Since The Sims first appeared on PC over five years ago, there has been a multitude of new versions and various updates, including Bustin' Out, Nightlife, Hot Date and Makin' Magic. The latest title to join the ever expanding family is The Urbz: Sims in the City on Nintendo DS, which, after its first weekend on sale, has helped to propel the game to number 14 from number 30 in the All Formats Chart. So how have Maxis, the game's creators and developers, taken to DS? We put some questions to
We can't say that this is a crushing disappointment, because we weren't expecting great things from it in the first place, but to see a near-identical game to the mono-screened version you'll find reviewed a couple of pages over is a disgrace. Honestly, bar a few touch-screen orientated changes, this is an identical game to the one you'll find on GBA. If you want to know what the game is all about, we suggest you read the other review and then come back... Okay, so the differences between this
The Urbz is basically The Sims with people who would've been in SSX, but couldn't get there early enough because their hair needed doing. Still, the title's got a 'Z' in it. Rock! It's not even The Simz. It's more rock than that. It's The Urbz. Woo! Stoked!Is that annoying? Then you're not going to like this. Clearly aimed at a very young market that aspires to be all teenage and grown up - and suburban American and white and BMW-at-17 rich and middle class - the whole thing's been hosed with
Don't be different, blend in. Don't have your own opinions, go with the crowd. Don't choose your own clothes, just do it! These are all valuable - and painful - lessons we have learnt from playing The Urbz, that and the fact that 'weasel packing' isn't a metaphor. It's a job, but you do still need the rubber gloves. For a Sim raised in the 'burbs (where the greatest danger is a singed microwave meal or lost lover) learning to fit-in on these mean streets is the key to surviving and thriving.
Following our revelation on Tuesday (20 April) that Maxis were developing a , Electronic Arts - publishers of the massively successful people-'em-up series - have confirmed that the game will be called The Urbz and that it will be released for PS2, Xbox, Cube and GBA in the autumn.As previously revealed, the game focuses on reputation, with players having to create these new sims, called urbz, by customising their style and building their status to become the biggest player in the city. Working
Developers Maxis have leaked early details of the sequel to The Sims Bustin' Out - and, in contrast to the traditional suburban Sims setting, this time round proceedings will be decidedly street. Due to be released on PS2, Xbox, Gamecube and GBA, the game currently has a working title of Urban Sims.The series is taking major new steps this time out by shifting geographical location to the big city and honing the focus of the gameplay on building a reputation. This has a significant knock-on