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7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 343 Ratings

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  • Summary: In "SimCity," you had the power to build and control cities ... with The Sims, you'll create and control people!
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 37 out of 38
  2. Negative: 0 out of 38
  1. 100
    The uniqueness of the game, the sound, graphics and the ability to control a little Sim life hooked me almost immediately.
  2. It's impossible to categorize EA's addictive superblockbuster life simulator, just like it's impossible to stop playing it. [Feb 2003, p.94]
  3. 95
    The game isn't just addictive, it's downright dangerous.
  4. 90
    Never before have I played a game as compelling as The Sims. This game will provide you with emotional experiences that you could never imagine from a video game.
  5. Original, amusing addictive, and most of all incredibly fun and relaxing to play. If we only had more great ideas like these…
  6. It is compelling, addictive, fun, frustrating, well-designed and intriguing.
  7. It does become kind of mesmerising, but like watching waves on a beach, chances are that pretty soon you'll tire of the lack of variety on offer.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 48
  2. Negative: 10 out of 48
  1. ArthurP
    Aug 13, 2008
    10
    I remember playing this years and years ago, it was my favorite game then, the building, the songs, looking after your family and progressing I remember playing this years and years ago, it was my favorite game then, the building, the songs, looking after your family and progressing mesmerized me. It's one of those games you get so into it you forget your playing a game. Today I got the game again and tonnes of wonderful memories came back about this game. So in summary, yes its an old game, the graphics are no way near as the modern sims, but it one of the most interesting and enjoyable games ever to be released. I was very disappointed with the sims 2, probably because it can never live upto the original sims. Expand
  2. LimZ.
    Jun 14, 2004
    10
    This is the best of the best in computer simulations.
  3. May 27, 2012
    10
    One of my favorite games of all time.
  4. DuncanS.
    Jul 3, 2002
    8
    It's a good game but like games domain said," it gets kinda boring".
  5. Jan 20, 2013
    8
    The Sims is an iconic piece of gaming history. Though its isometric fake-3D world may not appeal to gamers today, its charm lives on and itsThe Sims is an iconic piece of gaming history. Though its isometric fake-3D world may not appeal to gamers today, its charm lives on and its playability remains in tact. Collapse
  6. Jul 28, 2014
    6
    I absolutely hated it.

    I was so excited for this as it was being developed by Maxis. But, my one and only full night really trying to
    I absolutely hated it.

    I was so excited for this as it was being developed by Maxis.

    But, my one and only full night really trying to love this game was a disaster. It was depressing.

    Get up, barely make it to work. Get home, barely make it to bed. This is already my life. Why on EARTH would I play this?

    I'll give it a 6 since it had few bugs and the underlying system was well-constructed. But, I really disliked playing this game.
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  7. Nemisis
    May 17, 2003
    1
    EXTREMLY STUPID GAME. NO FUN.

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