The Sims Life Stories
February 6, 2007
The game begins in Story Mode with Riley Harlow's life story as she moves from SimCity to Four Corners to live with her Aunt Sharon to start a new life. A second story follows the life of Vincent Moore, a millionaire who is looking for true love. After both stories are completed the gameplay continues in open-ended Classic mode, which is similar in nature to The Sims 2. The towns in which Riley and Vince live are also available to play when their stories are finished.
The Sims Life Stories is a separate Sims PC game developed by Maxis and EA Games, released in February 2007. It shares the graphics, control system, audio, and overall gameplay of The Sims 2. The expansion packs and other Sims 2 software are not directly compatible with this game.
The game starts out with two different neighborhoods that follow two different pre-made Sims: Riley and Vincent. Both stories begin with guided storylines until certain goals and criteria are met. After these objectives are achieved, the player is allowed to explore more of that storyline’s world in Free Play Mode. Free Play Mode is also available with the player’s own created characters. Furniture that is not available in the regular Sims 2 game becomes unlocked as players continue on in the storyline mode.
The Sims Life Stories is a great game to play on a desktop PC or laptop. It can be played in Window mode or full-screen alike. When unplugged from AC power on a laptop, the battery meter is displayed in-game, which comes in handy when playing full-screen. Since I am primarily a laptop user at home, these are definitely helpful features for me, personally.
I didn’t test to see if keyboard settings can be changed (my understanding is that they cannot), but the mouse doesn’t simply cut it as far as moving around The Sims Life Stories world, other than for a few limited options, some limited movement/zoom, and command functions. It is necessary to make use of the Shift or Alt + A, S, D, and W keys to move the view sideways, as well as back and forth.
Great Sims 2 style game for portability, with furniture and other goodies that aren’t available on the regular Sims 2 game and accompanying expansion packs.
Limited options as compared to the Sims 2 game and expansion packs, as far as hair, furniture, decorations, and other items go. Players may not be happy with the new movement system of using keyboard functions.