The Sims Livin' Large Expansion Pack
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Amazon.com Review Sex and aliens. That's really all that was missing from the amazing original edition of The Sims, and the expansion Livin' Large delivers these new treats to liven up your beloved Sims existence. New characters (including a gladiator and Xena-like warriors), and, more impressively, new decorations are the reasons to buy this game. The furnishings are mostly grouped by theme, with the medieval dungeon option the most authoritative of the bunch. (Little Cassandra Goth has been longing to read by torch light all along.) Our personal favorite is the futuristic theme, with an optional, but expensive, maid/gardener robot to take care of the fabulous modern furnishings. Clearly the Sims team has been doing its research over at Herman Miller, and you'll have a bright red, flowing-foam sofa to show for it. But it wouldn't be The Sims if only good taste prevailed. Bring on the mai tais with a tiki-heavy islander theme. There's also a startling collection of carpeting and objects best grouped under the design ideal we call "demented clown." The attention-getting rarities include: a lame fortune-telling ball (our advice mostly centered around hiring a maid), a voodoo doll for hexing roommates, and a genie who delivers as much bad as good (dead plants, anyone?). And, yes, there's a vibrating bed to give your Sims the spice they've been missing. While the expansion didn't blow us away, it did provide more of the humor and novelty true Sims die-hards will appreciate. With even more attention to detail than the original offering, EA deserves Sims-like applause for this edition. --Jennifer Buckendorff

Sex and aliens. That's really all that was missing from the amazing original edition of The Sims, and the expansion Livin' Large delivers these new treats to liven up your beloved Sims existence.

New characters (including a gladiator and Xena-like warriors), and, more impressively, new decorations are the reasons to buy this game. The furnishings are mostly grouped by theme, with the medieval dungeon option the most authoritative of the bunch. (Little Cassandra Goth has been longing to read by torch light all along.)

Our personal favorite is the futuristic theme, with an optional, but expensive, maid/gardener robot to take care of the fabulous modern furnishings. Clearly the Sims team has been doing its research over at Herman Miller, and you'll have a bright red, flowing-foam sofa to show for it.

But it wouldn't be The Sims if only good taste prevailed. Bring on the mai tais with a tiki-heavy islander theme. There's also a startling collection of carpeting and objects best grouped under the design ideal we call "demented clown."

The attention-getting rarities include: a lame fortune-telling ball (our advice mostly centered around hiring a maid), a voodoo doll for hexing roommates, and a genie who delivers as much bad as good (dead plants, anyone?). And, yes, there's a vibrating bed to give your Sims the spice they've been missing.

While the expansion didn't blow us away, it did provide more of the humor and novelty true Sims die-hards will appreciate. With even more attention to detail than the original offering, EA deserves Sims-like applause for this edition. --Jennifer Buckendorff

The Sims has sold millions of copies since its release, and now all those virtual voyeurs who bought it have a new bag of tricks to unleash on the unsuspecting inhabitants of their computers. The Livin' Large expansion pack comes with enough new items to buy, careers to pursue, and hilarious secrets to keep fans glued to their monitors until a full-fledged sequel appears.

Those of you who missed the phenomenon the first time around will have to buy a copy of the original game in order to use this add-on, but it's worth it. The Sims lets you create an entire neighborhood of digital people who all have their own unique personalities, jobs, relationships, and desires. Livin' Large takes this concept to new extremes, adding mad scientists, magical genies, and even the Grim Reaper to the mix. It also comes with more than 100 new objects to enhance your sims' dwellings. One desperately needed object is the robot maid, who handles all the housework for well-heeled sims, letting its owners focus on more important (and fun) things--such as the new vibra-bed.

Considering how many free objects and cool unofficial patches are available on the Internet, is Livin' Large worth the money? Definitely. The enhancements are of professional quality and really add a lot of surreal fun to the game. You also get new features, such as the ability to run five neighborhoods at the same time, and five fun new career paths to explore, such as Slacker and Musician. No fan of The Sims should miss this one. --T. Byrl Baker

Pros:

  • Plenty of new items to buy and career paths to explore
  • The ability to run 5 neighborhoods at once will keep you busy
  • Much more humorous than the original release
Cons:
  • Some fans may not like the more surreal additions


The world of The Sims just got larger. With the Livin' Large Expansion, you'll be able to give your little humans five new career paths (including slacker and journalist), new objects (could that lantern hold a genie?), and new decors (how does Vegas lounge grab ya?). More than just cosmetic additions, there is also an assortment of new situations for your Sims to deal with. Without spoiling too much, let's just say you're going to want the name of a good Sim exterminator.
Features:
  • The Sims - Livin' Large takes the Sims to a whole new level of entertainment -- it moves them out of their old house, and into a gorgeous mansion!
  • Design your mansion to your liking -- it can be a medieval castle, or a Vegas casino
  • Sad clowns will visit your Sims if they're sad, and a helpful cleaning robot will pick up after you
  • Use the chemistry set to create potions to make you invisible, or make an evil clone of yourself
  • Voodoo dolls, genie lamps, and alien visitations are just some of the other elements that keep the Sims-style fun coming!

