Mixed or average reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 28
  2. Negative: 1 out of 28
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  1. But a New York City-sized upgrade to the visual presentation along with the inclusion of mini-games and more focused, goal-oriented gameplay should appeal to the urban-centric Sims fans that prefer console action to the PC.
  2. I would have liked the building and object acquisition to be a little more worthwhile than it is, as that is a big aspect of the original and brings out the interior decorator and architect in all gamers.
  3. AceGamez
    With quirky graphics, familiar sounds, a nice variation in missions and tasks, a high level of interaction where jobs are concerned and some great new power socials, The Urbz is a worthy addition to most peoples' collection.
  4. 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.
  5. Certainly a big departure from the traditional Sims gameplay and it's all the better for it. It's extremely accessible - although the longish loading times are a bit of a pain - and a hoot to play, with a constant stream of details that'll keep you smiling. [Official UK Xbox Magazine]
  6. 80
    Despite seeing the goofy characters in a new fish tank, there isn't enough freshness throughout to keep you down wid it. It's not bad, it's just not baaad…you feel me?
  7. Game Informer
    I feel that the game opens up too quickly and that, while there a respectable nine districts, each has very similar goals and features. [Dec 2004, p.164]
  8. The good is it is a very fun game. The bad is it seems a bit watered down from the original game.
  9. 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.
  10. Tries to be different and succeeds, but its repetitiveness keeps the fun from being both fresh and stimulating.
  11. 75
    We would love to see Xbox Live support enabled with support for downloadable objects (this could help to extend the lifespan) or even custom soundtrack support to take advantage of the Xbox's capabilities would have been a good inclusion.
  12. The game felt easier just because of the fact that it holds your hand throughout the journey, and acts like a set of training wheels until the end. That doesn't mean the game isn't fun though.
  13. Maxis' bold changes to the original formula set forth by The Sims aren't all for the better, but they make The Urbz a very distinctive and surprisingly solid game.
  14. GMR Magazine
    Doesn't reinvent the gameplay of its predecessors, but it does refine it. Unfortunately, it's not all for the better. [Jan 2005, p.128]
  15. While The Urbz: Sims in the City has its moments and boasts high production values, the core gameplay just never really rises to the occasion.
  16. It's fun, but a shallow fun, based on shallow characters – maybe the perfect game for the kids from "Clueless" or "The OC."
  17. 70
    Fun for a while, and the customization is quite compelling at first, but before long the innate repetition, linearity, and ultimate emptiness really begin to grate.
  18. With The Urbz, EA has trimmed down the general Sims formula, removing more in-depth options along the way, but, in doing so, they've also cut away the very captivating essence of the franchise.
  19. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    The streamlined motives are a tremendous improvement in alleviating tedium - so why the heck is the skill advancement so painful? [Holiday 2004, p.108]
  20. Official Xbox Magazine
    Or at least if it were more wildly satirical. Instead, it falls somewhere in between: the middle of the road where nothing really interesting happens except the same repetitive and boring tasks. [Holiday 2004, p.70]
  21. games(TM)
    The Urbz feels like a step back for the franchise; despite EA's efforts to bring gamers a 'console exclusive' there's not a lot on offer here. Fans won't find anything new, but newcomers may well discover the pleasure of the series and seek out EA's back catalogue of simulated lifestyles. [Christmas 2004, p.114]
  22. 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.
  23. 60
    A pleasant change from "The Sims" that is tailored to those who would find the constant reinventing of personal style an appealing diversion.
  24. The Urbz has tones of personality and original style which is commended, but the negative vibe of all this style and social status voodoo is that it might be teaching improper stereotypes about certain groups in society.
  25. Xbox Nation Magazine
    The creators have simplified everything to the point of inanity. [Jan 2005, p.87]
  26. As an extension of "The Sims" as a franchise it categorically fails to engage, and even just squeaks through on a technical level. No amount of glitz is going to cover that up. It's not bad, per se, but there's no way anyone with a heavy, eclectic interest in videogames should be spending £40 on this.
  27. Cheat Code Central
    While "The Sims" can get deep, The Urbz: Sims in the City is a very light version of the original. This game is designed for girls that haven't yet grown out of the Barbie phase. The Urbz is the shallowest version of The Sims yet.

Awards & Rankings

#77 Most Discussed Xbox Game of 2004
#29 Most Shared Xbox Game of 2004
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 10 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 10
  2. Negative: 2 out of 10
  1. SeanM.
    Feb 24, 2007
    This game was sort of fun in the beginning, but after awhile it gets boring, I absolutely was disappointed this game is horrible compared to This game was sort of fun in the beginning, but after awhile it gets boring, I absolutely was disappointed this game is horrible compared to the previous Sims, even bustin' out was better, I got so sick of really working for my money, it wore the buttons out on my controller so badly, do NOT get this game, it is very bad. Full Review »
  2. BobM.
    Mar 24, 2005
    Boring and slow. Thats all i have to say, just not interesting.
  3. AB
    Jan 19, 2005
    And now, EA ruins "The Sims." You loved their destruction of "Goldeneye." How about their destroying "LOTR" and "Catwoman. (with the help of And now, EA ruins "The Sims." You loved their destruction of "Goldeneye." How about their destroying "LOTR" and "Catwoman. (with the help of the horrid movie)." This game is tedious, bland, and repetitious. Nothing more needs to be said. Full Review »