The Sims Bustin' Out is the second title in The Sims console series. This version of Bustin' Out was released for the PlayStation 2, Xbox, Nintendo GameCube, and N-Gage. As the title suggests, Sims can get out of the house to visit other locations such as Shiny Things Lab or Casa Caliente, but only in Bust Out Mode. This option is not available in Freeplay Mode. There are two modes. Bust Out Mode which has mission based gameplay and Freeplay Mode which is open-ended gameplay very much like the original The Sims PC game. The PlayStation 2 version also features the option to play online, though EA no longer supports it as of August 15, 2008.
In the console version, Malcolm Landgraab is going around the neighborhood, repossessing items in return for unpaid rent. The player's objective is to complete each career track, unlock and buy back everyone's possessions, and become rich enough to evict Malcolm from his mansion and move their own Sim in.
The Sims Bustin' Out's game mechanics are very similar to that of the first Sims game for the home consoles. The player travels to different locations, earning promotions, friends and skills as they progress through the game until they reach the final home.
The player is free to customise any of the houses as they see fit; this has no penalty unless you leave the house with a value less than its value when you got there. For instance, if you arrived and a lot was worth §20,000 and moved out of the house leaving it with a value of §15,000, the owner of the house will take §5,000 from you as you depart. However, if you raise the value of a house whilst you are living there, the owner will give you a sum of money when you move out.
Every Sim has eight needs to fill as they progress in the adventure. These are; Hunger, Social, Fun, Comfort, Hygiene, Bladder, Environment and Energy. These affect your sim's mood, if a sim leaves to work in a good mood their chances of promotion are higher. If a Sim goes to work in a bad mood they will not get a promotion. Being in a bad mood has other disadvantages, as they will refuse to raise skills and they will not be able to use some of the nicer social interactions. Similarly, being in a bad mood when interacting with other sims enables them to use unfriendly interactions such as "Tease" or "Brag about money".
The Sims Bustin' Out contains several unique lots for the player to explore.
The "returning" and new Sims from The Sims Bustin' Out
The Sims Bustin' Out has several careers, some are carried over from the previous games, some are left out and some would go on to appear in later games.
Console Specific Exclusives Edit
Each version of this game has exclusive features not found on other platforms.
- The PlayStation 2 version featured a free online play component called "Online Weekend", which was highly similar to The Sims Online. It was shut down on August 1, 2008, along with The Sims Online.
- The Gamecube version features support for the GBA link cable, and when connected via link cable to the GBA version of the game, both the GBA and GC versions will unlock special exclusive features. (These can still be obtained on other platforms with use of a device such as Code Breaker or Gameshark.)
- The Xbox version was one of the few games to fully support the Xbox HD Cable. This game's sequel, The Urbz: Sims in the City, also featured support for this cable.
- This, and The Sims 3, are the only The Sims games where Sims can get out of a pool without using a ladder, unless there is something surrounding the pool (a wall, a sofa, etc.).
- In The Sims 2, The Sims Bustin' Out is a buy-able video game, which Sims could play.
- This game is one of the only games on the PlayStation 2 and Nintendo Gamecube that fully requires a memory card to play. Even removing the card for a split second will pause the game and force the player to insert the card to continue. Likewise, playing 2 player in the story mode will require memory cards for both players
- The PlayStation 2 version featured an exclusive Online Play mode that was similar to The Sims Online. It was called "Online Weekend" and ran from 2004 - 2007. It was shut down due to inactivity and is no longer accessible.
- This game is the first The Sims game to not be released on PC. The others are The Urbz: Sims in the City and The Sims 2 Apartment Pets, which all were console exclusive.
- 2-Player support was different in this game than in The Sims and later games after The Sims Bustin' Out. Normally, the player would simply drop in and play on the others. However, in The Sims Bustin' Out, the second player will arrive on a bus from their memory card. A large chest appears outside of the current game lot, and contains all the money from player 2's game. Player 1 can also donate money, and when the player saves, it saves to both cards.
- The default free play family names Tutti and Frutti could be a reference to the song Tutti frutti by Little Richard.
- The graphics are very similar to The Sims 2 beta, leading some to believe this game used the same engine.
Box Art GalleryEdit
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