- Let your Sims live the life with new items, building styles, careers, neighborhoods, and characters
- New items include a chemistry lab, electric guitar, crystal ball, and more
- Become a journalist, hacker, musician, or a professional slacker
With all highly successful PC games, you can almost expect an expansion
pack that builds upon the original; fans always desire more action before
actual sequels are released. The Sims is no different. Developed by Maxis,
The Sims: Livin’ Large incorporates various situations with five newly
added career tracks and 50 jobs.
For those unfamiliar with The Sims, here’s the gameplay summary in a
nutshell: using a cursor-driven interface, you’ll either create or choose a
pre-manufactured family and control the way each person lives their lives.
Depending on your personal preferences, you’ll decide how each person
interacts with others (through pre-determined traits) and how comfortable
the living conditions are; you have the option of building houses, choosing
various decors, and buying household appliances. You can even choose career
paths for individual members of the family.
In The Sims: Livin’ Large, you’ll have five new career paths in which to
choose: musician, slacker, paranormal, journalist and hacker. Each track is
broken into various jobs. While those of the paranormal persuasion will
investigate unexplained manifestations and read tarot cards, slackers will
become golf caddies, lifeguards, and store clerks. Hackers earn their
living by beta testing software, designing games, and programming advanced
applications, while musicians hang out in subways, tune pianos, work as
wedding and lounge singers, and eventually become famous rock stars.
In addition to these career paths, there are all kinds of bizarre
situations and interactive objects like magical genies, roach infestations
from sloppy living conditions, and unexplained phenomenon such as the
exploding garden gnome. Depending on the situation, Sims may even be
abducted by alien beings — perhaps you can hire paranormal investigators
for explanations. For nihilistic gamers, there are options to build deadly
moats and other traps around your house; whenever unwanted visitors come a
ringing, they’ll be swimming for their lives!
The Sims: Livin’ Large also features three new architectural styles and
décors. While you’ll still have the option of downloading custom-made
textures from the Internet, you can build colorful yet gaudy Las
Vegas-styled homes with clashing colors and strange pieces of furniture.
When you’d rather get medieval on the Sims, there are castle textures, a
gothic setting, and yes, you’ll have the option of building a mad scientist
lab in the basement. Finally, there is an assortment of retro (1950-60s)
textures including curved furniture, lava lamps, and shag carpeting.
Ever wanted to play God? Here’s your chance to ruin people’s lives…in the