Product Type: Electronic Arts PSP games
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The Sims 2 (PSP)
Member Name: charlie1979
The Sims 2 (PSP)
Advantages: Great sound and graphics, principle of the game good
Disadvantages: Repetitive, very slow loads speeds
For anyone that is familiar with the Sims this game has all the basic principles of the familiar games on the pc and traditional games consoles. You create and name your character. You can change clothe, hair type and colour, skin colour and many other attributes to personalise your Sim who you will control throughout the game.
You have your basic needs that you need to maintain including hunger, sleep and washing. The annoying part of this game is that these needs are not displayed on the screen and you have to press the 'select' button to go to a separate menu. The only time you know when your needs are running low is when you get a warning flash up, but which time it is usually too late and you end up soling yourself or vomiting!
Relationships have to be made with other Sims but this is done in a different way in this game. With other Sims games you have a more traditional conversation with others and can choose your topic. In this game you can choose to chat, flirt or intimidate. Once the conversation has started an icon will appear above the other Sims head and you must press the corresponding button that matches this to build up the bar to gain a friendship point. You must get most of the matches correct to fill this bar and improve your relationship. If you intimidate another Sim you can learn their secrets but you will have to apologise after you have made them cry if you want to be friends with them!
Traditional with other Sims games you have a sanity meter on the left hand side of the screen with your current wants and fears above it. You must complete the shown wants to increase the level of this meter. This meter needs to be kept in the green however if it plummets into the red your Sim will end up having a nervous breakdown! This happened to me and my Sim started crawling along the floor on her backside making strange gargling noises and I ended up being carted home!
Goals have to be completed and these are shown on a separate screen. These are basically tasks you must complete to further yourself in the game. The annoying thing is though once you complete one goal another one appears so you don't seem to be getting anywhere! As the game progresses you open up different places to visit and I found it quite hard to remember who lived where and putting a face to a name! I got a bit tired of pressing the select button and going through my friends list so I could see what the Sim looked like I was supposed to be visiting! Even when you start a conversation with another Sim it does not show their name so you have to have a good memory!
There are no jobs and careers as such in this game. Money is earned by completing mini games, selling trash you have picked up or selling secrets. You take a risk in selling a friends secret though as if they find out they will not be very happy with you and you will lose their friendship! The temptation of earning 250 Simoleons (Sims cash) is too tempting though so I sold everything! What a bad friend I am in cyber world! With your hard earned money you can purchase items for your house, buy food and other items as you progress through the game.
Some of the mini games are quite amusing. I particularly enjoyed the 'Kine Sunrise Ritual'. This is performed in a barn where you become a cult member of this cow loving clan! You must hit corresponding buttons to carry out the ritual in time and I found the music and the actions very funny, mind you I am the first to admit that I have a strange sense of humour! Other mini games include 'Smack a Ghoul' where you must hit the ghosts over the head with a shovel in a 'wack attack' style game.
The main game is set in the town of Strangetown and there are spooky noises and ghosts everywhere! Be careful to avoid the ghosts though as they will scare you if you get too close and your sanity level will plummet! The game is quite dark due to its haunted style theme so it is quite nice to enter some of the houses to get some colour to the game! The sound on this game is pretty good though and I found myself getting a bit scared at some points when a ghost comes out of nowhere! What a wimp! This game is for ages 12 plus!
So, what do I think about the game as a whole then? Well, the game in principle is great. The graphics are brilliant for such a small hand held console. The major downside with this game though is the load speed, it is ridiculously slow! Every single action you make seems to freeze the game for a few seconds and sometimes you have to wait twenty second before your action even starts! This made the game play frustratingly slow and so much so that I rarely play the game now! I also found the game to be quite repetitive after a while and after about ten hours of gameplay the novelty soon wore off!
Overall I would say give this game a go but only if you have the patience of a saint to put up with the load speeds! I bought this game In Argos as part of a two for £25 offer so for £12.50 I can't really complain too much!
Summary: Frustrating is an understatement!