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GameSpy (Dec 18, 2003)
On the downside, presumably due to the vast amount of customization options, the main game requires a gargantuan 161 blocks of memory card space. Still, when all's said and done, this was my favorite version of Bustin' Out. Although the graphics are sharper on the Xbox version and the PS2 version boasts online multiplay, the GCN-to-GBA connectivity feature gives this one a notable edge.
The Sims’ trademark humor is well in place, as Bustin’ Out features a host of new career paths that succeed in gently tweaking our present-day society. Options include Movie Star, Gangster, Fashion Victim (one of the jobs in your path is "Body Waxer"), and Mad Scientist. I chose "Counter Culture," starting off as perhaps the world’s first panhandler with a hot tub in the backyard. In essence, this is the same great game as before, only with more to do, more items, more Create-a-Sim options, more places to visit, more, more, more, MORE! You get the idea. Some might gripe that it doesn’t take too long to complete a career path, but for me the joy of the Sims has always been in the exploration of your relationships with other characters and just plain screwing around.
Das alles gab es im ersten Sims-Spiel auch schon, und der zweite Teil ist im Grunde nicht viel anders. Es gibt in erster Linie von allem mehr: Mehr Locations, mehr Konversationsmöglichkeiten, mehr Freiheit, mehr Arbeit. Wer genügend Zeit und Muße mitbringt, kann sich mit den Sims schon so manche Nacht um die Ohren schlagen. Aber Vorsicht - nicht das eigen Leben vernachlässigen!
GameZone (Jan 09, 2004)
Overall, The Sims Bustin’ Out is a marked improvement over the previous console outing and offers up enough interesting incentives to stay entertained for nearly 20 hours. The GameCube to GBA connectivity feature is a perfect addition for those who own the handheld version of the game, and the new co-op multiplayer option substantially enhances the experience of playing both the free-for-all and Bust Out modes. While some may complain that Bustin’ Out is more of an expansion pack than a true follow-up, it’s hard to deny the addictiveness and consistent satisfaction that the title brings to the table. If you’re a fan of the series then you simply cannot go wrong with Bustin’ Out.
Nintendojo (2003)
The Sims: Busting Out is like the original game but upped a notch. Sims fans will find the game very inviting, but will also find that other than going to various locations, seeing new items to buy, and experiencing the wild animations, this game is definitely not an overhaul of the series. Yet with the new unlockables, it is hard to resist this delicious title. Those new the Sims universe will have a learning curve to go against, but after that will be amazed at how much The Sims: Busting Out offers versus other games. All in all, this game is worth your purchase if you have 161 blocks of memory, or have no problem investing to buy another memory card.
If you didn’t enjoy The Sims, then odds are you won’t much care for Bustin’ Out either. Bustin Out is really an evolutionary game in The Sims series as opposed to a revolutionary one. However, the improvements it brings add a lot to the game. The graphics are crisper and more colorful, there are far more objects and interactions, and the ability to move from one location to another all make Bustin’ Out a more enjoyable game than The Sims. If you had fun with The Sims, you’re going to love Bustin’ Out.
83 (Jan 03, 2004)
Die Sims bleiben die Sims und werden auch mit ihrem Ausbruch die Gemüter spalten. Während die einen sich tage-, wochen- und monatelang mit der Aufzucht ihrer alternativen Leben vergnügen können, werden sich die anderen kopfschüttelnd abwenden. Wer mit dem Vorgänger nichts anfangen konnte, wird auch an den wiedererstarkten Sims dieses Jahres keinen Gefallen finden. Spieler hingegen, die die ersten Konsolen-Sims bis zum Abwinken gespielt haben bzw. Gamer, die mal etwas anderes spielen möchten als den üblichen Action- oder Jump&Run-Brei, können zwanglose und trotz eines gewissen Alters immer noch ungewöhnliche Unterhaltung in nettem grafischem Mantel genießen. Da es außer neuen Grafiksets, neuen Karrieren und einem Haufen neuer Animationen jedoch keine spielerischen Neuerungen gibt, hätte EA das Spiel auch bedenkenlos zum Add-On-Preis abgeben können. Doch sei es wie es ist: Das missionsbasierte Spielprinzip ist den PC-Pendants immer noch überlegen und für stundenlangen Spielspaß gut.
GameSpot (Dec 16, 2003)
Also, the GameCube version of the game supports Game Boy Advance connectivity, though this feature doesn't seem like much of a big deal. It lets you transfer your sim to and from the GBA version of Bustin' Out, which essentially boils down to playing that version's mini-games for extra cash to import back into your GameCube game (you can also increase your sims' skills by using skill objects in the GBA game, which is a slightly faster process, but it's not a significant improvement). All three versions feature the goal-based bust out mode, the free-form free play mode, and two-player cooperative multiplayer that lets you play through either of the other modes with a friend--a great improvement over the throwaway multiplayer modes in the previous game. All things considered, The Sims Bustin' Out makes good, solid improvements over its predecessor and stands on its own as a great version of The Sims for consoles.
Power Unlimited (Dec, 2003)
Nog steeds hangt er een gedigitaliseerd balkje voor de edele delen van de Sims maar van welke game kan je zeggen dat je er in je blote reet kan pingpongen? Nou? Helemaal top is het gegeven dat je coöperatief kunt spelen in zowel de doorsnee Life mode of de missiegebonden Get a Life mode. Twee spelers kunnen ingame elkaar helpen en items swappen.
