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The Sims for consoles focuses on missions and introduced a 3D camera for The Sims. An object limiter is also installed for this game.

Version Comparison

Gamecube Controls

  • Left analog stick: Moves cursor
  • "C" stick: Zoom and camera angle; Scrolls through displays when holding down a directional arrow
  • "A" button: Select
  • "B" button: Back/Cancel
  • "X" button: Raises and lowers walls in all modes
  • "Y" button: Follows selected Sim; Sell in Build and Buy Modes
  • D-pad: scroll options
    • Up arrow: Displays Motives; Pressing "A" will display help for each motive
    • Right arrow: Displays Relationships
    • Left arrow: Displays Career and Skill information; Pressing "A" will display working hours
    • Down arrow: Displays Personality
  • "L" button: Pauses the game while holding; Rotates objects in Buy Modes; Automatically places floor and wall tiles in a room in Build Mode
  • "R" button: Speeds up the game in Live Mode; Rotates objects in Buy Modes; Automatically places floor and wall tiles in a room in Build Mode
  • "Z" button: Switches characters
  • "Start" button: Access game menu; Goals, Buy and Build Modes, Save and Quit

PS2 Controls

  • Left analog stick: Moves cursor
  • Right analog stick: Zoom and camera angle; Scrolls through displays when holding down a directional arrow
  • "X" button: Select
  • Triangle button: Back/Cancel
  • "O" button: Raises and lowers walls in all modes
  • Square button: Follows selected Sim; Sell in Build and Buy Modes
  • D-pad: scroll options
    • Up arrow: Displays Motives; Pressing "A" will display help for each motive
    • Right arrow: Displays Relationships
    • Left arrow: Displays Career and Skill information; Work hours are automatically shown
    • Down arrow: Displays Personality
  • "L1" button: Pauses the game while holding; Rotates objects in Buy Modes; Automatically places floor and wall tiles in a room in Build Mode
  • "R1" button: Speeds up the game in Live Mode; Rotates objects in Buy Modes; Automatically places floor and wall tiles in a room in Build Mode
  • "R2" button: Switches characters
  • "Start" button: Access game menu; Goals, Buy and Build Modes, Save and Quit

"Get a Life" Mode

Main article: Get a Life Storyline


"Get a Life" Mode requires your character to complete different objectives as they progress through life. They start out unemployed and living in Mom's house and end with enough money to buy a yacht.

It is easier to sell a useless item in the house, such as a grandfather clock or any other decoration worth 1,000-2,000

Each level occurs in one house/lot and the Sim must complete several goals which unlock new items in Buy Mode.

"Play The Sims" Mode

This is technically free play for the console. There are 5 premade families, 3 of which are moved in, 2 that are in the family bin.

Those who are moved in:

Those who aren't moved in:

Control of the Sims is up to the player, there are no set goals, and no requirements (except for certain objects needing to be unlocked).

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