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GameSpy (Dec 18, 2003)
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.
TeamXbox (Dec 16, 2003)
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.
Armchair Empire, The (Feb 01, 2004)
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 (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)
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.
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.
80 (Jan 08, 2004)
Overall, if you are a fan of The Sims on Xbox then Bustin' Out is going to carry you on to the next level of Sims Nirvana. If you are new to the Sims and possess the patience of a saint then The Sims Bustin' Out offers adequate entertainment to brighten up these cold winter months.
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?). Without any gameplay advancements, I can't say this is really an improvement over the original.
Gamesdog (Jan 03, 2004)
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.
GameZone (Jan 01, 2004)
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.
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.
Game Shark (Feb 05, 2004)
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.
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.
Worth Playing (Feb 09, 2004)
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.
GamingExcellence (Apr 09, 2005)
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.
X-Power (Feb 08, 2004)
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.
Boomtown (Mar 05, 2004)
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 (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.