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The Sims Life Stories is a role play game where you control the lives of virtual characters that are created by you. You can build and decorate their houses, chose what career path they will follow and even influence who they like and dislike. The Sims Life Stories is of simular quality to The Sims 2, however does lack certain features but also gains a few too. The main difference between the 2 is that The Sims Life Stories has a optional scenario mode where you have to complete objectives related to 2 ready created sims lives to gain bonus items to use on the free play mode and The Sims 2 doesn't. This i think is a great feature as none of the P.C based Sims games other than the life stories ones have this feature. The other big difference is there are no add ons, sure there's The Sims Castaway Stories and The Sims Pet Stories but these are both stand alone games. The main advantage of the game is that it's laptop friendly, it runs really fast on my laptop which has 1gb of memory and a duo core proccessor. The main disadvantages are the lack of downloads and the fact you can only have 4 people in a family whereas in the other sims PC games you can have up to 8 people per family.
The Sims 2 is a complex game, and for complex games you need quite a good computer to handle the graphics and elaborate game play. This new edition to the Sims product line is the 'lite' version of the best-selling PC game. Never worry that your computer might not manage to play this game, as it's been designed specifically for laptops, which don't usually compare to a computer specification of a similar price. What's good about this game is the creators have incorporated many of the elements throughout the expansion packs of The Sims 2 series; from going on date's (Nightlife) to being able to custom build houses with options that were seen first in the later expansion packs of The Sims 2. However, that's not what makes this game special... ever played the console adaptions of this series? Enjoyed the story modes, as this title correctly states, there's the option to dive into the lives of two Sims, one struggling with their social life; finding women only love him for his wealth, and the other whose social life is budding, but really she needs to get a job quick! It's totally up to you, free play or story mode, there's definitely something for everybody! So is it really just a slightly altered version of The Sims 2? The answer to that question is yes. As an onlooker you would assume that everything is just as it is in the original game... but on closer inspection you soon realise that there are certain bits missing; how else would they create a 'lite' version? Firstly you may notice that some of the objects and wide choice of Sims clothing has gone, there is still plenty to get stuck into, but if you've been an avid Sims 2 fan, you might well notice the difference. After that, you'll realise there is only one neighbourhood, but truthfully; did you ever really need those other five neighbourhoods? Personally this isn't a problem to me. Finally, what I noticed missing was the ability to take photos and keep an album, as well as creating Sims movies. Yes this was an nice element to the game, but also very complicated and they needed to find ways to reduce the spec. You may well miss it, I certainly do, but really, if this game also me to play The Sims 2 (well almost The Sims 2), then I'm very happy indeed. At just £10 this game is a pretty good equivalent for laptop gamers around. Maybe your computer won't play The Sims 2, then why not try this; if it's made for laptops, a desktop shouldn't have any trouble with it (though check the specifications before buying).