Game Review: The Sims Medieval – With Gameplay Video

Posted by on March 23, 2011 at 2:08 pm

Good den, my ladies and lords. What thy are about to witness is a review of the stand alone Sims game simply known as The Sims Medieval. Spouting it’s fresh new gameplay mechanics, new setting, and new features — will it be able to deliver a ripe adventure worth spending your gold coins on? Mayhap, mayhap not. Thus, I bid thee to scourage the text and video below to find the answer!

I apologize in advance for the horrible “Old English” that I subjected you to. Anyways, The Sims Medieval has been watched over by EA and created through the fabulous mind of Will Wright. To many, including myself, I have heard very little of this game other than a trailer several months ago. I’m sure at the time I thought, “Oh, boy. It’s another expansion pack.” It is safe to say The Sims Medieval is not an expansion pack.

The game starts with a splendidly heart warming narrative voiced by none other than Sir Patrick Stewart. The opening clip is very clever and quite refreshing to the series. The music surprised the hell out of me. You can tell they spent a lot of time and effort into creating songs for each specific purpose whether it be a loading screen, being inside a castle or a monastery. It truly sets the tone of the game and really helps make you feel like youre a god overseeing peasants in the middle ages.

Good morrow, wither is the privy? In your quarters? Don’t mind if I do!

The gameplay mechanics have been changed although not too dramatically. You’ll still control a sim by clicking “go here” and “talk to so and so”. One new feature I’m incredibly grateful for are the limited status bars. If you’ve played the Sims before, you know how annoying it can be when you have to look out for their bladder, comfort, and hygiene. Throw that out of the window because it’s medieval times, baby! You’ll only have to watch out for the important things like hunger and energy. Another fresh feature is the way it switches from sim to sim based on quests. If there’s no sim to control the monastery, create one! That’s right ladies and gents, it wouldn’t be a sims game with out character creation. The downside is that customization, thus far, is limited. Basically, I couldn’t create a goblin and this upset me very much.

Fantastic! I get to read several pop-up messages while walking the distance of a marathon!

The Sims Medieval gives you a heaping meal of stories and quests with a side of open ended gameplay. It actually makes you feel like there’s a purpose instead of just milling around, trying to find other ways to kill sims. Unfortunately that also calls for reading. A lot of reading. Sorry, I just don’t have the attention span to stop and read a paragraph while I’m playing a video game. But if you want to follow the quest’s plot, it’s the only way. Another horrible addition, which you can see in the video I provided, is traveling. Remember that car or bicycle your sim used in The Sims? Well, forget it. You’re going to walk more than you’ve ever walked before and if your computer is as slow as mine, use that opportunity to do your taxes. April 15th.

After playing The Sims Medieval, I came to a conclusion- I love the Sims no matter what time period. The quirky humor and addicting gameplay continues with this next iteration. If anything, this game will probably bring the RPG audience in, since you can level up sims with EXP points albeit very basic. If you’ve been playing the Sims since 2001, The Sims Medieval will not disappoint.

Here’s the video!

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  • Kms1324

    you’re bad at this. glad the fans like you. you have hit your ceiling.

  • No

    I’ll have to agree with Kms1324.  That video review was not-so-good.  Usually a playthru would offer up some actual info.  The written review is good though.