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Thursday, February 22, 2007

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The Sims Life Stories Reviewed
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Play.tm recently posted a review of The Sims Life Stories for PC, the first in a new series of Sims titles developed by Aspyr Media. Designed with laptop computer users in mind the game introduces a unique romantic storyline, streamlined controls, and unlockable content. Play.tm gave the game a score of 72%

From the review:

Since Life Stories plays like a stripped-down version of The Sims 2 (graphics 'n' all if you so choose), some of the frantic elements of micromanagement have been removed in order that the game plods along at a steady pace. This is to say that while the relationship, work and exercise needs of your chosen Sim still need tending to, requirements like having to leg it the toilet before they relieve themselves inappropriately have been cut out. So to has the need to stay near to home in anticipation of an important phone call. The inclusion of a mobile phone (first included in the Sims 2 University pack) makes important messages a lot easier to respond to in that respect. In addition, keyboard shortcuts have been included to deal with the most frequent of tasks.

Even the neurotic juggling needed to build and maintain relationships has been tweaked for Life Stories. In this edition of The Sims they're a lot simpler to form and develop. And, while any veterans of the series might even begrudge the newly forgiving game play mechanics which evidently lower the title's difficulty level, it does mean that newcomers and those after an experience they can dip in and out of with ease can do so, chapter by chapter, without the fear of returning to a messy domestic situation and an irreparable social mess.

Linked to this in another of EA's ploys to lure in the casual PC gamer is the ability to multitask while playing Life Stories. The title's 'laptop friendly' support (a version of the game that relies less heavily on the computer's RAM and video card) means that players are able to keep their game running in a separate window while they tend to unchecked e-mails and instant messenger in the real world - or just fancy a break from the constant oral jibber-jabbering of their troubled Sim. That said, the game runs splendidly in whichever option you choose.
The Mac version of the game should be available to gamers in March. Click on the link below to read more.

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