E3 '07: MySims Updated Impressions

Essences, interests, and community building--no, it's not a matchmaking service, it's EA's upcoming new take on the Sims for the Nintendo Wii.

EA powerhouse series has continued to evolve over the years, and its latest form for the Nintendo Wii is yet another interesting take on the virtual-life genre. This time around, instead of creating a family from scratch, you'll be tasked with reinvigorating a downtrodden town to its previous glory. That said, there will be an amazing amount of customization to MySims, which we discovered during our hands-on look at the game at EA's E3 hotel suite.

Our first look at the game featured the player building a bed from scratch, using a number of premade shapes to slowly build the frame and add decoration to the bed. You've got several options for building objects in MySims: You can use premade blueprints that will show you where to construct the various parts; you can be more creative and build objects from scratch; or you can find a happy medium between following a pattern and letting loose with your inner Bob Vila.

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The various objects you use to construct your items aren't the only thing you'll need to be successful in MySims, however. To progress in the game, you need to appease the citizens of the town you live in--and your town will comprise two types of sims: commercial sims who want you to do tasks for them (such as build objects), and townies who are looking to move into your town. All sims in the city are motivated by the six different interests found in the game--cute, spooky, geeky, studious, fun, and tasty--and the various objects you construct will be built to satisfy these different interests. A Sim who's interested in spooky stuff, for example, might want you to build a chair that's distinctly scary, using the spooky essence.

In addition to interests, essences are another big aspect of MySims' gameplay--in effect they are the currency of the game, in that you can't complete objects to a sims' specifications unless it meets a certain interest. And in order for it to meet a certain interest, you'll have to build that object with essences of a particular type, all of which is spelled out in the task set forth to you by the particular sim making the request. It might sound a bit confusing, but it's actually quite simple. Essences can be used in two ways--either as physical objects, such as a smiley-faced seat for a chair, or as a decoration or paint scheme for preexisting objects.

Consider the jukebox requested by one Capt. Ginny, a pirate-themed sim who was specifically looking for a music player constructed of 16 angry essences and 20 musical notes. After getting the basic shell of the jukebox built, the person playing the demo painted the individual object that made up the jukebox shell with angry essence. When using an essence as a paint tool, you'll be able to choose any from four available paint schemes per essence. Topping off the jukebox with 20 musical notes, our jukebox was ready for delivery to Capt. Ginny. She loved it--and immediately popped in a quarter and began dancing to the music. Maxing out a sims' interest by building it various objects for their homes will help you progress through the game and unlock new areas of your burgeoning town to explore.

Though essences will be an important aspect of building new objects, luckily they won't be hard to come by. In addition to encountering new essences as you simply walk around the world of MySims, you can cultivate them to keep your stockpile growing by planting them in the ground and watching them grow into essence trees you can shake down. You can also fish for essences in the local ponds, or prospect them using the essence equivalent of a mine detector, which will show you just where to dig. In addition, you'll periodically run into nooks--semisecret areas which, when accessed, will let you earn new and valuable essences. In all, the game will include more than 80 different essences you can collect to help satisfy the increasingly demanding sims who populate your town.

When you aren't rolling around, pulling off odd jobs for your neighbors, you can relax and spend some time designing (or redesigning) your digs with the game's flexible building-construction tools. Though you'll start with a pretty extensive list of roofs, windows, and doors to start your home with, as new sims move to your town, you'll earn new architecture styles and accessories that you can then apply to your own home.

MySims' cute, revamped character models--a departure from the long and lean sims of old--should appeal to a slightly younger crowd, while adults will likely find the creative elements in the game a draw. The game is due for release this September, and we'll be keeping you up to date on its progress.

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57 comments
DarthMatoro
DarthMatoro

To webbut, this kind of Sims is a totally different kind made by Nintendo. But besides, looks kinda cool.

Sagacious_Tien
Sagacious_Tien

Im surprised to find myself interested in this game.

webbut
webbut

Only The Sims in Name Sake it doesn't even look like people from The Sims worked on this looks more like Animal Forest still could be decent

ryanthegreat232
ryanthegreat232

Cool that they arnt making just another sim port, worth looking into

dudeguy95
dudeguy95

Wow this game is coming out on my birth day..present :)

gamestorm232
gamestorm232

I am looking forward to see how the game is going to turn out. It looks like fun. But did they put enough time in effort in making it . Guess will have to see.

Christian_M0mmy
Christian_M0mmy

Notice the book case has alien bookends...it's still Sims, LOL

Da-Kiid
Da-Kiid

This game doesn't seem to bad, as long as it isn't a copy of Animal Crossing...

Uber_Antwerp
Uber_Antwerp

I didn't like it at first, but I'm kind of interested in this game now.

ghostadv
ghostadv

This Sims game actually interests me :O

KINGmastergamer
KINGmastergamer

it actually seems pretty good and i like the mix a bit because i liked animal crossing and i love the sims

roll450
roll450

well for some reason my sims didnt go online in my opinion is that really who wants all the games for one single console to be online you can just say super mario galaxy can just go online and boom it suckes because of online play so yeah Nintendo wanted to shorten online play for some games not alot just some so not all online features would be so terrible Replay - If you think this is a bad idea tell me or PM me.

