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- Gameplay is very addictive

- Excellent interface

- Excellent two player mode

- Good assortment of game modes

- Quick load times



- Graphics are nothing special

- Frame rate chugs quite often

- Beginning players maybe overwhelmed by the realism of the game

- Takes up 1.5 MB of memory card space

- Save times are horrible



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The Sims

Score: 8.5 / 10


The Sims is known as the best selling PC game of all time and Electronic Arts has finally decided to bring their successful series to the Playstation 2. While many PC to Playstation 2 transformation havenít gone well. Electronic Arts has devoted the necessary amount of time required to make The Sims a great game on the Playstation 2.


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The Sims can be basically described as the game of life. You create a character and control their day-by-day actions from eating to sleeping. The game has a really innovative design as everything is so detailed and well thought out in The Sims. Youíll be able to check your characters happiness, hygiene, bladder, hunger and so on. At the beginning of the game you start off in a dream where you can get used to the environmental surrounding and how to interact with different characters. The game has a few game modes, which include the Get a Life Mode, The Sims mode and a two-player mode. The amount of customization is very impressive. You create a first name and family name and on top of that you can change the appearance of your Sim and alter hairstyles, clothes, etc.





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When the real game begins you start off as an unemployed male who lives at home with his mother. You start each level with different objectives such as fixing a broken TV, learning how to cook, and getting eight hundred dollars off of your mother.


Many beginners will soon learn that the game is very precise and goes in-depth to teach your character new skills. For example: Before you attempt to fix a television you must first read a mechanical book. If you donít read the manual for mechanics you will be electrocuted by the 


television. Another example includes cooking a meal. If you attempt to cook a meal without reading a cookbook you will end up starting a fire in the house and wreak havoc and make the lives of fireman even more difficult. As the game moves on then you will attempt to find a job by reading the classified ads. Just make sure your character isnít too depressed to do anything.


One of the biggest surprises the game has is the user-friendly interface. Itís very easy to give commands to your character. One problem does arise though, which is the reaction time of your character. Sometimes your character takes awhile to respond to any command you give them. The environments are very interactive and very impressive. Almost everything plays some purpose to your character whether itís sitting on a chair or taking a nap on your recliner. One of the coolest parts of the Sims is the ability to do day-to-day things such as watching TV or listening to the radio. Not only that, but you can pick the genre of TV shows and music you decide to listen to or watch. The gameplay speed and clock is extremely slow, but these settings can easily be customized.


Multiplayer mode is fun as well. Multiplayer can be played in the Get a Life Mode or in the regular Sims mode. You and a friend can play head to head or play the cooperative mode. Both characters live with each other and they interact the same as they would in a single player mode. The multiplayer mode is very fun, addictive and a welcome addition. There is one awkward thing about the multiplayer, which is the fact that the screen is split diagonally instead of vertically or horizontally.


There are some problems that hinder the Sims. There are so many things to make your character do itís easy to neglect all of the important things such as bladder, fun and hunger levels. Another problem is that completing each level in the single player mode is the only way to access the multiplayer. Not only that, but only pieces of the multiplayer mode are unlocked instead of the whole mode! In the single player mode you can easily switch between your character and the characters mother. The switching is kind of useless since there is nothing that the mother can do to benefit her son (your character). Instead, when youíre controlling the mother she will just complain about doing chores or any sort of work. Another problem that some may find is that the Sims is a game of patience. People who have no patience will most likely be repulsed by this game.


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The graphics are a major letdown, but the visuals are more detailed and smoother when compared to the PC version. Although in comparison to the PC version the graphics may seem good, overall they are not very impressive. The game does have some improvements over the PC version such as better-textured environments but the frame rate does chug at times, especially in the multiplayer mode.


One of the most annoying things about the Sims is the horrible character voices. Generally when you are engaged in a conversation with a peer you can hear what your character is saying. The problem arises is that you character talks gibberish and it sounds like some foreign space language. Everything else like household accessories are done well and sound realistic.


The Sims is a solid game, which should have any Simulation fan playing this for a while. The gameís multiplayer is loads of fun as well and is great when you have friends over. The Sims is truly a game of patience and a rental may not be enough to experience this great game.


- Siddharth Masand

(February 23, 2003)

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