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2.0 out of 5 stars Definately not the sims 3 :(, 26 Mar. 2011
This review is from: The Sims Medieval (PC/Mac) (DVD-ROM)
I was greatly looking forward to this games release, as i am a sims fan, and also a fan of medieval or warcraft type games. This game is as if its tried to mix the two together, but taken out all the good bits.

The worst problem, in my opinion, is that you cannot control anyone but your heroes. they can get married and have children, but you cannot control them at all. The sole purpose of the game is to complete quests, like on Sims world adventures, but this is the whole time, and you must do what it says, such as 'visit the shoppe,' and then 'write a new law.' There is no freedom to create it the way you want, which to me is the best bit. The children do not age past children, and there is no 'family tree', as in, when your king dies, the son does not become the new hero king. You simply create a new one that has no connection to any other sims. There is no family life.

Problem 2: There are no skills, like writing and athletic, which you can just choose to do. Only certain 'heroes' can do certain skills, and even that its not clear how you 'level up.'

Problem 3: No custom content. And no building. Only furnishing.

Problem 4: Cannot start as a wizard or blacksmith or whatever you want. You have to start with a monarch, complete a long boring tutorial, and then have enough 'kingdom points' (or something) to buy one building, fomr which you can have 1 new hero. As yet, i have not found a quest that uses more than one hero (although i think there are).

Problem 5: The kingdom is the same every time. You cannot change the layout.

Problem 6: Although there is a map of neighbouring kingdoms, you cannot visit, invade, or particularly interact at all with them. They seem to be there only to vote on passing laws and things, which too have no effect on your sims lives.

Sorry this has been such a negative review, but i was deeply disappointed and frustrated, as i thought they could have done a lot more with this game :'( On a lighter note, i have heard that there may be expansion packs for it, perhpas adressing theese issues, but im not sure if i want to take the risk of buying them only to be disapointed...
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Initial post: 1 Apr 2011, 21:01:47 BST
Fun Lover says:
Thank you! I had this on pre-order then held off. I used to be a fan of Sims (esp Sims 2), before defecting to Total War series; so, similar to how you say, this seemed perfect mix. I guess not!

Posted on 6 Apr 2011, 23:30:33 BST
Betty Virago says:
Katie, I agree with you totally, sadly though I had already bought the game. What a let down.

Posted on 12 Jun 2011, 14:40:51 BST
Rebecca says:
This pretty much sums the game up for me, I had been really looking forward to it, but there is no freedom in it and I got bored within an hour.

Posted on 7 Jan 2012, 19:50:24 GMT
rays_girl says:
You level up by collecting XP from completing quests, working, gathering, etc.
The quest based game is like playing a console game. I agree it's not the usual way of a Sims PC game, but it's more fun than the first couple of Sims PS2 games.
You can "visit" foreign territories with a few heroes such as the spy or merchant: that is, your Sim sails off for a few hours. The other territories are for more than just decoration; you can trade with them, annexe them through quests, which gives benefits to your heroes, and send the territories into rebellion. Collecting territories and not having to keep visiting them is fine by me.
You don't have to keep replaying the monarch's introductory quest. If you install Pirates & Nobles the servant will be in the palace even if you don't play that quest in every new kingdom.
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