Sims Deluxe Edition
by EA Games
Developed by Maxis
Platform: PC CD-ROM
Released: Out Now
can you say about The Sims that hasn't already been said? The people
simulator created by Will Wright has taken the world by storm and
sold more copies than any other PC game in history. But what if
you're among the very small amount of gamers who for some reason
have yet to experience The Sims, or maybe you've always played the
game on a friends PC and now finally you want your own copy. Well
EA have made The Sims doubly attractive with The Sims Deluxe Edition.
what does this Deluxe Edition contain then? Well for starters it
contains the original The Sims and the first expansion disk, The
Sims 'Livin' It Up. You also get The Sims Creator, which allows
you to make a custom Sim and even add your own face to a Sim head,
and you also get an additional 25+ exclusive new objects and 50+
clothing styles. Let's look at these features in a little more detail.
case you've been on the moon for the last 3 years we'll give a very
brief rundown of what The Sims is about. The Sims is a people simulator.
Basically you create a Sim, move them in to a home and look after
their needs. You don't control your Sim directly but you give them
orders and attempt to steer them on the correct path. Essentially
though Sims have a mind of their own and they have to be in the
correct frame of mind to carry out the orders you give to them.
Sim has the following needs: Hunger, Comfort, Hygiene, Bladder,
Energy, Fun, Social, and Room. Most of these are self-explanatory.
Bladder for instance indicates when your Sim will need to go to
the toilet. If your Sim's Social rating becomes too low they will
get depressed so it's best to make sure they have company from time
to time. Room is a reflection of what your Sim thinks of the room
he/she is currently in. You can improve a room rating by buying
better furniture or items but of course you'll need money for this.
you first begin a game of The Sims, and create your family/single
Sim, you'll have 20,000 simoleans (the currency in Sim world) to
spend. This money will buy you a house, or a plot of land on to
which you can build a house, and the basic items that you need for
your Sim such as a toilet, fridge, bed, television etc. This money
won't stretch very far though and you'll soon be looking for employment.
Jobs can be found by reading the newspaper or searching the Internet
on a PC (if you bought one that is). Should you accept a job your
Sim will disappear for a certain amount of time per day to go to
work. You don't actually see your Sim at work though. There are
many different careers in the game and they all have requirements
for moving up the career ladder. These promotions are dependent
upon a certain level of one of your Sims personal skills (Cooking,
Mechanical, Charisma, Body, Logic and Creativity all of which can
be improved in the home by interacting with various objects), the
amount of friends you have and the happiness of your Sim. Every
three days you'll receive your bills, so making money is a must.
Sim can fall in love, get married and have children (that never
grow up). Children have to go to school though and don't get to
hang around the house all day. You can start the game with a full
family if you wish but maintaining control of more than one character
can be confusing to begin with, although you can pause the game
and dish out the orders if you want to. Relationships between the
Sims in the game are perhaps one of the main gameplay elements and
each of the Sims has a different personality so finding the right
Sim to get along with in your neighbourhood can be a tricky business.
the game is essentially a single player game, many Sims can be created
and placed into the same neighbourhood. This means that other players
can put characters into your neighbourhood and have their Sim interact
with your Sim, which can be great fun. This means it's possible
to play your game and find that your Sim has made new friends whilst
you've been away. Having multiple players participating in one neighbourhood
can make the process of making friends very easy indeed.
of the appealing features of The Sims is that its gameplay is open
ended. There are no set goals for you to achieve. You don't have
to get a good job if you don't want to. Basically speaking it's
the PC version of a soap opera where you decide what happens to
your Sim. Jealous fights and loving relationships are all possibilities
and just some of the reasons why the game just keeps on selling.
Of course the prolific releases of the expansion packs is another
reason for constant sales and the first of these is included in
the Deluxe Edition.
Sims 'Livin' It Up
first expansion and it addressed the most common complaint. Not
long after its release most players of The Sims wanted either a
bigger neighbourhood or multiple neighbourhoods. This expansion
added four extra neighbourhoods, making a total of five. The disappointment
came when you realised that each of the neighbourhoods were identical,
except for the fact that the Goth and Newbie families didn't appear
on the extra ones.
expansion pack also provides extra careers such as a journalist,
slacker and hacker. There's extra carpets, wallpapers and household
furniture. There's extra Sim clothes and heads etc., that will help
you make your new Sims look even better. For those really smoochy
Sims a vibrating love bed was also included for enhanced bed-time
activity. A robotic maid called Servo has been included to help
with those household chores. There are even a range of wacky characters,
such as the grim reaper and the clown who appears if you become
too depressed. Purchasing a lamp and cleaning it can bring forth
a genie. He'll give you a choice of what you want but be warned
as your wish doesn't always go as planned. Livin' It Up was a good
first expansion pack, not as good as some of the latter ones such
as The Sims Unleashed and The Sims Superstar, but nevertheless it
was a good one.
like the look of the Sims that are available when you are creating
your own characters? Well The Sims Creator is for you. Not only
can you create a Sim of your own, with the clothes you want, you
can also put your own face onto the Sim. This certainly seems a
brilliant addition. However in practice this is very difficult to
do with some of the head models, as the image you put on the face
often leaks onto the back of the head. Some head models were fine
though. You can even add logos to the Sims clothing if you wish
or modify some existing clothing with the paint tools provided.
The manual does a good job of explaining how to use The Sims Creator
software so you needn't worry if you're the kind of person who usually
finds this kind of software complicated. If you want your Sims to
have that custom look this is the software to do it with.
or existing Sims player?
is no doubt about it if you don't own a copy of The Sims, and are
interested in purchasing it, the Deluxe Edition is absolutely a
must as it represents outstanding value. In addition to what I've
mentioned above the pack also includes 25+ objects and 50+ clothing
styles that you won't find anywhere else. If you already own The
Sims, but don't own the expansion pack, then the choice is a little
less straightforward. Personally I would say it's worth it for existing
owners of The Sims providing you don't own the Livin' It Up expansion
(which is very difficult to get hold of now) and will make good
use of The Sims creator.
Game Rating: 9.0/10
simply a superb package for anyone looking to purchase The Sims
for the first time.
The Sims is absolutely fine for deaf gamers. The conversations are
all depicted via icons and all important noises, such as the telephone
rings are shown visually by the use of sound arcs.