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Category Description User Score
AI The quality of the game's intelligence, usually for the behavior of opponents. 3.1
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work and the game plays. 3.6
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Critic Reviews

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ActionTrip (Sep 18, 2000)
Unfortunately, it doesn't take long to realize that some of the options that I've been looking forward to the most are again absent from the expansion pack. It's surely a difference in opinions, and desires, but I hoped that the expansion pack would bring improved pathfinding, more accurate passing of in-game time, and a partially automated micro-management option. The Livin' Large Sims are, as usual, getting stuck in bathrooms, and taking the longest possible route to the trashcan; and sometimes, their wacky decisions aren't caused by my lack of architectural skills. I know it was unrealistic to expect better pathfinding in the original, as the AI coding was demanding enough, but Maxis had enough time for the expansion pack. I didn't expect all that much, just a tiny bit smarter pathfinding, but, to my disappointment, I thought that the Simsonians were even more perplexed around the house than before.
PROS A slew of new possibilities and life events.
CONS May inflict more chaos and danger upon your Sims than you’d like.
PC Games (Germany) (Sep, 2000)
Sex haben, Flaschengeister herbeirufen und den Nachbarn mit der Voodoopuppe quälen: Mit der biederen Gemütlichkeit die in vielen Sims-Häusern bislang vorherrschte, ist es bis auf weiteres vorbei. Des volle Leben steckt voller netter, lustiger und in einigen Fällen wahnwitziger Ideen, die den Alltag Ihrer Hausbewohner gehörig aufpeppen und für stellenweise haarsträubende Turbulenzen sorgen. Schade nur, dass sich am eigentlichen Spielverlauf nichts geändert hat. Wer Die Sims vorher schon langweilig fand, der wird auch durch dieses Add-On sicherlich nicht bekehrt. Wer aber schon das Original geliebt hat und seinen Zöglingen in SimCity etwas Abwechslung vom schnöden Alltagstrott bescheren will, der ist mit Das volle Leben bestens bedient.
GameStar (Germany) (Oct, 2000)
Schade, viele der neuen Grafiken kennen eifrige Simsulanten schon von Fan-Seiten im Internet. Nur die Berufe und vor allem die NPCs sind wirklich neu. Die bringen aber viel Abwechslung in das Programm, so dass sich das Addon auch für Simmer lohnt, die fleißig downloaden. Mein Liebling ist der finstere Sensenmann, der Verblichene wiederbelebt. Die neuen, teilweise sehr freakigen Gegenstände sind immer für einen Lacher gut – der tollpatschige Lampengeist zaubert oft spektakulär daneben.
If you don’t mind the sphincter–clenchingly irritating AOL splash screen during the installation, Livin’ Large is well worth the sticker price. Word to your Sim Mother.
85 (Oct 26, 2000)
En résumé, cet add-on ravira clairement tous les amateurs des Sims, inconditionnels ou occasionnels. La somme de nouveaux éléments est très complète même si on aurait aimé peut-être plus de changements de fond ou tout du moins d'améliorations.
Gameplay (Benelux) (Oct 30, 2000)
Deze add-on voegt een nieuwe dimensie toe aan het spel. de moeite waard als je een Sims fanaat bent.
PC Joker (Sep, 2000)
Pralles Add-on zur Lebenssimulation: fünf neue Karrieren, originelle Gegenstände und Ereignisse.
Pro: Viele neue Features und Karrieren, die wieder neuen Wind ins Spiel bringen.
Contra: Nichts wirklich revolutionär Neues, immer noch keine Missionen und kein Spielziel.
Fazit: Selten war es so einfach: Wer die Sims schon nicht mochte, der macht auch besser einen Bogen um das Add-On. Für alle anderen wird reichlich Neues geboten zum fairen Preis. Sims-Fans werden freudig zugreifen.
Gamezilla (Oct 05, 2000)
If you’re a fan of The Sims and you don’t have a copy of Livin’ Large yet, you need to drop everything and go get it now. The additions to the game are well worth having -- I found myself even more addicted than ever after just a few minutes playing. My wife pokes fun at me for spending so much time playing a game that is basically a computerized paper doll set, but I’m hooked and I'm hoping that Maxis puts out more add-on packs that match the quality of this one.
GameSpy (Sep 10, 2000)
If you don't have The Sims, get both the title and the expansion. If you do have the game, and are looking for increased diversity without much change in gameplay, it's still a worthwhile buy.
GameSpot (Aug 30, 2000)
Unfortunately, The Sims: Livin' Large has some of the same problems that The Sims did - you still can't follow an employed sim to work, and that sim's line of work still has little bearing on the actual gameplay. Furthermore, scrolling the isometric perspective is as sluggish in the expansion as it is in the original game, and your bumbling sims will still occasionally have problems moving to where you point them. Then again, Livin' Large wasn't developed to be a definitive sequel that would make drastic improvements on the core game. It was intended to be a bundle of new content, new furnishings, and a few new options that would make your sims' lives even more exciting, and in that regard, it succeeds.
Gry OnLine (Dec 21, 2000)
Moim skromnym zdaniem gra “The Sims” wzbogacona o dodatek “Światowe Życie” jest dziełem bardzo dobrym i na stałe zagości w panteonie najlepszych gier komputerowych.
