The Sims Bustin' Out Xbox


Generally favorable reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
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  1. 80
    Without any gameplay advancements, I can't say this is really an improvement over the original.
  2. Makes good, solid improvements over its predecessor and stands on its own as a great version of The Sims for consoles.
  3. Nothing more than a slight improvement over the other console edition. Having said that, if you’ve always wanted to give the Sims a try and haven’t played the older version, this is definitely the version to pick up.
  4. There is more freedom in career choices, less intense caretaking, plus a few console specific features. But the gameplay is old hat for previous console players.
  5. 90
    Of the three versions, this is clearly the sharpest.
  6. While it's true that it doesn't really breath a whole lot of new life into the series, it still should be able to conjour up enough interest in Sims fans.
  7. A fairly unremarkable Sims expansion pack on the same disc as a new cut of the original game.
  8. 80
    It’s really no more than yet another extension of a five-year-old gameplay device. Concept, meet the breaking point.
  9. The addition of goals and plenty of different unlockable locations and items does breathe new life into this old game, and slower meters and a more responsive interface lead to a good version of The Sims. However, this game is very similar to the original PS2 version and might not feel filling enough for those who already made that purchase.
  10. games(TM)
    Despite a veritable host of respectable changes and additions, this still can't live up to the standards of the original game. An improvement over the last console effort, but with so much more potential than is actually realised, Bustin' Out still disappoints a little. [Christmas 2003, p.126]
  11. For those who have never played The Sims, I encourage you to rent the title and try it out...if it is your type of game, this one is better than the original console version with only a few 'lead weights' to hold it down.
  12. Official Xbox Magazine
    Features the ability to visit other locales. This is huge...Sims fans, get ready to kiss the next month of your life good-bye. [Holiday 2003, p.104]
  13. It's monotonous, mundane, and frightfully addictive - just the way I like 'em. [Jan 2004, p.132]
  14. 80
    It adds just enough to keep fans interested, but doesn't fix all the flaws or reinvent the game. With that said, the game has more focus, a bit more style, a lot more to do, and a definite ending if you choose to pursue it.
  15. Sims fans should bust out of their homes and bust on down to their favorite store to pick up The Sims Bustin’ Out.
  16. Bustin’ Out adds nothing but positive reinforcement to the Sims legacy.
  17. It looks loads better, has more objects and Sim-building options; it gives you more freedom and sense of neighbourhood. The trouble is that it's not the giant leap of gameplay that would warrant another £40.
  18. Some people might like its micromanagement approach, whereas others will find it very tedious.
  19. The multitude of careers and social interactions provide plenty of longevity, and the new format of the two player split-screen play is a nice touch.
  20. Although graphically improved, The Sims Bustin’ Out still isn’t a visually stunning.
  21. This is a game without winners and losers. It's all about the personal satisfaction, and engrossing yourself in a wonderful game. Yes, I said a wonderful game.
  22. The Xbox has clearly the best graphics, the PS2 has an exclusive online option where you can trade items with other players. The GameCube and GBA versions have possibly the most exciting exclusive option.
  23. GMR Magazine
    It's somehow mind-numbingly mundane and brilliantly addictive at the same time. [Jan 2004, p.92]
  24. Xbox Nation Magazine
    With each day presenting a enw opportunity to fly or fall face down, Bustin' Ouot never loses its luster. [Mar 2004, p.83]
  25. 100
    Even the addition of crazy new Social moves like Break Dance and Booty Tease make interactions with other Sims much more fun than they were in previous titles.
  26. If you’re a fan of The Sims on the PC or on the console, you must buy Bustin’ Out. Consider the game to be the last ‘must buy’ Sims title before the upcoming sequel, since the experience differs so much from the usual Sims gameplay.

Awards & Rankings

#75 Most Discussed Xbox Game of 2003
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 12 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. LueyJ.
    Jan 18, 2005
    Awesome game.
  2. Casanova
    Mar 15, 2004
    It is a cool game, nothing more better then this sims. Me and my wife play it for hours and hours, that is the only game she will play It is a cool game, nothing more better then this sims. Me and my wife play it for hours and hours, that is the only game she will play besides Elders Scrolls. GOOD JOB. Full Review »
  3. BobB.
    Feb 9, 2004
    Great Fun!