Wednesday, August 12, 2009

My Own Dream...

You know how I mentioned earlier how I said if I had my own expansion team? Well, that's gotten me into big thinking right there. It would make expansions, mods, etc. for my favorite games (which I can't all put on this single computer at the same time, unless I don't have some of them): the Zoo Tycoon franchise; the RollerCoaster Tycoon franchise; the Quality Simulations games (Virtual Sailor, Micro Flight, and Vehicle Simulator); the Ship Simulator series; Microsoft Flight Simulator 7, 8, 9, and 10; Orbiter Space Flight Simulator, and Jurassic Park: Operation Genesis. This would be called the Area 51 Xpansion Team.

Well, here's a Zoo Tycoon expansion that I would be thinking about for this nonexistent expansion team. You see, I have recently gotten back into dinosaurs from ships and boats and airplanes. I have been on Jurassic Park Legacy very frequently, and I was daydreaming about making this Jurassic Park expansion for Zoo Tycoon, that would feature all dinosaurs that Jurassic Park Legacy has ever recorded, and not just those notable in the films. Within the weeks, I decided this dream pack would have six parts. Part one would be on Isla Nublar, showing all the creatures of Jurassic Park itself. In addition to Tyrannosaurus and Dilophosaurus and Triceratops, other dinosaurs there included Baryonyx, Compsognathus, Herrerasaurus, Proceratosaurus, Metriacanthosaurus, and Segisaurus, as well as Pteranodon longiceps. Also, a mod would keep all those dinosaurs on the female gender.

The next part of the pack is Isla Sorna, which would have all the other movie dinosaurs, as well as debated dinosaurs. These dinosaurs include Anatotitan, Apatosaurus, Hadrosaurus, Leptoceratops, Maiasaura, and Muttaburasaurus, as well as two other species of Pteranodon: P. longiceps "hippocratesi" and P. sternbergi. Also, the male dinosaur option would become available.

The third part, moving onto Isla Matanceros (part of the fictional Las Cinco Murtes, or "The Five Deaths," where Isla Sorna is also located within), would have all the novel dinosaurs, like the camouflaged Carnotaurus, Othnelia, and other ones I can't name.

The fourth part, in Isla Muerta (again part of Las Cinco Murtes), all the Jurassic Park comic dinosaurs would be brought into the Zoo Tycoon world. I also figured out that there are three unknown species in the comics: an unknown ornithopod, an unknown pterosaur, and an unknown sauropod. Well, here's what I think about these three guys. The ornithopod would be identified as a Camptosaurus for me, and it could be unlocked as a 2-star fossil you could assemble at the Extinct Research Lab in Zoo Tycoon 2, or as a 2-star unlocked species at Campaign mode. This would be the same for the sauropod (Diplodocus), but with a 4-star rating. As for the pterosaur, Pterodactylus, it would be one that would occasionally fly overhead, only on the Isla Muerta map.

The fith part, Isla Pena (once again part of Las Cinco Murtes), would have all the new Novelette dinosaurs: the non-camouflaged Carnotaurus, Datousaurus, and the real Velociraptor mongoliensis (that was not hybrided with Deinonychus like its two different counterparts, V. "antirrhopus nublarensis" and V. "antirrhopus sornaensis"). With the lack of dinosaurs, the current ones could be improved as much as possible, for an excuse.

And the sixth and final one, Isla Tacano (yet again part of Las Cinco Murtes), would have all the Jurassic Park: Operation Genesis dinosaurs not yet in any of the parts, like Dryosaurus, Homalocephale, Kentrosaurus, Torosaurus, Albertosaurus, Acrocanthosaurus, Allosaurus, and Carcharodontosaurus.

Whew! That sure was a lot of stuff to say. But here's one thing my mind's kind of concerned about, and it's about Mysterious Map Marvels' Jurassic Park Pack (mostly part one, because it's obviously the only one published so far). They say that the dinosaurs look like, even sound like their movie counterparts. Well, here's one thing I have to say, and some of you might think I'm crazy or something: I DISAGREE!!! Yeah, I knew you thought I was crazy. But let me get into the details.

