Sims Life Stories to laptop-dance next month

Electronic Arts releasing narrative-driven, "laptop-friendly" spin-off of its seminal PC life simulation in February, with two sequels to follow.

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There are two types of PC gamers: those who play the Sims, and those who do not. Today, Electronics Arts announced it was going after the latter group with the Sims Life Stories, a new spin-off of the Will Wright-created franchise, which has sold more than 70 million units. The game will ship in the US on February 6 and in Europe on February 2. It is rated T for Teen in the US and 12+ in the UK.

According to EA, The Sims Life Stories will address one of the primarily criticisms of the Sims games--namely, that they have no story. In addition to the standard nonlinear gameplay, which sees user-created sims go about their virtual daily lives, the Sims Life Stories will feature a 12-chapter story mode. The "comic" plot will follow two precreated characters, Riley Harlow and Vincent Moore, as they engage in a series of romantic entanglements.

In addition to sporting a narrative, the Sims Life Stories is being touted by EA as being "laptop-friendly"--that is, usable on the portable PCs lugged around by most students. Presumably, this means that the game will not require the sort of graphics cards that the Sims 2 and most other modern games require. The product announcement also emphasized the game would be easy to "pick up and play," a not-so-subtle appeal to the casual gamer.

According to EA, The Sims Life Stories will be the first in "an all-new product line" called the Sims Stories Line. It will be followed this summer by the Sims Pet Stories, which will have players caring for their own animal menagerie. A third installment, the Sims Castaway Stories, is due in Winter 2008. It will borrow a page from the hit television shows Lost and Survivor by having players help their Sims eke out an existence on a desert isle.

Discussion

36 comments
GeigerdolylWodd
GeigerdolylWodd

oliver_475 im gnna say its gnna be like the console story driven games e.g. bustin out, but thy'll make it better (i hope) so i'll prbably buy it Posted Jan 17, 2007 4:14 pm CT====================================================================== I kind of liked Bustin out, especially the PULL MY FINGER fartjokes, LOL

Luluaprilbuster
Luluaprilbuster

I really have had fun with it. I have been playing Riley's life. I also play the Sims 2 but, it's easier so, I don't have to be so on the ball all the time.

DarkMessiahNF
DarkMessiahNF

I can't wait - I have two days during the week where I'm at school with a 4-hour break. I need something to hog my time, and I do love the Sims. This will definitely help. The fact is, it's not supposed to be like the originals, 1 or 2. Custom content from those won't work. This is almost like the Sims from PS2.

maxinshoes
maxinshoes

HOORAY! Now I can play Sims on my laptop. It won't be a real substitute for the Sims 1/2 though.

Warchild007
Warchild007

When I played The Sims first time I loved this game! I'll wait for this new Sims...

dryden555
dryden555

all of the adult sims characters are the exact same height -- makes no sense in a life simulator.

Thorpe89
Thorpe89

So many Sims games are coming out. :o

Kravyn81
Kravyn81

Wow! Two sequels?! I'm utterly shocked! :roll:

oliver_475
oliver_475

im gnna say its gnna be like the console story driven games e.g. bustin out, but thy'll make it better (i hope) so i'll prbably buy it

BrideInDream
BrideInDream

putting sims in my comp made my comp slow T.T

theKSMM
theKSMM

I've never been able to really get into the Sims, but I might give this one a shot. I'm always looking for new types of gaming entertainment when I'm on the go...

kmilo_rws
kmilo_rws

not a bad idea, but i can't stop thinking that EA is milking one of its greatest franchises... again.

Thundrone
Thundrone

Sims on the PC is Great, But Sims on a Console terrible.///

Phelaidar
Phelaidar

They should make a good "Sims Online". Not the crappy one they made some years ago...

iMuffins
iMuffins

Cool. I love The Sims 2. Maybe I can install this version on the craptastic computer that's in my room, so I can play it if my sister is on my good computer (This one =P).

comthitnuong
comthitnuong

ive never played a sims before..i might want to try this

the_real_VIP
the_real_VIP

I don't know, but Sims Pet sounded like it's "inspired" from Nintendogs and now you have Sims Stories sounds like it's "inspired" from GTA ~ City Stories...

AmarSAcharya
AmarSAcharya

Interesting, but well . . . probably *more* interesting if you could create a sim, like normal, and use him/her as the main character, not unlike an RPG, instead of premade characters . . . and no, i'm not advocating a "The Sims" RPG . . .

Dantes_Monkey
Dantes_Monkey

I am the other type of PC gamer. But it is good that EA is trying to ammend some of the problems faced by previous sims games

LinkRemembered
LinkRemembered

Lap-top dancing... doesn't it just make you want to take your shirt off and throw it at old people?

ctkxtreme
ctkxtreme

They did this with the portable Sims games, let's see how they do it with PC.

chicken_123_pie
chicken_123_pie

Well, it looks like EA has done it again. Each year they bring out a stellar line-up of games. Last year it was BF2142, '05 was BF2 with the expansions and each year before that going back to either '00 or '01 has been the Sims. Yes EA has certainly won the hearts of the gaming community and the simple casual gamers. What I would like to see is, this game making a move to the consoles. In a way, it would be perfect for the Wii. However, with the control set-up, it would be difficult to be able to get your character to do what you want them to do. If EA really wants to sell this title, it will need to be on the PS3 as well as laptops. 360 gamers are too good for this series. I suppose it couldn't hurt porting this over to the Wii also.

Nintendo_Man
Nintendo_Man moderator

EA is milking another one of their game series. The problem is people will buy these games (aren't the expansions enough)?

gatsbythepig
gatsbythepig

laptop dancing, sounds sexy and nerdy all at the same time

Bawishe
Bawishe

It looks ok, but wouldn't a story-driven Sims game take away from the user-experience, which is all about self-expression and creativity?

Lord_DoDo56
Lord_DoDo56

Chicks dig a guy who plays Sims ;). Woo-Hooing every gal in the neighborhood, alright!

Stukes
Stukes

ok i dont evn play sims. on reason being there are so many to choose from. plus its like living ur life in a video game. now i could see y u would do that from games like WoW or Elder Scrolls, but a normal simple life? dude. come on.

cj_133
cj_133

Sounds great, i cant wait to see it :D system specs seem great. I cant wait!!