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Reviewed: The Sims
Author: Chris Kim       Date: February 20th 2000
Page: 4


 
Final Breakdown

Gameplay:

Although it does have its limitations, The Sims is just about everything and anything that a serious fan of the Sim games could ever ask for. The idea of living the life of another person and role-playing that person by making the decisions and choices in life to correspond to how the person turns out is something to really enjoy. Add in the extremely rewarding results of living a fulfilling life and unexpected events that make-up real life, and you've got a game that should have a very long life. Don't forget the downloadable objects!

Graphics:

Quite pleasant and enjoyable graphics that allow the player to really get immersed and involved in is what the artists shot for, and thankfully they accomplished that task beautifully. While they might not be the most astounding and intricate graphics to look at, the very well animated Sims and beautiful landscape and architectural graphics make it really something to gawk at.

Sound and Music:

Easily some of the best sounding household and environmental effects in a game make the game really seem like it's taking place inside a home. All the sounds are extremely realistic sounding, along with the fill-in-the-gibberish talk of the Sims adds some creative thinking and fun to the game that makes it completely open-minded for interpretation of the player. The rather pleasant sound music adds to the flare of the environment and makes it never boring to listen to.

Multiplayer: N/A

N/A

AI and Difficulty:

The dynamically controlled and human controlled Sims all act in a fashion that normal humans would, with intelligence. With the dynamic AI given to the various Sims, they can think and act for themselves, and they will act the various catalysts within the environment according to their different personalities. Various actions and events will occur based on the events and how much stimulation is active, not just based on triggers as with other games.

Controls and Interface:

Everything in the game is easy to control and move around with and also includes an excellent tutorial that will allow the user to simply and quickly to get into the hang of things within the game. The interface and control schemes are all very intuitive and instructive to use, with descriptions and other refinements the game is a pleasure to play. One slight quirk is the sluggish camera angles and slight pathfinding problems.

Overall:

One of the most innovative and creative games to be created in a long while. The game offers plenty of replay factors and allows plenty of expansion and room to add new gameplay objectives. Combine in all the solid factors of graphics, gameplay values, sounds, and interface, The Sims equals out to one of the most complete and fun games to play in a while.

Glide Underground Editors Choice Award
Pluses (+)
  • Innovative and Addictive Gameplay
  • Nice Graphics
  • Head Thinking Sounds
  • Great Interface
  • Minuses (-)
  • Could Have Been Deeper
  • Some Pathfinding Quirks
  • Some May Not Like the No Objectives Approach
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    Added:  Sunday, February 20, 2000
    Reviewer:  Chris Kim
    Score:
    Page: 4/5

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