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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 TheSims.com. Test your "people skills" as you deal with family, friends, careers, and chaos. There is no right or wrong way to play the game. Expand
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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