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The Sims Life Stories Reviewed
7:23 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

A recent IGN review examined the PC version of The Sims Life Stories, the first in a new series of laptop computer friendly Sims titles developed by Aspyr Media. The game offers a new storyline mode complete with romance, dramatic twists, and unlockable content, as well as more traditional open ended play. IGN gave the game a score of 7.3 out of 10.

We tried the game on a couple low-caliber machines, one laptop and one desktop, that barely met the minimum requirements. Even with full graphics options enabled, the game ran well, with only a few hitches here and there when many Sims were on the screen at once. This still holds even if you want to run the game in windowed mode (which is actually the default), allowing you to play the game while doing anything else on your computer, such as using instant messaging programs or writing something in MS Word (not that we'd ever encourage blowing off homework or office work for a game, of course).

Life Stories was built on the Sims 2 engine, which means a major performance boost is no small feat. Every object and character in the game is three-dimensional, unlike The Sims 1, where only the Sims themselves were three-dimensional (everything else was a two-dimensional sprite). Lighting has color to it, and emanates from the sources they should; that is, lamps seem to give off light, rather than rooms being magically bright just because a lamp object is there. Mirrors can reflect what's actually in the room, and shadows are more than serviceable. Free Will, the option that turns on artificial intelligence for your own Sims, actually seems improved over the core game. Yet, no slow down.
The Mac version of the game should be available sometime this month. Check out the rest of the review at the link below.

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