Review by catcool246
"Definitely a worthwile addition to any Sims collection!"
You've just moved out of your parent's house. You're young, hip, "fresh". In the city, that's all that matters. Do you have what it takes to throw the best parties, shmooze your way into the VIP clubs, impress the locals in every neighborhood? You can find out in Urbz: Sims in the City! Another installment to the Sims franchise, this game is a fairly good addition to a long reigning powerhouse of games that have captivated thousands. You never know what could happen, you just might become the next big Urb!
Gameplay ~ 8/10
Similar to fellow Sims games, The Urbz' gameplay is centered around interactions with others, fulfilling your motives (bladder, rest, entertainment, etc.), and reaching goals. You are yourself, with your customized Sim roaming a city that has been separated into districts. You can get a job in each district, change your style for each, meet many other Sims, learn new interactions, and gain access to clubs. With such a variety of activities, it will keep you entertained for a good while. After some time though, you may start to get bored of that one district. You can easily change districts, but you are then at the mercy of loading times that seem to be just a bit longer than they should be. Control is fine, it's easy to do what you need to in time. In terms of challenge, this game ranges from malevolently frustrating to astonishingly easy. Personally, I find this quite nice because after working hard and barely completing a nearly impossible goal, it's refreshing to accomplish another goal easily. Overall, this game is fun and will challenge you but keep you interested at the same time.
Story ~ 9/10
As I said before, you are a young sim emerging into city life, trying to gain a reputation and get around to all the districts achieving goals and making friends. Sometimes, it can seem shallow and materialistic. A whole game that focuses on what other people think of you based on how you act/dress. At other times (generally most times), one can push past such ideals and have a pretty freakin' awesome good time. The story adds a good dimension to this game, and makes it interesting.
Graphics ~ 8/10
Although occasionally awkward, the graphics remain steady and streamlined throughout the game. In terms of its awkwardness, seeing through the walls and other items can get a bit confusing. In comparison to other Gamecube games, this game meets a pretty good standards for graphics. The details on yourself and other Urbz can be hard to see, although up close are really impressing, even down to the color of the eyes and the shape of the mouth. Each Urb is different, yet similar in some way. In the environments, there is nothing too special. Not many of the colors stand out and the architecture of the buildings or style of the furniture are nothing special really. They aren't much to rave about, but they don't get in the way; an ideal situation for this game I suppose.
Sound ~ 10/10
Ahh, finally. I've been gunning for this section the whole time. THE SOUND! It's what makes this game flourish beyond all of its shortcomings. It's what makes this game unique. Since each district has its own style, it definitely needs its own sound. In The Urbz, there is no question that each districts' respective music makes the game so much more exciting and realistic (as far as realistic goes in this game). For instance, in the super-grunge, underground Central Station, there is a ringing metal experimental rock music coming out of the speakers at every moment. In the ultra-posh, sparkling Diamond Heights, one can always hear a typical girlish pop song wailing throughout the opulent halls. Not to mention the Cosmo Street hangout, with the Black Eyed Peas making their appearance as Sims and musicians. Altogether, the music is a wonderful addition to the game and really makes it shine.
Replay Value ~ 7/10
Yes, this game will have you coming back for more throughout a week-long period. After that, it is easy to fall into a love-hate relationship with this game. You will go through more week-long stints of playing, but then you might possibly see it and go, "Eh, maybe not." It really all depends on how much you like the game. It won't take you too long to "beat" this game, but you can always create another Urb and go through s completely different adventure. After you make 4, you can just go ahead and make a whole new file with 4 completely different Urbz (only at the expense of deleting your previous 4 Urbz). All in all, you might want to replay it, but you might not. It all depends on what you want to get out of the game.
OVERALL ~ 8/10
A pretty good game. Definitely buy it if you like Sims games, rent it if you are hesitant. Don't let the unknown quality of this game put you off. It's depth and entertainment are definitely worth it!
Reviewer's Score: 8/10 | Originally Posted: 01/05/10
Game Release: The Urbz: Sims in the City (US, 11/09/04)
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