|System: Wii, X360, PS3, 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: Sept. 28, 2010||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-6||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
Racing is equally enjoyable, which is a bit surprising considering the formula. Rather than simply race around closed-in tracks, players are forced to zip through checkpoints, all while duking it out with other players or A.I. bots.
In spite of my adoration for the MySims themselves, the game engine is probably ready to be put out to pasture. The original MySims for Wii wasnt pushing the hardware three years ago, and little has been done to bring MySims SkyHeroes into the present. The visuals are strictly PS2-quality, though a steady framerate is always welcome. SkyHeroes never chugs, and the colorful palette and level variety help stave off any graphical woes. The tools may be out of date, but the developers still managed to put together an attractive package.
The music fares a bit better, with playful themes reminiscent of one of last generations unsung heroes, Worms 3D. The sound effects are nice and chunky, and audio cues serve the action well. The voicing of the MySims, however, isnt going to win any awards. Youll hear much of the same Simlish garble repeated over and over, and some of the voices feel out of place when matched with the cutesy MySims characters. Regardless, MySims SkyHeroes offers a competent presentation that doesnt, in any way, detract from the games otherwise inviting nature.
Its an odd distinction to declare MySims SkyHeroes the best MySims game to date. It lacks many of the Sims-like components most folks associate with the franchise, and the only real connection lies in the chibi characters themselves. The customization is geared toward gameplay performance, not creation, and dolling up your MySims is much less of a novelty this time around, since youll mostly be seeing the back of its head.
And yet, the game is just plain fun. There are some irksome design choices, and online play against random players is nothing to get excited about. However, if you enjoy the chaotic and silly premise of games such as Worms, Fat Princess, or Mario Kart, this is one MySims package to which youll want to pay attention. The humor is delightfully lighthearted, and the gameplay is rock solid. Story mode is a great way to pass the time alone, as is a quick match against bots, and multiplayer with friends promises a lot of bang for your buck.
CCC Freelance Writers