The Urbz: Sims in the City Xbox

Metascore
70

Mixed or average reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 28
  2. Negative: 1 out of 28
Buy On
  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
    80
    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
    78
    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.

Awards & Rankings

93
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#77 Most Discussed Xbox Game of 2004
23
#23 Most Shared Xbox Game of 2004
User Score
6.5

Mixed or average reviews- based on 10 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 6
  2. Negative: 2 out of 6
  1. SeanM.
    Feb 24, 2007
    2
    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
    5
    Boring and slow. Thats all i have to say, just not interesting.
  3. AB
    Jan 19, 2005
    4
    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 »