Star Goat standing in the middle of the cover image of Goat Simulator 3
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Review: Is Goat Simulator 3 Worth Buying?

The memes will never stop.

I have played some crazy games in my lifetime, but Goat Simulator 3 really takes the spot as one of the craziest. Despite its goofy gameplay, bugs and cartoon-like graphics, the game impressed me on many fronts.

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Before we dive into this piece, I want to clarify that this review is unique. It’s concise and to the point. One which explains why you should buy the game and what’s the turn off about it. It gives what you need to know, without browsing through the superfluous information. I don’t want to spoil the entire game for you.

Goat Simulator 3 – The Good

Four goats walking past the zebra crossing with people on their backs.
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Honestly, the game took me by surprise. It had been a few months since I watched the gameplay trailer, and I guess I had forgotten about the sheer craziness the title offers. But I am sure even if you know how the game looks, it will surprise you. It’s just that crazy!

It’s an open world game, and the story starts calmly. But, as you progress and start exploring areas, you will notice there’s just so much to do. Let’s start with the gameplay.

Gameplay

Goat Simulator 3 has a fantastic gameplay built around the events and quests you take part in to proceed further in the game. You can do almost anything with the goat. From getting tossed in air by huge exhausts to driving a car and literally head-butting people into oblivion. There is no end to the creative monstrosity of the game.

Fairmeadows Farm in Goat Simulator 3
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Coffee Stain have provided a sizable map with various places to explore. You start off in the farms of Fairmeadows Ranch, but there is always an option to explore the nearby cities and towns. Check our guide on how to travel fast in Goat Simulator 3.

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Events and Instincts

Contents of the Quests tab
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Apart from fooling around, you can progress in the game by completing the Events and Instincts under the Quests tab of the game. Completing these will fill the meter and progress you through the different Illuminati Ranks in the Goat Tower, which is like a town hall for the goat. You also get Karma points by completing the quests which you can use to buy cosmetics in the game. This brings us to our next point, which is the character customization options.

Customization Options

Different customization options in Goat Simulator 3
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The Wardrobe tab has all the customization options you need for your goat. You can even change to your preferred animal from the options menu, including a giraffe, pig, shark and more. You will unlock a few cosmetic items as you explore and complete events, but you may have to buy others using the Karma points you gather in the game. To equip something insanely cool, check out our guide on how to get jetpack in Goat Simulator 3.

Multiplayer

You can play Goat Simulator with your friends and family, which I feel really takes the experience to a whole new level. Although I wasn’t able to try these options during the early access, because some of it was locked, I am confident that adding actual players to this title will only make it crazier.

Goat Simulator 3 – The Bad

After playing the game for over a week, I still love the awkward fun and violence in the game. However, it sure has toned down a bit. The game will become a little boring after you have had your fair share of fun. That’s not just true for Goat Simulator 3, but most games which carry a whimsical gameplay and a loose storyline.

Sure there is multiplayer to bring some spark for you, but the game will slowly fade out. Apart from the character progression in the Goat Tower, there is not much to rely upon when it comes to the story. The game starts with a short story when a farmer brings you in, but it doesn’t lead to other cut scenes as you progress in the game until the very end.

You may feel there is a lack of purpose in the game from time to time, and that’s the biggest drawback I could find in the game.

Goat got stuck bug in Goat Simulator 3
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Coffee Stain Studio’s title had a few bugs and glitches in the game too. I am not judging too harshly since I played an early access version. For example, in the above image, the goat got stuck in the wall. The developers have provided an option to respawn the characters when this happens. So it wasn’t the end of the world.

Should You Buy Goat Simulator 3?

Goat sitting on a hill and staring.
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I have listed the features, gameplay and negative aspects of the game. However, if you are still unsure, let’s make things clearer. Goat Simulator 3 is like Grand Theft Auto on steroids. What happens when you type a bunch of cheats in GTA and cause mayhem like a lunatic terrorist? Yes, the story takes a back seat and you cause chaos. However, you still have the option to turn everything off and go along with the usual missions and story mode. Well, Goat Simulator 3 lacks that. It is chaotic, weird and meme worthy. But more importantly, it is fun to play.

If you are looking for a casual game where you can blow off some steam, this is the best game you can get. However, if you are someone who likes a bit of story and purpose, the game might feel empty after a week or more.

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Anuj Gupta
Anuj has been into video games since his childhood days. From Road Rash 1994 to the latest NFS and the entire FIFA series, Anuj has a big diary of nostalgic games. With his interest in multiple genres of video games, Anuj has also tapped his feet deep into esports. He has above 10 thousand hours in Dota 2 and plays CS:GO for fun. You can find him noodling on his guitar when he isn’t writing about games.