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Fun, different - loved it!
on May 9, 2011
Sims Medieval is a great game. It is not an expansion pack but a stand alone Sims game. Meaning you don't get to continue playing with your character from your Sims 3 games. This game is a quest game, you start by creating your king/queen and then you pick quests in order to expand your kingdom. You play each quest with your king/queen and later on you can play a different character. All quests are different and a lot of fun. For example you may need to find a talking frog or you may have to unite your kingdom with an Elf kingdom with marriage. The quests remind me of Sims 3 World Adventures.
So you start off by playing the king/queen, but with each quest you get points to spend on building new structures (tavern, market) and most of these structures require a hero to run them. Most quests give you an option of selecting your hero, so you can switch from playing the king/queen to playing a knight or a wizard. Each hero has special abilities and lives in their own building and they also level up after each quest which makes them have more abilities.
Some key points of interest about the game:
- Unlike all other Sims games, here you can only see 3 walls, and you're looking inside the building through a 4th wall at all times, basically like a doll house
- You can only control your hero so even if your hero has kids, you can't control the kids or the spouse
- Your hero has only 2 needs: eat and sleep. Unlike Sims 3 games - Sims have 6 needs. For example, your Sim won't need to use the toilet or take a bath
- Your hero or his/her kids never grow old. For example, your hero has a child, the baby goes right to child (skipping toddler like in Sims 3) and stays as child until your hero does and then the child replaces the hero (like an heir to the throne). Also, your hero won't die of old age, but instead from an accident or being killed on purpose
- You'll have to do some reading - the entire game is based on you reading and making decisions - but it's a lot of fun and the humour is great
- You can only furnish the space, you cannot edit the building (not even put a wall in)
The above list has pros and cons: for example, the living space for all the Hero Sims are very small, so if you have a family, it's hard to put 3 beds in 1 room. Also, not having your Sim age and die is a bit boring, I personally would like to see the King being replaced by his eldest son - but there is a quest where your monarch is killed. But i found it great that the 4 needs are gone and you only have to worry about eating and sleeping - this gives you so much more time to do all the fun stuff. Also, because you can't control your family members, but just the one Hero Sim, you become more focused on the one character without having to worry if your child has done homework or if your sister took a bath.
All in all, I bought this game 3 days ago and I can't stop playing. I love it, love it, love it. I have every single expansion of Sims 2 and Sims 3 BUT this game is different, fresh and fun when compared to the others. You have a different routine here, a different way of life and gameplay. I recommend this to all Sims fans!