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Sims Life Stories

So, probably a bit too much of my past weekend was spent playing the new Sims game, Sims Life Stories. When I heard a while back that there was going to be a laptop-friendly game coming out, I knew I’d have to check it out. Sure, I have the original Sims Complete Collection on my laptop, but after playing a little Sims 2 on my mom’s computer, it’s been hard to go back.

The thing was that even though the game was released last Wednesday at Best Buy, I made myself wait until Saturday to purchase Life Stories so I wouldn’t be tempted to play while I was preparing for a workshop Friday evening. That was a very good decision…

So now I’ve got what amounts to a light version of Sims 2 on my laptop. But besides classic open-ended play, Life Stories comes with two guided stories you can play to meet preset goals. While perfect for people who are new to the Sims, I as an experienced Sims player rather enjoyed playing through the first story. I stayed up way too late on Saturday. In fact, I finally made myself go to bed because I knew I just didn’t have the ability to concentrate on the final goal. I’m now saving the second story for this coming weekend, because I do need my rest… I have been playing a little bit of open-ended play this week when I’ve a little time in the evenings.

When I opened the package, I was happy to discover that Life Stories is just the first in the Stories line. I have Sims Pet Stories to look forward to this summer, and Sims Castaway Stories next winter.

These certainly aren’t going to be for everybody (for example, someone who can’t live without custom content), but if your computer doesn’t have the specs for Sims 2, it’s a really nice alternative.

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