With May coming to an end, it is once again time to celebrate free games with the latest batch of PlayStation Plus and Games With Gold picks for the month of June. However, I think the celebration this month might be a bit hampered as the offerings are possibly the least interesting that they’ve been in months.
These are your PlayStation freebies for June – this time without a trailer because reasons.
NBA 2K16 – PS4
Gone Home: Console Edition – PS4
Echochrome – PS3
Siren: Blood Curse (Episodes 1-12) – PS3
God of War: Chains of Olympus – PSP, PS Vita
Little Deviants – PS Vita
While I don’t want to come off as overly negative, this month is quite lazy from my perspective. For huge sports fans, most of you will probably already own NBA 2K16, but as it is a very solid game, it’s cool for those who missed it. Gone Home, while entertaining, failed to capture me as it divulged into preachy territory, abandoning what I considered to be the most interesting aspects that it began with.
None of the other titles are bad per se, it’s just that they’re games most of us already have. Little Deviants was one of the only launch titles for Vita, and Echochrome was one of the most interesting PlayStation Network titles when it arrived years ago.
That said, if you missed the boat you should feel entertained with such a diverse offering.
And without further adieu, these are the Games with Gold freebies for June.
Goat Simulator – Xbox One
The Crew – Xbox One
Super Meat Boy – Xbox 360
XCOM Enemy Unknown – Xbox 360
For those of you who felt that Grid 2 from last month lacked a huge open world to explore with friends, The Crew should feel right at home if you don’t already own it. I’ve neglected it for far too long, so this is actually my favourite freebie from Microsoft this month.
Ending the list with a game as phenomenal as XCOM or a game as crushingly difficult as Super Meat Boy, you should be in for a treat if you somehow them thus far.
August 11 will be marked as the day when Goat Simulator – the 2014 PC hit – will be released on both the PS3 and the PS4.
This versions of the game will be almost exact to the one we saw earlier this year releasing for the Xbox One, but with the slight difference that it will include “GoatVR“, a new mode in which the developers haven’t yet announced anything about, but the fact that it won’t require any special Virtual Reality hardware or device.
Double Eleven, the team behind Goat Simulator, stated regarding this Playstation version:
“Although it’s not quite ready yet we felt it better to stay ahead of the crowd and let it out into the wild […]”
But regarding the GoatVR mode, Double Eleven explained:
“We still need to do that part where it connects to an actual headset but for now you can enjoy a simulated GoatVR experience without it.”
Regarding the other platforms, PC players recently received a new game mode named GoatZ, which is pretty much just a mixture of Dayz with Goat simulator, and as for Xbox One players, it has been confirmed that they’ll be getting Goat MMO, which obviously is an Massive Multiplayer Online turn on the wacky physics Goat Simulator.
For more on Goat Simulator related, stay tuned to VGamerZ.
The human imagination is indeed fruitful. It’s not every day that you see a goat game being released worldwide. But Goat Simulator is no ordinary animal game. In this bizarre reality, players must evoke their darkest wishes and destroy everything around them using just one tool, a goat. Yes, a goat. This terrific mammal is capable of unimaginable destruction and this simulation represents the true power of goats in a very entertaining and hilarious way.
1. Aesthetics: The Art of Destruction
Aesthetics Score: 8.5/10
It really surprised me to see Goat Simulator powered by the Unreal Engine 3. Mostly because the game is so amusing that it looks strange to visualize such comedy in the shape of stunning graphics. The overall map is relatively small but most of the environmental scenes are quite detailed and realistic. On the other hand, I’ve noticed that some small objects lack definition but that’s probably part of the “small, broken and stupid” game description from Coffee Stain. The special effects and lightening are generally well displayed and I particularly enjoyed seeing my burning goat flying around like a living jet. Besides, most of the environment is interactive. Players can really change the appearance of the world by breaking glass, destroying objects, killing people or even exploding cars. At the end of a playing session, it’s hard to recognize the initial town. It’s as if a hurricane passed by and destroyed every single object.
2. Gameplay: Goat Gone Wild
Gameplay Score: 8.5/10
Goat Simulator has a very intuitive and simple gameplay system. It’s not like there is a lot to do, so it would be hard to make a complex gameplay. Anyway, the main goal in this title is to explore and destroy things; you basically earn points by licking and destroying anything. But there’s more, there is an extensive list filled with challenging tasks. Some of them are related to secret zones or activities that players must find themselves through exploration and experimentation. Now, I didn’t expect such a deep concept in this game but I must admit it’s quite thrilling. Furthermore, Goats can be slightly mutated if they accomplish special tasks. Becoming a demoniac goat, robot goat or even a space goat is part of innumerous mutators in-game. Some of these transformations grant special skills that will strengthen the chaos, for example the demonic goat has a magnetic skill that attracts all objects and players.
