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Initial charm fades away.
on 10 October 2007
I wanted to love this, I really did. I massively anticipated this when I saw the trailers. However...
Let's get the bad stuff out of the way.
1) Load Time - This game is terible for it. The game contains massive amounts of loading, lag, and drops in framerate. It is simply inexcusable in a console game to put with problems that should only belong to ancient PC's, but alas, it's here. Even the Day-Night transition causes lag!
2) Shallow - Initially, there seems a massive amount to do, but it soon becomes clear that there are only 3 real activities in the entire game; the collection of essences (...yawn...), building furniture and houses (which is nice), and limited interaction (not without its charm, but shallow, and eventually repetitive). That's it. Interaction with other sims comes down to pressing the 'A' button, then watching your sim do a short animation that eventually gets very repetitive, seeing as how their aren't a lot of different interactions.
And now the good. This game has charm, almost Animal Crossing levels of the stuff. You can create and populate your town how you wish; make buildings look anyway you want, make the inside of peoples houses look how you want, it's a nice 'model village' simulation. But with its faults, I would say either buy this for £20 or less, or wait for a sequel that fixes these problems, because for the price it's asking, their's just too little to do, which is a shame, as this game has charm, and massive potential.