Originally the MySims game was meant to be only for the Wii platform. You can read my original report from last year on GamingSteve.com. After release, the Producers found a need to provide the game for PC gamers. The game was ported over into the PC version very nicely with some really cool new features including a multiplayer feature. The PC version of this game also has improved graphics and be played in Hi Def if you have that option.
This was the last game we previewed during the EA Blogger’s Day event. We sat in a theater and watch the demo on small movie screen. Presentation given by game Producer Erik Zwerling and Development Director, Ed Nanale.
The game play starts the same as the Wii version, you enter into a rundown town and you have to make friends and help rebuild. There are 24 new essences and six new Sims each with a new object, like a witch with a cauldron that makes random essences. There are still 3 levels of game play to unlock and one shared garden which is new.
The garden is where the multiplayer feature takes place. When you are in your garden, you can invite friends to join you. These friends are people you’ve exchanged names with outside of the game. There are no servers to host this garden; it’s done on your own computer by IP connection. Once your friend joins your garden, you can chat and play games like tag.
2 Photos above borrowed from Kotaku
Anyone in the garden can build new objects or decorate houses. The garden feature works both ways. When an invitation is sent, a message flashes up on your screen so you know when your friend is online. If you get bumped from the garden you have to be re-invited to join again. I found this to be a really great game feature. This also allows you to bring gifts and trade content with your friends and unlock game items that were not available to you before. You can only use this multiplayer feature once you are on level 2 of the game which takes about 1 ½ hours of game play to reach.
This game is set for an Oct 28th release.