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The Sims: Double Deluxe (PC CD)
- Includes The Sims, The Sims Livin' Large, and The Sims House Party
- The Sims: Create an entire neighborhood of Sims and run or ruin their lives
- The Sims Livin' Large: Put your Sim families into zany situations and settings
- The Sims House Party: Add party design sets to throw big bashes
- The Sims Creator: Recreate any Sim you can imagine with this powerful tool
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If you have so far resisted the draw of the famed people-management game, then The Sims: Double Deluxe might just swing the scales. It allows you to create, direct and manage the lives of SimCity's residents. Each need (eg: hunger, comfort, hygiene) can be met by interacting with other Sims or objects--throw a party with the help of a rocking stereo system and watch your Sims' Social and Fun ratings improve.
One gameplay goal is to improve your Sim so he or she can climb the career ladder. Such progress nets him or her more money and allows the purchase of higher quality stuff. Eventually your Sim will have a mate, kids and a mansion with an indoor pool.
Whether you're the occasional Sims player or one of the diehard fans who's seen the one-hundred-hours congratulation message, the Livin' It Up and House Party expansion packs will rekindle any flame for this game that's dwindling. In House Party the emphasis is on making your Sims as sociable as possible and there are several theme-party sets including Hawaiian and the option to throw a party, but make sure that it goes with a bang otherwise some unwanted non-player characters might show up and nothing kills the party mood like a mime.
The expansion packs add a range of new gadgets and gizmos to play--and if you are an avid Web fan then you will notice some of the downloads here, especially the gerbil and balloons--but Maxis have realised this and have been busy creating many other features.
New career paths with over 50 jobs have been added. Become a psychic investigator or a musician, a slacker or a journalist. All roles come with new toys to play with at home. If this isn't enough, the game also includes new neighbourhoods to try out if you've run out of space in the current one, although the only drawback is that you can't move from neighbourhood to neighbourhood.
The SimsLivin' It Up and House Party are a great addition to the original, having you completely hooked again in no time and saving up for those elusive expensive items, such as the automatic robot maid. --Stuart Miles
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But to those who've never played The Sims, THIS is the pack to get. This includes The Sims, the "House Party" and "Livin' It Up" expansion packs, plus an extra "Bonus Content" disc - four discs worth of Sims, houses, objects, locations, wallpapers, floor tiles; everything you could possibly want to enhance your Sims lives and homes.
The game itself is a people-management game - really, the intention of the developers was to market this as an interactive soap opera. All the characters (Sims) interact with each other - talking, watching TV together, eating together, playing games, listening to music, playing music, dancing - everything you could imagine. They have jobs, friends, love interests, children; everything real families and people have. They just need someone to help them along - that's where you come in!
Well worth the money; doubly so with the Double Deluxe edition. It's the one to go for.
I would recommend Double Deluxe 100% to anyone considering a Sims game - it has absolutely everything you could want and more. I would like to get the Makin' Magic add-on at some point, but there's plenty to keep me going for the next year or so!
The Sims Double Deluxe is a good starting point as it gives you the base game, as well as the first two expansion packs (my least favourites, but they have a few nice additions here and there), bonus items, and a tool to customise your Sims further.
Compared to The Sims 2 and The Sims 3, this game looks its age, and if you've played the sequels before playing this version you'll miss the features of ageing and genetics, not to mention the wishes, traits, rewards and so on. However, this game started the whole series off and you will still be able to appreciate the great music and quirky humour, if you can look past what you'll miss from the sequels.
This edition comes with the original, with 'Livin It Up', the Sims creator and some bonus content, including African and Asian themes to decorate your Sims home.
In the game you take charge of your Sim's life, and this is undoubtedly the ultimate simulation game. The Double Deluxe edition has the most amount of Sims content ever put together in one package, which makes it so appealing.
But if you are patient, and wish to wait...then perhaps you should consider saving some money for May of 2004...when the eagerly awaited 'Sims 2' will be released.
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