- "I know who you are. This is Laura Sorkin. I hoped you enjoyed the ride"
Laura describes her childhood in her research journal. She was raised on her family's farm in Arkansas and was an animal-rights activist in the 1970s. She was arrested multiple times for protesting, but earned her position as one of InGen's leading paleogeneticists.
Working in Jurassic ParkEdit
Initially, Laura was to be made the original Chief Scientist of Jurassic Park, but was denied the position after revealing she wanted to use complete DNA structures with no add-ins, cross-referencing genetic information from the mosquito fossils. It would have been safer, but the board of directors thought this process would take up too much time they didn't want to spend.
Laura also wanted the island to be used as a wildlife preserve instead of a theme park, but the idea was dismissed because there was "no money" in it.
Instead, the board decided to give the position of Chief Scientist to Henry Wu. In order to please the board, Dr. Wu came up with the solution of using genetic information from other animals (such as frogs) to form complete DNA structures in minimal time. As a result, Laura developed a strong animosity towards Wu, Hammond and InGen. Her discontent with the InGen management was such that the management team gradually kept Laura out of the loop regarding the company's main dinosaur research projects. Eventually, Laura was assigned to her own laboratory on Isla Nublar where she could continue to perform independent research and be kept out of sight and mind.
Laura was also responsible for the Troodon, having bred them in her laboratory from a clutch of "mystery eggs". John Hammond, however, thought these predators were "too dangerous" and not "appealing" for tourists, so he ordered them to be euthanized. Instead, Laura decided to study the Troodon in secret; a single action that would lead to devastating consequences later.
Isla Nublar IncidentEdit
Along with her assistant David Banks, Laura choose to stay on Isla Nublar rather than evacuate with the other employees. She stayed behind primarily to monitor the Parasaurolophus and the Troodon pectinodon.
After David was killed near the Quarantine Pens, she met up with the rescue team and other survivors. She developed an irritation towards Billy Yoder, one of the InGen mercenaries sent to help her. She also refused to leave, and went to the Parasaurolophus paddock to give them the anti-lysine contingency syrum.
She later joined the group in the tunnels and assisted them throughout the journey. Upon hearing that the park was to be destroyed, she headed down into the Marine Facility, alone, in hope of negotiating with the government into sparing the island. She later tricked the groups into going to the Marine Facility, locking the elevator doors behind them and deciding to hold them hostage as a drastic attempt at convincing the government. When they still didn't relent, she opened the underwater gate leading out into the open ocean, allowing a Mosasaur to escape and wreak havoc in the outside world.
The Tylosaurus smashes the wall of the facility, attempting to devour her. She collapses into the pool and, just after Gerry yells "Get out of the water!", the Tylosaurus snatches her leg, shakes her, and pulls her underwater. Ironically, Laura was killed by her own doing. After the incident, Laura's family sued Ingen with a 14.7 billion lawsuit after her death.
Her efforts at protecting the island are foiled when Isla Nublar is destroyed 90 minutes later, the command given by Billy Yoder.
Yet ironically, and through no actions of her own (she died long before it happened), Dr. Sorkin did achieve her goal when Hammond turned Isla Sorna into a nature preserve (as seen in the ending of The Lost World: Jurassic Park and left unharmed since Jurassic Park III).
If the player fails to complete certain tasks, it is possible for Laura can be devoured by a Troodon or Velociraptors. These deaths are considered non-canon, and will result in a game over. The player will then be allowed to respawn and try again.
Throughout the game pages from Dr. Sorkin's InGen Field Journal can be collected. It describes the last events before the game through Sorkin's eyes.
In her sole appearance in Jurassic Park: The Game, Laura was voiced by Susan Cash. She appears to be around 40–45 years old.
- She is the only character in the franchise to be killed by a non-dinosaurian creature in Jurassic Park.
- She is also the only confirmed female death in the franchise.
- She bears a physical resemblance to Amanda Kirby from Jurassic Park III, but is closer in personality to Dr. Irene Corts from Jurassic Park: Dinosaur Battles, due to their belief that the dinosaurs deserve their own lives. Both are very sinister, with Corts actually controlling the dinosaurs she mutates with a radio transmitter, and Sorkin going as far as releasing the Mosasaur into the global ecosystem.
- She also resembles Arleen Sorkin, the original voice of Harley Quinn in many Batman series/games (who might also serve as a namesake).
- She used to host a radio show, actually hacking the computers in the park and playing her favorite records, slightly similar to Dennis Nedry.