This month in Q5, we find out which games make Rich Newbold, game director on Jurassic World Evolution 2 at Frontier Developments, tick.
What’s the first game that you remember playing?
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. I fell in love with it and with gaming from the first moment I woke up in a rainy Hyrule. That feeling is something I’ve been driven to give to players ever since I started working in games development.
What was the last game that you finished?
I had a busy 2021, but I managed to squeeze in finishing Outriders when that came out. I found it really compelling to challenge myself against the world tier for each level with my character through the narrative campaign and endgame.
What’s your favourite video game/series of all time?
I have a huge love for the Legend of Zelda series and it’s been with me since I was kid, but for me, it has to be Championship/Football Manager series from Sports Interactive. I’ve sunk so many hours into badly running football clubs for two decades and, as always, I reckon this year is the year I’ll finally get Sheffield Wednesday the trophy glory they deserve but, ultimately, know that it’ll end up with me getting the sack after failing to keep them away from relegation again.
What do you think is the most underrated video game of all time?
A game for me that I think was underrated was the first few years of Star Wars Galaxies. I had so much fun with friends taking up professions or sub-professions and essentially having jobs in a game, all hoping that our next mastered profession role was enough to get us on the path to becoming a Jedi. It was set up to really reward you putting in the hours and getting players to experience different professions to earn something incredible.
What’s the game that you most wish you’d worked on?
The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker for me. Taking the series in such a bold direction narratively by making it all flooded, but also the art direction at the same time. Such an incredible risk, but it works incredibly well and I’d have loved to have been a part of that team and the game.