Planet Coaster game ships, reviews mostly favorable

Posted Tuesday, November 22, 2016 1:37 PM | Contributed by Jeff

From the PC World review:

Technically there were two different theme park builders released last week—Planet Coaster, our main concern for this review, being one. The other was RollerCoaster Tycoon World ($35 on Steam), which I don’t think is quite as bad as the reputation it’s racked up on Steam but does seem to have been rushed out the door in some weird attempt to “beat” Planet Coaster to the punch... Planet Coaster is the true successor to the beloved RollerCoaster Tycoon.

Read the entire review from PC World.

Also see video review from Gamespot.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016 2:45 PM
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PhantomTails said:

http://www.systemrequirementslab.com/cyri/requirements/planet-coaster/13269 -- this site will inspect your computer and let you know if you can play a particular game.

I didn't know that my laptop could point and laugh until now. Thanks.

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016 8:29 PM
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Jeff said:

I'm playing it on a late-2015 5K iMac,...

As broke as I keep saying I am, I am going to need a new Mac sometime in the next year or so. Your post got me thinking about what I'm actually going to need when I do. I want to play this game, so maybe I will consider a better system than the lowest they offer.


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Wednesday, November 30, 2016 8:39 PM
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Keep in mind that you would also need a license for Windows.


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Wednesday, November 30, 2016 8:40 PM
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Might as well just buy a Windows computer then. LOL

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016 10:59 PM

If you're mainly interested in gaming than you're probably better off getting a Windows machine. Low and mid-range Macs and Macbooks come with integrated graphics which won't get you very far for a game like Planet Coaster. A Mac with a 3.3 GHz quad-core processor, 16 gigs of ram, and and 4 GB video card is $2750; I got a Dell with comparable specs and an 8GB graphics card for half the price.

I'm not trying to diss Macs as I'm a loyal Apple user and use Macs for development work; it's just that Macs are more geared towards productivity and multitasking and therefore it'll take more money to get a machine that can play intensive games as well.

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Thursday, December 1, 2016 8:44 AM

If you're willing to build a computer, you can get 8 GB of RAM, a high end GPU, and an dual core CPU (which doesn't really matter in gaming), with a few other stuff for about $500 or $600.


Hey, let's ride (random Intamin coaster). What? It's broken down? I totally didn't expect that.

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Thursday, December 1, 2016 11:50 AM
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Yeah that's why I'm either getting a Steam
machine or a Dell gaming PC. It's going to hook up to my TV just for gaming. I live my Mac
And it works Great for everything else so no need to go all in on a new Mac PC for anything other than gaming.


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Thursday, December 1, 2016 12:38 PM

You can't have anything until you learn to type.

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Sunday, December 4, 2016 11:44 AM
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I caught this customer sentiment where they sell the premium queueing product in the game. Had to share here because, well, because it's CoasterBuzz.


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Sunday, December 4, 2016 12:27 PM
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Even I think this is really cool! Maybe I need to get a Windows machine. You don't know how difficult it was for me to type the previous sentence.


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Sunday, December 4, 2016 6:38 PM
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Why was it difficult? Did Apple come out with some new proprietary keyboard that doesn't have the letter "e" or something?


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Sunday, December 4, 2016 7:14 PM
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I'm actually building my own machine instead of buying one. Once I proved it out, it's cheaper, not that hard, and I found a case that'll look nice under my gigantic TV. 4K Coaster Gaming here I come!


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Sunday, December 4, 2016 10:13 PM
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PhantomTails said:

If you're mainly interested in gaming than you're probably better off getting a Windows machine. Low and mid-range Macs and Macbooks come with integrated graphics which won't get you very far for a game like Planet Coaster. A Mac with a 3.3 GHz quad-core processor, 16 gigs of ram, and and 4 GB video card is $2750; I got a Dell with comparable specs and an 8GB graphics card for half the price.

And I built a computer with double your specs for $900. It's windows based obviously, the Apple OS is made for illiterate people and it's far less likely to be compatible with most stuff. If you want to game, do some research and build your own computer. It's extremely easy, and there's a lot of guides out there for it.

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"The term is 'amusement park.' An old Earth name for a place where people could go to see and do all sorts of fascinating things." -Spock, Stardate 3025

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Sunday, December 4, 2016 11:44 PM
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That's an insanely asinine generalization. Am I too illiterate to have written the thousands of lines of code running this site? Your computer doesn't have the 5k monitor in the iMac, so add at least a grand to your rig. I have one too (which hasn't been updated in a year) and the 4 GHz CPU still retails for $330. All told, with corporate discounts I paid about $2,500 (bought extra memory separate), and the component for component price difference to build it myself came to about $120. That's a reasonable price to pay to not have to use Windows beyond dev work.


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Monday, December 5, 2016 12:45 AM
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I use my iMac to write articles for the newspaper that I work for, so I know you're not talking about me when you call Apple OS users illiterate. :)

The general rule is that Macs are for artistic work, and Windows PCs are for leisure and play.


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Monday, December 5, 2016 10:22 AM
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LostKause said:

The general rule is that Macs are for artistic work, and Windows PCs are for leisure and play.

And that's as much an insanely asinine generalization as bjames'. If that were true, 80% of my company uses their work laptops for nothing but leisure and play.

Ignore the fact that I'm posting on CoasterBuzz while at work when reading the above statement.

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Monday, December 5, 2016 10:27 AM
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Agreed. IBM (yes, the company that built and coined the term "PC") has gone almost exclusively to Macs because the upfront cost is vastly offset by reduced support.


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Wednesday, December 7, 2016 3:43 AM

I bought and started playing around with Planet Coaster this evening and into the late night. I'm not a hard core gamer, my "main computer" is an iPad Pro 9.7" and my desktop computer would be considered old as I built it a few years ago for a couple hundred bucks. With a Core i5 vPro 4590 @ 3.3Ghz, 16 GB of RAM, 600GB SSD and GeForce GT 630 with 4 month outdated drivers, it runs very well. I haven't touched the controls in the options, so everything is at default with the exception of edge scrolling. The load is quick, the scrolling is smooth and the details are so so.

I don't know when I'll actually be able to really dig into the game, but I've just been playing around in sandbox building paths, plopping rides and attempting to build coasters. The building of coasters is really cool, and I'm glad it's not preset pieces like games of the past, but it takes some getting used to and I have yet to successfully complete a coaster without the use of autocomplete. I'm really looking forward to downloadable content and seeing what can really be done with the game.

Maybe even a reboot of CoasterBuzz Games?

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Wednesday, December 7, 2016 5:54 AM

Tommytheduck said:

I didn't know that my laptop could point and laugh until now. Thanks.

Same. I clicked upgrade options and it groaned and rolled it's eyes.

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Friday, December 9, 2016 12:36 AM
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Vater said:

And that's as much an insanely asinine generalization as ..

It's just my observations over the years. As a musician, you may have been inside a few recording studios and noticed all the Macs used to record. I've been inside and worked in three newsrooms, and they all three exclusively used Macs. Do TV newsrooms use Macs?

Macs ore for art and PCs are for everyday use. That's what I was told by many people when I was trying to decide between Apple or PC. That's what I have realized to be true over the years as I compared the idea to reality.

Go ahead and disagree. YMMV


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