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'The Sims' Are Coming To The Playstation 2

by Rainier on May 21, 2002 @ 1:45 a.m. PDT

Electronic Arts today announced that The Sims is in development for the PS2, at the company's Walnut Creek-based Maxis studio in conjunction with Austin-based, Edge of Reality, Ltd. Players will now be able to create and control their Sims like never before with all new level-based game play, two-player mode, and dynamic 3D graphics. The #1 PC game of all time will make its console debut this fall and will be unveiled to industry insiders on May 22nd at the Electronic Entertainment Exposition in Los Angeles.

"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."

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's big moments. As they progress through new challenges, your Sims can move into bigger and better homes and unlock new PlayStation 2 console exclusive objects that they can enjoy. A teppanyaki table, bug zapper, and a strip poker game are just some of the items your Sims will discover and use to their advantage along the way.

For the first time ever, two players can now play the Sims together! Play the game with or against your friends as you challenge them for popularity points and bragging rights. You can now save your houses and Sims on a memory card and play them on a friend's system.

Customizing the appearance of your Sims reaches a whole new level of detail on the PlayStation 2. Like never before, players can now create and tailor their Sims with accessories such as stylish hats, trendy glasses, cool hairstyles and an enormous variety of clothing options. Your Sims will now have a multitude of new features.

Just like in the original version of The Sims, players will be able to create the perfect Sim home, customize the Sims who live there and control their lives. But now in this version of the game, players can explore an entirely new 3D world that harnesses the full power of the PlayStation 2 console. There is also a cast of wacky neighbors to interact with that can't be found in any other Sims game. The new controller-base game interface makes manipulating the Sims through the triumphs and tribulations of their daily lives both easy and amusing. Whether it's level-based fun, two-player challenges, or classic Sim-style open-ended game play, The Sims are new for the PlayStation 2 console!

The Sims skyrocketed to the top of the charts when it began shipping to stores in February 2000 and has quickly become a universal gaming and cultural phenomenon. The Sims was the best selling PC game of both 2000 and 2001 and is now the best selling PC game of all time. Translated into 16 different languages, The Sims has inspired four expansion packs; The Sims Livin' Large, The Sims House Party, The Sims Hot Date, and The Sims Vacation. Combined sales for the franchise have topped 15 million units life-to-date. For more information on The Sims for the PlayStation 2 console, The Sims, The Sims Livin' Large, The Sims House Party, The Sims Hot Date and The Sims Vacation visit TheSims website.

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