Review: Goat Simulator (PS4)

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Title: Goat Simulator
Format: PlayStation Network Download (1.3 GB)
Release Date: August 11, 2015
Publisher: Double Eleven
Developer: Coffee Stain Studios
Original MSRP: $9.99
ESRB Rating: T
Goat Simulator is also available on PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PC, Mac, Linux, iOS, and Android.
The PlayStation 4 download version was used for this review.
A copy of this game was provided by the publisher for review purposes.
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Gameplay:
From the opening screen:

Goat Simulator is a physics playground and your goat may become stuck. If she does become stuck, pause the game and select RESTART or RESPAWN to continue.

Goat Simulator is like Pain but a lot less boring! [Ed: Hey! I enjoyed that game!] In the PS3 launch game Pain, the player was tied down to controlling a kind of catapult or sling-shot contraption where you would launch a person into objects in the environment and then “scootch” them with a button push, if you had enough momentum to keep going, into other objects for a higher score.

Pain also enlisted celebrities to lend their likenesses and voices as time passed and the game was updated. There was David Hasselhoff, Andy Dick, and my favorite of course, George Takei! Even Elvira, Mistress of the Dark joined the fray.

The reason it became necessary to add these things and eventually even a few more environments and some online elements like bowling was due to the limited experience offered. You affected the character but you weren’t in control of him or her.

… Tall Goat, Jet Pack, Ripped Goat …
Goat Simulator puts the player in direct control of the character on two maps linked by a highway tunnel. The maps are Goatville and Goat City Bay. The former is like a suburb by a field and some woods. The latter is an urban area including an amusement park by a large body of water.

But to infer there are only two environments would be misleading. Each map contains obvious and hidden areas. You want to ride the Ferris Wheel? That’s easy. You want to take the elevator in the amusement park? That is a puzzle. You want to attend a rooftop gig by Deadmau5? Sure! Go ahead. And come away with a mutator you didn’t have before.

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There are perks called mutators which include such things as Tall Goat, Jet Pack, Ripped Goat, Blue Streak, Italian Dinosaur Goat, Goatborn, VR Mutator, Double Jump and Deadgoa7 which is the Deadmau5 mutator. You begin with simple ones like Double Jump and collect others as you play.

As you highlight each mutator, the explanation for its ability appears at the bottom of the screen. Tall Goat turns your goat into a giraffe! It even runs like a giraffe you’d see on nature specials about The Serengeti.

There is a raft of trophies to earn. I rarely mention trophies in my reviews, yo! But in this case it’s important because there are quite a few. So many in fact that the game has a Platinum Trophy to be earned by those earnest few.

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Apart from trophies, there are benchmarks which often pop-up during play to congratulate you on whatever craziness you’ve just committed.

Check out the TGIF with Keith Dunn-Fernández stream of Goat Simulator for some actual gameplay. Advisory: While the game contains no adult language, I do. This was a live stream so anything that may happen probably did. But the gameplay is evident.

 

Visuals:
The game looks a bit last-gen but visuals aren’t why you’re here. In general there are very few graphical issues apart from the overall look. Once you start playing a bit you won’t care about any of that.

Audio:
Again we come to a kind of “Who CARES?” area. The sound is fine. The music is fun where it matters. The bleats are top notch. Tweet it!

… everyone should own this game …
Online/Multiplayer:
The game has up to four person couch co-op with everyone playing on the same screen. It also has various online leader boards for various accomplishments.

Conclusion:
Goat Simulator may, upon first glance, repel some gamers who think that there’s no “there” there. Much like Farming Simulator repels this reviewer while our podcast co-host Josh Langford seems obsessed by it!

Each to his or her own.

After a day spent working for “The Man”, sometimes you just need to be a goat on a rampage. A goat riding a bicycle. A goat roaring like an Italian something!

Goat Simulator has been remarkably transformed from it’s early days as a physics experiment on PC to a cathartic free-for-all! And at the price, everyone should own this game.

I say, replace guns in America with Goat Simulator!

Score:
8.5

* All screenshots used in this review were taken directly from the game using the Share functionality on the PlayStation 4.

Written by Keith Dunn-Fernández

Keith Dunn-Fernández

An actor/director and more lucratively an Administrative Assistant at a small paper company in NYC, Keith loves his games. And he loves to write. And he is a bit of a sarcasmo.

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