The Urbz: Sims in the City

The Urbz: Sims in the City - PS2 Review

The Urbz: Sims in the City - PS2 Review

Based on the hugely successful PC game The Sims , this adaptation for the ps2 takes the basic idea and attempts to gain a new audience in console gamers. Not being a big ‘Sims' fan, I went into this with an open mind without many comparisons between the originals and this recent sibling. The game takes place within a city and this is primarily where your Urb attempts to increase his or her reputation. I know what you're thinking, what a boring idea for a game. And you'd be right.

Your Urb begins in one of the nine districts inhabited by different subcultures like ravers, skaters and bikers. You travel through these districts gaining reputation along the way via interactions with all the other little people. By being friendly you learn different useless social skills in an attempt to go to all the hip clubs and meet all the 'popular' people like the Black Eyed Peas (confused grimace). Unless you treat the different Urbs with the right amount of respect, depending on your mood and your choice of socials, you gamble four-fitting a certain amount of cred.

  The Urbz: Sims in the City - PS2 Review


Another way of increasing your Urbs reputation is by buying different clothes and changing its appearance by getting tattoos or piercings. In order to be able to buy these really thrilling items, money must be made. Your Urb can choose to work at different establishments including working as a sushi chef and a fashion model. Simple four button sequences control your Urb whilst at work. This becomes very tedious quickly and with no enjoyable gains resulting from this pointless activity- I had problems persisting to edge my way further through the game.

According to my all knowing henchmen, furnishing your Urbs apartment is randomly more difficult to do so than it was in the original series. I found the movement frustrating within the game and having to find a cash machine and buy specific items from the appropriate district and then returning to your apartment to actually put them in is lengthy, thus the incentive to do so is quickly lost. At the moment there is absolutely nothing in my apartment, I tend to prefer to shower under the fire hydrant. You must keep your Urb happy by making sure he or she is regularly washed, fed and amused. You can also ask fellow Urbs to join your crew and can switch between four separate characters. Wow.

The graphics are nice and colourful and do make amends for a degree of the dullness of the game itself. Unfortunately no amount of style could mask this games underlining problem; the whole idea. Granted the popularity of the original Sims games can't be faulted but this tame effort will, and should not impress any person with a pulse. My idea of console gaming does not include increasing my characters popularity and I cant imagine many children gaining much, if any pleasure from this game. I personally question what type of person buys this sort of game and wonder that maybe the money spent on purchasing it could be used more constructively, like therapy. Terrorists watch out, The Urbz: Sims in the City may well be heading to an interrogation room near you.

3 out of 10

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