IGN Visits The Sims

Thursday, August 24, 2000 - 23:10

IGN came to EA and got a close-up look at Livin' Large and other upcoming EA games. Take a peek into the future of gaming with this great article!

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Our Day with EA

Electronic Arts shows us more of Alice, The Sims: Livin's Large, and Red Alert 2.
August 17, 2000

The staff of IGN loaded up the tour bus today and headed down to Redwood City, California to check out Electronic Arts' fall game lineup. There were only three games for the PC, but they were all doozies. We got a chance to see American McGee's Alice, The Sims: Livin' Large, and Red Alert 2, and EA sent us home with plenty of new screenshots and info.

The Sims: Livin' Large

Although we've already been playing the gold version of The Sims: Livin' Large for about a week now, Maxis PR guru Patrick Buechner showed us a lot more of the game today than we've be able to explore on our own.

In case you don't know, Livin' Large is the first Sims expansion. It adds 125 new objects, five new career paths, five new NPCs, and multiple neighborhoods. One of the coolest new objects in the game is the chemistry set. You can use it blow up the house, create antidotes for your Sims, or, if you're not careful, to create a potion that will turn your Sim into a monster that will tear up your house, but will eventually settle down and start to paint pretty pictures. Oh, them wacky monsters. Is there anything they can't do?

The five new NPCs add a lot of new gameplay situations to The Sims. For example, you can buy a magic lamp and summon a Genie to grant you a wish. Of course, the results aren't always what you expect, and while he can make everyone in the house happy, he may also set your favorite bear rug on fire. The Grim Reaper also makes an appearance in Livin' Large, and if you ask nicely, he just might resurrect one of your dead Sims. But our favorite NPC by far is the chain smoking Tragic Clown. If your family is sad and you have a picture of the sad clown in your house, the Tragic Clown will show up at your house to cheer your Sims up. Unfortunately, he's just not that good at tricks, and he mainly just walks around in his dirty, disheveled clown suit and cries a lot. How do you get rid of him? Well, you either have to get your family happy again or, as we saw today, you can set your entire kitchen on fire and let the flames take care of him the old fashioned way.

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While we were also hoping to see Black & White and Clive Barker's Undying at today's event, we certainly weren't disappointed with what we did get to see. All three games are looking sweet at this point, and while The Sims: Livin' Large is already complete, we only expect that things are going to get better and better with American McGee's Alice and Red Alert 2 before they're released this fall.

-- Tal Blevins

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