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A very good translation of the board game to be sure. The presentation is a thing of beauty as you traverse through the game from a rather stylish first person perspective. The attractiveness of translating board games to consoles is the fact that one person can now play them and set up the computer to act as the other players, but the original intent of these games still hold true...they are made to be played by a bunch of people and Life is no exception. It makes for a nice party game and it's a whole hell of a lot easier than setting up all the pieces of the original board game!
The Game of Life just isn't better than the real board game. While the game isn't awful or really bad in any one area, it just seems to me at least that I don't want to pay more for a version of something that you can not only get a better version but also a cheaper one. Fans of The Game of Life apply.
Under the proper circumstances (a group of friends who want to interact socially while occasionally moving a piece around a board) this is a decent way to hang out. If you play it with higher expectations (for example, if you pay money for it), you will be disappointed. This is a much better rental than a purchase; play it at a party. Otherwise, try this game at your own risk.
One gripe is the perspective -- you're too close to the board, so you can't see all of the spaces around your car. While you can look at a map, it's positioned too far away! The default view should be somewhere in between with a camera zooming in as your car starts moving. Otherwise, LIFE plays just like the board game from which it was based. Although it's not very exciting for those looking for a healthy amount of strategy, the game's a harmless diversion meant to satisfy undemanding children.
The only real plus about the Game of Life is that it's a six player game, which makes it very "party friendly." And unless you have five other humans to crawl around the screen, this isn't a game you want in your library.