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The Urbz: Sims in the City

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Game Boy AdvanceDS-x2
For all those gamers who delighted in Bustin' Out, The Urbs is simply more of the same in a different setting. There are some gameplay elements that differ from the 2003 release mostly concerning your character?s 'street cred' but the bulk of the game?s framework remains the same. What you are getting as a result though is a much more immersive, not to mention lengthier, gaming experience with added multiplayer to boot. We clocked the whole game at well over 20 hours which is quite impressive for a GBA title but do be aware that much of this is a result of your 'urb?s' constant need for guidance and pampering. It remains to be seen whether this slightly newer (and cooler) direction will find a new audience but judging by the sales figures of last year?s game I'm sure EA will be happy to hang on to their existing users. There's nothing much that?s really new then but it's still very enjoyable.
Nintendo DSPocket Magazine / Pockett Videogames
Certains personnages vous donneront accès à des mini-jeux qui vous permettront de gagner de quoi vivre. Comme dans la vraie vie, votre existence sera ponctuée de phases de sommeil, cuisine, télé, pause pipi. Si, dans les premières heures de jeu, vous avez l'impression de ne vous consacrer qu'à ces tâches, vous aurez rapidement la possibilité de gagner des bonus permettant d'espacer ces intermèdes. On apprécie ! Même si ces coupures peuvent sembler inutiles, elles pimentent le jeu : il faut prendre en compte le timing : pas la peine d'aborder une grande discussion si on sait que dans dix minutes il va falloir aller au lit ! Graphiquement le jeu est très sympathique. Les dessins sont fins et détaillés, l'animation des personnages est fluide et souvent pleine d'humour. C'est parfait ! Au démarrage, vous aurez la possibilité de définir l'aspect de votre personnage. Vous choisirez ses vêtements, la couleur de sa peau, de ses cheveux, etc.
Game Boy AdvanceGame Informer Magazine
There's room for improvement, but I still can't think of any title that's this game's handheld equal.
Nintendo DSGame Informer Magazine
You know those teen movies where the obviously attractive girl is cleverly hidden behind baggy clothes and glasses until the popular chicks dress her up so everyone in school can appreciate her true beauty? With the handheld Urbz titles, it’s like the GBA version is the heroine at the beginning of the movie, and the DS version is the one at the end. Sure, all the ingredients for a rewarding experience are there from the start, but by the climactic conclusion on a whole new handheld system, the DS version walks away prettier, smoother, and more…um, interactive. The occasional control wonkyness is the one new negative, which is counteracted by the added minigames and location (Splicer Island), so I’m giving the versions the same score.
Game Boy AdvanceIGN
Last year, Game Boy Advance owners were introduced to The Sims series in an original production that spun out the whole virtual life idea into an original, portable-centric edition unique to handheld gamers. As successful as that game design was, Electronic Arts, Maxis, and Griptonite have pushed the game forward into a bigger and badder edition to accommodate the new direction the console games have taken. Enter The Urbz: Sims in the City.
Nintendo DSDeaf Gamers
Make no mistake The Urbz: Sims in the City is a good game but whether or not it's a good choice to pick up for your Nintendo DS will depend on a few things. If you own the GBA version of the game it's not worth it for the few extras on offer here. If you don't own the GBA version and have previously enjoyed the handheld versions of The Sims then you'll be pleased with what's on offer. The use of the touch screen is an unusual one but in some ways it does make sense because you can access the game menus without breaking away from the main game. The DS catalogue is pitifully small at the moment and if you're looking for a good game to keep you entertained for 30+ hours then The Urbz is well worth considering.
Game Boy AdvanceGame Informer Magazine
Last year’s The Sims: Bustin’ Out surprised gamers with its deviation from the traditional Sims formula by giving players direct control over their sim, and even allowing them to select different dialogue options in conversations. However, with this latest iteration the series has lost its element of surprise, leaving a slow-paced and generally average rehash of the concepts that made the first one unique.
Game Boy AdvanceGameSpot
Given the unprecedented success of The Sims, the EA and Maxis franchise that's all about controlling every aspect of the lives of little virtual suburbanites, it's not much of a shock that the series eventually took it to the streets. Enter The Urbz: Sims in the City, which is a hybrid of The Sims' easy-to-grasp, addictive gameplay and kid-friendly urban-hipster sensibility. The Game Boy Advance and Nintendo DS versions of the game, which are mostly identical, are actually full-on adventure role-playing games, featuring a lengthy quest, lots of characters to meet and interact with, and a number of fairly entertaining minigames. The game's mundane subject matter sometimes overwhelms the experience, since having to frequently rest, shower, and relieve yourself in the game is about as much fun as it sounds. But The Urbz nevertheless provides some surprising depth and lasting value.
Nintendo DSGame Revolution
The suburbanite Sims, weary of parakeets and doling out cups of sugar to the unruly youngsters, have decided to go out and get a life. Armed with only their status bars and work ethic, they brave the harsh grid of pitbulls and ruthless fashionistas in the big city in an effort to do it like The Jeffersons. Can they once again pull off the Hurculean task of bringing together the masses under one Synagogue of Simmish?
Nintendo DSGameSpot
The Urbz's mundane subject matter sometimes overwhelms the experience, but this adventure role-playing game nevertheless provides some surprising depth and lasting value.
Game Boy AdvanceCheat Code Central
There is no doubt that The Urbz will please Sims fans but keep in mind this is still the GBA and as such you will only get a fraction of the replay value as that of the console version. Still, it's one big game that rivals many RPGs in size.
Game Boy AdvanceCubed3
Don't let the idea of a completely superficial game where you go around your city trying to look 'cool' put you off looking into this title. There is significantly more to it than that, in fact it often takes the Mick out of itself which can be quite amusing as well. Definitely worth a look for fans of previous Sims games and newcomers alike.
