EA Blogger’s Day event – Part 3Written by Michael Siebenaler | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Secret advance access to MySims Agents was granted by lead producer Rachel Bernstein and Geoff Mitchell at Electronic Arts’ 2009 Blogger’s Day event in Redwood City, California. This latest installment (Wii version) in the MySims game series expands into an engaging, more linear story about a burgeoning detective agency. The familiar block-style characters include Buddy the Butler who accompanies the detective agency on their journeys and sketches all their adventures. The fun themes and overall playful tone continues when players lock horns with the main antagonist, an evil corporate tycoon named Morcubus, after foiling his plan to… (gulp) steal a dog!
Use leads, clues and items to solve crimes and misdemeanors. Combine three clues together to confront characters and solve cases. The investigation actions also match the overall tone well. Brazen inspections, snoops and searches with other characters present keeps things moving while creating some mildly entertaining situations. Related mini games expand the game into forensics, repair, computer access and other gumshoe activities. As players progress, they can hop on the train and travel beyond Main Street into snowy mountains and urban areas. Any time saves and quick load times enhance this all ages spy game.
Players can enjoy nice character customizations (characters look in the mirror just like in the Sims3), new dialogue response choices and free roaming privileges in environments. The new fixed camera system works well within the expanded vertical movements and jumps. The lair…well, playable characters are good so we’ll call it a base … definitely has some of the coolest game elements. Developers utilize five properties similar to previously seen essences – paranormal, sports, nature, smart and management. Balance objects placement and character skills on each floor in the base for more successful missions.
MySims Agents is now available on the Nintendo Wii and DS consoles. Look for next week’s feature on Spore Hero on the Wii and Spore Hero Arena on the Nintendo DS.