The Sims Bustin' Out

Overview

If you haven’t heard of The Sims then I truly don’t know what world you are living in because it is everywhere. First being released on the PC it took the gaming world by storm. Since the initial release there have been a good number of expansions for the title and even the transition to the consoles last year. Now the guys over at Maxis are at it again with The Sims: Bustin Out a title that will make any fan of The Sims series happy.

Gameplay

Before I get right into the review there are a few things I would like to point out with this title that might set a few people straight. Those of you who are big fans of the Pc version and may think that this new console version of The Sims is going to be something revolutionary for the series then you might not be too overwhelmed with what this game has to offer. The Sims: Bustin Out is still running on a system very similar to the one on the Pc version with a few tweaks but nothing major that will knock your socks off. For the most part it’s the same sort of game just on the console. Now enough of that, lets get on with the review shall we.

Similar to the previous console version of The Sims there are two main modes to the game, which is Bustin Out and Free Play. Bustin Out is the goal-oriented portion of the game where you are given certain tasks that you must complete in order to progress through the game. Basically the premise behind the mode is to Bust Out of poverty and make your way up the social ladder to hopefully one day have a successful job with a good income.

You start the mode by creating your Sim, and for a lot of people this is one of the best portions of the game. You are given plenty of options to customize your character and the variety in the essentials you’re allowed to choose from is quite large. This part of the game is of course important because the way you create your character will directly affect the career and social paths you take throughout the mode so it is highly advised to choose wisely.

Once you have created your character you are off to Mom’s house where the mode starts and it’s your first job to get a job and move out of there. You are given seven career paths to choose from: Movie Star, Mad Scientist, Gangster, Fashion Victim, Athlete, and Paramilitary. With all of these different career paths come a lot of extra’s that you can unlock throughout the game. Unfortunately if you really want to collect all of the extras you will be switching from Job to Job trying to gain all of the extras.

One of the big features of The Sims: Bustin Out is the ability to watch your Sim go other places besides just sitting at home. Unfortunately there isn’t a whole lot to this but it does allow you to see your character go from Location to Location and for that it does give you more of a sense of where your going.

I must commend Maxis on creating a very challenging Bustin Out mode, because when you get into the later levels of this mode you will find that most of these objectives you will have to complete are not going to be easy ones. The mode is rich with extras so you will be enticed to complete these objectives in order to unlock some really neat extra items. The Bustin Out mode was actually very impressive and extremely deep and will take the average Sim gamer a good while to complete.

The Free Play mode is the mode that most fans of the game are used to which just allows you to do whatever your heart desires. Create a family and raise them in whatever way you want it really is a "free" playing mode where you make your own objectives and do whatever you want.

One of the downsides to Bustin Out is the fact that there really hasn’t been much new added to the game. Sure the Bustin Out mode is long and complex but there hasn’t been much added to The Sims system to really get you pumped up to play this one. I would have loved to seen more new stuff in the game to give the game a little separation from the PC version.

Graphics

The one thing The Sims has never been known for is to have good graphics. Always commended on the Gameplay and always condemned for its graphics The Sims: Bustin Out attempts to change that bad wrap.

When you compare Bustin Out to the previous console version you see that there have been upgrades to the animation of the game. When you look at the characters in the game they have a lot more movements and are a lot more physical with each other. They make much bolder and solid movements that really make the graphics flow a lot better then before. Another upgrade to the graphics comes in the category of detail which you can see there has been more placed on both the characters and the environments. Customizing your character is much more "customizable" with all the new items you can use to create your character. The environments in which you play in are much more colorful and also contain a lot more detail then before.

Overall the graphics do look a good deal better then the previous versions but have yet to make the jump to becoming an excellent looking title. Things still don’t look overly great and for that it gives Maxis still something they need to work on with their series.

Fun Factor

In this section it’s truly on your taste in games. In my experience I have found that you either love The Sims or you hate The Sims and that will truly transpire into how you will feel about this one. Like I mentioned earlier the game doesn’t do a whole lot new so if you didn’t like previous versions this one isn’t going to be a whole lot different. Personally I am a big fan of the series and I really had a lot of fun with this title. This is one of those titles with literally unlimited replay value and it stays fun for me throughout.

Overall

If you are on the lookout for a new Sims title for your console you have no where else to turn the Bustin Out, a very solid well developed game that does a nice job of doing everything quite well throughout the game.

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