|System: Wii||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: EA||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: EA||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: March 10, 2009||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-4||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
Another area that seems to be lacking in MySims Party is the visuals. Now, before you get too worried, MySims Party still retains its ultra-cute aesthetic from previous titles. The different Sims have a blocky sort of construction (reminiscent of Lego-franchised games) and have very charming facial expressions and outfits. However, the visuals this time seemed to lack a bit of polish, and I noticed a lot more of those pesky jagged lines in this title.
Another aspect of the visuals that was disheartening was the different environments. While previous games in the franchise have featured lovely, themed environments, the main area in MySims Party just features some green grass and a few trees. Even the mini-game environments suffer from an overly bland look, each with very simple design and few elements besides those involved in the actual gameplay.
The sound department is also quite bland, featuring repetitive tunes and voiceovers. Even though the characters still do speak in Simlish (the official language of any Sims-based title), they only say a handful of lines, which are repeated over and over, and I found myself saying the lines in Simlish along with the characters during heavily replayed lines. The music is also very repetitive, though you will find new tunes accompanying the various festival levels and stages, which can provide some relief for weary ears.
When I look back on my MySims Party experience, my one overwhelming emotion is disappointment. I was so pleased with the MySims franchise up to this point, but I really feel like this party-style game tarnished my image of MySims as a whole. Although I used to associate MySims with simplistic yet engaging gameplay, MySims Party certainly falls under the "just another party game" heading, which is sobering indeed. However, I have to say that even though I was severely disappointed with this title, I am still hopeful for MySims Racing, which is the next entry in the MySims series. Hopefully, that one won't be "just another kart racer."
Amanda L. Kondolojy
CCC Staff Contributor