MySims Agents Review
Wii | DS
MySims Agents box art
System: Wii, DS Review Rating Legend
Dev: The Sims Studio 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: Electronic Arts 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: Sep. 29, 2009 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Everyone 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

Working out in the field on investigations requires a lot of character interaction, exploration, and deductive reasoning. Agents also throws some mild platforming elements into the gameplay, particularly in the latter portion of the quest, and a handful of puzzle mini-games to mix things up. You'll use the Wii Remote to tackle sliding lock puzzles, connect DNA sequences by placing colored dots in the proper configuration, fix mechanical objects by placing gears and other pieces in the right spots, and hack into computers by guiding a dot through an electronic data maze. The controls during these tasks are tight and intuitive. However, in the main adventure gameplay, the Nunchuk and Wii Remote combo has a few awkwardly mapped buttons that take some getting used to (jumping especially) and make the platforming portions tricky. The inability to manually adjust or rotate the camera can also be frustrating at times.

MySims Agents screenshot

MySims titles are known for their lovable personality and high customizability, and Agents doesn't skimp in either of these areas. At the start of the game you have total control over your agent's appearance, and you'll unlock scores of outfits, uniforms, and accessories to change in and out of throughout the game. Oddly, Dead Space fans will be excited to learn you can even obtain and wear Isaac Clarke's mask and suit. Like many other unusual outfit combinations you can wear, it's a bit creepy and hilarious. The other characters you interact with are extremely expressive, and jabber on in the goofy Simlish while delivering some truly funny dialogue. Elsewhere, the graphics are crisp and colorful, keeping with the style of the previous games, though there are definitely some minor visual improvements in the settings you'll explore.

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Change can be a good thing, and most of the tweaks found in MySims Agents fall under that category. Some players will undoubtedly lament the loss of expansive construction mechanics and the more elaborate character relationship building found in past games, but EA set out to switch things up with a more plot-focused game. The experiment is largely a success, and anyone with even a passing interest in the MySims franchise will find Agents' adorable characters, funny story, and other endearing qualities outweigh any minor foibles that arise along the way. You have many hours of investigating ahead, so get to it!

By Nathan Meunier
CCC Staff Contributor

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
4.2
Graphics
Super stylish and lovable characters are matched by highly detailed cartoonish settings.
3.7
Control
Some awkward button configurations take some getting used to, but they don't mar the fun.
4.2
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Simlish is adorable as ever, and the characters' expressions and mannerisms are a huge draw.
4.0

Play Value
Though very different from the past games, this adventure-heavy variation is a lot of fun.

4.0
Overall Rating - Great
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • Explore the world as a special agent - Create the agent you want to be and take on the toughest cases across the city and in exotic places, from an ancient temple to an icy mountain top.
  • Solve mysteries - Use your wits, skills and trusty collection of gadgets to solve puzzling mysteries. Track footprints and use forensics. Pick locks, hack into computers, follow leads and collect clues. Get into the action by jumping and balancing your way through tricky environments.
  • Build your team of Special Agents - Recruit from dozens of MySims that you meet to create your own crime-busting dream team. Each MySim has its own personality and interests that could help your chances for success.
  • Construct and customize - Deck out your headquarters with treasures from your adventures. Customize it to look the way you want and equip it to maximize the skills of your team.


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