Comparison of Sims console versions with PC versions
The level of popularity The Sims has achieved over its 20-year lifespan was in part thanks to publisher Electronic Arts and the Maxis developers who released it on numerous platforms. Together they have managed to make games accessible to many consoles and other systems over the years, making The Sims available to millions of people around the world.
As well as being downloadable on Microsoft Windows, the series has made its way to over 10 different consoles, including Xbox, PlayStation, GameCube, and Nintendo Wii. For each version of The Sims released, some changes have been made to its world and mechanics. This worked fine for some slices, such as The Sims 2, but not as well for later versions. Despite the varied success of the console versions, The Sims still reigns supreme on PC, which has been its main platform since the beginning.
After The Sims released in 2000, it became one of the best-selling PC games of its time. Three years after launch, EA and Maxis released the base game for Xbox, GameCube, and PlayStation 2. On console, The Sims follows a storyline in which players can progress through levels of controlling Sims in different life situations. Life situations vary in difficulty with levels such as “Money From Mom” and “Party Animals”. This is very different from the PC version, which has no primary goals other than assuaging players’ custom Sims wants and needs.
The Sims 2
the The Sims 2 on console follows a level-based storyline, while offering players the flexibility to play on their own terms. A noticeable difference between the console and PC version of The Sims 2 is how players can move their Sims, using the analog sticks on console to move Sims directly or by clicking where they want their Sims to go on PC. EA also removed pregnancy and aging features from The Sims 2 on console, much to the chagrin of his fans.
A spin-off from The Sims 2released exclusively for consoles, is The Sims 2: Castaway. This survival-themed installment in the franchise is unlike any of its predecessors, requiring players to scavenge materials they can use to build huts and other items. Like previous console versions, The Sims 2: Castaway has main objectives that players must complete in order to progress: in this case, finding their way off the island. This title also does not include any aging or pregnancy features, which accentuates the quality of The Sims 2 on PC by comparing the two.
The Sims 3
Released in 2009, The Sims 3 exceeded expectations for the progression of the series in five years. The first-ever open-world map to grace the series delighted fans on PC and consoles, and kids were featured on the console versions for the first time. Unlike the previous two console titles, The Sims 3 lacks a main storyline, instead just following in the footsteps of The Sims 3 on PC by allowing players to raise their Sims in custom homes. There was also a feature exclusive to the PS3 and Xbox 360 known as trading, where players could upload and share their items with other gamers online.
The Sims 4
The newest title in the series, The Sims 4, saw new content depth and the removal of the open world map. When it comes to the quality of the console and PC versions, the two are nearly identical. Like The Sims 3, the ability to move Sims directly via analog commands has been removed, making it closer to the PC version. However, this is more difficult when browsing on console. The Sims 4 on console also had Gallery functionality – similar to swapping The Sims 3. However, it was added quite late in the game’s life, with an annoying inability for players to download custom content containing items from PC players.
Although some console versions of The Sims turned out to be unique standalone games, mostly The Sims on PC proves to be the better option of the two time and time again. With custom content available for download and players having the ability to add their own mods, the original platform that The Sims launched on still shines brighter than the rest, despite vast improvements in console releases over the past decade.
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