‘Goat Simulator 3’ offers season’s bleatings with “Mandatory Holiday” update

Players can now wreak a festive-brand of goat chaos

Goat Simulator 3’s first content update, the Christmas-themed “Mandatory Holiday update”, is available for free right now.

Developer Coffee Stain North announced the festive update through a new trailer (seen below), showing its titular goats spreading Christmas-themed chaos.

The goats now have a variety of Christmas outfits, from a Santa hat to an elf tunic and shoes. It’s not all Christmas-focused either, with players now having the ability to style their goats in a fetching set of Menorah Horns, in celebration of Hanukkah.


Goat Simulator 3 players will also have some new toys to play with too – such as the Sack & Sleigh which will launch wrapping paper, turning any NPCs it hits into Christmas presents. There’s also the Lights Machine Gun, which lets the player hang up rows of festive lights – with the unfortunate downside of electrocuting any unsuspecting NPCs who walk into it.

The Mandatory Holiday update is the first addition to the game since it launched on PC, PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S on November 17 this year. The game, which is actually the second entry to the franchise, was critically well-received at launch, earning 4 stars in NME’s review.

Our review explained that the game’s “ragdoll shenanigans get old fairly quickly,” pointing out that “there are only so many times you can laugh at a car flung into orbit before it starts to feel like commonplace jank, and in single-player it soon feels like trying to force a laugh out of yourself.”

Still, Goat Simulator 3 redeems itself through its quests, which makes it feel much more expansive than the original Goat Simulator. However, it isn’t a game to be played solo – as our review points out, “Goat Sim doesn’t stay engaging for very long if you’re playing on your own. Though the game can be played entirely single-player, a lot of the gags and jokes simply aren’t funny if you don’t have someone to share the laughter with.”

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