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The Sims 2 Castaway is a powerful statement coming from Maxis, bringing back the flavor and originality of the first titles in the series. It's a PSP title, mind that, once you start looking for bugs and flaws. Not that there aren't any, but the entire experience is rewarding enough to make you ignore minor setbacks. Evolving from a tired shipwrecked guy with torn clothes to a major "playa" who owns huts on the beach and a huge stash of fruit and fish is a pleasure and a reason to play Castaway for months.
Sims 2: Castaway is a refreshing take on the Sims franchise, and fun both on its own merits and when compared to more traditional Sims strategy games. Despite the flaws in the system, and a lack of depth, Sims 2: Castaway earns four out of five stars for fantastic game play.
Although skeptical at first, I was slowly won over by the gameplay in The Sims 2: Castaway. The goal-oriented structure helps maintain the momentum of an otherwise open-ended situation. Except for excessive load times and annoying camera resets, I felt the title was fairly well-designed and relatively easy to control, especially on the PSP. Keep in mind that you will need to have a fair amount of patience to enjoy Castaway, not only because of the loading issue, but also because of the repetitive nature of the resource collection and the need to satisfy your Sim's "motives" over and over again. If this type of gaming is of interest to you, I would wholehearted recommend that you give The Sims 2: Castaway a try.
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The Sims 2: Castaway is something of a guilty pleasure – there is a solid game at the core, but it has got a bunch of niggling issues, both in its collection heavy gameplay and its scores of technical issues. Any player who chooses to stick with Castaway in spite of its issues is bound to have a lot of fun, which is more than one can say for the last lot of Sims games on consoles. If players are looking for a Sims game that’s a little bit different from the standard fare, than Castaway is highly recommended.
If you do build an island home, you'll want to stay for awhile, since the game is accessible and fun to explore even for a Sims game. Your helpful island journal keeps the goals coming, so you will know when you should be building a home and when you should be making friends with a monkey. Once all of your goals are completed, you get a feeling of accomplishment, but lose some of the replayablity of other Sims games - you've seen one uncharted island, you've seen 'em all - and the thought of having to harvest all those vines, chop wood, find berries, pick leaves, catch fish, light fires, build furniture, find shelter and identify plants might not sound appealing. But if you're into those kinds of things, this is definitely a game for you.
With many more technical issues than the console versions, the Sims 2: Castaway is a highly flawed exploration of island life. While it gives an interesting twist on the standard shipwreck concept, the hampered nature of the guidebooks, strange placement of plans in menus and continual micromanagement does hampers the fun of the title. If you need to get lost or try your inner Gilligan on for size, stick with the PS2 or Wii versions of the game.
The Sims 2: Castaway differs just enough from previous iterations that fans of the series and newcomers alike can find plenty to enjoy. However, how long the entertainment lasts will boil down to how long it takes the player to grow tired of the repetitive tasks of Sim survival. It's hard to say whether you'll have the patience to create a life of virtual luxury, or lose your sanity and find yourself seeking the quickest way out of the life of a castaway.
El planteamiento de Los Sims 2: Náufragos es original e interesante, intentando dar una vuelta de tuerca a un sistema de juego que está algo ya visto. Sin embargo este conjunto de buenas ideas no ha sido bien llevado a escena y en consecuencia nos encontramos ante un título demasiado pobre en cuanto a apartados técnicos se refiere, los cuales empañan por completo lo interesante del nuevo planteamiento de Maxis. A los fans de la franquicia les recomendamos que prueben la versión de PlayStation 2 que sin llegar a ser un juego notable supera con creces a éste.
Le bilan pour cette version PSP des Sims 2 : Naufragés est assez mitigé. Même si les îles exotiques sont bien conçues et pleines de charme, les graphismes sont tout juste corrects. La flore est diversifiée et il est possible de construire de nombreux objets, mais les problèmes liés à la jouabilité entachent l'aventure, et quelques freezes viennent parfois ennuyer le joueur. Le contenu est plutôt bon, mais difficile de jouer à ce titre sans être frustré par l'un de ces défauts qui gâchent forcément l'ensemble.
Dès les premières minutes de jeu, le plaisir de retrouver les Sims 2 dans un décor exotique et une situation inédite, est terni par une réalisation peu reluisante et un aspect survie mal exploité. Même les fans auront bien du mal à avaler la pilule.