The Sims: Life Stories PC

Metascore
72

Mixed or average reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
Buy On
  1. Snobbery be damned, Life Stories is a thoroughly enjoyable crossover between an established series and the world of casual games.
  2. 73
    While Life Stories does indeed give that performance boost and makes the game playable on low-end machines, what it loses in the process is just too much.
  3. 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.
  4. A bit too watered down from the other Sims games.
  5. Edge Magazine
    50
    The net result is a product that can't be faulted on its accessibility, but has less subtlety than ever with which to hide the inherently, and sometimes unrelentingly, mechanical process that caring for your sims represents. [Mar 2007, p.85]
  6. PC Format
    70
    It looks spectacularly awful. [Apr 2007, p.71]
  7. 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.
  8. PC Gamer UK
    62
    Soapily melodramatic, inconspicuous consumption. [Apr 2007, p.100]
  9. PC Zone UK
    57
    Had Life Stories...been a little more mature in its scripting, I might have even recommended this. As it is, your mum would find it patronising. [June 2007, p.86]
  10. 50
    Casuals and newcomers to the franchise alike would do best trying the core entries in the series instead, while long-time fans, curious to see what this ‘story thing’ is all about, should stick to their own imaginations.
  11. 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.
  12. 60
    Just consider it The Sims for Sims newbies. It so completely caters to its intended audience that it’s an enjoyable, if slightly too easy experience.
User Score
7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 16 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. 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). Full Review »
  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! Full Review »
  3. 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. Full Review »