Here at The Sims Zone, we've probably made our views on The Sims Deluxe Edition quite clear by now. Still, if you don't agree with us that it seems like a rip-off, or you just want to see what others think of the 'upgrade', then try taking a look at these here reviews from elsewhere..
'The tool includes a paint program to make new skins. It is a primitive tool, and those who already make skins won't find a use for it. If you already own "The Sims" and "Living Large" you won't find much in "Sims Deluxe." The extra objects and skin maker are nice, but not worth the retail price. Why five stars? Because the package contains the same great gameplay, just repackaged for new players.
Final Score: 5 out of 5
'If you DONíT own The Sims already, then this is a must-purchase. If you own just the original game, then I would still recommend the package because of the expansion pack, extras and a $10 rebate if you own the original. This would have the expansion pack and additional content (of which there is a nice amount) priced at a reasonable $25 or so. For gamers who own The Sims and Liviní Large already, there is really no compelling reason to pay top dollar for essentially The Sims Creator, lots of new outfits and a few new objects. Yes, The Sims Deluxe Edition reeks of cash-in, but like the Malibu Stacy with just a new hat, you know youíll buy it anyways.'
Final Score: 9 out of 10
'If you haven't experienced The Sims before, now's your chance. This bundle will provide you with plenty of gameplay and introduce you to the enjoyable addiction that The Sims can be. It is also compatible with all of the expansion packs available for The Sims, so you'll be able to expand your options with House Party, Hot Date, Vacation, and Unleashed. If you already own The Sims, then this expansion is of questionable worth to you, especially if you already own Livin' Large. You'll have to decide for yourself how important The Sims Creator would be to you.'
Final Score: 88%
'..the main addition is the Sim Creator which actually allows you to put your own face on a Sim (assuming you have a digital picture available). It also allows you to design your Sim from major details such as sex, age, or skin color, down to your choice of sneakers or high heels. This would be a great addition to the ever growing software extravaganza that is The Sim's except for the fact that it seems like it's still unfinished. Excessive load times every time you change a major detail make fiddling with your Sim's appearance tiresome. In addition the graphics tend to be a bit unreliable. The Sims Deluxe Edition is a great buy if your new to the Sim's. For those of you who have all the expansions and are anxiously awaiting Sims Online, the Deluxe edition offers little for you.'
Final Score: 9 out of 10
'Maybe you havenít gotten hooked on the Sims yet. The Sims Deluxe Edition is a perfect introduction to the game. Itís a great value to get not only the original title, but also the first expansion pack and the new Sims Creator for the listed price. If you already own the game (and so many of you do) then itís really up to you to decide if the new items, clothing and Sims Creator are worth plunking down more money for. But if you absolutely must have every possible piece of Sims gaming software out there then by all means run out to get it. Just remember to speak the native language, not simlish when you ask the local store clerk for it.'
Final score: 9.5 out of 10
Written at 12:08 2002n Tuesday 1 October 2002 by Matthew.
Last updated at 23:30 2003n Tuesday 7 January 2003.