Planet Coaster: Console Edition is a construction and management simulation for consoles. Once a pc exclusive title, the highly successful creators hub is finally on consoles. For this particular review, Thom shall be reviewing this as a sole console port and shall occasionally compare it to the PC equivalent.
Planet Coaster: Console Edition Gameplay
With this particular title coming onto consoles the biggest point to look at is the core gameplay and how it performs. This particular port isn’t a watered-down version of the PC equivalent. Everything that is being presented to a console gamer is equal to the PC port.
It must be noted that this game was rebuilt from the ground up to work alongside larger television sets such as the menus & selection bars. The maneuvering around a plot of land works fluently. Even having a stacked up land doesn’t hinder performance as well.
Placing down rides and other features items such as facilities is a breeze and shouldn’t cause stress. However, the controls on a controller are initially difficult. Although, after a while, a gamer can easily understand them.
Using The Workshop
Very much like the Steam workshop, where players can obtain other user’s creations, the console does include this feature. The workshop brings along the PC element, allowing players to showcase their creations. This function allows players to not only use others’ creations but to edit & work with them as well, making it their own. Nevertheless, this feature, is it does have a slight issue. Finding downloaded items, seeking downloaded pieces takes a long time, which is unnecessary.
A tweak that will improve upon the aforementioned problem is to embed a section that is dedicated to downloaded items.
Audio & Visuals
For Planet Coaster: Console Edition it was rebuilt to accommodate the consoles. Visuals are bolder and the menus are easier on the eye. Although the PC port performed well on a larger screen (due to GeForce Now), it was difficult to fully utilize the game. The console edition does not have this problem. The land, the rides, and the people within all look beautiful beyond comparison. Full emotions can be seen upon the characters’ faces which is nicely accompanied by the audio too.
Speaking of the audio, it’s the same as the PC edition. Nothing new is added in regards to music or sound effects, which is what is needed. Musically it’s genius, melodies and tunes paint the perfect picture for this genre. Cheerful music if needed and soft tunes to help gamers to focus when building.
The Final Verdict
Although there are many other aspects of Planet Coaster that I can go into, it’s simply isn’t needed. Whether a gamer would enjoy this genre determines whether Planet Coaster: Console Edition is for them. Highly detailed management aspects such as finances work extremely well, as does the creation side of things. A neat career mode that will guide players on how to perfect their skills. A sandbox mode that allows creativity to fly. All these aforementioned things conjure up the crown jewel of the construction & management simulator genre.
I have thoroughly enjoyed over thirty hours of this game on the PC and I plan on spending many more with the console edition. An excellent game that isn’t for every gamer, but for those who enjoy this genre, it’s a must-play. The overall score for Planet Coaster: Console Edition is a 9.
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