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The Sims debate rages on – why not just go out and get real friends rather than investing time in relationships with pixellated folk? Well, it’s because in a few short days, you can become a Hollywood sex symbol (or mad scientist, or love guru, or supermodel). These things cannot be achieved in the real world on a similar timeline. The reason that I like this edition of The Sims, in particular, is that the missions move along quicker than the real world or past versions of the game have offered. With a bounty of unlockable clothes, cars, social interactions, furnishings, and decorations, this edition is no slouch in the customization field, either.
Worth Playing (Jan 21, 2004)
As I mentioned before, I am a PS2 fan, and since this is a console only release, I am unable to compare it to its PC brethren. With decent sound and graphics, the game is probably what you would expect to find in any Sims game. The thing that I see as a big plus is the fact that this game is playable with a friend or even online. I say give this title a shot, and if you aren't already a Sims addict, err … fan, I'm sure this game will help you become one.
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)
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.
GameZone (Dec 29, 2003)
It’s time to party The Sims-style because The Sims Bustin’ Out is just wilder and more addictive than the original. There are plenty of modes here to satisfy everyone and the fact that you can go out to different locations is just the icing on an already sweet cake. While the ability to go online and visit friends at their pads, it just would have been a lot better to have a Sims Online community to interact with since voice chat is available. Still, gamers will love all the new options and the always-appreciated Free Play mode. Buy this one if you’re a fan of The Sims or would like to experience it for the very first time.
82 (Jan 13, 2004)
The Sims: Bustin' Out is certainly an improvement over the original port to PS2. The addition of 2-player online gameplay is welcome, but is hardly a benchmark online title. Fans of the series will be happy with the upgrades offered in this version.
Armchair Empire, The (Apr 03, 2004)
While TSBO isn’t a major overhaul to the original Sims (more of a "console expansion" if you will), it does however provide enjoyable game play coupled with never ending fun.
UOL Jogos (Jan 24, 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.
GameSpy (Dec 18, 2003)
Exclusive to the PS2 version of this game, owners with a broadband connection can join a friend online, where your sims can befriend and visit one another. In online mode, the game supports two-way communication via USB keyboard or voice chat. This feature will enhance the game for many, but would have been better implemented had the title not already suffered from frequent graphical hiccups offline. There are simply too many complex animations taking place most of the time for the PS2 to keep up with. Still, overall this game remains thoroughly addictive and is worth picking up if you're interested in a fun diversion with a reasonable shelf life.
IGN (Dec 12, 2003)
Bustin' Out is like an expansion pack to The Sims that's being marketed as its own game. It takes the same elements from The Sims, but tweaks a few things and adds new objectives, careers, items, and interactions to collect. If you're the kind of person that finds watching artificial lives entertaining than you'll probably be happy with Maxis' effort. However, there isn't really anything new to Bustin' Out. You're still trying to keep a Sim happy and harm free. You're still completing the same mundane tasks over and over again. The warped time sense still gets on my nerves (who takes 30 minutes to use the bathroom?). Even with the precious online play (which basically means you won't have to leave your home), there aren't any gameplay advancement.
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.
60 (Dec 18, 2003)
Le principe de l'add-on appliqué au support console, ou comment faire un nouveau jeu avec un vieux. Ce Permis de Sortir nous offre un nouveau contenu certes sympathique, mais est-il indispensable pour celui qui possède l'ancien volet ? Si vous êtes un fan absolu et plein de sous ou si c'est là votre premier Sims, pourquoi pas, mais pour le prix, on aurait fortement apprécié qu'EA remplisse un peu plus son disque. Souvenez-vous du petit calcul.