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The Sims - Xbox

by Electronic Arts See the Amazon Page for this brand
Teen
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews) 84 / 100

Price: $59.89
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Platform: Xbox
  • Start out with just one Sim, living in a shack. Help him advance through life's important moments and make a better life for himself.
  • Meet and interact with neighbors, flirt with attractive members of the opposite sex, and move into bigger houses
  • Explore a fully interactive 3D world as you try to get love and money
  • Meet and interact with a wide variety of new characters found only on the GameCube version of the game
  • Play with a friend as you play Two-player Sims -- each person controls their own Character in split-screen mode

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Platform: Xbox
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000088KHF
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.8 x 0.5 inches ; 4.8 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: March 25, 2003
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,357 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)

Product Description

Platform: Xbox

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The Sims has much in common with Tony Hawk's Pro Skater: There's a great emphasis trial and error, it encourages personalized solutions to problems, and overall success comes down to both balance and timing. Also, like the Tony Hawk games, The Sims is a very addictive game.

Players micromanage the lives of a family of virtual people and influence the outcome of their lives, be it success or something akin to a nervous breakdown. The bestselling PC version of the game has, in recent years, been upgraded with elements like parties, pets, and vacations, but this iteration is closer to the basic formula.

You start the game living with Mom in a one-story suburban house. You are immediately presented with certain life tasks, such as fixing the TV and making lunch, which are aligned with the skills you'll need for the game's main challenge--keeping your sims in balance on eight conflicting categories. For example, eating will have an impact on your sim's hunger rating, but it will also impact his bladder rating. You'll have to make sure that he keeps himself and the house clean, that he sleeps to restore his energy, and that he also has time to keep himself entertained. The free will option lets your sims coast a bit, and you can also save time by stacking tasks together. Time passes at the rate of about one minute per second in the game, but you can fast-forward sim time when you need to, such as when they're sleeping.

The controls are justifiably complex, but adjusting to them is not difficult. You see your sims from an overhead perspective that you can both rotate and zoom. You direct their actions by moving a line cursor to where you want them to go or to what object or person with which you want them to interact.

The game is surprisingly funny. Neglect your sims and they'll shout and wave their arms to get your attention. Allow one's energy to get too low and he or she will likely collapse and sleep right where they were standing. When that happens, Mom is likely to serve them dinner on the floor.

Gamers may find that it takes a while to get the hang of The Sims' style and control scheme. Stick with it and you may find real time fast-forwarding by. --Porter B. Hall --The text of this review refers to the PlayStation2 version of the game.

Pros:

  • Interesting, open-ended gameplay
  • Lots of quirky humor
  • Two-player split-screen option
Cons:
  • Can be frustrating for those unfamiliar with strategy games
  • Controls take some getting used to
  • Long save times

Product Description

Trial and error game, which encourages personalized solutions to problems.

