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Had I have reviewed this product in the first week of playing this game, I would have said how amazing it was and how it's a huge step forward for The Sims franchise. However, two weeks in and I feel as though my hopes and expectations of a brand new world of adventure has been splattered against the wall. Don't get me wrong, it's a fun game that kept me entertained for days without sleep, but as you soon realise that there is nothing more that you can do in this game, you eventually understand that this one week of your life has been sadly lost to a game. As you attempt to understand the unexplained controls while creating a family, you will feel some kind of aggitation, I know I certainly did. At times, you may feel so frustrated with the controls that you want to just want to stop playing - again, I certainly did. I also found that there were minimal clothes, appearance and personality options, which personally is one of my favourite parts of the game. With all that aside, the actual running of this part went smotther than I expected, with minimal freezing. Unfortunately, the same can't be said about actual gameplay. I found the majority of gameplay froze every other second, lagging ridiculous amounts just how the original computer versions used to. This is not what I was expecting of an advanced game like this that is meant to be such a breakthrough for the franchise. I was willing to look past the lagging as I was just so excited about the new adventures I was about to experience. However, again I found a restricted amount of adventures available. With nothing more than being able to walk around town, get a job and make your sim give birth to a full grown child sim (with no babies available), you find yourself easily bored and disappointed at the idea that nothing more can be achieved, and you may have in fact taken a step back from the previous Sims 2. With all of this still put aside due to my sheer love of the franchise, I decided to continue the game and frantically try to find some kind of new and amazing adventure, which I was determined to do. But sadly, this doesn't happen. Instead, I discovered that there are a ridciulously large amount of bugs on this game that need serious fixing. For example, you can't actually build a house; you can only select a home style. But due to a silly bug, you can't select the biggest houses or upgrades, leaving a bitter taste of "disapproval" and a hint of "final straw". Another annoyance that I found was the way that the sims didn't actually die. The fun element of blowing up the annoying ones or just curing your boredom with a house fire that sparks excitement is no longer there. It's hard to find a way where they die, which for some people is an inconvenience. It's not all bad though. Amid the inconveniences, there is the fact that you walk out of your house and find the whole town available to explore. It's a true advancement along with the new installation of you having full control of running into the sea in clothes and swimming for a few metres out. Unfortunately, this could merely be a substitute for the inability to build a swimming pool. Overall I feel that my money went to a game that is NOT an evolution of the original Sims game like we were promised, as it has lost the majority of elements that makes The Sims such an amazing game. With no build mode, many bugs and minimal wardrobe items, I feel that it was far from the original game. I would not recommend purchasing this game if you are an avid fan of the original. It is still a good game with hours of amusement, but it lacks so much of the classics that everyone loves. Perhaps borrowing it from a friend for a week or so would give a taster. But personally, I will be sticking to the original and "less advanced" Sims game.
Welcome to Ciao. Nice review, my only suggestion is to use line breaks between paragraphs as it makes things easier to read.
Meggysmum 04.06.2011 16:49
I have tried the newer Sims games but always return to the original one with the add-on packs, it runs brilliantly on my new computer and is just more fun! x
Shellshocker 04.06.2011 14:36
Great review. I do agree with you a lot here. I was excited to get it when it came out (omg, new Sims, gonna be epic) but I did find it was basically Sims 1 but with something missed and the controls are terrible (for Xbox 360), I couldn't get it to super fast-forward when sleeping at all. It lost its hype charm after 2 days for me.
Format your review with some section titles and maybe expand in future reviews and you'll get good rating for sure :)