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The Sims Life Stories Reviewed
11:48 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Eurogamer recently posted a review of The Sims Life Stories for PC, the first in a new series of laptop computer friendly Sims titles created by Aspyr Media. The game offers both open ended play and a new storyline mode complete with romance, dramatic twists, and unlockable content. Eurogamer gave the game a score of 7 out of 10.

From the review:

Despite this stripped-down approach, progress is still more than just clicking at the right parts to get to the next chapter. It's not the same game as Sims 2, but it is definitely a game rather than a desktop toy. Job hunting, money management, social networking - all these tried and trusted skills are required and developed as you play. It's just that now you have a much clearer path to follow in order to achieve them, while many of the more annoying obstacles (such as Fears) have been stripped away. Friendships and relationships are both easier to initiate and maintain than in the original games, while the familiar skill trees are simplified and quicker to fill up. Although it adopts a half-hearted stern tone advising you against it, the manual even explains how to access the cheat codes.

While some may sniff at such hand-holding, this is a game that wants you to keep playing to the end, and is more concerned with ensuring you have fun than in stretching you as a player. It reminded me, more than anything, of the Lego Star Wars games. Not in terms of gameplay (there are very few wookiees in Life Stories) but in its innate understanding of the intended audience, and the sheer effort that's gone into ensuring that this audience sees - and enjoys - everything the game has to offer.
The Mac version of the game is scheduled for a March 2007 release. To read the full review head over to the site listed below.

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