25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
A refreshing take on a classis PC title,
This review is from: The Sims (PS2) (Video Game)I wasn't sure what to expect with a console version of The Sims. A hugely successful game that invaded my life and my heart in PC form over the last few years, had recently moved into the world of online multiplayer gaming with The Sims Online, and made a bit of a hash of it. Was the first console version going to crash in a similar fashion?
Far from it. I'd purposely delayed reviewing this game until I'd got a few gaming hours under my belt - I've just finished the single player games, and it's got a lot going for it. The single player game has, I suppose, missions. Each of these has certain tasks you need to complete - ranging from cleaning up your house and making friends, to gaining promotions and increasing the value of your house. Once each of these goals is achieved, you unlock extra items to furnish your home with, as well as new outfits and even careers as you progress through the higher levels.
The two player games are unlocked as you progress through the single player mode - I've currently got around 7 different two player games available to me. Two player modes in such a game are essential.
The new 3D engine works extremely well, and the control system is nice too - takes a bit of getting used to if you're a veteran of the PC game, but it certainly doesn't detract from the fun of the game.
Newcomers may not like the game - having to cater for their Sims toilet habits could put a lot of people off, but if you're new to the world of The Sims, this is a great place to make a start.
One problem I've had with the game is that the game will occasionally run into problems loading in items - the game will stall for long periods of time. It will carry on eventually, but I've missed work on several occasions due to this. Dodgy game? Dodgy disk? My crusty old PS2? Who knows. I'd be interested to know if anyone else has had problems with this too.