Metascore
84

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. The GC version gets a better graphics boost than the Xbox counterpart, but both versions pack the same great gameplay.
  2. Everything about The Sims just reeks of quality and charm; from the way that every Sim action is beautifully animated to the way they talk to each other, and you, in voices that you can almost make out. But can’t.
  3. 90
    The Xbox version of The Sims trades the PC version’s precise control for much improved presentation and more directed gameplay.
  4. Through polygonal graphics, tons of new items, and hilarious level-based play, I can honestly say that the Sims has never looked or played better. [Apr 2003, p.93]
  5. While The Sims isn’t a totally radical departure from its PC origins, the Xbox version scores just a tad higher than on the other console version I’ve played, the GameCube, because of its slightly better graphics, more comfortable controller, and easier game save system on the built-in Xbox hard drive.
  6. 85
    It's a time killer, a well-built and smartly designed invention, and addictive in the end.
  7. The combination of a level-based game, free play mode, and two-player makes for an infinite amount of replayability. It's not an earth-shattering port of the PC game, but it does bring something new to The Sims experience. [May 2003, p.70]
  8. A unique life-simulator that is definitely worth a look for its novelty alone.
  9. Wildly addictive and simply unbelievable.
  10. Wall your Sim in a doorless room with no food or toilet facilities, and watch her whiz on the floor. [June-July 2003, p.90]
  11. 80
    This console version makes enough changes to the original game that even hard-core "Sims" purists will want to give it a spin.
  12. It's really a lot more like real life than you may realize - but if you're playing this game alone on a Friday or Saturday night - this game has got to be a lot more fun than your life.
  13. Fortunately, or perhaps unfortunately, The Sims is otherwise extremely faithful to the gameplay of the original game, shortcomings and all, and it's more or less identical to the PS2 game.
  14. It does suffer from what I'd consider major control and tweaking issues, enough so to ruin a great deal of my experience.
  15. 79
    A solid experience, but won't have any appeal for anyone that's played the original PC title.
  16. If you find yourself liking the game, you'll be hooked for weeks. It isn't for everyone, though, so those looking for action and excitement are better off looking elsewhere.
  17. Most home computer gamers will find this version of The Sims to be a novel diversion, but they will eventually return to their monitors and keyboards for the easy, open-ended play that is only available there.
User Score
6.9

Mixed or average reviews- based on 19 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 3 out of 12
  1. Seth
    Dec 23, 2004
    10
    Thought it was the shiznit.
  2. ChadC.
    Mar 2, 2004
    0
    Why do so many dorks like this game? I would rather watch my wallpaper peel in my APT then play this game. I bought this game because a friend recommended it and now he is no longer my friend! Full Review »
  3. Ivannatinkle
    Jan 9, 2004
    9
    It's a good game but it would be better with a rejuvenator!! larry king sucks.