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  • Pete Davison 1:49 pm on October 27, 2010 Permalink
    Tags: , The Sims   

    @cptcarnage I feel as our resident The Sims expert I am best qualified to answer your question. 🙂

    The Sims ends whenever you want it to. This wasn’t necessarily the case in the first game, when it actually took a fair bit of effort to kill them. But since The Sims 2 the little guys and gals have grown up, aged and died naturally. So depending on how you’ve played, a game of The Sims 3 could be over after 90 days of in-game time if the character you were playing was a lifelong bachelor who chose not to extend their family. In fact, The Sims 3 has an interesting “Lifetime Wish” gameplay mechanic which makes for some interesting decision-making. Very often you have to decide between making your household/family a successful one or selfishly pursuing your lifetime wishes. You can say you’ve “beaten” The Sims 3 by fulfilling a character’s Lifetime Wish. Or with the expansion packs, you could “beat” it by exploring all the world locations fully, completing all the Achievement-like challenges, reaching the top of a career or whatever you like.

    Games like that are what you make of them. You can “win” at Civ. You can’t win at a typical sandbox strategy game like Sim City or The Sims because there is no “final goal” besides that which you set for yourself. That structure isn’t for everyone. But what it does do is potentially provide the game with limitless replayability.

  • Pete Davison 10:02 pm on June 14, 2010 Permalink
    Tags: , The Sims   

    @cgrajko I think it’s always been there to an extent. It’s just always been seen as a “casual” game.

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