71 of 75 people found the following review helpful
on 5 June 2003
If you are thinking about buying the first Sims, i must warn you that it'll prove quite expensive. Not only will you end up devoting a large part of your life to creating your sims lives, you'll probably end up buying most of the expansion packs. You won't care about losing friends in the real world, you'll have your Sims. Your partner has called 7 times wondering where you are today, you won't care because your poor little Sim is having his own relationship problems. Your kitchen burns down, but you can deal with it because your Sims dealt with it only 17 minutes ago and they're coping fine. it may well become your life. I started out wanting to create the ultimate hellhole for my Sims, destitute, miserable and broken, I couldn't do it, i started feeling sorry for them. i was becoming emotional about the little Sim Graphics on the screen. Thats what this game does to you. Buy it, steal it, borrow it. You'll love it.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 17 February 2004
As far as games go, this is excellent! I've spent hours controlling coloured pixels on my PC monitor, I'm addicted to it. I'd say this is definately the best computer game I have ever played, and is perfect to buy first, then add on the expansion packs (once you've saved up a bit). I'd only had the game a month when friends were coming round just to play, making their own sims to look and act like them. The only problem; when you make sims like you, it's worse when they get mad and move out, or burn in a fire. Just make sure to put ladders in your swimming pool! What I like, is the freedom you have in building individual houses, with different layouts and styles, then finding out that your sims don't like that particular peice of art, after you've spent a month's earnings on it. Once you've got this game, the doors are wide open to the oppertunities the add-on packs hold. Looking at this game, I'd say it's the best £20 I've ever spent.
71 of 77 people found the following review helpful
on 15 January 2003
...You won't have time for one, if you have this game! This includes the classic Sims game and original expansion pack, Livin' It Up, plus new objects and outfits and The Sims Creator, which allows you to modify your Sims looks/clothes.
Having only played the original Sims game, before I got this, I was impressed by all the extra's that are available in this version, from the opportunity to 'play' in the vibrating bed, to solving the mystery of the crystal ball.
For me, the best thing about the game is that you are constantly aiming for something, once you have got your Sim a job, you think, 'I'll just hang on in here until he is promoted' so you stay and hone up his skills or work on his social life, but get sucked in and several hours later he has been promoted loads of times and is getting quite wealthy, whilst you are now busy trying to get him a girlfriend or experimenting with the chemistry set.
I also like the way each household is a game within itself, but allow the relationships to deteriorate and this can impact on the other families.
One let down is the Sims Creator, which does not give me the scope I would like is designing my own Sims. There are limited new clothing styles, though there are plenty of fabrics.
As a complete addict, I cannot recommend this game high enough if you like sim/god games. If you are more into action games, this probably is not for you (but you can do some nasty things with that chemistry set).
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 21 April 2004
The Sims is one of the best games ever made and it's no wonder when youactually play the game. You can create your own person or family, thatincludes kids, adults, what ever. Then, after creating a biography,adjusting there looks and there points ie: Outgoing etc then your ready togo. You buy a property, then start building your house. Theres so manyobjects, and i mean hundreds as well as lots and lots of wallpapers,carpets and other important details like that to choose from and insert.Then, you can finnaly start playing. You get to control everything, and imean everything that your Sim does. When your in the game, your sim hasbars like Social and hunger etc. Everytime it's starts to go low, you haveto ring up a friend and talk to them, or dance, or what ever! You canlearn to play pianos and guitars, paint pictures, get jobs, marry Sims,well, theres just absouloutly LOTS of options. You can make your sim sounique and special it's unreal. They'll cry, they'll laugh, they needsleep, they need to go to the toilet, everything. They can even die if youdon't look after them properly. On the job ladder, you can advance or bepromoted in all kinds of fields from Military to Waitering...
Oneof my all time favourite games and i'm sure it'll be one of yours too.Hope this review helps. THANKS
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 18 May 2004
I believe that this game is one of the best I have ever bought for my Daughter , at first I thought it would be rather babyish and I'd have to take it back but my Daughter absolutely loves it and so do I shockingly.
