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on 27 November 2004
The Urbz: Sims in the City is the latest title based on developer Maxis' incredibly successful PC game The Sims. And instead of restricting itself to tiny neighborhoods, the new game takes place in the big city. Maxis' bold changes to the original formula set forth by The Sims aren't all for the better, but they make The Urbz a very distinctive and surprisingly solid game. The removal of some aspects of the series and the emphasis placed on other areas suggest that The Urbz might be best suited to a specific audience, but it retains enough core elements to appeal to most any fan of The Sims.
The Urbz isn't about building a home--it's about hanging out in the big city.
Unlike The Sims for the PC (and most other The Sims products), The Urbz doesn't focus on building up a fabulous home or getting to know your neighbors well enough to love them or hate them. Instead, the game lets you create a group of up to four different "urbs" (the hip, urban version of a "sim") in a single saved game session, and control one of them at a time. Your character can start his or her career in one of the game's nine districts, each of which is designed around a particular type of urban subculture, such as skaters, ravers, and bikers. You have a set of roughly analogous goals to accomplish in each area, but your primary goal is to improve your reputation by socializing with urbs in the different neighborhoods. In fact, most of your character's interaction with other characters will happen as a direct result of your efforts to become more popular. Successfully socializing with other urbs (that is, interacting with them using the appropriate conversation commands, or "socials," without horribly offending them) increases an onscreen "reputation" meter that, when continuously filled, can make your character more famous and even appear on posters throughout the city. Filling up your meter, along with completing specific goals like advancing in a career path, can unlock access to new districts and areas, new standard socials, and new "power socials"--especially effective socials that can also be used to scare off bullies and muggers.
Like in other The Sims products, you interact with other characters by choosing from a preset list of socials, but The Urbz actually color-codes socials to show which ones will actually work (green socials always succeed, yellow socials only sometimes succeed, and red socials always fail). This minor addition makes getting in good with other characters much easier, but if you're aggressively trying to complete your goals, it has the side effect of making character interaction a lot less interesting--you'll end up using only the few green socials over and over. You can also increase your standing in a district by changing clothes at that district's clothier, which, depending on the district, will let you deck your character out in a good variety of different getups, including knit caps, flannel shirts, high heels, dreadlocks, facial and body piercings, and even tattoos. And you'll unlock more content by achieving other specific goals, such as scaring off bullies, using specific socials in different districts, and advancing through the first, second, and third levels in the game's new career system.
Gameplay - 7/10
Graphics - 8/10
Sound - 8/10
Value - 7/10
Tilt - 7/10
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on 3 April 2013
I used to have this on Xbox but threw it away as I thought it wouldn't work on 360. However it is one of the original Xbox games that is compatible with the 360 so I had to buy it again!

Brilliant game with lots of different cities to unlock by building your rep. Includes the black eyed peas as characters, which makes this game even more fun! You get different jobs with different cities such as modelling and skateboarding, which earns you simoleons to buy furniture for your house and clothes to dress for each city.

I would recommend it to anyone who is a fan of the sims although it is a bit different from the original sims.
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on 3 December 2004
Couldn't believe how different it was to other sims games. Haven't played bustin out since. Graphics are better and being able to go to different cities gives much more fun as its a bit boring in the other games when you cant go out.Brilliant music in background. A must have for any black eyed peas fan as they even feature in the game. Pretty big difference from sims but if you liked sims your love this!
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on 14 February 2014
I remember playing this when I was younger, and its just as good as I remember!
It turned up pretty quick and cheap too!
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on 12 May 2014
Love this game, used to play it when I was younger so was nice to be able to find it and play it again. Lots of fun, finally glad I get to play it again as have been dying to re-play for a while.
Basically the Sims meets the Black Eyed Peas and becomes hip. Best way I can explain it I think.
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on 28 March 2010
Brings back a few old memories. Wish i felt the need to play it a bit more though. Fun overall and takes me back to when i used to play it non stop; but since playing on new 360 games, it just doesn't love up to the standard. No matter how much i used to enjoy it.
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on 26 July 2012
I'm so pleased with this product! I havent played this since ps2, so glad its compatable with my 360! a few scratches on the disc but nothing too bad that causes faults, thanks :D
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on 6 July 2012
Really enjoyed playing this game considering its an xbox 1 game the graphics is really good. Defanatly recommend it to anyone who like RPG games or simulation games .
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on 31 August 2013
I thoroughly enjoyed playing this when I was younger and it's good too see that it's just as fun as I remember!
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on 14 January 2015
Can quick but did not even work on my xbox not happy at all !! . It was sealed but had scratches on game so did not work would of sent back if was expensive
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