations of all 4 Jurassic movies. That’s a decent amount of content, and considering that many people would love to relive the original in LEGO form that is a great bonus.

Check out the launch trailer for LEGO Jurassic World directly below.

The First Trailer For ‘LEGO Jurassic World’ Has Arrived

Look out for them LEGO T-rexs!

There’s a big movie coming out this Summer called Jurassic World, which you better believe means that a LEGO version is also in the works called LEGO Jurassic World. The first trailer for the game has just been released, giving everyone a tease of something on the way that is really, really BIG.

Even though the game is called LEGO Jurassic World, the game will also span the events of the previous three films in the series. This means that classic fans will be able to relive their cherished movie (and two sequels that nobody talks about) in glorious LEGO form even if Jurassic World ends up crapping on their childhood. Check out the trailer below. 

LEGO Jurassic World is developed by Traveller’s Tales for the PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Wii U, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PlayStation Vita and Nintendo 3DS. The game is set to launch this June.