While Livin’ Large doesn’t bring any truly ground-breaking renovations to the original experience of The Sims, it isn’t supposed to. As an expansion pack, it does its job admirably, bringing new skins, sets, themes, characters and jobs to the mix, while simplifying the interface and improving the quality of the sound. The new situations and scenarios brought about by the new additions are truly enjoyable, and are easily sufficient to cause former Sims addicts to suffer another relapse. In other words, Livin’ Large is something no self-respecting Sims fan should be without, and might just be enough to entice skeptics to hazard a try.
Das sollte eigentlich ein grummeliger Meinungskasten werden. Schließlich kostet diese Erweiterung vergleichsweise viel und bietet vergleichsweise wenig. Spielerisch bleibt alles beim Alten, inklusive des berüchtigten Badezimmer-Wegfindung-Rückstaus. Aber dann geriet ich in die gewohnte Sims-Zeitfalle: Noch ein Stündchen länger spielen, damit mein Sim die Beförderung im neuen Karrierezweig schafft, um sich die coole E-Gitarre zu leisten und damit die neue Nachbarin zu beeindrucken, und so weiter... Das volle Leben hat seinen Preis, aber es beschert allen Sims-Fans neue Motivation. Ich bin jedenfalls dem Charme dieses einzigartigen Spiels wieder hilflos ausgeliefert.
Game Over Online (Sep 07, 2000)
When all is said and done, Livin' Large doesn't attempt to fix any of the inaccuracies or break any of the boundaries of the original Sims. It simply adds to the gaming experience known as the Sims and does so successfully. If you grew tiresome of the repetitive nature of the Sims, Livin' Large probably won't change your mind if for more than a few hours while you acquaint yourself with it's new additions. However, if you're still hooked on these virtual life forms, Livin' Large is a must-have expansion pack. For the majority of us, it's probably the later.
Power Unlimited (Nov, 2000)
Voor een The Sims addict is dit verplichte kost. Het geeft de originele game weer een make-over en zorgt voor heel wat uren vermakelijke poppenhuis fun.
Game Revolution (Sep 01, 2000)
Still, The Sims: Livin' Large is a nice, though hardly necessary, expansion to one of the most innovative games yet to come down the pike, and a must-have for any true Sim fanatic. Just make sure you're willing to spend the Simoleons.
IGN (Aug 29, 2000)
If you're still playing the Sims, and loving your neighborhoods, relationships, and career paths, then this game will definitely give you some new reasons to play -- and new things to do with your characters. But if you feel like you've burned out on the original Sim experience, there might not be enough new material here to keep your interest through a whole new set of characters and lifestyles.
The Living Large expansion pack offers 100 new items to stock and decorate your house with, as well as a host of new body types and visits from unusual characters like the Grim Reaper. Oddly enough, there was so much crap to play with in the first game that the 100 new items are stretched pretty thin between all the different categories. The five new career types are probably the biggest thing to get excited about. A great pack for the Sims fan who’s done it all and craves more, but the casual player who doesn’t need to see everything may be disappointed. Check the Internet for downloads first.
PC Gamer Brasil (Nov, 2000)
Gozando a vida é um pacote de expansão que traz várias novidades para o jogo e corrige diversos bugs da versão anterior. Apesar do nome não ter sido muito feliz na opinião de nossa equipe, a expansão dá um novo sentido ao jogo. Para começar, o número de opções de carreira foi acrescido. Cinco novas passam a abrir um leque de emprego que soma mais de 50 diferentes possibilidades de ganhar a vida. Imagine poder criar um roqueiro, ou um meticuloso jornalista, ou um paranormal; ou ainda, transformar algum personagem de seu game em um hacker perigoso.
70 (Oct 27, 2000)
In theater, the phrase "the fourth wall" is sometimes used to describe the sensation the audience has when viewing a play, television show, or film. It gives us the feeling of peeking through glass; the enjoyment of the voyeur as we watch an anthill. We delight in observing the unaware participants as they go through their daily lives, obliviously acting and intertwining themselves with other players.
Gameplanet (Sep 19, 2000)
Livin' Large is an expansion pack aimed squarely at hardcore Sims fans. It offers little to those who dabbled with the game and does little to improve on the gameplay of the original. A must for those who love their Sims, though.
Absolute Games ( (Sep 07, 2000)
Зачем Maxis/EA сделали это? Они думали, что станет веселее, если разбавить пресную каждодневную рутину подобной бредятиной? Ну, ладно, часок посмеемся. Или два (не исключаю того, что фанаты будут кайфовать неделями).
If your Sims obsession is still going strong, Livin' Large is probably a worthwhile acquisition-after all, it is cheaper than doll collecting. If, on the other hand, if you—like so many—initially thought The Sims was brilliant but eventually found it tiresome, there is not enough added gameplay here to merit reassessment. Furthermore, the wide variety of quality skins and decorations available on the Internet make it harder to justify paying for a new look. In the end, The Sims does mimic real life: if you aren't happy, new stuff is only a fleeting solution.
Génération 4 (Oct, 2000)
Cet add-on sympa mais un peu maigre ravira les fans des Sims. Les autres déploreront le manque de vraies nouveautés.
Gamekult (Oct 11, 2000)
Les Sims, ça vous change la vie, plus qu'une extension, se révèle n'être qu'un gros data disk rempli d'innovations en majorité déjà disponibles sur le Net. Les carences de gameplay observées sur l'original se retrouvent toujours ici, réservant ce jeu aux fans du premier, dépourvus de connexion Internet si possible.