I think this game is challenging but fun at the same time , we now have all of the expansion packs and cant wait until Sims 2 is out.
I am 32 and my Daughter is 12 nearly 13 and I seem to enjoy it more then she does so I'd just like to say keep up the good work Maxis and also anybody who is thinking of buying this has made the right decision because we think this game is FAB'.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 2 June 2003
Who would have thought that a game about designing a family, then building them a home then living them a live of happiness or misery would be so addictive and stand as the best game on the PC of all time.
The Sims is a amazing piece of software, taking the gamer into a world full of creative design and possibilities that really lets the gamer have full control of the game.
What makes The Sims the best the best game on the PC is the fact of the massive level of creativity and freedom that the game gives. For example the many ways of building that perfect family and designing the outside and the inside of the house with all those amazing goodies.
With Livin' it up the gamer has a bigger choice of building possibilites and freedom to design that perfect home and family.
The Sims deluxe is just icing on the cake that shows how a game can be so successful and survive still as massive as when The Sims came out 3 years ago.
15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
So here's 'The Sims: Deluxe Edition'. Most gamers seem to fall into one of two camps, people who like The Sims and those that hate it with a passion. There's a lot to like about The Sims and it's various add-ons though, and even though it does have it's faults the game is fundamentally a good one.
This Deluxe Edition is very simple to install and doesn't take up vast swathes of your hard disc. As games go the installation is really quite small. Not only that, but you can run the game adequately on low specification PCs easily, but of course if you have a faster processor, more RAM, and a decent graphics card then the game will run very smoothly indeed.
Once installed the game is very easy to pick up and learn and you can get to grips with the basics of running the lives of your simulated people in a few minutes. The pace of things when you start is unhurried so you never get overwhelmed. In fact, seeing as the game is so easy to get into and play, it is ideal for people who are just making their first steps into PC gaming. There is a fair amount of longevity to the game too, you can continue to play for a very long time without exhausting the possibilities that the Sims has to offer.
However, the Sims has its faults. If anything the game can be far too addictive. If you ever had trouble giving up a Tamagotchi 'pet' then you will find it extremely hard to separate yourself from your Sims and the lives you create for them.
As for the reasons why there is a camp of people who hate the various 'Sims' incarnations. Some people find the game too mawkish and the character interactions and sound effects twee. Others simply hate any game that doesn't insist that you shoot anything and everything in your path. Finally there are some who hate it because they got hooked on it and had such a hard time getting away.
Overall though, 'The Sims: Deluxe Edition' is well worth taking a look at, and it is a playable and enjoyable game for most people. Avoid it if you get too easily addicted to things, and avoid it if you like to shoot and destroy things, otherwise get stuck in!
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 2 March 2004
This game is pure brilliance.
The number of things to do is astronomical; it ranges from being poor with a tiny house and rubbish appliances and jobs etc, and then as you get further on you can get richer and upgrade the house and get more appliances and get your character better skills to get a better job and so on.
This game can be played for as long as you want to play it because there never seems to be an end to what you can get. And if you ever do get everything, there is serveral add ons and things to download from the website...
A BRILLIANT GAME! a must buy.
on 26 October 2014
really good although it's no way as good as sims 3
you can roam around the city -because well there is none
you still have jobs and kids babys adults
you have way more furniture than in sims 3 although the clothes is a huge let down you get a programe which lets you draw on the clothes and on the faces
i think the stairs are way too expensive seeing as the stairs in sims 3 are 7 simoleons wow!
still you should get it ssing as its price is less than 2 pounds !
thanks 4 reading please rate my review
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 25 July 2003
Whilst I havent played this as much as a lot of my friends, I have had the opportunity to dip my toes into its wonderfullness! And the best thing to grab my attention was that you can set up traps to burn them alive! Set up an upper floor, put your simes inside, removes the stairs and put as many fire hazarsds in as possible. We had a slight competition going to see how many sims we could axe in one go, and six was the best by one friend - and it was a mistake. Bang goes the microwave, thud go the bodies. Endless fun. Ok, maybe not the review people want, but a snapshot of the variety that makes this game sooooooooooooo good!