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Publisher: Electronic Arts    Genre: Simulation
Min OS X: 10.5.8


The Sims Medieval
June 22, 2011 | Franklin Pride
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Leeches Are Your Friends
There are a few questions that were hard to decipher, however, like how you transfer items between heroes. It's as simple as dragging the item in your inventory onto the sim hero you're targeting, but that isn't very obvious. It would be much simpler if you had a way to transfer items between their inventories out in the kingdom view. Figuring out the proper way to play a Jacoban Priest was also a little confusing, even with the tutorials you can read through. Still, the game is loads of fun once you get past most of the learning curve.

Unfortunately, it's still a little unstable. As shown in a couple of the screenshots in the gallery, there are occasional graphics bugs and the game does crash to Finder if you use command-tab a little too often. If you play the game fullscreen and never tab out, though, it's a relatively stable experience. It still randomly crashes, but not too often. So long as you save your game regularly, at least once a quest, you shouldn't lose too much progress if it dumps you out.

That will probably not get in the way of enjoying the visuals, though. Each sim has quite a bit of customizable detail, there are the requisite hundreds of items to fill your buildings with, and you can individually color each one of those. It's only as complex as picking a color theme for them, but it's that extra touch that makes each chair seem more like yours. You will run into slow loading times whenever you look indoors, with items popping into sight in various stages of texturing. It tends to decrease the overall aesthetic of the medieval setting, but it's not too bad if you're willing to wait the 3-10 seconds for it to load fully.

The sound is equally excellent, as is to be expected. The sim language sounds strangely accurate for each conversation choice despite being completely gibberish, the period music is quite excellent although there are only a few tracks, and there are plenty of sword clangs and monster roars to fill the gaps. It looks, sounds, and feels very medieval, which greatly aids the immersion. Overall, there's really not that much to say. It sounds great.

Should you buy it, though? It is priced a bit higher than most recently-released Mac games ($50). Well, that depends. If you like The Sims at all, you'll most likely end up addicted and playing for hundreds and hundreds of hours. So, in that case it's a bargain. If you're not that big a fan, you should probably wait for a used copy or for the price to lower. It's great fun, even as a simple RPG, but its major staying power comes from the urge to develop and grind up your sims.

Pros:
• Excellent immersion
• Loads of quests
• Plenty of customization options

Cons:
• Minor instability
• Have to start over for every section



The Sims Medieval
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Mac Version: TransGaming
Buy The Sims Medieval now at MacGameStore.com


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