|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: Sep. 18, 2007||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
by Philip Hanan
The Sims is one of those games so realistic that everyone has to play it. I mean, who hasn't dreamed of the chance to be rich one day or have the chance to hang out with the Black Eyed Peas? People around the world can make themselves or their dream identity and live their dreams virtually in a fun, crazy environment full of weird neighbors and wacky items.
The Sims have had every type of crazy neighbor you could think of in their previous games and have had expansion packs to put them in every situation ever, but now that the Sims are coming to Wii, the Sims world is transforming into something new. Unlike the previous characters that mimicked real life, these new Sims mimic Kubrick style figures. They're chunky, funky, and fun to create!
By using the Wii-mote to point and click, you can create characters that truly represent your inner Chibiness. You can add large eyes, small eyes, boy band dos, samurai hair, and spiky hair to your head and your choice of clothing for some crazy outfit combinations.
Building homes is as easy as pointing and clicking as well. In order to help revitalize your hometown which used to be massive and full of jobs, you must rebuild it. You can choose lots of different blocks such as cubes, cylinders, and pyramids to build homes and other buildings with, and then color them with your choice of paint. Just like the old Sims games, you can also decorate them with amusing knick knacks such as a lawn gnome.
When new people move to your town, you may have to build a building made especially for them. A chef, for example, may need an oven and some tables and chairs while a hotel owner may need a huge building full of individually decorated rooms.
The more attractive your town is, the more people will want to move there. Many will stay at the hotel, looking for homes. You will build them with the Wii-mote, but don't think you have to accept your new citizens. You can screen them all and boot who ever you deem not suitable for your new town.
The graphics of the game may look like Playskool toys, but that shouldn't turn anyone away who loves the expressionistic quality of the Sims games. The characters have all sorts of wacky interactions with each other in a quality pleasing to both young and old alike.
The sound quality isn't any different than in any other Sims game. The characters mumble this and mumble that, but you do get to choose the tone of their voice when making your own character.
I don't have enough details yet to tell you whether you must feed yourself, entertain yourself, bathe, etc, like in past Sims games, but it sounds like building a large community is the main goal of the game, not trying to keep your own household running smoothly.
I can't really compare this game to the Sims as much as I can compare it to Animal Crossing. The games both involve keeping a community running smoothly along with wacky characters. The main difference between MySims and Animal Crossing is the fact that you can customize so much in MySims. If you love building type sim games or just love games with Create-A-Player, then MySims should become your Sims. Everyone should look for this title in the fourth quarter of 2007.
CCC Freelance Writer