MySims SkyHeroes Review
Xbox 360 | PS3 | Wii
MySims SkyHeroes box art
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.

MySims SkyHeroes screenshot

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 wasn’t 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 The tools may be out of date, but the developers still managed to put together an attractive package.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 generation’s unsung heroes, Worms 3D. The sound effects are nice and chunky, and audio cues serve the action well. The voicing of the MySims, however, isn’t going to win any awards. You’ll 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 doesn’t, in any way, detract from the game’s otherwise inviting nature.

It’s 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 you’ll mostly be seeing the back of its head.

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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 you’ll 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.

By Tony Capri
CCC Freelance Writers

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
3.5
Graphics
SkyHeroes isn’t a bad-looking game by any means. With what the developers had to work with, the game has polish. Technically speaking, though, SkyHeroes looks outdated.
4.3
Control
The speed, boost, and overall handling of the planes feels great relative to the design of the levels, and controls have been mapped wisely.
3.9
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
I really dig the music, and the sound effects have tons of satisfying crunch. Some of the MySims voices can be a bit off-putting.
3.5

Play Value
Though the mission variety is decent, you’re still essentially doing one of two things: dogfights or racing. That being said, it’s a great package that offers real value when played with friends.

3.8
Overall Rating - Good
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • Action-Packed Air Combat – Take on dangerous enemies in high speed air battles that range from dogfights to air raids to rescue missions.
  • Full Plane Customization – Build & tune your aircraft to optimize it for battle.
  • Intense Boss Battles – Take on Morcubus and his evil drones in epic boss battles.


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