The Urbz: Sims in the City
|a game by||Electronic Arts|
|Platforms:||XBox, Playstation 2, GBA|
|User Rating:||8.0/10 - 24 votes|
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|See also:||The Sims Games, Simulator Games, Life Sim Games|
There isn't much to say about The Sims series that’s not been said before, but people don't talk much about The Urbz: Sims in the City. The series is now one of the most popular in the gaming world. Even though in recent years it slowed down, it used to be one of the best selling series too. In every Sims game there are different expansions to add different content to the game, but The Urbz: Sims in the City is a completely different thing.
So, can this spin-off of the series prove to be just as great as the main-one games with the Sims name on them?
About the game
The Urbz: Sims in the City was the first spin-off of its kind for the Sims series. And while it's a completely different game from what you'd expect from a game with such a title, it's still a simulation game.
In The Urbz: Sims in the City the main character we'll create a Sim move into the city. But you have to learn to walk before you learn to run. You'll have to scale in society and get more popular to move into the best parts of the city.
Being popular is the main thing in this game. Using social interactions, meeting new people, and dealing with all kinds of problems that come from being too popular.
Use your social abilities to scale up and become the most popular person in the city. Get important friends and make a lot of friends in The Urbz: Sims in the City.
A different kind of simulation
As we mentioned before, this title is pretty different from your average Sims games. While in The Sims 2 building your house is one of the main aspects of the gameplay, here is pretty much insignificant. In The Urbz: Sims in the City it's all about social interactions, and there are much more than ever before.
Unlike any of the previous Sims games, your Sim will spend much more time out in the streets, and you get to really play what they are doing.
The Urbz: Sims in the City shouldn't really be compared with your average Sims games. They're only similar thanks to the characters, the title, and the fact that they are both simulation titles. This game could be greatly improved by getting a PC release for better controls and visuals.
Graphics and visuals: The game looks nice and bright. The bright lights of the cities are there, and there are a lot of Sims on-screen which is great. Oddly, the characters are still Sims, and they contrast a little with the rest of the game. But overall it's pretty visually solid.
Gameplay: The gameplay would be favored if this was a PC game. The controls are odd and not too intuitive. The gameplay is based on social interactions, but the house-building element is still there for some reason. You can still customize your house, but in a much more limited way, and with worse controls. There isn't really much need for this either since your Sim can satisfy all its needs out on the streets. The rest of the game consists of different minigames and interactions. So you won't get bored easily.
Sound: This one's tough, it's not as good as in the main Sim games, but it's not bad either. It serves its purpose well, and it fits perfectly with the urban style of the whole game.