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PC? Good. PS2? Good. PSP? Keep Walking!
on 30 January 2011
I've played The Sims 2 before on the PS2. It was an enjoyable game that allowed me to customize characters, edit building structures, tend to my characters' needs, and allowed me to make pals and...(said quietly through teeth) girlfriends. Sadly I didn't get that same enjoyable experience with this PSP version.
The game starts off by letting you edit your character in any way, shape or form. You can choose to be a man or a woman, adjust skin colour, give them clothing that you think suits them best, and finally an actual name. It's all very exciting, but that soons ends once you've finished editing your character.
Instead of leaving you to your own devices The Sims 2 tries to spoon feed you a storyline. Your character's car goes missing at a petrol station and several citizens in a nearby town have got all sorts of personal problems. It's up to you to sort things out. In order to actually fix some of these problems your skills need to be at a high enough level. You can improve your skill stats by performing small tasks around town, which include things like talking in the mirror to improve Charisma, and using a computer to improve Logic.
This all sounds interesting; but some of these tasks require you to make long trips from one side of town to the other, exiting one house and entering another. It's quite time consuming, and it only gets worse. There are loading times everywhere. They pop up everytime you move between different areas of town and when you enter or exit a house. They are just oh...so...annoying!
You can chat to other people, just like the PC and PS2 versions. If your Charisma stats are high enough you can talk a person into being your friend/lover. To do this you have to play a mini game. Watch for the character's speech bubble which reveals an icon. Then you have three speech bubbles with icons and face buttons appearing in front of you. You need to press the correct button to match the icon of the person you are talking to. Do this enough times and you'll win over that person. It's OK at first, but it soon tires after a few turns. In fact it feels more like a punishment when you realize you have to do this a couple hundred times throughout the game.
Other flaws include the graphics, which are rough and not at all suited to the PSP; a dodgy camera that doesn't always work for you; and very limited space in your own house that doesn't allow you to buy much furniture for it. Your character can be very picky as well regarding his or her needs, such as feeling hungry or needing the toilet. Sims fans will argue that this is all part of The Sims 2, just the like the PS2 version. True, but at least the needs were manageable, unlike this game where your character is VERY needy, demanding to do something every two seconds.
The Sims 2 on PSP leaks flaws left, right and centre. Hardcore Sims fans might get a buzz out of this; but if you're an outsider looking to get in on this Sims business, try The Sims 2 on PS2 or PC, or even The Sims 3. Whatever, just don't bother with this game.