Rollercoaster Tycoon 4

Shallow simulation and lingering bugs make Rollercoaster Tycoon World a poor alternative to Planet Coaster.

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Rollercoaster Tycoon World review

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Exit through the thrift shop.

My experience playing Rollercoaster Tycoon World began with confusion. Upon launching, it presented me with an entirely black screen, and remained that way for the duration of my mid-afternoon coffee-break. As black screens go it's a very good one, the kind of fathomless void you'd expect Lovecraftian horrors to float around in. In fact, I briefly wondered if this was Rollercoaster Tycoon World's new, avant-garde direction, a theme-park sim set in a dimension where the rides drive you insane.

Alas, it was merely a bug, something to do with the game failing to sync with the Steam cloud, and one of a litany of issues that has Tycoon fans worked up to a level of frenzy usually reserved for hungry sharks. Indeed, a common refrain amongst Steam user reviews is that it's "Worse than No Man's Sky", which in the language of High Internet means "Worse than the Tay Bridge Disaster."

Rollercoaster Tycoon World is worse than No Man's Sky, but not in the way that the Steam users mean that. A nasty part of me wishes it was "car-crash into an orphanage for bush-babies" levels of awful, because it would be more interesting to write about. Yet developer Nvizzio has put in a fair amount of work since the game's atrocious Early Access debut, and the result is a game that is merely a bit shit.

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We're set for a rollercoaster video game face-off next week

We're set for a rollercoaster video game face-off next week

RollerCoaster Tycoon World announces release date - and it's the day before Planet Coaster comes out.

There's nothing quite like a video game face-off, and we've had a few good ones over the years. Mario vs Sonic. Street Fighter vs Mortal Kombat. Call of Duty vs Battlefield. FIFA vs PES.

Now, add RollerCoaster Tycoon World vs Planet Coaster to that list.

Overnight, Atari announced a Wednesday, 16th November release date for RollerCoaster Tycoon World. That's the day before Frontier's rival coaster sim Planet Coaster comes out, on Thursday, 17th November.

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Atari's reputation as a gaming label is now so far down the pan that virtually every release is met with a mixture of resigned inevitability and something akin to a macabre glee. Recent abominations such as Alone in the Dark: Illumination and the bizarre survivalist reboot of Asteroids haven't simply been bad, but so explosively atrocious that the games transform into a circus of mockery and ridicule. In the centre of the ring is a lousy clown who remains entertaining purely because the audience gets to throw pies at him.

RollerCoaster Tycoon World to upgrade game engine following negative reaction to trailer

The people behind RollerCoaster Tycoon World have vowed to improve the game's graphics following the overwhelmingly negative reaction to a recently-released gameplay video.

Earlier this month RollerCoaster Tycoon World's graphics went under the microscope after the release of its first gameplay video, with many saying it looked worse than 2004's RollerCoaster Tycoon 3.

In a post on the RollerCoaster Tycoon website, developer Area 52 Games, which is working with RollerCoaster Tycoon owner Atari, announced plans to upgrade to the latest version of game engine Unity.

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