PC gamers missed out on MySims when it hit the Wii and DS in 2007, but EA isn't neglecting the home platform of The Sims. It has brought the game to home computers, complete with some brand new content worth writing home about.
In MySims, players are charged with dragging a town from a state of general decrepitude to being a lovely place to spend an afternoon.
To kick things off, players will build their character. A wide range of items are available to customise characters, with players able to create looks ranging from the more conventional (baseball cap and pigtails) to the downright grungy (dreadlocks and mohawks). Once you've got your character up and running, it'll be time to get to work.
The town's going to need sorting out, for one. It's pretty rundown, but with a bit of elbow grease and a touch of Nintendo control wizadry, players will be able to get it ship-shape in no time. Using a set of building blocks and tools, players will be able to to build anything from a piece of furniture right up to a brand new home!
Of course, it wouldn't be a Sims game if you weren't going to spend a bit of time with the folk around you. Among the locals you'll find the ever-busy Mayor Rosalyn P. Marshall, the less-busy hotel Bellhop, Gino Delicioso, the Italian Chef and Ocean Breeze, who wants to set up a Yoga studio.
New to the PC version, however, is the addition of online gardens. Basically, players can customise their own lot in classic Sims style, then invite friends over to play. It will be friends only, too, since there are no lobbies or anonymous matchmaking. Players will need their friends' registered MySims player name, making it a secure environment for kids. Once they're in there, friends will be able to change whatever they like, so you'd better not be too precious! If friends do leave a little somethin'-somethin' behind, however, you might be able to extract a new essence from it to use in your next creation, so it can't be all bad!