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A much better game than I expected April 6, 2003
Platform for Display:Xbox
When my little sister first got this game, I thought it would be like any other Sims game I played. Play it then get bored in 10 minutes. You see, I never really fell in love with the PC Sims game. Maybe it was because of the snail-slow loading times, maybe something else. But I am highly suprised with this game.
PROS: 1. The Sims are on XBOX!
2. Some good 2-player mini games
3. The Get a Life mode is a great addition.
4. And the same old Sims goodness (court wife, court neigbors wife, court neighbors daughter, court girlfriend, etc.)
5. and some more extra goodies in between (did I hear Monkey Butler?)
6, you got to earn the original sims mode and other goodies (in the original menu, it only has "Get A Life" mode)
CONS: 1. There is something missing in the graphics, but I cant tell what
2. Controls are hard to understand and frustrating
3. you've played the original sims version before
4. Only has the first 3 sims version on it (so there is no vacation mode, no pets, and no nightlife)
5. the Love Bed is locked when you start the game. THE LOVE BED!!!
6. I HATE DUDLEY LANDGRABB!!! He is so lazy! He doesnt even answer the phone! (calls it "hell's bells")
FINAL VERDICT: Avid Sims fans can sprint to the store to get this one. Casual fans can walk.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Just as good as the PC version, however... September 27, 2003
Platform for Display:Xbox
I love this game on the PC and I love it on the Xbox. The load time is much faster on the Xbox and the graphics are just great. It was just as addicting on the console as I played it for hours when I first got it.
My only gripe with this Xbox version is the two player mode. This great feature can only be unlocked after completing several "scenarios" within the game. For those of us that are all too familiar with this game, unlocking that feature is tiresome and boring!
Other than that, it is a great game to own
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Two words two syllables... Great game! February 22, 2003
Platform for Display:Xbox
... after picking up that controller I was hooked! Though the controls could use a litlle tweaking I got used to them in no time. When I first heard the game was coming out I had some doubts but wow this game is awesome! If you have the computer games and enjoy them then you will love this version! The 3D graphics are amazing and it is so much fun! With the computer games I got bored after awhile with just going to work coming home and going to bed day after day (In the game not real life). In this game you are constantly having to reach certain goals and you never run out of things to do. The multi player part is also fun! Overall this is a great game and a must have!
Thank You Much For Reading!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Platform for Display:Xbox
I admit that The Sims is the only video game, on PC or a console, that I have ever played with any regularity. I suppose this review is mostly intended for people of a similar mindset, since I have no idea how to criticize the ease of controls compared to other games, or whether the load and save times are relatively fast or slow. I found the Xbox version of the Sims to be extremely entertaining, with some new additions that were fun and inventive.
First of all, the two-player option. This was just a stroke of genius. I'm sure making the PC version multiplayer would have been impractical due to the difficulty of two people being able to sit within easy reach of the same keyboard. But the Xbox is the perfect place to launch this idea, and it works well. The fact that your Sims can compete against each other keeps the game exciting and creates many new situations.
Also, the fact that you can choose to have goals, in Get A Life mode, is a new addition. This, to me, was the best addition of all. I recall during particular stretches of a Sim's life on the PC game, I would be bored with what was going on: sending my Sim to work every day to try and earn money for a needed item or get a promotion. With the goals, which get progressively more complex through the levels, the Xbox version eliminates those periods of the game. There is always something to try for or work on, and the goals are spread out so that you are generally just about to achieve one of them.
The one star I deducted for the fact that so many of the items from the expansion packs are not here. It seems like these games have enough memory that more options of things to buy could have fit into the game. Maybe not. I look forward to perhaps a later version of this game that will feature all of these missing objects, and maybe another neighborhood like the Downtown in Hot Date. Now that would be a perfect game.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Sims Xbox April 20, 2003
By A Customer
Platform for Display:Xbox
The Sims for Xbox is a very addicting game.
Pros:
Don't have to wait for game to load.
More features than PC version.
Very addictive
More detailed (tree moves, car passes by while selecting a
house to buy in the neighborhood, etc.)
Cons:
Confusing at first. Then gets much less confusing.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Almost inexplicable how this game is so much fun May 6, 2003
By Milkman
Platform for Display:Xbox
What makes this game so much fun? For whatever reason, I can't put a finger on it. But this much is true: if the game were more complex, if it had less humor, if it changed one thing, it would not be so successful as a video game!
Certainly, this game is addictive. I had never played the PC version, but some buddies of mine have been crazy for it. I bought "the Sims" for XBOX the day it was released. It lived up to my expectations. Tons of fun, with lots of humor, very open-ended, and addictive!
Let me write this homage to the folks at Maxis/EA: thanks for a revolutionary game! There's nothing else available like "the Sims." And I'm glad they made the commitment to bringing it to the XBOX console with the quality seen in the PC version.
I especially enjoy the "Get a Life" game mode. The player creates a Sim and must meet goals to advance to newer and larger houses. Sort of like a game within a game. Not only is the goal-oriented play addictive and interesting, it also acts as a very effective tutorial for the more open-ended "Play the Sims" game mode. I really applaud Maxis/EA for including the "Get a Life" mode, which I do not think is available in the earlier PC version.
One gripe I have (which is an insignificant gripe) is that I was not able to import my Sim from "Get a Life" into my "Play the Sims" neighborhood. I would have really liked that option.
Since I needed to create a brand new character for my "Play the Sims" neighborhood, I created a young, single black man living in a modest home and starting a career in the military. One of the coolest things about the Sims is that you can create a character just like you (I am a 25-year old married white male). But sometimes even better is the ability to role play the life of someone very different from you!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
It is sort of fun boring at times.
Published 1 month ago by The Grunt
5.0 out of 5 stars Great sale
I ordered the item for my xbox had the game a while back and lost it so had to get another one great sale game in good condition and box and all items in good condition
Published 5 months ago by Anthony Hess
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Game!
I love the fact that I can re-live and start over with how my husband I met. I love this game because we get to have a second wedding virtually :)
Published 7 months ago by I GIVE THE REAL REVIEW PERIOD
2.0 out of 5 stars This was a dissappointment
The game arrived in immaculate shape but for the x box 360 you have to get an external hard drive of about $99.00
Glad I only paid $5.00 for it
Published 12 months ago by Ronna Mefferd
5.0 out of 5 stars Great game, if it worked
I love this game! However when I bought it, the seller said it was in perfect condition and played wonderfully, but it didn't. Read more
Published 15 months ago by E. Hare
5.0 out of 5 stars Super fun!
This game wil provide you hours of fun! In my opinion its better then the second one. Its really chill.
Published 20 months ago by Danie W. Daniels
3.0 out of 5 stars The SIMS
This game was not as fun as the newer version (SIMS 2). It was a lot harder to understand, but it was okay for those that have the time to read cheat codes to find out how to... Read more
Published on January 19, 2008 by S. Milligan
3.0 out of 5 stars What a Disappointment
After getting hooked on this game by my sixteen year old son, it took me about three weeks to pretty much master it. Read more
Published on June 8, 2006 by B5Anteros
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy it... you will be playing all day
I have to quit playing because I will not sleep, eat or anything else just for been playing. I enjoyed it very much... you must buy it.
Published on February 23, 2006 by Mom of twins
4.0 out of 5 stars Has its own appeal despite not being as good as the computer version
While I like the computer version, which is tailor-made for nerds like me, better overall, the xBox version is not without its charms. The eye candy is incredible. Read more
Published on September 21, 2005 by Penny Thoughtful
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