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  • Summary: The Sims are making a big return to the console and this time they are bustin' out of the house and exploring all-new locations around town. In The Sims Bustin' Out, players can choose from a variety of new career paths. Along the way, players can unlock and collect over a hundred of new objects and social moves exclusive to the console. Play, work, and socialize with a cast of over 25 new outrageous characters and climb through a dozen new careers. The Sims Bustin' Out also features new integrated two-player gameplay and memory card support, for those players who like to take their Sims over to a friend's house and show them off. Expand
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  1. Positive: 23 out of 30
  2. Negative: 0 out of 30
  1. 100
    Fans of the series will lap it up whilst those that find The Sims to be boring and pointless will not be in any way swayed.
  2. A vast improvement to an aging franchise, breathing a little more life into a concept that's days may be numbered.
  3. It's monotonous, mundane, and frightfully addictive - just the way I like 'em. [Jan 2004, p.132]
  4. Slow, often frustrating, but frighteningly engrossing at the same time. If you're after a leisurely, open-ended experience then it's highly recommended. [NGC]
  5. Worth a look-see, but memory card requirements effectively banish this one to the realm of "Either buy it, or don't bother."
  6. Despite some flaws and relatively few improvements (on the PC this would be just another expansion pack), it still may be worth a purchase.
  7. There is more freedom in career choices, less intense caretaking, plus a few console specific features. But the gameplay is old hat for previous console players.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
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  3. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. RustyP.
    Dec 16, 2003
    10
    I second, its the best of the series ( if u dont have a good comp to get TS2).
  2. [Anonymous]
    Dec 15, 2003
    10
    Best game of the series!!
  3. PennyE.
    Apr 2, 2007
    10
    An excellent sims game. I would recommend this game to new and old fans alike.
  4. SieglindeH.
    Jan 23, 2004
    10
    The Sims is one of the greatest games I have ever played. I expected that the Sims busting out was even better. It deserves a big ten! The Sims rule!! Expand
  5. TheNightwolf
    Feb 1, 2004
    10
    Superior Game and more fun together with the sims bustin' out for the GBA.
  6. AlexanderR.
    Feb 11, 2004
    10
    The best game ever!!!!!.
  7. S.J.Donovan
    Oct 11, 2006
    9
    I really liked the freedom of this game, especially the interaction between free and story mode. It's addictive and nonstop; I literally would play it for entire days. Expand