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Sims 2: Castaway review

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AT A GLANCE
  • Streamlined menu systems
  • Most accessible Sims game yet
  • Adventure game approach is pretty cool
  • Another Sims game?
  • Hope you love collecting berries
  • Being used to next-gen graphics

Considering how much micromanagement Sims normally need, the thought of having them stranded Robinson Crusoe-style on a tropical island with nothing but a penknife and a roll of toilet paper could have been a recipe for disaster. After all, if they normally moan about the quality of the wallpaper or how comfortable their sofa is, what would they be like if they have to sleep on the sand and eat berries?



Thankfully, while you have to create everything from scratch (collecting resources and food from your environment), Sims 2 Castaway has streamlined the menu systems to context sensitive options. You also have direct control over your Sims and are able to explore your new island home one area at a time, making Castaway feel more like an adventure game than any Sims game before it.

The more casual and less demanding approach to the management aspects also makes the game much more accessible than your average Sims game. Their wants and needs only increase once they've got beyond simply "surviving" and start to build permanent living arrangements.

The scaling back on the menu systems could upset die-hard PC fans. But as a concept on the PS2, it works brilliantly with some of the greatest feelings of achievement you'll get from a Sims title.

More Info

Release date: Nov 23 2007 - Wii
Nov 22 2007 - DS
Oct 22 2007 - PSP (US)
Nov 26 2007 - Wii, DS
Nov 02 2007 - PSP (UK)
Available Platforms: Wii, PS2, DS, PSP
Genre: Simulation
Published by: Electronic Arts
Developed by: Maxis
Franchise: The Sims
ESRB Rating:
Teen: Crude Humor, Mild Violence, Suggestive Themes
PEGI Rating:
12+

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