The Sims Bustin Out Ships TodayElectronic Arts today announced that The Sims Bustin Out for the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system, the Xbox video game system from Microsoft, and the Nintendo GameCube has shipped under the EA Games brand. For the first time, Sims console players can get their Sims out of the house and into all-new locations to play, work, and meet a cast of outrageous new characters. "Gamers will go crazy over the all-new locations, wacky characters, and exciting careers in The Sims Bustin Out," said Sinjin Bain, vice president and executive producer of the game at EAs Maxis studio. "Weve added ten times the content of the first Sims console game, to make sure Sims fans are entertained for a very long time." In The Sims Bustin Out players can now get out of the house and travel to 16 wild new locations to socialize with 25 outrageous characters. Players can choose from challenging careers like Gangster, Paramilitary, or Mad Scientist. Depending on what career track you choose there are now several different ways to play the game. Players can now drive their scooter or a variety of unlockable vehicles to visit locations such as Shiny Things Lab where they can invent a Rocket Gnome or Casa Caliente to try out their love potions on a friend. Players can unlock and collect hundreds of social moves and objects as they progress through the game. Players can try their luck with moves like Booty Spank and French Kiss or they can unlock objects exclusive to the console such as the Climbing Wall and a Mutant Plant. Featuring a completely overhauled game engine, The Sims Bustin Out displays stunning graphics and Sims that are more life-like than ever. Players can customize their Sims right down to the color of their eyes with a variety of new facial feature options; Sims characters will also have distinct and noticeable personalities that will affect gameplay. For example, a shy Sim will be a wall-flower at the dance club, but an outgoing Sim will be rocking around the dance floor, showing off his moves. For the first time in The Sims franchise history, PlayStation 2 console gamers can enjoy weekends with no work obligations by going online. The Sims Bustin Out for the PlayStation 2 console features two-player cooperative online play, where players can invite friends over to check out how they have decorated their home, build skills, or trade social moves and objects. When players first go online, they will enter a lobby where a matchmaker screen displays the astrological signs, genders, and personalities of other Sims, so that players can effectively choose their gaming partners. The game features an online trading system that will allow players to swap social interactions and objects they have unlocked. Players also can communicate with voice chat using a keyboard or USB headset (USB headset and broadband connection required) and get valuable tips on how to complete a career. The Sims Bustin Out for the Nintendo GameCube supports connectivity with The Sims Bustin Out for Game Boy Advance. When connected, Game Boy Advance players will unlock a hidden game cabinet that will allow them to use their Nintendo GameCube Sims to play mini-games on the Game Boy Advance and earn extra Simoleons. Players can also download and play their Nintendo GameCube Sim in the Game Boy Advance world and obtain Simoleons, improve motives, and build skills to bring back with them to the Nintendo GameCube version. This enables players to take their Nintendo GameCube Sim with them anywhere. Additionally, The Sims Bustin Out supports High definition 720p TV for the Xbox. All console versions have memory card support so players can take their Sims over to a friends house. Players can play with a friend in two-player mode, which is available throughout the entire game.