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  • Summary: Build, buy, and live. The Sims give you the chance to create simulated people and build their homes, then help your Sims pursue careers, earn money, make friends, and find romance--or totally mess up their lives. Keep your Sims happy by decorating your home with over 150 objects in the game and downloadable ones from Test your "people skills" as you deal with family, friends, careers, and chaos. There is no right or wrong way to play the game. Collapse
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  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. 90
    The Xbox version of The Sims trades the PC version’s precise control for much improved presentation and more directed gameplay.
  3. 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.
  4. Wildly addictive and simply unbelievable.
  5. 80
    This console version makes enough changes to the original game that even hard-core "Sims" purists will want to give it a spin.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 3 out of 12
  1. MikeS.
    Apr 18, 2003
    An awesome game have to have it.
  2. CharleyS.
    Apr 28, 2003
    It's the best.
  3. Seth
    Dec 23, 2004
    Thought it was the shiznit.
  4. RaquelS.
    Mar 25, 2003
    A great game, now with specials upgrades!!!
  5. StefanK
    May 5, 2003
    It's a big improvement over the PC version, considering graphics and gameplay. They've added a single player campaign where you have to accomplish certain goals before moving on to the next level. And by completing those goals, you unlock objects and 2-player game modes. Ahh yes, 2-players...twice the fun. Besides the 2-player minigames, you can also just Play The Sims, build a house, create a family with more than 1 members, move in, player 2 presses start and voila. You have to complete the first level in the single player campaign first to unlock Play The Sims though. Overall this is a good game. The only things I don't like about it is that Maxis still haven't fixed the stupid sims. They're so damn clumsy. The other ting is the camera, you can't zoom in as much as you want too. You can't pan the camera up and down either. A nice addition camerawise is that you can use first person perspective, look through your sims eyes. It's a rather cool feature. Bring up the cheat menu by pressing L+R in the main menu, then write FISH EYE. Now for the summary: Graphics: 7 Finally The Sims in real 3D. It doesn't look great, but it does the job. Other than it's in 3D, the animations are still the same...I think. Sound: 8 The same old The Sims sounds, with a few additions. The thing that bothers me is you can't hear them poop!!! Grrr!! ;) Gameplay 8 The controller can be a bit sluggish to play with, and not as precise as a good ol' mouse. But it works. The improved interface and - in lack of better words - style makes up for the sluggishness. I still hate the stupid sims that bump into each other and just stands there for 30 mins etc. etc. Grrrr... Replay 7 Although many additions you tend to get bored, it's still the same old The Sims after all. It lasts alot longer than the PC version though. I got bored of that one in about 2 weeks. Overall 8 No fatal mistakes, 2 great improvements (campaign, 2-players) makes for a good game. There are still problems that needs to be fixed, but as I said, nothing fatal. Expand
  6. RayM.
    Apr 8, 2003
    Not fun. I am a fan of the PC version but this one just dumbed down the whole idea with drop down menus and pre-determined modes. I rented it and returned it early it was that boring. Get the PC version if you want to invest in the series unless you are a Sims fanatic. Expand
  7. BobR.
    Jul 16, 2003
    Hated it, It took me a month to buy but I thought it would be cool but now that I have it I wished that I didn't.

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