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The Sims: Livin' Large: Prima's Official Strategy Guide Paperback – August 25, 2000


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Product Details

  • Series: Prima's Official Strategy Guide
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Prima Games (August 25, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761530878
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761530879
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.4 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,019,743 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Written with great detail about every little part of The Sims and Livin' Large.
Kevin Curtin
So I know many of the tricks to maximize playing, but the Livin' Large Strategy book gives a lot of really cool secrets to have fun with.
"hypergrl1120"
I was so busy running them ragged trying to raise the hunger, fun, and bladder motives that their comfort and energy was less than zero!
Julie Lovisa

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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 24, 2001
Format: Paperback
This strategy guide is great! Are you one of those people (like i WAS) where you have the list of cheat codes yet you dont understand what they're for (if not, oh well)? This book explains what each code is for. It also gives you excellant quick start tips (those, alone, are worth the money!). If you are not the kind of person who likes to cheat, this book also explains, in greater detail, the "works" of the game (example - dealing with the expansion pack - do you know EVERYTHING that the robot can do? i bet not, but this book explains it, along with all the other items). But, for all those pessimists out there reading this, (and for the optimists who want to know the good and bad about the book) about, oh, maybe 1/5 (one fifth) of the book talks about things such as "why do sims choose to dance to the music instead of playing pool" - a lot of autonomy stuff. Also, there are a lot somewhat confusing tables full of info the average person wouldnt need. But, just remember this: the "goodies" of this book outweigh the bad stuff in this book 10 to 1 (which is why i give this book a 5 star rating)! i encourage you to get the book - no matter how long you have been playing the game (there is always something to learn, since not even half of it is mentioned in the manual that comes with the game). It is definately worth it!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Julie Lovisa VINE VOICE on June 15, 2001
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The first time I played The Sims was using Bob and Betty Newbie as a practice run before I committed to making my own families. I was so busy running them ragged trying to raise the hunger, fun, and bladder motives that their comfort and energy was less than zero! I just couldn't organize myself enough to keep them satisfied while I tried to figure out what everything was supposed to do.
Enter this strategy guide which offers tips from the creators and testers of The Sims. It assumes that you have read the game manual that came with the software and expands on it by giving in depth explanations of each motive and personality trait in order to better understand your Sims autonomy, or lack thereof. It also covers building homes, each object and it's value and interaction, and a basic tutorial on how to create your own skins and objects.
It is also full of tables and graphs, a few of which are informative and few of which are kind of difficult to understand. The main reason to buy this book would be for the notes and tips that are scattered about that give you an inside peek at the motivations of your Sims and a few ways to manipulate the game.
I'd recommend this book as a way to become "friends" with your Sims so that you can give them better social interactions, better homes, and happier personalities.
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43 of 53 people found the following review helpful By A Customer VINE VOICE on September 30, 2000
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If you have been playing the game for a while you know all this stuff, for new tips on livin large you can find this info on any sims website, nothing new here, save yourself a few dollars and by pass this one.
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69 of 88 people found the following review helpful By "blue_sage" on September 28, 2000
Format: Paperback
Hi i bought is book just a couple of hours ago,and already have it read . this is a vey good guide if you are just now learing about the sims or you now eveything about the sims. it covers The Sims and the expansion pack.This book has every thing: it brecks down the caeers and tells what personality would be best with what career and how many friends and skills you will need, it helps you to maintain a good sim family it tells you what furnatur,and house hold iteams will help you build up your needs and still save your sims some money for pizza and food or how to keep your friends entertain so they will stay friends with your sims. and it has cheats i know (i myself likes playing the game with out them.) but the cheats will give you help more then they give the game away like the water cheat that lets you make pounds, lakes, streams ect. i have been trying to find that one out for months. so if you are looking for something that will help you along with your sims then buy this book it is worth the money you can always go back to the book and look up something you forgot it also tells you about the crystal ball- what the riddles mean,the chemesty set what potions it will make,what the tragic clown will do, what the bad and good wishes are from the guenie how to get the grime riper to your door. i hope you buy it i promise you wont be disapointed. very detailed. thank you:0)
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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 6, 2000
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You'll do better just knowing the cheat code of "rosebud". There isn't enough information given on layout, explanation of what exactly the crystal ball or chemistry set is capable of, or the voodoo doll. Still, it's worth the 17 bucks to get the info it DOES have (the sad clown, etc.) Use a coupon to make it cheaper.
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32 of 42 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 17, 2000
Format: Paperback
I found this guide to be very disappointing. Most of it (95%) repeated what was in the first book on the game. Very little coverage of the sequel game, and there was nothing mentioned that I hadn't already read elsewhere. If you already own the first book, then you're better off just looking at a couple of the better Sims web sites and saving your money.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By "hypergrl1120" on December 10, 2001
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I am an avid Sims player.. to understate it. So I know many of the tricks to maximize playing, but the Livin' Large Strategy book gives a lot of really cool secrets to have fun with. All 3 of the other books just give you basic info that's readily available in the game (like an object's price and description) but Livin' Large gves you such details as what each color potion from the Home Chemistry Lab will do and how to solve the riddles from the Madame Blahbatfry's crystal ball. It also tells you how to cure your Sim's sickness. This is a definite must-have for Sims lovers.. but don't bother buying the other ones.
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