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  • Summary: Be Heff! Playboy: The Mansion blends state-of-the-art social simulation with traditional role-playing and empire-building gameplay. As Hugh Hefner, you build the Playboy mansion and magazine into a dynamic cultural icon and powerful brand. Rub shoulders with stunning women and stimulating celebrities as you pursue the ultimate Playboy lifestyle. Grow famous and gain exclusive access to the Playboy Archives, including footage of the world-famous Playboy Mansion. This is the ultimate lifestyle game, allowing the gamer to "Play Hef" and live the good life. The player is in charge of running the Playboy Empire and must put out a magazine each month. In order to generate content for the magazine, the Virtual Hef will throw incredible parties with celebrities and rockstars in tow. The social management of the parties will enable the player to acquire content for the magazine, including the unique, sexy Photo Shoot feature which the gamer will use to get his or her cover shot. With a broad depth of gameplay, and a simulation experience of the ultimate lifestyle, PTM lets a gamer Play Hef, build the dream and live the good life. [ARUSH] Expand
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  2. Negative: 5 out of 33
  1. 71
    Some of the celebrities in the game also make it interesting. Who wouldn’t try to get next to Carmen Electra or the celebrity playmates that make appearances?
  2. If you don't mind the lackluster production and the somewhat simplistic gameplay, you may actually enjoy a bit of time with Cyberlore's title, assuming you didn't buy it to supplement your collection of items shipped in plain brown paper.
  3. Not quite as creepy as "Singles: Flirt Up Your Life," not quite as frustrating as "Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude," but nowhere near as good of a game as anything from The Sims franchise.
  4. 61
    It's a shame that Playboy relies so heavily on such repetitive gameplay tasks. The setting is interesting even if you have a social life and have seen an actual naked woman.
  5. 60
    As an eye toward where Playboy came from, The Mansion is a compelling lesson--even the loading screen factoids are fun to read. But as a game, the unpolished graphics and stale gameplay keep the title mediocre at best.
  6. Sex and nudity often work well in movies, but video games laced with sex never rise above mediocrity, and Mansion seems decidedly underbaked.
  7. A lousy game through and through. Like “The Guy Game” it provides little more than a flimsy premise to hide the fact that all there is to do is see breasts on your Playstation 2. From both a game play and technical standpoint, this game is a mess.

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  1. D.
    Jan 23, 2005
  2. Jun 10, 2012
    It's kinda good, but it's not that great either. You know that nobody wants to be like Hugh Hefner in a Playboy video game. It's more like a Leisure Suit Larry stripping party, but I'm still a fan of Playboy. Playboy Magazine, Playboy TV, even some former WWE Divas appeared on the covers and video game hotties like BloodRayne and Mortal Kombat's Mileena is kinda cool when they showed their funbags. And by the way, Hef's hair is grey (not black). Somebody please don't play "The Bunny Hop" song! I liked the idea of a Playboy video game, but I was disappointed on why this "Mansion" thing just wasn't the exact M-rated game I was hoping for. Both "BMX XXX" and "The Guy Game" were both messed up and tries to give the fans attention, but since the sales weren't any good, GameFly used to say in the tagline: "Never buy a bad game, again." Although sex in video games might be hella good like Mass Effect 2 and Saint's Row: The Third. But this sex in "Playboy: The Mansion" isn't for me, anymore! Expand
  3. Dec 13, 2012
    This was far better than I expected it to be. It was interesting on seeing the inner workings of the Playboy empire. You know the business side. At its core it's really just a an average business game with rather tame sex & nudity. Overall: An OK game worth a quick go if you're curious. Expand