Not too long ago we took a look at Coffee Stain Studios and Double Eleven’s Goat Simulator Xbox One port. Just over four months later, the studios have upped the ante and we take a look at what’s new in our Goat Simulator: Mmore Goatz Edition review.
In case you missed it, check out the trailer before we get started…
Unlike the original Goat Simulator, this edition has not one but two stories. Neither the MMO or Goatz stories are fantastic, but at least in the case of the MMO side it’s somewhat of a structure to keep you moving forward. The quests are pretty dumb, but that’s part of the charm, and if you’ve ever played any MMO before the script and quests in Goat Simulator: Mmore Goatz Edition do a fantastic job of poking fun at what’s wrong with most MMOs out there – both past and present.
As far as gameplay goes, you’re playing Goat Simulator and not much has changed there. At the base of it all, it’s still a sandbox type destruction game with a little more structure than the original game. The controls are the same, and considering that the MMO and Goatz packs were DLC add-ons for the PC version I didn’t expect it to play differently than the base version of the game.
On the MMO side of things, you can choose from 5 different classes or choose to simply quest as a normal goat (boring!). The classes you can choose from are: Warrior, Rouge (yes Rouge, not Rogue), Magician, Hunter or Microwave. Once you enter the game, it looks and feels 100% like your standard MMO. I hate to admit it, but it took me awhile to realize that the scrolling chat window is just a fake chat that streams by. It may be an MMO in name but you’re playing this one solo.
The quest givers are standing in a glowing ring, so they’re easy to spot. And they hand out the dumbest quests ever from bringing apples to a guy who’s literally surrounded by hundreds of apples on the ground to pulling another dude out of poop (who gives you poop as a reward) and of course the classic destroy the gold farmers gold farming machines – just to name a few. At first I thought I discovered an XP bug, simply licking the same item over and over again produced more XP. But then after visiting another NPC the XP just kept streaming by quickly levelling up the goat – but it’s purely cosmetic as you don’t actually gain any advantages or new skills when you level up. But hey, what other MMO can you get to level 101 (yes 101, not 100) by just standing around? Your inventory is pretty useless as well, it’s pretty much a place you can store and carry stuff around that you can’t really use or equip.
As you travel around though, you will find some modifiers that you can equip to give you different skills, and when you use too many of them together you can get some pretty hilarious results.
Zed or zee… nah, I won’t go there. There are three ways to play the GOATZ mode – start the outbreak, survival mode, and training mode which just lets you run around in a zombie infested world.
In order to start the outbreak, you must run around and burp on 5 humans to infect them and thus start the zombie apocalypse. Once you’ve started it, the game does revert to survival mode and you are tasked with surviving as long as you can. You’ll have to eat food and lick zombie brains in order to keep your health up. There’s also fun nods to pop culture (we won’t spoil any here – o.k., just one in the screenshot below) which are good for a chuckle when you see them.
Aside from trying to last as long as you can, and destroy as much as you can, there’s not much else to GOATZ mode, and for the morbid types you can check out your death statistics to check out your score, zombies killed, hours survived, and cause of death.
As is the case with the original Goat Simulator, graphics are fairly mediocre, definitely nothing that screams “next-gen” or really jumps out at you. Given the type of game it is though, with all the bugs and glitches, the simpler graphics oddly fit and add to the experience.
The one thing that is pretty well done is the sound design. The sound effects are bang on, and the background music for the MMO mode is very medieval sounding and fits the gameplay and setting well. For GOATZ mode, the developers took a more upbeat – almost carefree – approach, and again it works well here.
There is also four person local multiplayer (two person on the Xbox 360) but unfortunately we didn’t get a chance to test it out.
If you were a fan of Goat Simulator, you’ll enjoy Goat Simulator: Mmore Goatz Edition. I wasn’t a huge fan of the first, mainly due to lack of any structured story and Mmore Goatz Edition filled in that missing piece for me so if you were on the fence with the first one, you may want to give this one a go. In the end it’s still Goat Simulator but at least there’s somewhat of a story and hey, who doesn’t like zombies these days?
***We were sent a review copy of Goat Simulator: Mmore Goatz Edition for the purposes of this review.