Goat Simulator Mmore Goatz Edition dropped this week on Xbox 360 and Xbox One and includes the updated MMO (Massively Multiplayer Online) version of Goat Simulator and the Day Z zombie survival game inspired version Goatz. Living life as a goat in a sandbox environment sounds bizarre enough to me as it is, but given the original Goat Simulator’s past success I wondered if this would be more of the same glitchy hilarious craziness we saw in the first place.
Starting off in the world as a little goat you will be handed two game type options at the main menu, the MMO which is the original game but with lots more to do. There is a level cap of 101, new people to meet and more quests to help out the people of the community in weird and wonderful ways (one of them is dragging a man out of poop!). The quests are generally simple; ranging from killing a certain amount of enemies, destroying things or relocating people somewhere in the world.
It is pretty much impossible to die in this game, instead you can get stuck in random places due to the glitches that are add to the comedic value but is easily fixed by the magic respawn button. You can explore the vast lands and find collectables, a lot of hilarious glitches, secret areas and defeat enemies with the glorious headbutt while levelling up your beloved goat. Being called the Mmore Goats Edition you can of course unlock a lot more goats each with special powers to use around the maps.
Implemented into the MMO side of the game is the inventory system where you can store pretty much anything you decide to lick, from which your goat gain XP for, licking items will store them in your inventory. Items range from food, bits of wilderness and enemies you have defeated to people you wish to relocate for quest purposes. There are six variations of goat to choose from, you can pick your original goat in all its glory, the Tank class (which I chose) will grant you access to a butt-slam and a charge and also gives you a nice set of spiked armour! Rouge that has stealth and stunlock abilities, whereas the Hunter, whose ability is to fish. There is also the Magician (hat and suit included) that can produce card tricks and fire bawl or.. wait for it.. a Microwave! Genius. It is entirely possible to switch out the class you picked and try something new to continue your quests and progress, your goat is a jack of all trades!
On top of all the different goat classes to pick from you also have mutators which will range from double jumping, having a jet pack to becoming Zeus! Pick one or pick many, the outcome is always interesting, there are a few to unlock and find by doing certain things in the world.
The Goatz (Day Z) option is a lot more survival based, you have a health and hunger gauge and will need to feed on normal human food or zombie brains to get to keep your health from depleting. Completing challenges that appear on-screen will give you a bonus of health and hunger fill. Your undead goat will be able to use its voice (BAAAAAAA!) emitting a green cloud to change unsuspecting humans into zombies, It is then your duty to use your goat powers of head butting, licking and kicking to defeat them as they come at you.
Like in Dead Rising this game mode enables you to make weapon combos in specific areas by bringing certain items to the pad with your tongue, the pad will then magically generate a weapon for you to use and latch it to your goat for a few moments of attacking bliss. Blueprints do reside in the room so you can see all the weapon combos before you drive yourself nuts. Although the mode is not timed your hunger and health play the biggest part in your survival, how much of the city will you infect before you die.. again?
Local multiplayer is in the game too. You can start a game with up to four players on Xbox One and two on the Xbox 360, finish quests together in MMO or go all out and survive the zombie apocalypse with your friends. The Goatz option will give you the option of a parachute race and races while in the MMO you will have to create your own personal challenges and go against each other in this glitch filled environment.
Graphically this game is easy on the eye providing you with a colourful palette and amusing hidden extras, with the amount of glitches purposely left in this game anything can go wrong with the visuals at any time, but nothing game breaking, they are more hilarious if anything. One example included me walking down a path minding my own business to suddenly being launched across the sky after missing an enemy with an attack. The music is cheerful from the get go, as soon as the game loads to the menu you will hear upbeat medieval music, once in the game you will be able to appreciate the ambient sounds from the sound effects, explosions and the noises your goat makes.
I would like to have seen the quest givers to have a voice as sometimes you can run past while they are talking and will have to go to your quest screen to find out what you are supposed to be doing. While Goat Simulator Mmore Goatz does not seem to be anything other than a tool to make hilarious things happen it has not disappointed, from the original game. It has kept things simple and throwing in the ability to turn people into zombies and fight them only makes it better. You can walk around, wall run, find collectables, attack anyone you want to and trap defeated enemies in your inventory box. You would be maaad not to play this!
Thanks to Double Eleven for supplying TiX with a download code
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