ETretts
ETretts

I'm glad that they didn't just make a Sims game for Wii like on other consoles, as those have always SUCKED A$$, but I really hope it's not just like Animal Crossing. I played that for hours and bought a Nintendo DS for it and then when I got it for DS I just thought, "I need to get a life...." Haha.

st1sk8er18
st1sk8er18

"eh it doesn't have online,that means it'll be a crappy worthless game,who cares if nintendo broadened the gaming market,and got more people interested in gaming by focusing on what matters...I WANT ONLINE PLAY" haha...every nintendo forum is like that,its funny what people have come to expect from a gaming system...and if it doesnt have it AS SOON AS IT LAUNCHES people get pissy. patience people,not every game is good for online use,so not everyone needs to have it. this game,however,would need SOME form of it...i liked animal crossing but i hate the sims. so i'll probably get this game but i wont lose sleep over it while waiting.

veni-vidi-vici
veni-vidi-vici

*groans* i can see myself wasting hours on this being the kind of person i am, slavishly serving my sims' essences. Huge fan of the sims, i am. particularly cute graphics on the wii, kinda upstages the mii folk. nice concept. kudos to wii for appealing to more people, but it needs to be balanced with more games for the hardcore players methinks!! i like a bit of balance and right now i'm having to much fun, not enough hardcore challenge.

Breakfast_Clubber
Breakfast_Clubber

digging and fishing?!1 count me in for some of this My Sims Crossing action.

Disneyknight467
Disneyknight467

This looks very fun, but I still hope some online play will come in when the game launches or at least some Wii Connect 24 features. I really hope that needs come into play still in Mysims (bladder, fun, Energy ect.) because otherwise it would be a sort of mix with The Sims and Animal Crossing like people have been saying..

mingomike
mingomike

Think this game is another way for the Wii to get non-traditional gamers. I know my girlfriend will want to play this games and I know she will love it cause its cute and just like animal crossings (kinda). My feelings for this game is the same as most of my Wii games...not for me but usually fun to play with a group of people and for the most part are tailored for non-gamers

richie5288
richie5288

should have just made a normal sims game

Dpunkrocker10
Dpunkrocker10

I have mixed feelings about this game, it looks ok and the characters look really crazy and funny. i think if the games had online play it would make people want it more

icytower
icytower

Not surprised about the game, figured it would come but it is a bit earlier then I thought.

xtiansk8
xtiansk8

it doesn't look like the other sims

palooka123
palooka123

i dont think this game will be very interesting at all.

CaptainDingo
CaptainDingo

Sounds like Animal Crossing. But not exactly anything more than Animal Crossing, just Animal Crossing with a Sims theme. :P

msudude211
msudude211

I didn't like the demo of this, so I don't think I'll like the game either.

juanfraino
juanfraino

Dunno witch version to get, they both got good previews!

Acyberexile
Acyberexile

I seriously think this is going to be a flop. My guess is we won't have time to build anything at all, we will be doing tasks all the time.

NotAFurry
NotAFurry

"Wii really needs some MMO game in the like of PS3's Home. I'm hoping that they'll introduce that in this with the ability to venture into other people towns. Nintendo has the capability and is already set up for it as far as the Mii's go I just hope they do it." Yeah, but not just with some random people, I say they're doing good by keeping to their friends list idea.

kylestarr
kylestarr

Wii really needs some MMO game in the like of PS3's Home. I'm hoping that they'll introduce that in this with the ability to venture into other people towns. Nintendo has the capability and is already set up for it as far as the Mii's go I just hope they do it.

fmobliv06
fmobliv06

looks awesome! this is one of my most anticipated wii games of the year

bansheerpg
bansheerpg

Looks pretty fun if you ask me. I like the cutomisation idea.

soulfood4
soulfood4

Ehh..idk about this game. Not a big fan of The Sims series, and this isnt changing my mind.

generalish
generalish

looks like a clean game for children.

XGxAxMxExRX
XGxAxMxExRX

this looks like a great game I think im gonna buy this game for sure

padouke
padouke

Never huge fan of Sims but may be worth a look. The review will tell...

km1498
km1498

Looks pretty cool but I will wait for a review.

punaeased
punaeased

I can't wait to get this game!, it looks much better than the original Sims!

BulletProof007
BulletProof007

I think its a good fit for the Wii and if the creation element is strong enough I will buy it.

DVF44
DVF44

Sounds like a combination between the Sims and Animal Crossing should be a good buy

cubeman
cubeman

I like the original ones better than how this one looks.

jesus_knight
jesus_knight

its gonna be a good game, good job for ea bringing this franchise to the wii