Everyone’s got to Start Somewhere


Zoo Tycoon: Ultimate Animal Collection • Started your first zoo • 10G • 62.85% of gamers unlocked this

I’ve had a fairly good day gaming. It’s probably only been about three hours of console time all-up, but I’ve certainly had a good dose of both quantity and quality of gaming.

To start with, I completed the first milestone in Diablo III‘s season, reaching level 50 and levelling most of the merchants up to level 10. I’m going to persevere and try and get my Witch Doctor, my character for the season, up to the level cap as I pursue the ‘get all characters to level 75’ achievement, but in all honesty, I’m quite happy if this is the only milestone I get to for the season. It earns me a nice portrait frame and, more importantly, a set of wings – with the other levels really just a variation on the same theme

From there, I moved onto a few games from the Game Pass collection that I thought would be ‘not unpleasant’ to play. Other than today’s achievement title, Zoo Tycoon, I also dabbled a little in Monaco: What’s Yours is Mine, and Joe Danger 2 (having already had a few sessions of the original on Vita lately).

Anyway, needless to say that I got some gameplay in on a few titles that I otherwise would have taken a while to get around to … if at all. It’s been fun, but I suppose I should concentrate a little bit on my achievement for today.

Zoo Tycoon is a surprisingly fun game – though I think it’s a case of being ‘simple to understand, difficult to master’, given that the one scenario I attempted (the ‘Australia’ one because, hey, it’s Australia Day) I failed because the animals weren’t happy enough, and even the tutorial seemed to take me way longer than it seems like a normal human being should take.

I don’t know why, but I actually didn’t take many screenshots of Zoo Tycoon. In fact, the one you get at the top of the blog post is it for the day. Visually it’s not a bad game, and as a family title, it certainly would have been a good showcase at the launch of the Xbox One X. There’s a couple of reality-jarring moments that take you out of the game – like pedestrians sliding out of the way of your buggy – but these are minor quibbles in the bigger picture.

So, that’s one day out of three done for the long weekend. Here’s to another day of frivolous gaming tomorrow!


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