Armchair Empire, The (Feb 28, 2004)
If you liked the Sims, Bustin’ Out is a great addition. Much of the series’ originality has lost its shine, but the mechanics and playability remain extremely good even though there’s not much in the way of plot.
IGN (Dec 12, 2003)
If you're a Sims fanatic, you'll probably pick this up -- regardless -- because there's more unlocking for you do. If you were on the fence, Bustin' Out gives you more reasons to get into the game (on consoles at least). However, if you're indifferent, than you'll find no compelling reason to get involved. Hopefully, Mr. Wright's next project will be more than an update, but a full fledged sequel.
UOL Jogos (Jan 23, 2004)
Fãs de "The Sims" provavelmente não vão resistir à tentação de obter novas aventuras nessa nova simulação (muita gente comprou SETE expansões!), mas as novidades não são suficientes para comprar o mesmo game pela segunda vez. Mas se você não tem um PC e não pegou a edição original, esse pode ser uma boa opção para conhecer a série.
GamePro (US) (Dec 16, 2003)
If you're a Sims fan, Bustin' Out will hold your attention for a while, but it's certainly not the second coming that Sims 2 promises to be. Yeah, the Sims finally get to move out, but it's really about time they moved on.
Game Shark (Feb 05, 2004)
All the new toys, locations and extras in the world can't hide the fact that The Sims is a pretty old game. While PC owners have had to put up with innumerable add-ons, console owners at least have seen much of this content condensed into two games. One could argue that Bustin' Out should be priced at the level of an add-on rather than a full game but that's the console market at the moment – software is overpriced. It's a competent enough game and die-hard Sims fans will lap it up, however those who are intrigued by the concept, or who have never played a Sims game before would be better advised to wait a few months for Sims 2.
70 (Jan 16, 2004)
Playing the sims looks like it should be a great stress reliever but it may be that the selfish demands these little folk impose upon you make dealing with your vandalized car, unfulfilling job and family funerals seem like a welcome break.
70 (UK) (Jan 23, 2004)
Although The Sims Bustin' Out does make some neat advances - a two-player co-operative mode that allows fellow Sims fans to guide their characters around in tandem in either Bust Out or Free Play mode; PS2 Online support allowing you to swap items and visit friends' houses; and GameCube/Game Boy Advance link-up functionality allowing you to earn extra cash by completing tasks on the handheld (the latter hardly significant enough to warrant Will Wright's cameo at last May's E3 press conference) - this still boils down to a fairly unremarkable Sims expansion pack on the same disc as a new cut of the original game. With The Sims 2 just a few months off now, Bustin' Out has more in common with Malcolm Landgrabb than the benevolent player, and though it stands alone quite convincingly it's only worth buying if you still enjoy wiping arses for digital playboys.
Worth Playing (Jan 29, 2004)
The Sims: Bustin' Out is not the best Sims game on the market. This might not be true if Maxis didn't put such a tight leash on the console versions of the game, and tried to experiment a bit more with the formula. While they did add various goals to keep console gamers occupied, they end up turning the game into more of a stressful mess than the passive pace of the original. This doesn't mean that the integrity of the series is completey ruined here; it is simply altered for the worse. This game does not get my highest reccomendation, but if you don't have access to the PC version, and you really want your own copy of The Sims, this game will definitely suffice -- just be prepared for a slightly frustrating ride.
Nintendo Difference (Mar 09, 2004)
Si c’est votre premier Sims ou si vous n’avez pas touché à cette série depuis 3 ans, ce nouveau Sims (qui est « Surprise Party » remodelé) est à essayer. Le concept est très prenant et plaira à la majorité des joueurs. Reste une adaptation bâclée et un jeu qui a plus sa place sur PC (vive le disque dur) que sur console. Pour tous ceux qui connaissent bien cette série je leur conseillerais plus volontiers les Sims 2 qui ne devrait plus trop tarder sur PC. La note finale est un mélange de cassage en règle faute à une adaptation bâclé, malaxé avec un réel intérêt pour le concept en lui même. S’il s’agit de votre premier Sims vous pouvez aisément monter la note à 15.
Cubed3 (Jan 27, 2004)
Enjoyable in places but just plain tedious in others, Bustin' Out is nothing to get excited about. Whilst submitting your Sims to various forms of torture is entertaining for a while the main game is both addictive and dull. With few highlights, dull presentation and very few standout moments this is a title that only the most certain of gamer should venture towards.
60 (Dec 18, 2003)
Mais ce qui dérange le plus dans tout ça, c'est le résultat d'un petit calcul. Le contenu de Permis De Sortir équivaut à celui de l'add-on Surprise-Party, à la différence près qu'il vous coûtera le double de son prix. Dans ces conditions on ne peut que se demander pourquoi ne pas avoir au moins intégré les possibilités offertes par un autre add-on du monde PC, histoire de rendre l'investissement un peu plus rentable. Sans doutes pour garder la liberté de ressortir un autre épisode dans 6 mois. Les Sims ça peut aussi s'écrire $ims.