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I have to tell the truth, I went into this game thinking it was just another Sims clone. I hate the Sims. Really the only thing that interested me towards this game was the articles...yeah let's go with that.
Seriously, I jumped into the game blind, just to see what the real learning curve was. It wasn't much, the on-screen help with the first issue was clear and easy to navigate. I was pleasantly surprised that not only can you do most of the things the Sims can offer, but the fact that you do more about the business side of Playboy than I thought. Sure I can sit here and go on and on about the oodles of topless girls in the game. But I was actually impressed with what it took to put an issue together (at least in the game). I like the fact that not only do you take the Covershots and Centerfolds, but you have to get Journalists, Celebrities, Photographers, and such all on the same page, just for one issue. I also enjoyed the fact that the game kept a running tally of every issue you create, and then let's you choose the Playmate of the Year. This is so much more than just a Sims clone, I couldn't have been more wrong.
Now to be fair there was one thing for me that caused me to score this a 9 instead of a 10. It looks WAY too much like the Sims. As I have said, I hate that game. But if you don't, you'll be right at home (Sim-speak and all). Eventually you may get bored (though I am on issue 13 now and have yet to put the game down). While there are "missions" to complete. The game boils down to wash-rinse-repeat. It wasn't enough to distract me, but I can see it.
Throwing parties, having an inner circle of friends, surprise celebrities (some that used their real names in this game), 2 girlfriends, the "ample" supply of Playmates. Let's just get this over with and say forego the renting, just set the "Buy-Alert" now.
And BTW, did I mention that you can earn reward points to unlock past issue covers and centerfolds? Yeah...you can!