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  • Summary: Play through all the great moments of your Sim's life in this easy-to-play, laptop-friendly version of The Sims. In the new and engaging directed Story mode, you take your Sims through a unique and entertaining storyline full of romance and dramatic twists. You even unlock cool rewards alongPlay through all the great moments of your Sim's life in this easy-to-play, laptop-friendly version of The Sims. In the new and engaging directed Story mode, you take your Sims through a unique and entertaining storyline full of romance and dramatic twists. You even unlock cool rewards along the way as you achieve set goals. In open-ended Classic mode, you create Sims and then choose how they'll fulfill their dreams through life's biggest moments. Stay connected by using your own IM and email while playing. [Electronic Arts] Expand
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  1. Positive: 9 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. Life Stories was designed to be laptop-friendly, and it shows: I had no problem controlling the game entirely by keyboard, sans mouse, thanks to numerous shortcut keys. [Apr 2006, p.49]
  2. Visually and audibly, The Sims Life Stories has exactly the same presence of The Sims 2 series.
  3. Potential players don't need to fear it sucking away hours of their lives (although it still might), but they can look forward to an excellent game with some very amusing stories to tell.
  4. 72
    Its enjoyably lightweight game play combined with a tirade of sickeningly clichéd narrative twists, fit snugly together to demonstrate another indication in the development of The Sims as a whole - and one which EA, love them or hate them, have moulded and managed with an admirable level of expertise.
  5. It looks spectacularly awful. [Apr 2007, p.71]
  6. If you can live with the fact that there are no expansions aside from a minor collection of downloadable extras, and that, unless you’re somehow immune to the boredom which strikes after playing any instalment of The Sims for more than a week, it probably won’t last you very long, then Life Stories might make for a decent introduction to one of the most over-exposed series of all time.
  7. While Life Stories is a perfect introduction to the full Sims experience, veteran players will likely find the linear aspect of the plotlines too limiting.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. AmeliaC.
    Feb 1, 2007
    10
    The perfect game for the non-gamer! The story driven chapters make it fun, entertaining and easy to play AND, you can play on your laptop.
  2. DeniseS.
    Mar 22, 2007
    9
    Some minor glitches prevented reaching goals in each story (players got stuck, did not arrive on time to a set place, etc.) but overall, this Some minor glitches prevented reaching goals in each story (players got stuck, did not arrive on time to a set place, etc.) but overall, this is an excellent, portable way for me to take my Sims to work. And most things are able to be imported from your regular Sims 2 game, with a few exceptions, so it's a great way to get a Sims fix on the go! Expand
  3. LeeR.
    Jun 12, 2007
    9
    This game is great but there are some things wrong. Like when Aunt sharon gets kidnapped in Rileys story and she turns up like normal. Then This game is great but there are some things wrong. Like when Aunt sharon gets kidnapped in Rileys story and she turns up like normal. Then it say "An error has occured on Rileys story. We will have to go back to your default save." That really annoyed but it only deleted a day. Then it did it again because Mickey and agora wouldn't get married and that lost me two days of the game! Overall 9/10. I recomend this game to someone patience (no-one like me because I'm not patient). Expand
  4. JimmusM.
    Feb 17, 2007
    6
    I bought this one and promptly took it back. What is the point? The games gives you two pre-made characters and a backstory to guide you I bought this one and promptly took it back. What is the point? The games gives you two pre-made characters and a backstory to guide you through their lives. There are new shortcut keys for basic things like eating and answering the phone, but again, you couldn't click on those things before? The game does run well on a laptop, so the portability factor might be appealing to some. It just feels like Sims 2.1 or something, having interactions and objects from some of the expansion packs. This game might be fine for someone who cannot think of motivations for a Sim, but the rest of us can make up our own direction, thank you. Save your money for Sims 2:The Seasons. Expand
  5. MikeT.
    Feb 18, 2007
    6
    Adding stories to the game is a good idea, just a shame that the game is so short. Experienced simmers will likely fly through this and then Adding stories to the game is a good idea, just a shame that the game is so short. Experienced simmers will likely fly through this and then go back to regular sims. Too expensive for what it is - at least in the UK. Only play this if for some reason you can't run the regular game on your pc and desperately needs a sims fix. Hopefully we'll see a story based expansion pack for the regular edition of the Sims, although it will have to contain substantially more gameplay than this very time limited offering. Expand
  6. MikeT.
    Feb 28, 2007
    0
    Adding stories to the game is a good idea, just a shame that the game is so short. Experienced simmers will likely fly through this and then Adding stories to the game is a good idea, just a shame that the game is so short. Experienced simmers will likely fly through this and then go back to regular sims. Too expensive for what it is - at least in the UK. Only play this if for some reason you can't run the regular game on your pc and desperately needs a sims fix. Hopefully we'll see a story based expansion pack for the regular edition of the Sims, although it will have to contain substantially more gameplay than this very time limited offering. Expand