The Sims Social is a Facebook game based on the popular Sims franchise. A lot of Facebook games have borrowed elements from The Sims, so it is about time an actual Sims game was released for this platform.
The Sims Social is immediately recognizable to fans of the series. It resembles the first game mostly, but it does have elements specific to a Facebook game. If you are unfamiliar with the series, allow me to fill you in. In The Sims, you play as a person living their daily lives, in a simulated world. You get to do all the exciting things that you procrastinate and avoid doing in your real life, things like take a shower, make dinner, get a job and advance through the ranks, make woohoo, get married, have children, build a house and decorate it.
The Sims Social
So what are the differences between the main games and this one? Well, first of all, the complexity of the game has been reduced, as in you no longer build your house, but you buy a complete room and add it. Also the skills are different. Skills are now upgraded to give you new content, not increase your proficiency in an activity. And of course The Sims Social has a social element to it.
Hasn’t anyone who has played The Sims ever dream of what it would be like if it had multiplayer? Well this is the main feature of The Sims Social. In this game you cannot control a family, just a single character. This is you basically, and your Facebook friends have their sims. So now instead of flirting, marrying or fighting NPCs you will actually be doing all of this with your friends. This is an awesome concept and a great improvement to the series.
The problem with this game is its Facebook game status and implicit time-sink mechanic. You have an energy bar, but unlike in the other games, it does not refill by sleeping. You can mix yourself an energy drink and drink it to refill your energy, but this costs money, which in turn cost real money. But if you do not want to pay, you can log out and relog later to fill your energy. Or you can use your credit card to buy more in-game money. Some might say that this is not that big of a deal, but let’s be honest here, when you feel like playing The Sims you don’t want to stop after 20 minutes and wait another 10, nor do you want to cough up some cash for extra time.
To sum it up, The Sims Social adds something new to the series. I would like to say that it could have been done better, but I can’t think of another way. But instead of this stop and go and pay for extra time, I would have definitely preferred to buy the game outright. Maybe having all three of these possibilities right off the bat would make the game a lot better. It certainly would for me. Is it Game of the Year? This is a good game, but not really great. I do not see it as a Game of the Year.
It came a little too late to the Facebook party, so it is not that original. It is also a Sims game, a series with over a dozen or so games released.
The game can get quite addictive, but if you’ve played other Sims games, the constant stop-and-go mechanic will probably make you quit the game pretty fast.
The Sims series has been one of the most recognizable franchises of games on the PC. The Sims Social has a good amount of people who have heard about it, or are willing to try it.
All the good features of The Sims, a life simulator, with the added benefit of playing it with your friends.
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