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Goat Simulator Mmore Goatz Edition

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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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Goat Simulator review

Goat Simulator may only be a physic playground, but it’s not as aimless as it first seems. There are dozens of optional objectives to complete that run the gamut from running up the sides of buildings, to staying in the air for a certain amount of time. And as you go about completing them, exploring the two areas – Goatville and Goat City Bay – for opportunities to conquer the objectives and hunting that precious 1,000 Gamerscore, you’ll also discover secret areas, odd occurrences, millions of glitches and bugs, and plenty of referential humour, these will distract you, and before you know it hours will have passed, and you’ve experienced nothing but hilarious, tear inducing fun.

Indeed ‘playground’ is certainly the appropriate word for describing Goat Simulator. Each area is full of equipment, buildings, people, and vehicles to distract you and have fun with, whether that’s ramming and kicking people metres into the air for sport, trying to ride skateboards and bikes, or defying gravity by running up walls and sailing through the air. Add a few glitches to your activities and the fun multiplies, but there’s so much more than just a few glitches.

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Water transubstantiates between liquid, solid and gas, resulting in peculiar physics as you frequently jump off the surface or trot unabated on the ocean floor. Meanwhile, you tongue can latch onto almost anything and stretch seemingly infinitely, and on occasion the rest of your head will follow suit. Furthermore, random glitches can occur, such as you embedding yourself in a structure. It’s fantastically absurd. Wonderfully, the developers, Coffee Stain Studios, won’t be fixing any of these bugs either, just the game breaking ones, instead they label them as features, and features they certainly are, ones that make an amusing title downright hilarious.

If you crave structure, however, Goat Simulator isn’t for you. The many objectives serve the greater goal of scoring points, and that’s it. Multipliers accumulate and increase your scoring if you destroy objects and perform pretty much any action during the generous multiplier windows, causing your score to skyrocket – much like your goat when the physics glitch out and gravity forgets what it’s supposed to do for a living. It’s very similar to playing Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater on endless mode; in fact some skating ramps and similar features are strewn across the map, along with skateboards you can hilariously ride. Additionally, everywhere you turn there’s something to do, somewhere to explore, or some joke to put a smile on your face, and you don’t need a skateboard to pull off some spectacular tricks, gain some speed, jump and press the flip button to back or forward flip, or press the ragdoll button and watch your body flop around the environment. There’s a wealth of delight to be found in the simplest actions thanks to the physics.

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And that’s where Goat Simulator generates its fun: from the highly amusing, downright silly construction of the entire experience. It’s emergent gameplay at its purest, requiring you to make your own fun, and there’s an abundance of tools lying around waiting for you to interact with them that are brilliant at providing just that. Additionally, mutators can be unlocked and activated that modify your goat, such as a deadmau5 head that makes pedestrians dance at the press of a button, and plenty more for you to experiment with. However, you can burn out on the experience in longer play sessions. Go into Goat Simulator meaning to spend a couple of hours absorbing its stupidity and the fun can wear out, mean to go in for just a 10 minute mess about as dinner cooks, and expect a severely burnt meal as hours pass. Goat Simulator’s silliness is compelling when you’re aimlessly interacting with the world, but far less so when you’re more focused on achieving specific things. This can work against the list of objectives, especially so on the stiffer challenges.

The addition of four player local multiplayer easily alleviates any boredom, as bringing friends to the craziness enhances the fun tremendously. There are competitive challenges you can get involved with, such as races and score objectives, but the more structured setups feel incongruous to the rest of the experience and lacks the same fun. Creating your own challenges through emergent play, embracing the glitches and silliness, soon leads to ecstatic laughing.

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Goat Simulator is purposely broken, the glitches are left in because they are funny to see and experience, because a physics playground where the physics are fluid and inconsistent introduces a compelling chaos that’s easy to enjoy. Four player is insane and brilliant. Blowing up gas tanks that propel you through the air, latching your tongue to pedestrians and dragging them up to a pentagram to be sacrificed, climbing up a crane and pushing an unsuspecting person off the top – whatever it is you end up doing in Goat Simulator, you’ll have a laugh and a lot of fun doing it. However, its lack of structure means your mileage with it depends on how you engage with its brand of humour and craziness.

Thanks to Coffee Stain Studios for supplying TiX with a download code

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Goat Simulator comes charging on to Xbox

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Microsoft have announced that the already popular Goat Simulator is finally being released on the Xbox One and Xbox 360 next month.

Goat Simulator, created by Coffee Stain Studios, has been around for sometime now on the PC but the time has finally come to make the shift to console. For those who don’t know Goat Simulator puts you in the life of a goat, who runs around a city causing carnage and chaos, very weird but strangely appealing to the masses.

Check out the official launch trailer below.