Excerpt: It’s rather ironic that one of the best Xbox One launch titles is a game that most people with an Xbox One will never even consider, let alone play. Sure, games like Dead Rising 3 and Ryse: Son of Rome have that initial shock and awe factor, and Forza 5 is certainly addictive for those who like...
Conclusion: Zoos are special and Zoo Tycoon captures that nicely. The sometimes disappointing limitations and even the dreadful menus don’t take away enough from the overall package to prevent it from earning a recommendation, particularly for animal lovers and families.
Pros: Satisfying time management exercises, Convincing animal models, Extensive customization options, Learning all about animals and conservation
Cons: Tedious menu navigation, Limited number of unique species
Conclusion: Zoo Tycoon is engaging, rewarding, and fun, just don't burn yourself out on it too quickly. It isn't so much for the hardcore sim manager, but for those not looking for a tremendous amount of depth, there's a lot to like with what Frontier offers.
Excerpt: Zoo Tycoon is the newest Xbox One release from Microsoft Studios and Frontier Developments that has players creating their very own virtual zoo. Zoo Tycoon may not be at the top of your holiday list right now, but it should be.
Conclusion: Concept: Look at animals and build them homes in an easy, breezy simulation
Graphics: The wildlife looks great, even if the selection is a bit narrow
Sound: Lions roar, rhinos grunt, and giraffes…do whatever they do
Playability: Multiple menu layers turn simple tasks into time-consuming chores...
Summary: You can take a certain hypnotic bliss from simply working along calmly and peacefully, making sure that your park is running as smoothly as it can and improving the conditions for your ever-growing menagerie of creatures.
Excerpt: It's Saturday night, and we're nuking turd piles in an Indian Elephant exhibit during a virtual heat wave. No one ever said that the life of a videogame zookeeper was glamorous. It's a lesson Zoo Tycoon teaches firmly; for all its warm, fuzzy screenshots of adorable chimps gazing at butterflies,...
Pros: + Easy to pick up and learn; nice Kinect interactivity; who doesn't like making animals happy?, + An initially huge suite of tools to build out your park with; Freeform mode good for the entire family.
Cons: - Doesn't introduce enough new surprises after long; re-researching for each new Campaign scenario grows tedious., ? Who knew lemurs pooped so much and so often?
Summary: Much of the work can be done from an omniscient, birds-eye-view. Using the simple menu system and a circular cursor, you select a new display or restroom or concession stand and plant it wherever you'd like on a flat grassy map, gradually creating a sprawl of restrained wildlife.
Conclusion: This review is based on early retail Xbox One code provided by the publisher. Zoo Tycoon will be available on Xbox One on November 22 as a downloadable title on Xbox Live. The game is also available on Xbox 360. The game is rated E.