First of all, it's the general sounds of the dinos. The Gallimimus make no sound at all! Well, except when they're babies. But the adults make no sound! This is the same for the Parasaurolophus. I don't know about the babies, but the adult Paras make no sound! The Brachiosaurus, meanwhile, do make sound, but their sounds are unlike what I've heard in the first and third movies. I mean, they could have been taken from Jurassic Park: Operation Genesis, but most of the content in that game is non-canon to the movies to me, even though I don't have the game (while I've seen YouTube videos). Next, we move to the Stegosaurus. They still sound like the original Stegos on Zoo Tycoon 2! I mean, nothing like the JPOG version, and certainly nothing like the films! And the Ceratosaurus, their sounds are from JPOG, but given the fact that the single Ceratosaurus from Jurassic Park /// made no sound but sniffs and growls, I guess I could call that canon. In fact, unless the skin of the Ceratosaurus was taken from JPOG, it could be the most canonical dinosaur of Jurassic Park Pack part one (except the fingers, which are still two fingers, when there should be four), so let's not worry about it anymore. Next we have the Spinosaurus and Tyrannosaurus. These two ever death-dueling dinosaurs have some canon in their roars and growls, so this is probably the most canonical feature of these dinosaurs.

Next, we have the skins of the dinosaurs. The Brachiosaurus skins were what I've seen in the films, especially the difference of color in their gender (females are brown, males are light green with slightly darker green stripes, and a red head), so I call it canon. Now the Gallimimus is where the confusion begins. The male Gallimimus skin is taken right from JPOG (which I have serious doubts is canon, because of Jurassic Park Legacy), and the females have the same color, but duller. And the babies are very dull in color, like brownish-gray with black stripes on top. Next, we have the Stegosaurus, which is more confusing than the Gallmimus. The female Stego skin I can't tell if it's from the movies or JPOG, but the male Stego is even more confusing. He has, if I can remember, purple skin! I ask myself this several times a minute without an answer: where did Mysterious Map Marvels get that weird idea? (However, I saw that a patch that goes over JPP part one that listed a solution to a lot of bugs and probelms. One of them was called 'Stegosaurus coloration'. I don't know what it does, but I made a mental note to try and download it.) Also note that the Stegosaurus in The Lost World: Jurassic Park are bigger than they're supposed to be (I think InGen bred them that way) Next up, the Parasaurolophus. The male skin seems canonical enough, but the female has the same thing, but duller! This is the case for the novelette version, but these are supposed to be from the movies. The female Para is said to be green and blue, with a lot of black stripes running down her torso. Also take note that the JP Pack Paras always stay on their hind feet, while they're really supposed to spend most time on all fours, rearing up on two only when to graze high branches and to run. Next up is the Spinosaurus, we have skins that are not from the movies, but from JPOG. They can also have light colored skin as a color variation, I think. I'll mark that part as non-canon. Also take note that the hands are still two fingers. As for the Tyrannosaurus, the female skin is okay, but the male skin, I'm pretty sure, is from JPOG, though I'm not certain. I don't know, actually. It could be the skin of the sub-adult male tyrannosaur that was slaughtered by the Spinosaurus in Jurassic Park ///.

And another concern is that, sometime after Cretaceous Calamity comes out, Jurassic Park Pack part two will come out. The only confirmed dinos are new versions of Triceratops and Ankylosaurus, and I have a feeling they're gonna get it wrong again. Also note that there could probably be Dilophosaurus, Compsognanthus, and perhaps all others in the films not in the first part (excluding both species of Pteranodon seen at the final scene of The Lost World and the bird cage part of Jurassic Park ///, as well as Mamenchisaurus). And here's my primary concern: Velociraptors. You see, there are two species of Velociraptor in all three films. The one in TLW was the same one seen in JP, and when you watch JP/// after that, the Velociraptors are strikingly different. Not just their colors, their behavior as well. Well, the names that JP Legacy gave them make sense, I guess. The word "antirrhopus" in both species' names means that they were hybrided with Deinonychus antirrhopus, which is why they're bigger than real life. And the last word in the species' names tells a lot. The one seen in JP and TLW was Velociraptor "antirrhopus nublarensis," and the one in JP/// was Velociraptor "antirrhopus sornaensis." JP Legacy came up with a theroy that the Raptors in the third movie were the first attempt to genetically make Velociraptors for the tourists, but these guys proved too dangerous to take to Isla Nublar, where Jurassic Park was at, so they stayed on Isla Sorna. The second attempt was a success; V. nublarensis lived on both Isla Sorna and Isla Nublar. And what I'm afraid about is that Mysterious Map Marvels might think there is only one Velociraptor species. SO CAUTION: Jurassic Park Pack content may not be canonical, maybe not as canonical as you'd like.

So, that's my entry. It took an afternoon and a morning to make, by the way. Plus, edits are frequently going on, so you won't be surprised to see changes from when you last read (that is, if anyone's out there).

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