Sims: Medieval, a new video game that allows people to recreate the Middle Ages in SIMS fashion, was launched earlier this week. The official launch took place at Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament in Buena Park, California, with more than 1,000 guests on hand to play the game and receive a digital download.
Sims: Medieval officially hit store shelves on March 22nd, and reviews have so far been mixed. The game allows players to create heroes, venture on quests, build and control a kingdom, and play every Hero Sim character in the land.
“Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament brings history to life through its two-hour, live-action medieval tournament shows. Giving guests a feeling of what it would have been like to live in the middle ages,” said Kerry Graves, Vice President of Marketing and Sales for Medieval Times USA. “Now, that same feeling can be experienced in The Sims Medieval videogame. We are honored to host the official launch of The Sims Medieval at the flagship of the Medieval Times company – the Buena Park, California castle.”
“The Sims Medieval and Medieval Times are a perfect blend of two franchises that are working towards the same goal of providing a rich, creative and fun experience within a medieval setting,” said Scott Evans, General Manager of The Sims Studio. “We’re thrilled we could bring the two together for a great cause. Attendees will be able to enjoy a live-action experience of Medieval Times and come away ready to relive moments and more by playing The Sims Medieval.”
Marking a departure from past The Sims games, The Sims Medieval is set in medieval times and gives players the opportunity to build up a medieval kingdom, participate in quests, level-up their Sims and fulfill storyline elements. Players will find their Sims in a variety of situations previously unknown to them like whether or not to poison the king, searching for dragons, and punishing Sims by putting them into the stocks or having them face the Pit Beast. Every quest plays out differently depending on which quest choice the player makes and which Sim they use for fulfilling the story.
Everything in The Sims Medieval is crafted to create an immersive medieval world that the player can explore. From the quest-based gameplay, to the medieval objects such as tapestries, clothing and furniture, players will even notice that their Sims look different due to the warm glow behind the characters and the artistically painted approach to the world itself. Completing quests enables players to bring in new playable Hero Sims, that they can fully customize right down to the fabrics they wear as well as selecting their two personal traits and one fatal flaw. Players get close to their characters, not only sending them on epic quests, but also making sure they carry out their daily responsibilities which can vary depending on their career. Responsibilities can include healing the sick as a Physician Hero Sim, trading for exotic goods as a Merchant Hero Sim, or forging armor as a Blacksmith Hero Sim.
GamePro.com has given the game a 4 out of 5 rating, calling it a “a beautiful game with fun and interesting ideas,” while PC Advisor states, “for a longstanding fan of the franchise, The Sims Medieval is a slight disappointment. The setting works brilliantly and there’s nothing seriously wrong with the gameplay, but it’s difficult to accept so much structure from a series that rose to prominence based on the absence of the same.”