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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 versionAmazon.com 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. HallPros: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 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. From the Manufacturer For the first time ever, two players can play the Sims together! Play the game with or against your friends as you challenge them for popularity points and bragging rights. You can save your houses and Sims on a memory card and play them on a friend's system. Customizing the appearance of your Sims reaches a whole new level of detail on the PlayStation2. Like never before, players can create and tailor their Sims with accessories such as stylish hats, trendy glasses, cool hairstyles, and an enormous variety of clothing options. Your Sims will have a multitude of new features. Just like in the original version of The Sims, players will be able to create the perfect Sim home, customize the Sims who live there, and control their lives. But in this version, players can explore an entirely new 3-D world that harnesses the full power of the PlayStation2 console. There is also a cast of wacky neighbors to in
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