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REVIEW: Christmas Shopping Simulator 2: Black Friday

Given away as a freebie by GAME, Christmas Shopping Simulator 2 (CSS2): Black Friday is exactly that; a shopping simulator designed to essentially poke fun at all the crazy people during the holiday season as they go mental for sales and special deals.

It’s Black Friday, the mall has just opened, and everyone is itching to fulfil their deepest consumerism fantasies. You are able to choose from a range of characters, including “Shopper Lady Person”, “Average Joe”, or my personal favourite; “Ice Cream Sandwich Guy”.

As soon as the game starts, you must rush past your fellow shoppers in order to buy everything on your to-buy list, including a massive TV, games, and… bird food. Yep, bird food. You can bash your way through the masses as well as having the ability to snatch items from them like the heartless b****d you are.

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Ahh, the good ol’ TV & Curry.

Around five minutes in, you’ll more than likely get bored of the gimmick and resort to making use of the ragdoll physics – with the push of a button, you can send your character into ragdoll mode. Instead of shopping around, I found myself launching myself from the top floor numerous times, but this also gets tiring very quickly.

The whole game is a messy glitch – I would get stuck in the environment and items would simply disappear from my hand (or did someone snatch them from me?). The cashiers would sometimes fall over, get back up, then fall over again. This is the kind of game you’ll be dealing with if you should decide on playing it.

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Except to get stuck in the environments, whilst waiting for your eventual fall to the ground.

CSS2 is horrible in terms of its gameplay and graphics, however the fact it’s making fun of our needs for materialistic goods is actually pretty funny. It’s free, so you might as well try it if you have a spare ten minutes. Get: http://bit.ly/1OS801C

Rating: 1.5/10

Available On: Windows PC / Mac




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