Sunday 8th February 2009
The Sims 2
If you have not played The Sims before, I recommend that you try this game. In it you can create a family (called Sims) and their house and live out their lives for them, including working, eating, learning, going to the bathroom, etc. You can create a family of just one person or many people and you can make them appear exactly how you'd like. There are three default neighbourhoods to begin with, in which you can create houses and families and move the families into the houses. It is also possible to create your own neighbourhood from scratch.
Houses are fully customisable in terms of number of rooms, floors and decorations. There are a multitude of different items that can be put into the house such as appliances, furniture, toys and games, etc. Gameplay consists of controlling the Sims, by first selecting the one you want to control and then to click on an object and then select an action for that object, e.g. Computer -> Play game.
You have to make sure that your Sims are kept happy by keeping their stomachs filled, making sure they are clean, interacting with other Sims and getting enough sleep. They also have aspirations that you should fulfil such as reaching the next cooking skill level. The aspirations depend on the personality and career of the Sim.
The main difference between The Sims and The Sims 2 is the customisability of the neighbourhoods and the full 3d view of the Sims house. There are many other smaller differences, although I was expecting a bigger difference in the sequel. The Sims 3, which is soon coming out should be very much more advanced than both games, from what I have seen, but I don't think my computer would cope very well with it.
Overall, this is a very enjoyable game, mainly because of its
unpredictability and open-ended nature. I have found it to be most
challenging when the family has little money and also when trying to look
after a baby that requires attention during the night.
Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun
I have recently started playing this game again. Although it is now 10 years old, I still have found it to be a lot of fun. I particularly like the skirmish mode, where you can fight against the computer. I generally prefer Tech level 9, rather than 10 as the big weapons can sometimes ruin the game, for example your main base can be instantly destroyed. I like the fact that random maps can be created for skirmishes. Also the latest version, 2.03 allows you to save skirmish games, which can take up to 2 hours to play.
I used to play network games with my brother and friend. I have played with people over the Internet before, but have found that many people just build lots of flying units to destroy the base instantly. Although tactically good, it can also shorten the game quite a lot.
Here are two maps that I created a few years ago:
Map names: M - Sea Shapes (2-8) and M - Find Missile Silo (2-4)