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The Sims
Scheduled release date: Fall 2002
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Developer: Maxis
Genre: Simulation
Number Of Players: 1

  Electronic Arts announced today that The Sims is officially in development for the Playstation 2. The game expands the enormously popular franchise and brings the joy of the Sims to console form. Players will be able to create and control their Sims with all new level-based game play, two-player mode, and dynamic 3D graphics. In an all new level-based neighborhood, players can start with just one Sim and move him or her on up as they advances through life. Your Sims can move into bigger and better homes and unlock new objects, as they progress through new challenges.

   One of the best features of the game is two players can now play the Sims together for the first time. You will be able to save your houses and Sims on a memory card and play them on a friend's system. Also, customizing your characters has reached a new level of detail. Stylish hats, trendy glasses, cool hairstyles and an enormous variety of clothing options are just the beginning of your Sims experience.

   In this version of the game, players can explore an entirely new 3D world that utilizes the full potential of the PS2. Wacky neighbors will be included to interact with and the new controller-base game interface makes manipulating the Sims the easiest its ever been. The PS2 version will showcase level-based fun, two-player challenges, and classic Sim-style open-ended game play. With the amount of added features and playability, it will be difficult to ever go back to the original PC version.

   "The #1 selling PC game of all time is coming to the number one console, giving players a new way to fall in love with The Sims," said Michael Perry, lead designer of the title. "We've completely redesigned the controls and added new game play creating a brand new way to experience the game."

   The Sims is scheduled for release this fall and will be debuted at E3 2002.

5/20/2002   Matthew Stensrud