3. Innovation & Performance: Creativity vs. Malfunction
Innovation & Performance Score: 6/10
Innovation is all over this game. After all, it’s the first simulation of goats, thus the best so far (because there’s no other for comparison). It would be particular sad if the game’s theme was to be the only innovation here. But it’s not the case. In game, there are multiple creative features that reproduce reality in an accurate way, such as backflips, kicks, licks and dragging/smashing things with the holy goat horns. The mutator system is also a great innovation that very few expected to find. Being the goat king or playing mini-games using your tongue doesn’t seem that exciting but aren’t they totally original?
When it comes to performance things change drastically. The game is very buggy and sometimes the only way to keep playing is to enable the unstuck option and respawn elsewhere. Some animations can malfunction at times too and the map’s border is extremely annoying, since you practically get stuck between a real and a virtual wall, if you end up getting there by any chance.
Overall: If You’re Depressed Then You Really Should Play Goat Simulator
Goat Simulator is definitely a title to play if you’re looking for a good laugh or simply an entertaining experience. There’s nothing complicated or deep about it; you’re a destructive goat unleashing chaos in town. The thing about simple things is that they can become tedious very fast but then, this game hasn’t been made to be played every day. I would rather perceive it as a momentum game that can lift your spirits in no time, especially if you’re feeling down. After all, it’s not every game that allows you to be a living hurricane.
Pros: Funny and exhilarating gameplay; Re-playability value.
Cons: No story or narrative;Short and repetitive content.
Goat Simulator’s final release (April 1st) is approaching and the hype deepens. Being a destructive goat seems to be exciting enough for most but really, what’s so special about a game with no plot, storyline or missions? The answer is simple and it can be defined in one word – trolling. This indie title from Coffee Stain Studios is not meant to be serious. In fact, Goat Simulator is a rushed and senseless game with the sole purpose to make players laugh with their own crazy and outrageous actions, as Coffee Stain stated:
Goat Simulator is a small, broken and stupid game. I t was made in a couple of weeks so don’t expect a game in the size and scope of GTA with goats. In fact, you’re better off not expecting anything at all actually. To be completely honest, it would be best if you’d spend your $10 on a hula hoop, a pile of bricks, or maybe a real-life goat.
When a game developer publishes such words about their own creation, it’s clear that Goat Simulator is a mere entertainment object with no trace of quality or refinement. There’s no intent to keep players engaged and customer satisfaction is simply inexistent. But why would you need such features in a game like this? You’re a goat able to unleashing chaos and destroy everything around you. You can also lick objects, stick your horns into objects, kick people and do all kind of hilarious things. In the end, it’s all about experiencing funny, ridiculous and unexpected moments.
Unlike standard simulators, this one doesn’t exactly transcribe reality into the virtual world. Instead, it creates a surreal and exaggerated reality focused on amusement and hilarity. It’s all about fun and fun only. However, this peculiar genre is not new.
Last year, Bossa Studios released Surgeon Simulator, another hysterical indie title focused on the same principles. Assuming the role of a surgeon, players had to perform surgical transplants but… in a very sadistic and frenetic way. This human perversity, in which tragedy and amusement appear to be separated by a narrow line, is being exploited by game developers who seem to know well their audience. Who doesn’t enjoy a good laugh at a flying goat about to die? Consequences don’t matter in the end, because this is the virtual reality and words like death, don’t hold the same meaning. So, there’s plenty of space to create aberrations and eccentricities capable of awakening anyone’s humor. After all, with so many serious, complex and deep games, it’s more than positive that games like this emerge. Trolling or not, it’s a very peculiar and distinct genre and it’s a stimulus for game variety, besides it increases players’ options when it comes to gaming genres.
Do you know any huge things that started out as a joke? Well, Goat Simulator appears to be one of them after Coffee Stain Studios decided to turn what was initially an alpha footage hoax into a full game featuring… a silly goat. One that does silly stuff, gets hit by cars and wrecks things around. Just like that.
Initially, the Goat Simulator was presented via a joke video on YouTube, showing up some otherwise nice mechanics, a good physics engine and the silly goat in action. You can check it out below, it already got over 2 million views on YouTube and it will certainly not stop here:
The strange thing is that people considered this idea so amazing and fun that they demanded a full game to be launched. And since Coffee Stain Studios won’t say no to fellow gamers (especially since they did have some sort of a working game created), they decided to actually make Goat Simulator a reality. One in which you will control the silly goat and wreck things around. You can also use an axe glued to your huge goat tongue to… wreck even more things around. Oh, my!
Here’s the updated trailer showing some of the new stuff that the goat has learned:
You can keep an eye on the progress of Goat Simulator by checking out the game’s official website.