REVIEW : PLANET COASTER: CONSOLE EDITION (XBOX Series X)
This year the pandemic has affected many sectors, especially amusement parks and their lovers. However, it comes to our Planet Coaster Console Edition armchairs; a direct window to the fun and adrenaline that we miss so much in these times. This title was developed by Frontier Developments, perhaps the most experienced and indicated in terms of the development of simulation and management titles. Jewellery makers like; Rollercoaster Tycoon 3, Jurassic World Evolution and Planet Zoo.
Regarding the playable section, the difference found with its old version of PC, are the new characters that will guide us in the campaign. Characters like The Manager, The Finance Girl, The Engineer and The Influencer will help us to position our amusement park among the best and most loved by people. In the same way, they are the ones who will appear to give us advice on how to move forward, something that those who are just starting in the genre are very grateful.
As you might expect, in Planet Coaster Console Edition; the main attraction is the roller coasters. In this title, we will have numerous mountains pre-designed by the game that we can install if we have enough money. However, the best thing about the title is creating your Roller Coaster from scratch, with your personal touch that brings life to each attraction in the park. For our mountains and other attractions to be preferred by customers, we must take into account some factors.
Fear, excitement and nausea are factors that we must control when designing any game or attraction. If we exceed any of the factors or do not have a hint of them in the attractions, it will affect one way or another. This will influence whether or not people prefer our park, which will generate negative feelings in customers and decrease our income. In the same way, roller coasters and attractions are not everything, if we want to keep our clientele satisfied we will also have to guarantee services. Shops, restaurants, toilets, first aid, wastebaskets, banks, bathrooms, decorative elements, buildings for employees. They are just some of the elements that will keep us busy while our roller coaster is finished.
Like our clients, it is also necessary to maintain a satisfied and rested staff for daily tasks. This will be vital for the operation of our park, it is convenient to ensure that the workloads are well distributed and that they receive a decent salary. In turn, we must have enough buildings for the rest of our workers to maximize their productivity.
Once we have satisfied our customers and employees, it is time to start generating a lot of money with our park. Taking into account the income/expenses ratio in order not to bankrupt our park, what comes in must always be greater than what goes out. For this, we will have to periodically monitor the data of our financial director, take advantage of some services and devise strategies to extract money from the most wasteful visitors.
Regarding the technical section, even though the title does not pretend to be a reference for its graphics. Frontier Developments has done an excellent job, just zoom in and appreciate the movement of the grass or how employees and customers interact. The work is done in the creation of different animated decorations that serve as a visual attraction for the park. In addition to this, the game has texts and voices in Spanish, something that is appreciated for the complexity of its menus. In addition to Planet Coaster Console Edition, has managed to jump from mouse to console control very easily thanks to its new and interactive interface.
But not everything is good within Planet Coaster Console Edition, the complexity of its menus and submenus make it very easy to get saturated and lose your patience. There are a lot of bugs and glitches related to AI. For example, workers are tired due to lack of rest and cannot find a way to get to the buildings prepared for it. Even hungry people when there is a restaurant on the premises. Another flaw we found is that the road construction system becomes cumbersome and clumsy. Since we will not be able to trace it but we will have to go section by section and it is complicated if it is a long road.