Written by  :  Dr.Bedlam (56)
Written on  :  Dec 08, 2002
Platform  :  Windows

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Finally: Sims get to leave the house!

The Good

This Sims add-on adds an incredible new dimension to the game by adding the "downtown" area. Your sims can go shopping, eat out, pick up disgusting people in bars... the options are endless. Furthermore, you can DESIGN your downtown area if you want... create your own bars, restaurants, shops, whatever! The expansion also VERY much complicates the Sims' relationships, adding a plethora of new options for sim interactions -- saying "hi" can now lead to a submenu asking exactly HOW you want to say "hi"... shake hands? Wave? You can see where this gets interesting in a romantic subtext...

The Bad

The massive number of new options takes some getting used to, and expands the game's already substantial learning curve. If you knew what you were doing in Sim land, once this disk is installed, prepare to start learning all over again.

In addition, once you begin getting multiple expansions installed, unless your system has a LOT of free memory handy, you're going to start getting some substantial slowdown in the game.

The Bottom Line

If you're really into The Sims, this set is a must-have. Turns it into a whole new ball game...