- You'll 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 your neighbors, flirt with attractive members of the opposite sex, and move into bigger houses
- Play with a friend as you play two-player Sims -- each person controls their own character in the same environment
- Customize your Sim's appearance to a new level of detail
- Play with special objects and characters found only on the PS2 version
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The customizable personalities that you create and control, the Sims, are making their PlayStation 2 debut. The characters in the best selling PC game of all time, Sims, are created and guided through life by you. Start out in a humble abode, master the ins and outs of life and move up to bigger and better houses, gain power and influence and continue to be rewarded. With the brand new Sims for PlayStation 2 you get different play levels, the ability to play with friends in split-screen mode, PlayStation 2's 3-D power and new characters and objects only available on the PlayStation 2 console.
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
- Interesting, open-ended gameplay
- Lots of quirky humor
- Two-player split-screen option
- Can be frustrating for those unfamiliar with strategy games
- Controls take some getting used to
- Long save times
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1. SLOWWWWWW- Takes forever to get skills! You better be multitasking when you're playing this or you'll go nuts.
2. The kids do not grow up!
3. Did I already say slow? Seriously. Turn on your TV and chill while you're waiting for them to level up.
With that being said I still love this game. It was my first Sims game and opened up a whole new world for me. It's pretty basic. Customize your Sim, get them a job, a spouse, and kids. The end. There is also a story mode that you have to start off with. You can unlock new objects and clothing items by passing the levels so it is a must. Anyways, ENJOY!
HINTS FOR STORY MODE:
*Always have 3 cooking skills before cooking. This is a universal Sim rule for all of the games. If you don't you will burn the house down and possibly kill your Sim.
*When you are close to finishing a house and moving to a new one buy some expensive things for it. Malcolm will reimburse you with extra $.
*When your in Mimi's house buy a pool. As you will find out she refuses to gain skills. When she gets promoted it will ask for 2 body points. Make her go swimming and she will earn those 2 points and get promoted again.
*Try to get as many skill points as possible while living with Mom.
*Make lots of friends!!! After a while to get promoted you must have a certain amount of friends. So go ahead and get a jump start especially with Mom.
*Don't leave your kids at home alone. The social worker will come get them. One parent needs to be a stay at home parent especially during the level where you get married.