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The Urbz: Sims in the city is, as you might expect, a variation on the popular PC games the Sims. However, those of you who are expecting simply a city version of the Sims will be wrong. The urbz is so much more than just taking sims and putting them in the city, it's a completely different game and one that I enjoy very much. Although the Sims 2 remains my favourite game The Urbz is a very close second. The version of the game that I'm reviewing is for the xbox but it is available on a range of different consoles. I haven't actually played any of the other versions so there won't be much of a comparison here I'm afraid.
As with all Sims games you start off by making your person. The options available on the urbz is more limited than on the PC version of the game, especially if you have expansion packs on your PC game but I thought that the selection of hair styles and clothing was good. There's a lot of different styles available and one of the great things is that you're encouraged to change that style throughout the game depending on where your sim is. Your sim does have a home in urbz but it's much less important than it is on PC game. You can still take pride in that home if you want to but I never see the point. They don't spend much time there so it just seems like a waste of time.
So if they're not in their home what are our sims doing? It's all in the title really, they're out in the city. Basically your sims have a career. This is one of the things that I like best about the urbz in comparison with the sims. There's a purpose. Sometimes the sims can seem a bit aimless but not so in this game. In this game they have things to do. It's not like in the sims when you send your sim off to work and then they return a couple of minutes later with a wage. In this game you have to actually go out with your sim and do the job. There are nine different areas of the city and you get to go through each of them taking on work and meeting people. The great thing for me about these areas is that they're all so different. They each contain a particular urban subculture and are very varied. In each area you're expected to dress and act like the other people, basically you try to fit in. The great thing about having the nine different areas of the city is that it keeps the game fresh. If you get bored of one area you know the next will be different. In order to get ahead in your career you interact with other sims and build up relationships, just like you do in the sims. This helps you to gain a good reputation.
I really enjoy this game. I find it's one of those games that I can play for hours and only stop playing because real life interupts and I remember that I have a real career that's a bit more important than my sim's career. I find that I never get bored of this game. As I've said if one area of the city bores you then there are other areas. One thing I really like is that your sim can sleep in various places throughout the city. As with other sims games you have to maintain certain things like hygiene and ensure your sim gets enough food and drink. Unlike other sims games all of these needs can be met in the city so you don't have to go home all the time. I find this helps the game to flow more easily. The last thing you want is to be going back to your apartment all the time.
This game is so different from the sims games for the PC but still something that I think will appeal to the average sims fan. Instead of trying to get your sim to do well in a suburban area you're just doing it in the city. The difference between the two games to me is very indicative of the differences between suburban and city life. I think that's probably why I like this game so much, I love city life and as such the way sims live in this game appeals to me.
There's obviously a lot more to the game than I've written here and I would highly recommend that you try it for yourself.
The Sims have moved to the City where action is 24/7 and reputation means everything. Sims who live in the City are known as Urbz, and they have a bold new look and attitude. Go to work and be challenged by bosses at locations like the Sushi Bar, Chop Shop, or Bootleg Fireworks, Inc. Success at work brings promotions, access to new power socials and gear to influence your new lifestyle. Flaunt your attitude by styling your Urbz using the detailed new character engine; then cross the velvet ropes of an uptown night club or explore the subway to earn new skills and items for your high-rise crib. It''s up to you whether your Urbz become big-time players on the street or are lost in the crowd. It''s all about reputation as The Urbz are living the dream in a City that never sleeps.