Goat Simulator 3 reviewed by Travis Northup on PC, also available on PlayStation and Xbox.
This sequel almost certainly won’t wow you with its level of polish or a deep, meaningful narrative, but sometimes it’s a good idea to turn your brain off and buck your hooves into an old lady’s face while she fires a rocket launcher at you. With a larger map, more ridiculous references and hilarious jokes, and multiplayer that only enhances the ludicrous good times, it’s easy to recommend to anyone with a taste for its silly sense of humor and a few hours to kill.
I don't know if I've ever played Something as Gob smackingly unhinged as Goat Simulator 3. developer coffee stain North's doggedly rebellious attitude is Apparent in everything from the Incoherent story to gameplay so over the Top that half the time it's hard to tell What's happening even the title refuses To play by the rules skipping Goat Simulator 2 and going straight to three For no particular reason throw in for Player co-op that multiplies the madness To even greater extremes as you run Rampant through a large open world map Filled with things to lick head button Blow up and you've got yourself a game So absurd it's hard to imagine being Bored for even a second this deranged Sequel is bigger packed with silly jokes And pop culture references and one of The stupidest things I have ever beheld Basically it was love first bleat Serenity Might be Like the original Goat Simulator 3 is an Open World sandbox game that doesn't Even bother with things like a tutorial Or having any kind of direction to its Ridiculous plot which mostly includes Dumb bits like this hey you'll finally Awake instead it lets you and your Friends loose on the world and says go Ahead break it all as you complete a Series of non-sequited requests and
Feats of mayhem You'll do normal goat stuff like drop a Nuclear bomb on a cul-de-sac or cause a Trio of ballerinas to turn into a giant Tornado that never goes away for the Rest of your adventure or drive cars Into your friends until this happens However unlike the first Goat Simulator This time you are given clear objectives And a quest log that guides you towards Leveling up your Illuminati ranks Upgrading your goat castle base and Eventually reaching an incredibly Bonkers conclusion after roughly eight Hours the quests are about as insane as You'd expect in one I was elected President after dragging citizens Kicking and Screaming into a voting Booth with my tongue while in another I Had to infiltrate a facility to unleash A race of anthropomorphic bananas on the World Foreign Oh and in another I literally just went Bird watching I really never knew what They were going to throw at me at any Given moment which was delightful There's no health bar and you can't Actually be killed by anything so there Are practically never consequences for Anything you do which can be both a good Thing and a bad thing on the one hand You can throw yourself at problems with Reckless abandon free from worry that
You'll ever fail at anything but on the Other hand it also removes any potential Challenge which means you'll blow Through any obstacle before you with Relative ease instead the fun comes from Inventing creative ways to get things Done like that time I transformed myself Into a tiny fish to avoid a security System and pull off this Heist You'll also complete a list of less Important challenges called instincts That might ask you to get arrested by The police a certain number of times or Light people on fire or drive a car up a Ramp just for the heck of it all of Which make for good chaotic diversions You can also search for Collectibles out In the world which are often hidden in Places that require jumping off rooftops Or some such silliness that said you're Given so many insane and overpowered Tools it's very easy to find workarounds Like using expandable stilts to Simply Raise yourself up to Something's level Once you figure that out Gathering Collectibles just becomes a simple Scavenger hunt with no challenge to it Either Instincts and collectibles don't help You increase your Illuminati ranks or Complete the campaign but they do let You earn some extra goat points to buy Cosmetics some of those even have an Impact on gameplay like a rocket
Launcher you could wear on your back or Butterfly wings that let you glide Through the air alternatively you could Just buy a skin called Tony shark that Swaps out your goat body for a shark Riding a skateboard whatever floats your Goat Laughs One massive improvement over its Predecessor is that Goat Simulator 3's World is significantly larger and even More packed with secrets and chance Encounters areas include a spooky Cemetery filled with ghosts a large city With skyscrapers to climb and a wooded Area Each of which has their own Vibe And list of loopy things to discover in One hidden area I played an almost beat For beat Recreation of the PT demo Called horror Corridor except with dumb Goat goodness instead of a creepy lady Finding these super weird encounters and Easter eggs is easily the best part of This bizarre sandbox and often left me In stitches While Goat Simulator 3 is entertaining Enough on its own the true potential of This big island filled with Ridiculousness is opened up when you Share it with friends not only can you Play four player co-op online but you're Also able to do so via local split Screen and I don't know if any game has Felt more suited for a couch filled with
The degenerates I call friends than this One Causing Mayhem with my buddies not only Amplifies the chaos with up to four Times the number of goat psychos running Around but you can also make progress Four times as fast since everyone can Tackle missions on completely different Parts of the map without issue although More often than not my group just Griefed one another instead of being Productive There are also half a dozen competitive Mini-games like King of the Hill or the Flores lava which make for some amusing Distractions to pass the time though They're all pretty basic and lose their Allure once you've played them a few Times running around the open world and Head-butting cop cars is just way more Fun Really the only major shortcoming of Goat Simulator 3 is that it's got bugs And poor performance though honestly Even those issues can feel right at home In a sandbox this chaotic I found my way Into objects I wasn't supposed to get Stuck in rock to the frame rate to Terrifyingly low levels during moments Of especially potent Mayhem and more Plus there's lots of ugly pop-in that Makes things seem a bit unpolished in a Way that doesn't feel like part of the Joke these issues were especially bad
When playing in split screen where an Abundance of goats tested the limits of The world's stability but none of them Did much to ruin the experience overall Goat Simulator 3 is the evolution and Idiocy I'd hoped for from this Iconically weird series it almost Certainly won't wow you with its level Of Polish or a deep meaningful narrative But sometimes it's a good idea to turn Your brain off and buck your Hooves into An old lady's face while she fires a Rocket launcher at you With a larger map more ridiculous References and hilarious jokes and Multiplayer that only enhances the Ludicrous good times I can easily Recommend this to anyone with a taste For its silly sense of humor and a few Hours to kill For more chaotic fun check out our Reviews of Sonic Frontiers and Among Us VR and for everything else stick with IGN