Planet Zoo | First Impressions + Gaming Diary

Planet Zoo | First Impressions + Gaming Diary

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Released just a few days ago on the 5th November by Frontier Developments, Planet Zoo is a game that has been on everyone’s lips and, as I was lucky enough to be able to buy it on launch day and already log 17 hours of playtime, I thought I’d share with you some of my initial thoughts of the game, some of the adventures that I’ve been on with my zoos, and some tips and tricks that I’ve picked up.

Like a lot of other gamers, I loved Zoo Tycoon but hadn’t played it in years due to the outdated graphics and simplified game story. When I saw Planet Zoo trailer drop at E3 earlier in the year I was over the moon. The graphics and amount of detail put into the game looked incredible, the creative possibilities for building elaborate zoo enclosures and zoo park’s seemed endless, and the focus on animal welfare and conservation made me super happy. From the moment I finished watching the trailer at E3 to release day on November 5th, I have kept up with Planet Zoo developments and eagerly marked off the days in the lead up to release day. Although there was an opportunity to play Planet Zoo a month or two in advance for customers who had pre-ordered the game on Steam, I preferred to wait until the full game was released before playing. So, how does the game match up to my expectations going in?

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Upcoming Video Game Releases 2019 that are here to take all my money

Upcoming Video Game Releases 2019 that are here to take all my money

Throughout the year I’ve been keeping a close eye on 2019 video game releases because there have been a tonne of great releases so far this year. But, the year is not over yet and there are several games due for release in this month along that I am super hyped for. As November is the month when most of these games are being released and I’ve been giving a lot of thought about which ones I can attempt to justify buying, I thought it would be good to do a post sharing my gaming purchase dilemmas with you all. If you want to add me on Steam then you can find me here or drop me a message for my Switch friend code!

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Upcoming Releases

 

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Planet Zoo (PC)
5th November 2019 – £34.99

I have been eagerly keeping an eye out for the Planet Zoo release date after seeing the announcement drop at E3 earlier in the year. I love how the game looks and the focus that it will have on conservation and enrichment. I’ve been signed up to the Planet Zoo developer email since E3 and have been enjoying all of the updates I’ve been seeing over the past few months so this is one I’m definitely going to be buying on release day. The only slight disappointment is that I had assumed Planet Zoo would not be PC exclusive as it seems like the perfect game for the Switch (which is the platform I had been intending to buy it on). However, the studio confirmed that it’s only been set for PC release which is sad.

 

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Death Stranding (PS4)
8th November 2019 – £54.99

Death Stranding is another one I’ve been keeping my eye on, especially as it was first announced in 2017 so we’ve had a long wait! However, the more I’ve seen of Death Stranding the more uncertain I’ve become over whether it’s something I actually want to play or not and the mixed reviews that have been coming out over the past few days certainly haven’t helped me make a decision one way or another. For now, I’ve decided it’s not worth paying full price for but I might invest in it once the game has dropped in price. Otherwise it’ll be one to watch via playthrough.

 

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The Sims 4: Discover University Expansion Pack (PC)
14th November 2019 – £34.99

The University Expansion pack for the Sims 3 is one of my all-time favourite Sims packs so I am overjoyed that there is going to be a University expansion pack for The Sims 4 and that it’s about to be released! I completely missed the announcement and only encountered it by chance when I fell into a Sims 4 hole last week thanks to a Halloween sale. As there are so many games coming out this month alone, I’m not sure if my budget can stretch to buying it at the moment so I might have to wait a little while until I can experience the joy *sobs*

 

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Pokemon Sword and Shield (Nintendo Switch)
15th November 2019 – £44.99

The new Pokemon game is another one I’m going to have to wait to get my hands on which is making me SO SAD because I have been super hyped for it for ages. I had decided pretty early on which one I’m going to get (Shield) and have been thrilled to see some of the announcements around the Shield Pokemon (like the Galar Ponyta!!) I’m very excited to see what the new game has to offer us.

 

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STAR WARS Jedi: Fallen Order (PC/PS4/Xbox)
15th November 2019 – £54.99

Jedi: Fallen Order is another E3 drop that I was very intrigued by. I love a good Star Wars game especially one that is single-player and I enjoyed watching the trailers and gameplay at E3. This was one I knew I wouldn’t be likely to afford when it came but luckily for me it’s included with Origin Premier which I am a subscriber to so I’ll be able to play this when it comes out!!

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Recently Released Games

In addition to the upcoming releases, there are a few recently released games that have come out which I have been wanting to get my hands on but again (boo, boring finances, boo) haven’t been able to with the exception of the first game I’ll be mentioning!

