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By: Electronic Arts
  • ESRB Rating: Teen
  • Genre: Role Playing
  • Mission: Micromanage the lives of a family of virtual people

  • Price: $14.95
    Sale: $11.94
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Product Description:

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.


  • 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

I would have had given it a 3 but..       Product Reviews
by: zelkerkid       on: 17-May 2006

You all probably think I have already reviewed the sims for gamecube.. But I haven't.. Most of my reviews were by my sisters.

First of all. The sims bustin out is a hug improvement to this game.. But there is NO play the sims mode in the sims bustin out.. REALLY stupid. There is only free play. I bought this game so I could actually play the SIMS that started it all.

And second of all. I think they really should abandon that pathetic free play thing. People like making their own neighborhoods. Not just play a neighborhood that was already premade.

This game is really good because you can have babies, pass on your genes, design your own characters (there aren't many optio ns for the face customization though) and they have a lot of cool clothes that they didnt put in the sims bustin out.

I have to say. The neighborhood mode is better than the get a life mode. Because get a life mode is fairly boring. You don't actually see your sims move to a new house.. The T.V. will just go black after you completed every single goal in that house and then you will see your sim standing on the sidewalk of their new house and then their new roommate will say something.

And also, I have to say.. The day dream sequences really didn't make any sense whatsoever. You will be in a mansion and then your sim will say something like "What the .... am I doing here?" and then either Roxy or Randy will pop up from a puff of smoke and then Randy or Roxy will make out with you even if you don't let her you guys will automically fall in love and then Randy or Roxy will want you to play with them in the hot tub that they have at the corner of the room.

Well that is all as far as I can remember.
So Great, so FUN, and so creative, Maxis, how could you have had changed that title?       Product Reviews
by: Anonymous       on: 22-Mar 2006

I love this game so much, I am really tired of Maxis's stupid "new projects", They shouldn't change the aging process, having babies, and neighborhood options, I wish that they made the sims 2 ALMOST exactly like this,

In the sims 2 you live with yuor "roommates" which has no knack to it, this one, you live with your mom, which makes more sense,

Next time, Maxis, take a hint and don't change what the people love, idiots!
ok...       Product Reviews
by: britspencer13       on: 30-Oct 2005

well i have had this game for a while and it is reallt fun but it goes by fast i played the whole game in 1 day it took bout 6 or 7 hrs. the last level its hard to throw the best party you have ever thrown. it takes a while to save. mine hase frozen up... i dont know, there isnt a scratch on my game but it dosnt work well sometimes. overall its an "ok" game
VERY FUN       Product Reviews
by: dachshund28472       on: 18-Aug 2005

I recently bought a Nintendo GameCube, with "Pokemon Collesseum", "The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker", and my sister got "The Sims".

Let me tell you this straight out: this is a very fun game. True, it's frustrating at first, but once you get the jang of it, it's addictive.


1) Addictive Gameplay
2) Totally Beautiful Settings
3) Music
4) Being Able to Customize a Good Sim
5) The Humor
6) Learning from Your Mistakes


1) The Voices (The Sims Talk in Gibberish. They says stuff that sounds like "swa, swa" and "Oobie, oobie, ma".)
2)Learning the Controls
3)Sometimes, the Sims (When you start a game, "Mom", always eats and throws the trash on the floor, never flushes the toilet, refuses to clean, pees on the floor sometimes [FUNNY!], turns the stereo or TV on while your Sim is asleep, and never brings the newspaper in.

Your Sim, if he/she's tired, falls asleep on the floor or sometimes standing up, pees on the floor when she/he is not told to go to the toilet, sets the kitchen on fire [read the cook book before cooking], gets electrocuted by the TV [read the mechanic book before repairing the TV], and sometimes cries for no reason.)

It's a bad thing, but not really. I always burst out laughing, holding my sides, whenever the above happens.

Overall, good game! BUY IT! SO HILARIOUS!

Thank you, Will Wright, for putting out another great game.

By the way, two items so far in the game were made in honor of the game's creator. The Will Floyd Wright Dollhouse, and the Llama Tree. The neighborhood's city is named Willville.

Also, when ou order a pizza, the pizza guy says it took him less than an hour to get to your house from SimCity.

Cool, huh?

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