Written by Shareware Rating on January 28th, 2011 in Games.
If you relished the feeling of complete control of building a city in SimCity, then you will doubtless enjoy the experience of building a life in The Sims.
Maxis’ The Sims is about creating, managing, and controlling the lives of tiny computerized people who dwell in miniature homes.
Since its initial release, seven expansion packs and sequels, The Sims 2 and the newest sequel The Sims 3 (each with their own expansion packs), have been released. The Sims has won numerous awards, including GameSpot’s “Game of the Year Award” for 2000. The game’s excellent music and sound effects, detailed scenery, cleverly animated characters, and equally clever writing go a long way toward fulfilling this intriguing premise.
Yet though you can exercise a considerable amount of control over your sims’ behavior and lifestyles, The Sims’ actual gameplay is rather limited in some respects – either by odd inconsistencies or by actual restrictions placed on your actions. But to the game’s credit, the most objectionable thing about these occasional limits is how starkly they contrast with the otherwise tremendous freedom you have to lead your sims’ lives.
The ultimate goal of life is to achieve happiness, and the way to achieve happiness here, is to buy stuff. So says The Sims, a game that lets you create, direct, and manage the lives of SimCity’s residents.
The game begins with the creation of your simulated people: pick a name and a gender, decide on personality/astrological sign, and then choose a look from a variety of heads, bodies, and skin tones. Name, gender, and appearance don’t affect gameplay much, but personality determines how your Sim plays with others. A serious, neat Sim might go crazy living with a sloppy party animal–or opposites might attract, and the two could end up falling in love.
The game itself takes place entirely within a small suburb just outside SimCity, and the streets, houses, and fixtures are all colorful and detailed – and all in a style consistent with the SimCity games.
At first, the fully polygonal characters might look no better than the scenery. But if you leave them alone for even a few minutes, your sims will do all sorts of things; they’ll dance to the radio’s music, hunker down in front of the TV, or strike up a conversation. And when your sims start doing anything, they’ll do so with expressive animation that lends them a great deal of personality. When the music is playing, sims dance the Charleston together; TV-watching sims will lean forward and gaze intently at the screen or laugh out loud; and conversing sims will gesticulate appropriately as they chat, dish out insults, tell jokes, and more.
For the first time ever, your Sims can get the best in outdoor luxury for their homes. Whether they’re decorating the perfect patio, setting the mood with a cool new hot tub, or firing up a state-of-the-art grill for the ultimate BBQ, your Sims’ outdoor decor is getting a boost. Give your Sims everything they need for a stylish and comfortable outdoor living space with The Sims 3 Outdoor Living!
• Build the perfect al fresco setting for your Sims with stylish furnishings, outdoor electronics, and cozy fire pits and fireplaces.
• Give your Sims several uniquely styled hot tubs where they can relax with friends or get romantic with someone special.
• Turn up the heat with an all-new built-in countertop grill as part of your Sims’ outdoor kitchen and take their cooking to a whole new level.
• Choose from two new styles. “Garden Terrace” features elegant wrought-iron pieces, while “Sunset on the Veranda” embraces the warmth of outdoors.
• Dress your Sims in an array of chic but casual attire for a great day in the sun or a relaxing evening under the stars.
Get your Sims an all-access pass to the hottest spots in town. Whether they mingle with celebrities or enjoy a casual night with friends, your Sims’ social lives are getting a boost! But keep in mind that some scenes are more exclusive than others, so make sure your Sims have the right connections to get past the bouncers at the hottest clubs. Wherever your Sims go, they’ll discover new things to become—adored celebrities, all-night partiers, rowdy bandmates, or sexy vampires. What will your Sims get up to after dark?
• Hang out at the hottest spots in town, from dive bars to dance clubs to chic lounges, complete with bouncers.
• Gain fame and fortune as a member of a music band, mixologist, director, or local celebrity.
• Explore certain areas of town in the thick of the night and you may be initiated into the dark life of a vampire.
• Gain excess to exclusive areas and enjoy celebrity perks like penthouse living, luxury hot tubs and cars.
• Sims Have Pets! – Your Sims can share a lifetime with their pets. Sims can adopt dogs, cats, birds, and more.
• Create-A-Pet – Choose from dozens of dog and cat breeds, or customize features for a unique pet and then pick their personalities.
• Pets Have Genetics – Cross different breeds to create designer pets or make new ones and register them to appear in Create-A-Pet as a unique pedigree.
• Sit, Spike, Sit – Your Sims can encourage and discipline pets, training them to shake, play dead, and more. Unruly pets might dig in the yard, claw the sofa, topple the trash, or surprise their Sims in other ways, but Sims can change their pets’ ways with the right training!
• Pets Have Careers – Now your Sims aren’t the only ones bringing home the bacon!
Dress your Sims in a stylish ensemble showcasing the vibrant colors and bold accessories that are the latest trends this season!
Design your own H&M® retail environment, or use new store-themed items to build an intimate H&M® boutique for more sophisticated citizens.
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