The Sims hits the consoles! If you're wondering whether you should get The Sims for the GameCube or X-Box, this is the place to be: here you can find a list of reviews for this version of the game. If that's not enough, you can always check out the list for the PlayStation 2
version. That game is pretty much the same, only it was released earlier. You can click the site's names below to read the reviews. The platform the game has been reviewed on by a site is mentioned right after the site's name. Now we've had that, here's the list:
"If I could score this game twice, each score giving a different players point of view, I would, But I can't! I only suggest that you please read what I've said and don't take the values in the databox too harshly. If you loved it on PC, you'll love it on Xbox."
Final score: 7 out of 10
"By the end of the game, when you've learned how to make your Sim successful at work, find him lots of friends, and transform his house into a swingin' bachelor pad, you'll probably surprise yourself by actually caring about him. You'll be proud when he comes home from a hard day on the job and learns he's earned a promotion and raise, and you'll cheer him on when he scores with the hot chick at the party. The open-ended Play the Sims mode might seem rather intimidating at first, but once you've played through Get a Life, you'll really understand how to push the boundaries and get creative. The freedom The Sims allows is brilliant, and it's about time GameCube got an innovative title like this."
Final score: 9 out of 10
[Quote from GameCube version of the review. Both reviews are the same, except for the platform names]
"The GameCube version of The Sims does a great job of revisiting the original premise and gameplay of one of the most successful games ever. It also has several new features that add a good amount of extra play value to an already replayable game, as well as a robust 3D engine that may look somewhat plain but works well. Fortunately, or perhaps unfortunately, The Sims is otherwise extremely faithful to the gameplay of the original game, shortcomings and all, and it's more or less identical to the PlayStation 2 game, so if you've played that version, you won't find anything new in the GameCube game. The Sims is certainly still an unusual game, but at this point in time, it's difficult for the GameCube game to have the same sort of impact as the original PC game did three years ago, especially since many new games have been released for both the PC and the GameCube in the meantime. That said, the GameCube version's new additions and enhancements, along with its faithful reproduction of The Sims' gameplay, make for a game that is as solid as The Sims has ever been. So if you've never had a chance to try The Sims but the idea intrigues you, you should give it a try. And if you're already a fan of The Sims, you may wish to try out the GameCube game for the "get a life" mode and the cooperative multiplayer--but don't be surprised to find yourself in an otherwise familiar neighborhood."
Final score: 7.9 out of 10
"While the gameplay is based on the same principles, The Sims is much more accessible as an overall product than Nintendo's pastel-hued Animal Crossing. While it's still not for everyone, The Sims should be a welcome diversion for anyone that bypassed Animal Crossing's stylings but thought the gameplay itself sounded interesting."
Final score: 79 out of 100
"With its slow pace and lacking campaign, The Sims certainly isn't for everyone. However, there's still a lot of fun to be had here. Those that haven't played the PC original and want to see what all the fuss is about couldn't find a better version to play with than the Xbox version."
Final score: 79 out of 100
"The Sims is a fun and addicting title that make a nice transition to consoles. While it is a little dated, and in many ways it’s the same game that PC gamers have been playing for years, those unfamiliar owe it to themselves to give The Sims a shot. Even those who have played the PC version to death should try the console version simply for the two-player modes and the great Get a Life mode."
Final score: 8.5 out of 10.
"Overall, The Sims is a solid game - but it isn't for everyone. If you are a fan of the PC title, you won't find much new in terms of gameplay - but you might enjoy it for its 'Get a Life' mode. Folks who've never played the game (all five of you!) should give it a rent before picking it up. There's a good chance you'll fall in love with the free gameplay, but there's also a good chance you'll become tired of it all before you even take the disc back. Yes, the game has some problems, but it can provide hours upon hours of entertainment if you find yourself liking it. Check it out if you're interested."
Final score: 7.5 out of 10
"The truth of the matter is Sims Xbox is a rebirth of some sorts for the franchise. It’s reaching an entirely new audience that until now had not been exposed to the monstrous cash cow known as the Sims. I see a bright future for this blossoming franchise and while PC gamers may express their disdain for it, the truth of the matter is that it’s still as fun, still as addicting and still as entertaining as ever."
Final score: 8.6 out of 10
"What we have here is a must buy for any self respecting XBox owner who has found the idea of controlling another's life to be even slightly appealing. With the hundreds of options and decisions at your fingertips, no two games are exactly alike. Choose the road of fame, fortune, and of course hotties such as your dream girl "Roxy" or choose to putter around playing pool in your underwear. If you can think it, you can do it. The Sims is a great title for nearly any gamer, young and old, and transfers the fun of the best-selling PC version to XBox players everywhere. And before you poo-poo it, just try and not get hooked. This is the best the Sims has been done yet."
Final score: 5 out of 5 drips (Drool award)
"Yes, it's a strange, sick world in which we live, and thankfully, The Sims has fully recreated it -- for better or for the worse. Let your Sim sleep through his alarm clock, and you'll lose your job, lose your cash flow, and be forced to pawn your fancy pool table that all your friends love. Oh, and then you'll lose your friends. If that pattern of living hits a little too close to home in the real world, then we fully recommend picking up The Sims and giving your life a second try."
Final Score: 8.5 out of 10 (Overall, not an average)
"Well, I thought my sims lovin’ days were over, but just when I think I’m out, they pull me back in. Even after spending countless hours with The Sims on the GameCube (and loving every minute of it, mind you) I can’t help but wonder what the next manifestation of The Sims will be like. The Sims 2 may very well be the death of me. Unless Maxis decides not to make the game. But they will, right?"
Final score: 8.7 out of 10
Written at 00:49 2003n Thursday 27 March 2003 by ChEeTaH
Last updated at 00:02 2003n Tuesday 23 December 2003.