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I guess some players may find the gameplay a little linear compared to the PC version, but this is a very different game, although it still has many of the features that make The Sims so addictive. I liked being able to play through levels and build up my sim, while still upgrading her house as I went along. I can find very little to complain about with this game, but I guess it won't be a game I could go back to many times once completed.
Es war bereits im Vorfeld klar, dass Nintendos Handhelds technisch nicht in der Lage sind, die Konsolenvorlage ohne Abstriche darzustellen. Der Spagat zwischen bewährtem Sims-Gameplay und den Missionen gelingt aber gut und eignet sich dank Schnellspeicher auch für den schnellen Zock zwischendurch. Aufgrund der 3D-Optik gefällt mir die DS-Version einen Tick besser, doch auch das GBA-Pendant besticht durch Einfallsreichtum.
Voilà un titre agréable. Certes, sa grande linéarité et son aspect lassant sur le long terme lui portent un peu préjudice mais en restant dans la droite lignée des Sims Permis de Sortir et des Urbz, il assure l'essentiel et offre un divertissement de qualité. Le thème du jeu (la téléréalité) est de plus traité de fort belle manière. Bref, de bons moments en perspective.
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If you have a computer that can handle The Sims 2 then get the game for your computer, otherwise my second recommendation is the console version, and finally, if you have no other option available to you and you MUST have a Sims game, then get one of the handheld versions. Just remember, the more you cut out of the power of the system you are playing it on the less options the designers can put in the game, thereby greatly limiting your options and fun in the gaming world.
My overall experience was decent, but then again this game is different from what you'd expect if you are at all familiar with console and PC based Sim games. The Sims 2 is a very linear game with marginal graphics and minimal sound, but all in all it should please fans of previous Sim GBA games or those looking for a parody of a reality-TV show storyline.
I never thought I’d say this, but not even cleaning up poop can save The Sims 2 (GBA) from being a pile in its own right. Sure, it’s got an award-worthy presentation and cool mini-games, but when the central gameplay isn’t worth its weight, I simply can’t recommend it in good faith.
If you're looking for a cute adventure game for your GBA that has some decent writing and lasts a good while, I'd urge you to look into The Sims 2. The presentation is top notch and the writing has some good chuckles in there, while the premise is definitely unique - however, it is aimed more at the younger crowd out there and thus, again, I find it difficult to really recommend to anybody over 13.
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But it's the conglomeration of all these aspects that confuses the experience. Is The Sims 2 an RPG, adventure game, or simulation? I can't rightly say which genre it should be placed in. It doesn't fall in any of the categories but that doesn't necessarily mean it succeeds either. While the emphasis on meeting your Sims needs has been lessened it's not without its problems (even if it's a much welcome change over the original) the overall mediocrity will quickly relegate the Sims 2 to shelf warmer status.
Helaas draait een game echter voornamelijk om de gameplay en die valt bij De Sims erg tegen en daar kunnen mooie graphics en goede humor helemaal niets aan veranderen. Je moet steeds maar weer oninteressante gesprekken voeren waarvan de uitkomst totaal willekeurig is en de plotpunten zijn totaal niet uitdagend. Tel daarbij op dat de basis van De Sims, je sim ontwikkelen en zorgen dat alle behoeften gevuld zijn, eigenlijk uit het spel is weggelaten en het is duidelijk dat dit een game is om over te slaan.
If you want to play The Sims on the road, get the spin-off The Urbz, which does absolutely everything The Sims 2 does, only better. If you really, really must insist on playing a hackneyed set of non-intuitive missions set up like a reversal of The Joe Schmo Show, then at least get the Nintendo DS version of the game, which features such things as more mini-games and graphics which won't cause headaches. Avoid the GBA version of this game at all costs – those $30 could be used for so many better things.