Game Boy AdvanceJeuxvideo.com
Les Urbz souffre du syndrome de la production paradoxale. On a beau se dire que le jeu couve plusieurs défauts de progression, que l'intérêt s'étiole à mesure qu'on avance, on ne peut cesser de vouloir en voir encore et encore pour connaître la fin de l'histoire. Cependant si cette dernière part d'une idée originale, celle-ci constitue malheureusement la première pierre d'un scénario dévoilant rapidement son manque d'ambition. Mais rien n'y fait, le jeu est prenant dispose de 8 mini-jeux plutôt fendards, et si on fait vite le tour de l'histoire principale, on en ressort globalement satisfait, et c'est le principal.
Nintendo DSN-Zone
Der Nintendo DS hat zum Start eine breite Palette an Titeln spendiert bekommen, darunter auch die Lebenssimulation aus dem Hause Electronic Arts: The Urbz. Leider haben es sich die Entwickler sehr leicht gemacht und einfach die GBA-Version des Spiels für das neue Handheld konvertiert, zusätzliche Features eingefügt, den Umfang erhöht - und fertig. Die Menüführung wurde zwar durch den Touchscreen erweitert, wodurch die Handhabung wesentlich benutzerfreundlicher geworden ist, ansonsten ist aber alles beim Alten geblieben. Man versucht, mit seinem Urb Kontakte zu pflegen, dadurch seinen Bekanntenkreis zu vergrößern. Um an Geld zu kommen, muss - wie bei den anderen Versionen und im richtigen Leben auch - geackert werden. Technisch gesehen ist die einfache Konvertierung enttäuschend, da die DS-Version der GBA-Variante wie ein Haar dem anderen gleicht. Man merkt auch an diesem Spiel, dass die Auslieferung der Entwickler-Kits etwas zu spät erfolgte.
Nintendo DSIGN
It seems like it was just yesterday that I romped through and reviewed the Game Boy Advance version of The Urbz: Sims in the City, Maxis and EA's "revamp" of the non-PC Sims series. In fact, it was more like a couple of weeks ago that I did just that, but I once again had to take to the streets of Miniopolis on the brand-spanking-new Nintendo DS portable system, a piece of kit that touts creativity and uniqueness for a new generation of videogames. What did we get? The same damn game as the GBA design, only this time it's using two screens instead of one. By itself it's still a good game and very fulfilling if you haven't even picked up the "other version." It's just a little underwhelming to get nearly the same experience on a system that's supposed to offer gamers so much more.
Nintendo DSArmchair Empire, The
In the end, if you’re a fan I’d recommend running out and grabbing a copy of Urbz: Sims in the City. Everyone else can safely give it a miss.
Nintendo DSJeuxvideo.com
Cette version DS des Urbz ne diffère pas vraiment de l'édition GBA est c'est un peu ça le problème. On aurait aimé voir les Urbz utiliser un peu mieux la nouvelle machine de Nintendo. Malgré tout, le jeu reste correct et séduira probablement les joueurs déjà conquis par les Sims : Permis de Sortir.
Nintendo DSDigital Press - Classic Video Games
Of course, that's what Sims fans want anyway. Easy to pick up and play titles that are family friendly. That definitely fits this version of the game. However, that doesn't make it a good one. This desperately needed more tweaking to cut down on the aggravation, and then those missions might not be as off-putting.
Nintendo DSWorth Playing
The Urbz: Sims in the City for the Nintendo DS is the latest in EA's Sims line, following in the vein of Sims Bustin' Out. The Sims series is less of a series of games and more of a series of addiction, the phenomenon being hard to comprehend. All of the Maxis simulation titles (SimCity, SimAnt, whatever) have had some sick level of addiction to them, but the Sims' slice of that very lucrative pie has been the worst of the bunch, being some cross between a soap opera and voyeurism. Urbz is significantly horrible in this regard.
Nintendo DS1UP
The Urbz has a problem. You see, The Urbz wants to be PC classic The Sims. That is: slow-paced and packed with detail-oriented micromanagement. At the same time, though, it also wants to be a console game experience. That is: faster-paced, streamlined and goal-oriented.
Nintendo DSJeuxActu
Les indécrottables de vie virtuelle pourront trouver dans ces Urbz un nouveau Tamagochi à gérer, mais malheureusement, la grande majorité n’y verra qu’un jeu au déroulement trop répétitif et finalement aux possibilités trop restreintes. Avec une utilisation du stylet plus contraignante qu’autre chose, et un deuxième écran de menus dispensable, on est en droit de se demander quels éditeurs, à part Nintendo et Sega pour le moment, prendront le temps de développer des jeux qui utilisent enfin les spécificités de la nouvelle portable. Une chose est sûre, The Urbz ne fait pas parti de ces jeux là, et Electronic Arts nous dessert tout simplement la même soupe froide que sur GBA.
Game Boy AdvanceModojo
The Urbz: Sims in the City is a deep life simulation that's full of so many things to do you'll likely get lost for hours. However, as a DS launch title it's pretty lackluster, and it doesn't make good use of the system's abilities. That's not necessarily a strike against the game, but the fact that it's basically the GBA version with some lame touch screen stuff keeps it from being a must buy.
Game Boy AdvanceGameSpy
In the end, my trip to Miniopolis seemed pretty uneventful. There hasn't been a lot of improvement since Bustin' Out, and it's painfully clear. I was hoping to have a little more customization, a few extra options, and basically just a little more of what The Urbz brought to the home consoles. Unfortunately, for a game centering on being "cool," The Urbz on the GBA winds up being a victim of its own mediocrity.