Goat Simulator: Mmore Goatz Edition has just arrived for the Xbox One and Xbox 360 and includes the Goat MMO Simulator and Goatz expansion, obviously spoofing massively multiplayer online games and the zombie survival game DayZ. Double Eleven Limited has taken the two expansions that were created for Goat Simulator on PC and ported them over so that players are able to get the full Goat Simulator experience. For the first time you'll be able to choose to be a goat in a medieval MMO scenario, or if you want something a bit spookier, then you can take on hordes of the undead as you try to survive in Goatz. It is also worth noting that this is a stand alone game and not just additional DLC to Goat Simulator like it is on PC.
In Goat Simulator: Mmore Goatz Edition you are given two different maps but four different game modes. In the MMO map, it is up to you to explore the lands, leveling up and completing questions, and the more you explore the more you will be able to discover interesting Easter eggs and hidden golden goat statues. Modifiers return in the game mode primarily as the different classes that you can play as in the simulated MMO like Tank, Magician or Microwave. As you travel you will find even more modifiers that give you a variety of different skills; be careful not to use them all at once as you can end up with some pretty interesting side effects.
There are three different ways that you can play the Goatz map, as the instigator of the zombie apocalypse, as a survivor, or in training mode where you can just learn how to survive the world. As usual there will be funny Easter eggs and more to see as you prance around the world completing survival challenges and trying to last for as long as you can. It's also smart of the developers to do a lot to ensure that the game never truly breaks for any players, but if you do find yourself through a wall or half way into a bookshelf, then there is an easy respawn button on the pause menu so you can continue your goat antics.
Some differences that are present in the MMO include the inventory system, where you can store a licked item to produce it later and a leveling system that your points will go to—this is mostly just cosmetic. The differences in game play that you will see in Goatz include a health bar and food and water levels, meaning you need to be on the look out for stuff to keep yourself alive.
The controls of Mmore Goatz handles exactly the same as Goat Simulator: tight, responsive and really easy to pick up and learn on the fly. In the MMO it is even easier to know what different abilities your class has, as in general MMO fashion, you get a hotbar at the bottom of your screen showing you what button will activate what ability. For buttons that have changed around since the original Xbox release, like the slow motion feature, which is now mapped to left on the D-Pad, accidentally hitting the wrong button is easily remedied as an instruction appears on how to disable the button.
Like the original, this expansion/sequel uses Unreal 3 and the same nVidia PhysX and Apex Physics engines as before to give the world a sense of comedy like only ragdoll physics can. Apart from scenery objects like houses, walls or the trees, most objects can be kicked, nudged or even licked, which is the equivalent of picking up an object in this game. I did have some issues with some of the quests pertaining to gathering a certain number of objects due to them getting stuck in the ground. The fastest way for me to get around this was to just push or kick the object, but that was before I learn't that you can store anything you can lick into your inventory, and that is people and enemies included.
The audio track in Goat Simulator: Mmore Goatz Edition is one that really lends itself to the world, the MMO and Goatz music is always present while never really taking away your attention from what is going on in the world. The sound effects are also on point once again whether it be the bleating of your goat, the chorus of townsfolk, a horde of zombies, or an unexplained explosion that totally wasn't your fault. As with the original, I will say again that the dialogue from the humans gets pretty repetitive be it from a lack of variety in what they say to the how quickly you are moving in a location that people might just need to say something.
Local multiplayer is again included in Mmore Goatz Edition allowing you to start up a game with up to four players on Xbox One and with two players on the Xbox 360. In multiplayer there is no real competitive aspect as you and your friends will all be moving towards the same goal whether it be collection totals, mutators gathered or the quests/challenges that you choose to partake in. This makes for a truly enjoyable game where you can just muck about and have some fun with those around you. It's also worth it to say that you can not do that training mode for the Goatz map single player, but where's the fun in training when you can hop in to the unknown for some goat fun?
In the end, Goat Simulator: Mmore Goatz Edition is another fun title to play on your own or to play with your friends. It's great to see that these add-ons have come to the Xbox finally, it is a bit of a shame that they are not free DLC like they were for the PC, but this game is also relatively cheap for the content that it delivers. It is not a game that you will have much replayability with but playing with friends can yield a completely different experience as every playthrough you'll be sure to find at least one thing you missed.
Goat Simulator: Mmore Goatz Edition is available now for Xbox One and should be available shortly for Xbox 360 for $9.99. If you would like to learn more about the first Goat Simulator on Xbox One then you can check out our review.
This game was given to us by the developer and reviewed on the Xbox One.