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Review: Goat Simulator
At a Glance
|ESRB Rating:||NR - Not Rated|
|My Rating:||Ages 10 and up|
|Genre:||Simulation / Open world|
|Review Published On:||January 26th, 2019|
Whenever you start the game, the game's world is completely reset. However, any goats or areas you've unlocked remain available. Your progress through the quests in the MMO Simulator DLC is also recorded automatically.
The main point of this game is just to have fun and mess around, which typically involves using your goat to cause mayhem.
Since a lot of the appeal had been the utterly broken physics and buggy behavior, the developers only fixed serious issues. The rest of the bugs were intentionally left in, and more often than not, actively embraced. Of course, nothing is ever perfect, so it's still possible to find a bug that'll crash the game. On the plus side, if you ever run across such a problem, you'll be treated to a new achievement.
Gameplay wise, the title says it all: You control a goat. That's about it. You can walk or run around, headbutt some things, lick other things, or if you really want to, you can have your goat bleat. You can also have your goat ragdoll. This ability is based on something that happens in many games when a character is defeated: their in-game model collapses, much like a doll made out of old rags would flop around. Here it can happen on demand, can help you get loose if you accidentally get your goat stuck on something.
Another quirk of the game is that you can unlock new goats by performing certain actions. Each playable goat has its own attributes, and many also feature new abilities. An easily found example of this is the Goat Queen. Whenever the Goat Queen bleats, a "peasant" goat is summoned to her side. Or to be more specific, a random goat falls out of the sky and flops lifelessly on the ground nearby. This isn't the most useful ability, but then again, it's just there to be funny. A much more interesting ability is available to the Magician Goats (from the MMO Simulator DLC). These goats can launch huge fireballs at anything you want, causing a lot of mayhem from a distance. They also have an unusually floaty and high jump, allowing them to wander off to places where no goat has gone before.
Ultimately, this is simply a game where sanity is greatly overrated, chaos is rewarding, and everything is just another toy to be played with. On the down side, you can only do so much with a goat before it stops being funny, and once you reach that point, there's little reason to continue playing. The other major issue is that there is some unexpectedly offensive content hiding in both the main game and the DLC packages.
Points of Interest
Additionally, when you're starting a new game, you can choose to play as any of the goats you've previously discovered. This way, you'll always keep whatever strange and wonderful abilities you've found.
On the other hand (hoof?) the MMO Simulator DLC features more traditional quests -- the kind where you talk with an NPC, go out into the world, complete your objective, and then return for some pointless reward. The Waste of Space DLC also features something of an objective: you're running a crowd funding campaign to explore space. In this DLC, you earn money instead of points.
There is also a set of Steam trading cards for you to collect, and support for [mods] via the Steam Workshop. That said, it doesn't look like modders are that interested in this title.
Concerns and Issues
Another other place you'll sometimes find profanity is in the (fake) in-game chat seen in the MMO DLC. Various other "players" and NPCs may use bad language when talking to each other or the player.
If you don't care for this sort of thing, there is an option to censor the swearing in the game's options menu.
Another, much more subtle, reference can be found on the original map. This location features a road with two exits. Each exit features a sign indicating where the road goes if you were to travel that direction. These read "Him Len" and "Helvete", which is Swedish for "Heaven" and "Hell". This would indicate that your goat is actually in purgatory, and judging by the distances on the signs (Helvete is 2 kilometers closer than Him Len), they are much closer to spending eternity in Hell.
On a less disturbing note, the MMO Simulator DLC features an area where you can fight demons, much like any fantasy themed game out there. Note that they'll just respawn a few moments later, so any victory in this lava filled ruin is completely meaningless.