The Urbz: Sims in the City Image

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  • Summary: For the first time, Sims are living in the city where reputation (rep) is everything. Players will custom-create these new Sims, called Urbz, by customizing their unique style and building their status to become the biggest "player" in the city. Players will take their Urbz to work and be challenged by bosses at locations like the Sushi Bar, Chop Shop, or Bootleg Fireworks, Inc. Success brings the player well-earned promotions and gets them access to power socials to help them influence other Urbz. The fast-paced lifestyles in The URBZ is evident in gameplay including job challenges based on a direct-control mechanic for job objects, skill-building objects, and power social interactions. The URBZ is built on an all-new graphics engine that recreates the essence of living in a vibrant city with distinct districts inhabited by Urbz with unique lifestyles. The game's style captures the pulse of the action-packed downtown, ritzy shopping districts, Bohemian artist workshops, and a gritty subway station. Players create their Urbz using a new character customization engine to show off attitude and unique style, as well as signature "bling" such as tattoos and nose rings. Players build relationships to increase their rep, influence other Urbz, and gain access to city districts, jobs, and lifestyles. Gaining access to all districts in the city, being able to live in any district, live any lifestyle, and become the biggest "player" in the city is the ultimate goal. The URBZ will support the Sony EyeToy. Players will download their image into the game with the Sony EyeToy and as their rep grows; their image or their Urbz image will begin to be reflected in the game.[Electronic Arts] Collapse
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 25
  2. Negative: 1 out of 25
  1. Takes the Sims series in a new and good direction.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. It's rather like cotton candy - fun if insubstantial, without any redeeming nutritional value. But there are times when cotton candy hits the spot just fine. [Jan 2005, p.102]
  5. What's really interesting about this game is that for all that it's doing differently, it still just does not feel all that much different from the typical Sims formula.
  6. A very sweet game and, thankfully, very easy to play from the outset. While nowhere near as comprehensive as "The Sims," this is as endearing and sylish as keeping people as pets gets.
  7. The developers totally misunderstood what makes The Sims so appealing. There is little opportunity for creativity (furnishing your apartment is tedious), no drama and a mistaken emphasis on conservative conformity.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. Pedrofelix
    Nov 9, 2004
    Yeah! Baby.
  2. EmilyC.
    Feb 20, 2005
    This game is so awesome!!! rock on!
  3. TinaK.
    Nov 18, 2004
    It was a great game but i thought it could be much better. it's really good but the goals are kind of hard and there are more goals as well. other than that i think it is great. Expand
  4. Aug 24, 2011
    Tem uma trilha ótima e um visual bacana. O jogo prende bastante pra simplicidade que promete no começo. Essa vertente urbana de The Sims podia ser mais aproveitada. Expand
  5. 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 hard to fall in love with another sim. Expand
  6. mandm
    Feb 25, 2006
    Very good game but a bit hard some times.
  7. AmyJ.
    Dec 8, 2004
    Too easy, In the first day I made it to the big house. Is there anything else to do?

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