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The Sims: Bustin' Out

MobyRank MobyScore
GameCube
78
4.2
PlayStation 2
81
3.7
Xbox
75
4.0

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Platform Votes Score
GameCube 4 4.2
PlayStation 2 2 3.7
Xbox 2 4.0
Combined MobyScore 8 4.0


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92
PlayStation 2Game Informer Magazine
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.
90
GameCubeGameSpy
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.
90
XboxGameSpy
Xbox Live subscribers may be disappointed to learn that while the PS2 version offers online multiplay, this version does not. To balance this out, as an added bonus for Xbox owners in possession of real-world plasma TVs, this game features 720p HDTV compatible resolution. This doesn't enhance the gameplay to any noticeable degree, but it certainly doesn't hurt. On the one hand, there's not a trace of the mild jagginess seen on the GCN and PS2 versions here, and certainly none of the visual lag that occurs with some regularity on the PS2 version (both online and offline). On the other hand, the camera zooms in and out to the exact same distance in all three versions, so the enhanced resolution doesn't reveal much in the way of new detail here. Still, of the three versions, this is clearly the sharpest.
90
GameCubeGame Informer Magazine
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.
86
GameCubeGameZone
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.
86
XboxTeamXbox
If you are a Sims fan there is no doubt that Bustin’ Out provides more of the tried-and-true gameplay that has made the series so popular. While some PC loyalists might still argue that a console Sims game is a too much of a departure from its open-ended roots, the fun that is to be had in Bustin’ Out will not only change their minds, but will make a bunch of new Sims fans as well. The multitude of careers and social interactions provide plenty of longevity, and the new format of the two player split-screen play is a nice touch. There is very little to complain about gameplay wise in the latest Sims title, aside from the fact that it won’t make converts to those that find the premise of a life simulator boring. If you love The Sims, get Bustin’ Out.
85
PlayStation 2Worth Playing
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.
85
GameCubeNintendojo
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.
85
GameCubeGamers' Temple, The
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.
84
XboxArmchair Empire, The
While Bustin’ Out won’t give Maxis and Will Wright the same vice-grip on the console marketplace as it does on the PC, the game does add another successful chapter in the franchise’s history, especially with the game’s story mode. Bustin’ Out adds nothing but positive reinforcement to the Sims legacy.
83
Xbox4Players.de
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.
83
GameCube4Players.de
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.
83
PlayStation 24Players.de
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.
83
PlayStation 2GameSpot
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.
83
XboxGameSpot
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.
83
GameCubeGameSpot
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.
82
XboxPower Unlimited
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.
82
GameCubePower Unlimited
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.
82
PlayStation 2Power Unlimited
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.
82
PlayStation 2GameZone
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
PlayStation 2Futuregamez.net
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.
82
PlayStation 2Armchair Empire, The
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.
82
GameCubeArmchair Empire, The
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.
82
GameCubeIGN
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.
80
GameCubeUOL Jogos
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.
80
PlayStation 2UOL Jogos
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.
80
PlayStation 2GameSpy
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.
80
PlayStation 2IGN
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.
80
XboxIGN
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?). Without any gameplay advancements, I can't say this is really an improvement over the original.
80
GameCubeGamePro (US)
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.
80
XboxGamesdog
With so many gamers out there owning a copy of this game - it has been in the PC charts for over three years - they can’t be many people out there with a computer that hasn’t played The Sims. With that in mind, with every new addition EA and Maxis has to create something unique everytime they offer a new release. This is the same old same old, but for the Xbox generation it not only gives them the chance to see what all the fuss is about, but also gives them a chance to experience those late nights PC users have been complaining about.
78
XboxGameZone
Lacking the user-friendly controls of the computer versions (though the controls on the Xbox were surprisingly manageable) and anything groundbreaking, The Sims Bustin’ Out is nothing more than a slight improvement over the other console edition. Having said that, if you’ve always wanted to give the Sims a try and haven’t played the older version, this is definitely the version to pick up. Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to replenish my green bar under the toilet icon.
75
GameCubeGame Shark
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.
75
PlayStation 2Game Shark
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.
75
XboxPAL Gaming Network (PALGN)
The Sims: Bustin out isn't an entirely new experience. EA have developed a nice follow up to the original title which improves minorly on every area of the game. The new objects and careers are appreciated but if you own the first title they are not enough to warrant a purchase of the second game. If you haven't picked up a Sims game yet then this is the title to get. It is addictive and can be dragged out for a quick ten minute play anytime. If you have the patience to play the game through on all the career modes and complete all the goals, it will take a lot of time to complete.
75
XboxGame Shark
much prefer the PC version of the Sims, but after many add-ons I'm bored with the whole thing. Bustin' Out has its moments but as Jen said, I really do feel that it is a game for hardcore Sims fans only. Some colourful graphics and some moments of humour can't really hide the fact that this is a four year old game given a lick of paint and put on the shelves at full price. If you are a Sim fan, don't worry, you'll love this to bits – for the rest, it's probably not your thing.
70
XboxSuper Play
Bustin' Out är friare och mer lättsamt än det tidigare spelet. Ett skönt och avslappnat sätt att leva ut sina dockhusdrömmar, precis så som The Sims var tänkt från början.
70
XboxWorth Playing
All in all, Bustin' Out is a nice addition to the Sims series. While it's true that it doesn't really breath a whole lot of new life into the series, it still should be able to conjour up enough interest in Sims fans. The only thing I would say, is don't be expecting too much from this game. But if you've enjoyed other Sims games in the past, then go ahead and give Bustin' Out a shot.
70
GameCubeEurogamer.net (UK)
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.
65
XboxGamingExcellence
Overall, the Sims Bustin’ Out fails to deliver anything new to the series. With weak visuals, audio that is rough on the ears, and repetitive and restrictive gameplay, Bustin’ Out is not a game that withstands the test of time. If you are truly looking for a great Sims game, pick up any of the many available for the PC. It offers much more than Bustin’ Out ever could.
65
GameCubeWorth Playing
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.
60
GameCubeNintendo Difference
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.
60
XboxX-Power
Iedereen kent the Sims ondertussen ongetwijfeld al. The Sims Bustin' Out heeft als belangrijkste vernieuwing dat je ook uit huis kan. Het is best leuk om een avondje grieten te versieren in Club Rub, maar na een tijdje weet ook dat niet meer te boeien. De Bustin' Out mode is te weinig vernieuwend ten opzichte van het origineel op console, dat je moeilijk kan spreken van een nieuw spel. Jaren geleden was the Sims baanbrekend, maar nu begint het stilaan toch te vervelen. Laat ons hopen dat the Sims 2 ook naar de consoles zal komen en toch wat meer te bieden zal hebben dan dit spel. Het is zeker geen slecht spel voor zij die nog geen Simsspel hebben op console, maar voor zij die dat wel al hebben is de keuze snel gemaakt.
60
GameCubeCubed3
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
XboxBoomtown
Overall, whilst there’s nothing wholly wrong about Bustin’ Out, there’s not enough new about it to really recommend a purchase. If you’re a fan of the series, this is arguably the best of the bunch, as Maxis have at least included a “fish bowl” freeplay version of the game.
60
GameCubeJeuxvideo.com
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.
60
PlayStation 2Jeuxvideo.com
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.
60
XboxJeuxvideo.com
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.