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  • Summary: The wildly popular Zoo Tycoon series gets fully-remastered and set to crank up the excitement, challenge, and fun of building the ultimate zoo. Let your imagination run wild with Zoo Tycoon: Ultimate Animal Collection? Choose from almost 200 visually stunning animals and the largest, mostThe wildly popular Zoo Tycoon series gets fully-remastered and set to crank up the excitement, challenge, and fun of building the ultimate zoo. Let your imagination run wild with Zoo Tycoon: Ultimate Animal Collection? Choose from almost 200 visually stunning animals and the largest, most detailed selection of environments ever, then build, manage, and maintain your dream zoo alone or with up to four players on Xbox LIVE. This zoo simulation will charm animal lovers of all ages.

    Easy to start and easy to play, Zoo Tycoon on Xbox gets you up close and interacting with the animals and zoo, offering intuitive controls and fun tutorials that allow players of all ages to have fun. Play smart as animals and guests will react to your creative choices and ultimately decide your chances to become a Zoo Tycoon.
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  1. Positive: 2 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Nov 28, 2017
    80
    Even if you owned the 360 version, there is a nice visual overhaul and a handful of new exhibits and animals to utilize. The animals look amazing and the interactive moments can be pretty fun.
  2. Dec 16, 2017
    75
    The music, whether you’re driving a buggy or walking around, is unobtrusive and doesn’t interfere with the background ambient sounds, which I like.
  3. Nov 7, 2017
    70
    Zoo Tycoon: Ultimate Animal Collection may be just another sim at its core, however the developers give the player some good gaming mechanics and spectacular 4K graphics. The control system is a little so-so but overall it still works well on this new console. So if you’re looking for your next sim fix, Zoo Tycoon: Ultimate Animal Collection ticks the right boxes.
  4. Dec 19, 2017
    70
    Zoo Tycoon comes back more complete than ever, with 4K enhancements and HDR support in a title fit for young and old with more than addictive gameplay.
  5. Nov 20, 2017
    70
    Zoo Tycoon: Ultimate Animal Collection is a solid management game. It has lots of content, solid mechanics to satisfy tycoon fans, and apart from a few gameplay and control issues, should please aspiring moguls and animal lovers alike.
  6. 55
    The game offers nothing more than some good animal visuals. What remains is a management game without any challenge and spoiled by an awful UI.
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  1. Nov 1, 2017
    9
    In short, if you are familiar with the first attempt on the Xbox One, this game essentially the same game with enhanced features and moreIn short, if you are familiar with the first attempt on the Xbox One, this game essentially the same game with enhanced features and more content. I played the prior version and was extremely disappointed, and while this still feels like a step backwards from the original Zoo Tycoon franchise it's much better than the original xbox variant. Before I state my thoughts I should clarify that I played on the pc using the Xbox Anywhere thing, and that is only available if you upgrade to windows 10.

    That being said, the game is exactly what it says on the box. The goal is to create a successful zoo of your design while making as much of a profit as possible. This is done over three main modes, Campaign which is essentially missions in pre-made zoos, Challenge which is the bread and butter create your own zoo, and Sandbox where there is no money constraint so you can build to your heart's content.

    Campaign is about what you would expect, in fact quite a bit more fun than I expected. Even though every zoo is made of the same cookie-cutter pieces each challenge I have played so far has managed to feel unique. Completing these unlocks content for the other gamemodes.

    Challenge has been improved since the last game, before it was far too easy and I suspect this was to appeal to younger audiences. While it still seems to be easier than I would have liked it the game still threw curve balls I wasn't expecting and it wasn't just a slow and steady progression of funds.

    I haven't played sandbox yet, so I'll take the time to explain some of the changes. There seem to be some balance changes that make challenges more difficult, there are almost 100 new animals, many of which with unique habitats, and two new campaigns which I assume unlock something new upon completion. One of the major complaints with the original was that you were very limited in what you could do, now you can manually change paths to an extent and decorate more freely. That said, it's no where near as customization as the first two in the franchise.

    That said, the game surprised me with just how much fun it was now. The first game was so easy and as a result so boring that it felt like a slog to go through. The gameplay improvements, however minor they may be, help significantly. I do have a few issues though, mostly minor.

