STAFF REVIEW of The Sims (Xbox)


Monday, November 3, 2003.
by Yellowlab

The Sims Box art I love the Sims for PC and have nearly every version and expansion pack. So, when it came to the Xbox I was a little skeptical that they could succesfully turn this into a console game, but I bought it anyways. After playing it, I found that the Sims COULD be very good on a console, but EA managed to mess up some things with this console version. The Sims on the Xbox is the same addictive game that will keep you playing the hours away, but it sorely misses some of the PC aspects, mainly downloading new stuff.


My biggest fear was that without the mouse and pin point clicking on items that the console version would be very frustrating. This was not the case, as they devised a different style of cursor and you do not have to click directly on an item (score 1 point for EA!). It also included a two player mode in both competition and during regular gameplay (score another point!). But that's not all, it also includes a goal based gameplay mode in which you can unlock extra things to buy or more face styles, clothes, etc...(score another point!). So what went wrong? Mainly EA is a stubborn bastard and won't jump on board with Xbox Live. This means no downloads, add on packs, more skins, sharing houses with others, etc... Part of the joy of the Sims on PC was everybody making their own stuff and sharing it online. You won't get anything else other than what's on the disk. But, back to the gameplay, the control scheme does work for the console version. Building can be tricky at first, but you get used to it.


It's not as pretty as the PC counterpart, but it looks good enough. I play the Sims on a 57" HDTV widescreen, and it's definately not the prettiest Xbox game, but it does the trick.


No custom soundtracks option????? The rest of the music and sounds are directly from the PC version. I do love the Sims gibberish talk.


Suggestions:
Where to start? Jump on the Xbox Live band wagon, EA. Custom sountracks. The graphics could be better.


Overall: 6.0 / 10
Gameplay: 6.0 / 10
Visuals: 7.0 / 10
Sound: 6.0 / 10

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