 

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The Outer Worlds (PS4)
25th October 2019 – £49.99

The Outer Worlds was one of my most anticipated game releases for this year and I completely dropped the ball on the release, not realizing it had been released until I saw someone I follow on Twitter post a picture of their loading screen. Thankfully the release almost perfectly coincided with the approval of my doctoral loan (after 3 months of hell stress) so myself and my partner agreed I could buy it as a reward for myself. We started playing it last night and it is so good and everything that I hoped it would be. It is the perfect Space Fallout game, complete with some Bioshockesque aesthetics which makes my little heart so happy.

 

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Ring Fit Adventure (Nintendo Switch)
18th October 2019 – £64.99-£80.99

For the past 10 years, I’ve kept wanting to get fitter but find it really hard to engage with fitness things outside of the house for various reasons (financial, self-esteem, fibromyalgia, etc). I loved the Wii Fit and used to use it all the time as a teenager and have been holding out for some kind of fitness thing for the Switch. I like the look of the Ring Fit although it is definitely out of my price range for the time being but is something I would love to consider getting in the future.

 

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Neo Cab (PC/Nintendo Switch)
3rd October 2019 – £11.40

Neo Cab was one of my favourite things to come out of LudoNarraCon back in February but sadly I haven’t been able to purchase it yet. I’ve heard great things from people who have played it so it’s one I’ve got my eye on to get for the Switch when I can.

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What are some of the game releases that you’re looking forward to? Or are there some games which have recently been released that you’ve been keeping your eye on or already own that you’ve been playing?


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E3 2019 | Highlights & Final Thoughts

E3 2019 | Highlights & Final Thoughts

I had been intending to do a write-up for each of the E3 conferences this year. However, in the end, I didn’t feel that there was enough content to do a write-up for each conference individually and also it was a lot of work for each post! This year’s E3 was incredibly disappointing and a lot of the games that were featured were ones that had already been premiered last year or even the year before. Whilst it was good to get updates on the games in development and some 2019/2020 release dates for those games, it meant that there was little to get excited about in terms of new games.

This year I watched the presentations/live-streams for EA Play, Microsoft, Bethesda, Ubisoft, the PC Gaming Show, and Nintendo. I did a presentation write-up for EA Play and Microsoft, but the other presentations (with the exception of Nintendo) didn’t leave me with much to talk about. So, instead, I’ll be sharing with you all my game highlights of E3 2019 in this post featuring the games that I’m most looking forward to playing in 2019/2020.

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E3 2019 | Microsoft Highlights

E3 2019 | Microsoft Highlights

Yesterday I shared my highlights of the EA Play live-stream from E3 2019. Today I’m catching up on yesterday’s presentations; Microsoft and Bethesda. Usually, I give no cares about the Microsoft presentation. I don’t own an Xbox and usually find the Microsoft presentations hilariously over the top with their obsessive focus on cars, sports and first-person shooters. However, as Playstation isn’t in attendance this year I thought I’d give the Microsoft presentation another go and actually kind of enjoyed it? Don’t get me wrong, there was still A LOT of shooting games (mostly of the undead variety) but there was definitely a lot less reliance on pew-pew vroom-vroom games (as I like to call them).

As always, Microsoft likes to bring a lot to the table and, as someone who doesn’t have an Xbox, not all of it was very relevant and/or exciting for me. They announced a lot of stuff that would probably be exciting for Xbox players (Project Scarlett announcements, Xbox Elite Wireless Controller with more customizable features, and Xbox Game Pass news) that I won’t go into, I’ll just give you a quick snap shot into some of the games that piqued my interest.

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E3 2019 | EA Play Highlights

E3 2019 | EA Play Highlights

Watching E3 in our house has become a beloved annual tradition and, as a gamer, it is a staple event in my calendar. One of my favorite parts of E3 2017 was doing my presentation write-ups. Although I never got around to writing up E3 2018 (thanks to too much Dragon Age 4 hype and Twitter speculating), it’s something I definitely wanted to do again this year. E3 2019 got off to a bit of a confusing start for me in terms of working out what presentations were happening and when, but I managed to catch up with the first ‘briefing’ – EA Play – last night.

Unlike many of the other companies presenting at E3, EA stepped away from delivering presentations to some kind of relaxed, live-stream event away from the E3 conference center. Whilst it helps to make their session more varied and allows fans to spend more time with each game, it wasn’t quite as exciting to watch. In all, EA Play showed 6 games: Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order, Apex Legends Season 2, Battlefront V, Fifa 20, Madden NFL 20, and The Sims 4. As I was only interested in 3 of these (Jedi Fallen Order, Apex Legends, and The Sims 4), those will be the ones I’ll be sharing today!

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