Mixed or average reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 25
  2. Negative: 1 out of 25
Buy On
  1. Takes the Sims series in a new and good direction.
  2. PSM Magazine
    It's as addictive and funny as any other Sims game - that's plenty good. [Holiday 2004, p.80]
  3. 80
    Urbz offers a nice, fresh twist on the Sims experience, for both veterans and newbies alike. Yet, despite seeing the goofy characters in a new fish tank, there isn't enough freshness throughout to keep you down wid it. It's not bad, it's just not baaad-you feel me?
  4. 80
    It might not be as deep as its PC counterpart, but it's perfect for console gamers, who are generally looking for a more casual experience. By the end, my buddy was living the high life, and I was actually proud that my Urb was finally one of the popular kids.
  5. AceGamez
    With quirky graphics, familiar sounds, a nice variation in missions and tasks, a high level of interaction where jobs are concerned and some great new power socials, The Urbz is a worthy addition to most peoples' collection.
  6. Game Informer
    I feel that the game opens up too quickly and that, while there a respectable nine districts, each has very similar goals and features. [Dec 2004, p.164]
  7. Possibly the best choice for those wanting a Sims game without having to do the house decorations and design, and for those who just want to be able to keep playing and playing without worrying to much about time management and having to deal with mundane tasks in an on going fashion.
  8. 75
    It's fun if you really enjoyed the Sims and want to play a glitzy, more streamlined version of the game. But some players will probably miss the non-linearity.
  9. The good is it is a very fun game. The bad is it seems a bit watered down from the original game.
  10. The series was solid to begin with and it seems that the developers tinkered with a formula that didn’t need to be changed.

Awards & Rankings

#93 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2004
#32 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2004
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 24 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. EmilyC.
    Feb 20, 2005
    This game is so awesome!!! rock on!
  2. AngelaR.
    Feb 14, 2005
    It's really fun but I hope the next sims game for ps2 will be able to have the sims grow up, like the sims 2 for pc. I found it really It's really fun but I hope the next sims game for ps2 will be able to have the sims grow up, like the sims 2 for pc. I found it really hard to fall in love with another sim. Full Review »
  3. AmyJ.
    Dec 8, 2004
    Too easy, In the first day I made it to the big house. Is there anything else to do?