That's right, the gloves are off. In this week's Facebook Game Face-off, we pit The Ville up against The Sims Social. As always, we'll judge each game on three criteria, give our two cents and leave the final vote to you, the players. This Face-off sees both games go toe-to-toe based on the cast of characters in each, their social features and the fun factor. With that, let's get ready to ... you know the rest.
How Lively are the Little People?The neighborhood of Littlehaven is packed with interesting characters, including its primary protagonist, Bella. While most of the characters introduced to the block through quests are throwaways, they're nevertheless memorable. That's thanks to both expressive, quirky illustrations and witty, chuckle-inducing dialog. It's this kind of work that ropes players into the world you've created, and The Sims Social does a fine job of it.
And How Do They Tell the World?Playfish's take on the legendary Sims franchise made great pains to live up to its title. The Sims Social was one of the first Facebook games to try something new with social: drive the conversation around the game to what players were up to in-game rather than what they needed. (Though there's plenty of that, too.) Adding a moral compass of sorts--and WooHoo, of course--to social interactions worked wonders in that department.
But Do We Want to Tell the World?The team behind The Sims Social has taken great pains in recent months to make players want to come back to Littlehaven on a regular basis. Features like cars to drive, careers to aspire to and vacation homes to kick back in have been introduced to the game make things a little more interesting than just visiting friends' digital digs and completing quests. But it's ultimately the lively, goofy style and feel of this life simulator that makes it actually interesting to see how players' Sims interact.
Time for Some (Fore)ClosureWhile The Ville has social features that run circles around The Sims Social, we're going to have to give this one to the latter. Contrary to what many might believe, this isn't simply because EA and Playfish were there first. It ultimately boils down to the fact that the characters and avatars in The Sims Social have more life, the writing has more wit and humor and the world is more attractive and approachable. We'd much rather live in Littlehaven than in whatever town The Ville is set in--hypothetically, of course. But enough from us--let's hear what you think:
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