    While this was also a problem with the first game, the exhibits are way too small. I would be fine with having premade set-ups if they were spacious, but even the largest version of an enclosure you can get feels like a small or at most a medium to me. While the game isn't trying to be super accurate to a real zoo I couldn't help but feel bad for the animals as they got crammed into tiny boxes. The smallest enclosures that can still fit big animals would likely garner a real zoo closure due to animal cruelty.

    Secondly, the original game had mini exhibits for things like meerkats and lizards. It's a great touch, but the problem again is that most of the new animals go into them. I wouldn't mind if it was more lizards and rodents but you get some actually big animals in there. For example, you can get tapirs, which are much larger than chimps or alpacas. Both of the latter can go in the full size exhibits, but the much larger tapirs get crammed into this tiny little 9x9 circle meant for a turtle (And frankly to small for one of those). The animals can barely even turn around in those. I cant help but feel that since a lot of the new animals go into those (Crocodiles, Giant Anteaters, Wombats) they originally meant for those to be in the big exhibits but time constraints or something of that manner forced them to put them in these tiny little exhibits.

    Lastly, there are a few technical problems. Almost all of the animals with fur have shading problems where the entire model or patches either turn jet black or glow bright as the sun. Moving an animal to a new enclosure via a helicopter seems to require a full game restart to work most of the time, and while not necessarily a bug the first time you make a save game, it will always be replaced by the second game you save, which I found out the hard way. After that saves are fine though. Whole not a bug, it must be said the fur effects on the animals look fine from far away but poor to terrible up close, and I don't remember them being that bad in the original xbox release.

    Again, these are just nit-picks and I guess I would rather that the tapir be in the game but not in a normal exhibit than not at all, same with the crocs and anteaters. In the end, aside from the tiny exhibits and being a bit too easy, the game is a lot more fun now and if you enjoyed the original franchise or were interested in getting the first run of the xbox edition I can suggest getting it.
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  2. May 6, 2019
    9
    Zoo Tycoon me lembrou do tempos de pc do 1 e 2 , amei jogar o game, e recomendo pra quem jogou o 1 e o 2
  3. Mar 4, 2018
    8
    This game fixes what should be already there in the first place. The annoying Zoo Limit is gone, way more unique animals and some moreThis game fixes what should be already there in the first place. The annoying Zoo Limit is gone, way more unique animals and some more customization, Zoo Tycoon UAC is an improvement but it's still not perfect. One being is that, although the interface looks really clean and modern, it's very difficult and irritating to navigate through. But that still doesn't change the fact that I spent all day playing this game and had a lot of fun. With gorgeous graphics and amazing animals, Microsoft's Zoo Tycoon UAC really fits in well to the Zoo Tycoon series nicely. Expand
  4. Jan 2, 2018
    7
    Zoo Tycoon games have given me a great deal of enjoyable game time over the years, and to say I was looking forward to Zoo Tycoon: UltimateZoo Tycoon games have given me a great deal of enjoyable game time over the years, and to say I was looking forward to Zoo Tycoon: Ultimate Animal Collection would be an understatement. Thankfully the game on the whole is pretty good, but it does suffer with a few setbacks from time to time. Without a doubt this game has the most content out of all the other previous game’s so expect to sink a number of hours into the game. There is also a huge amount of animals for you to purchase, and I really loved how they gave you detailed information on the different animals. The game also offers you a lot of challenges but unfortunately I found these to lack variety and when doing these challenges I did find myself getting bored. I also think the game was a little too forgiving and I must admit that at times I was craving more of a challenge. The controls in the game though were something I was very impressed with and they were implemented that well that you’d have thought they were originally meant to be designed for a controller. I was also impressed with the multiplayer mode, and whilst I noticed a few technical issues every now and then it didn’t impact on the fun factor much, which is a relief. The presentation side of the game is brilliant and it’s by far the best presented game in the series. Visually the game has a lot of detail added and the sound design is what you’d expect from a zoo, which is great. At the end of the day if you’ve never played a Zoo Tycoon game then this game is a perfect place to start. It’s also perfect for fans of the series and they’ve done a very good job of continuing to make the series a very enjoyable affair. It does have a few niggling problems here and there, but on the whole it’s a very good addition to the series and Zoo Tycoon: Ultimate Animal Collection gets a thumbs up from me. Expand