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Wednesday, February 7, 2007
 
The Sims Life Stories Reviewed
9:10 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Game Daily recently posted a review of The Sims Life Stories for PC, the first in a new series of Sims titles developed by Aspyr Media and designed with laptop computer users in mind. The game introduces a unique storyline complete with romance, dramatic twists, and unlockable content. Game Daily gave the game a score of 8 out of 10.

Life Stories' game play almost mirrors The Sims 2, with features that were once expansion specific (like the Influence meter from The Sims 2 University and the romantic compatibility from Nightlife) included. Players control the life of a single Sim by maintaining relationships and making decorative improvements. However, in addition to satisfying a Sim's needs and wants, players need to complete story specific goals that move the story forward. Most goals, like asking someone out to dinner, are fairly simple. Others require a little more work, like improving relations until that special person wants a hug or a kiss. Life Stories gears itself toward a more casual audience, not the heavy Sims player, although veteran gamers may enjoy this game too. Relationships form faster, Sims don't take as long to improve skills and major events like first kisses happen with less effort.

Things start off simply, but managing a job, a life and the story goals all at once can tire Sims out very quickly. Most of the time, they barely have the stamina to keep going at the end of the day. On the bright side, focusing on the needs of only one Sim throughout most of the story keeps the game manageable. Additionally, due to the accelerated pace and emphasis on story, this game doesn't get anywhere near as hectic as a Sims 2 session.
Aspyr Media has yet to officially announce a Mac version of Life Stories, but the company's status as developer on the new project and past history suggest the game will likely make its way to the platform eventually.

Click on the link below to read the full review.

Game Daily: The Sims Life Stories Reviewed
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