Customer Reviews:

  • Good game
    This game was a very fun game.For begginers all you have to do is make your people in a good mood.But what I really like about it,is that it's like you are controlling your own life.It is a great game.It is funny how they get married and how they have a baby.In the bed they just appear as a big lump,and in the hot tub they just go down.When the kid pops up this little colered blocks come up.But all I have to say is this game is very fun.You should buy it right away.It took me fore ever to get this game and all the rest.And let me tell you it was worth the wait!...more info
  • Livin Larger
    This was the better of the two expansions (livin large and house party). This not only updates your current version of sims it adds tons of new skins, objects (including the love bed), and even a robot. This is a great way to update the boring old sims to a new excinig one. Also works great to get HOT DATE with this too....more info
  • Fun at first
    Acording to me, all of 'The Sims' games are fun and entertaining at first then after a month or so it gets a bit too slow....more info
  • Evern better than the original
    The first of the expansion packs. This is a truly great game with or without expansion packs, but expansion pacls such as Livin' Large make it so much better, and I personally consider them a necessity.

    Livin' Large has a futuristic theme. There are new social interactions, new skins, new styles for house decorating, and new objects. Livin' Large also can provide some new friends for your Sims. Some include Servo, who is a high-tech robot who can cook and clean, and the genie, who comes out when you rub his lamp. Be careful though--even genies aren't perfect. Sometimes the genie will make a mistake and something terrible could happen!! (i.e. your house turining into a pile of ashes or your plants dying.) Also, there are new career tracks, including: Slacker, Paranormal, Hacker, Musician, and Journalist, all of which pretty much speak for themselves and don't need description.

    Livin' Large gives playing The Sims a whole new meaning. I higly recommend this expansion pack for all you sim-lovers out there....more info

  • ouch
    I have all the sims games so far(including hot date) and this one hit an alltime low. many people thought that this game was better than house party but what they did not consider is the truth. This game was deffinitly better than house party if it had WORKED!!! This game made lots of problems for many people. My version did not even work until house party was instaled. this is the only expantion pack that caused so many problems for people. So if you really want to buy this game make sure that you keep the box and every thing because you have a 50-50 chance of this game not working...more info
  • The Most Underated Expansion Pack
    Although Livin' Large is not my favorite expansion pack, I think it is the most underated. What would we do without the telescope, chemistry set and guitar? I loved all the wacky items that Maxis added and the medieval theme. If you have the sims deluxe edition don't worry about buying it... Livin' Large is included. ...more info
  • A definite improvement to the original game
    Livin' Large is a big improvement to the original Sims. With the additional 4 neighborhoods you can try different things, like making an entire neighborhood of one particular career type. Plus, this expansion offers up five new career tracks, which brings the total to 15. Not bad if you're looking to try out a variety of careers.

    The new objects in Livin' Large are nice, but I wasn't able to find all the new objects the box claimed to have. I looked for some of them for a while; maybe I looked in the wrong spot. The additional objects help though, they fill in the quality gaps the original Sims had, and they give themes, which are a nice change from the original. You can use wall torches, a bearskin rug, or a vibrating, heart shaped bed.
    The Sims themselves can now have different looks; there are new faces and bodies, which give your Sims more personality. There are bodies and faces to go with the skins; you can have gladiators, or sarongs or other things to liven it up.

    All in all Livin' Large is good if you liked the original Sims but found it to be lacking. It doesn't cover all the missing aspects of the Sims, but it's a good start....more info

  • Livin' It Up
    Livin' Large wasn't bad, but I worship it compared to Vacation as it's got variety. Livin' Large has new items concentrated in the different ways of construction of a house. Lots of new doors, windows, wall textures and roofs are added as well as decoration items to go with the theme. I use the medieval theme a lot! It even includes the Love Bed, abduction of Sims are now possible through frequent use of the telescope, and Grim Reapers appear to decide the fate of your close-to-dead Sim who you can only save by beating it to a game of Stone-Papper-Scissors (cute).

    Livin' Large definately enhances the game, and it's absence would affect the game greatly unlike some other expansion packs I could mention....more info
  • only for Windows 95/98
    I am extremeley disappointed with this game because it will NOT run on Windows 2000 or higher. If you have Windows 95/98, this looks like it could be a really great game. I was really looking forward to playing it. But I spent 2 weeks dealing with techsupport at Electronic Arts and Microsoft, and can't get it to run. I wish EA would stop making their games only compatible with Win 95/98. They said it MIGHT run on XP, but I'm not about to go buy it just to play a game. Don't get any of the other expansion packs either if you have windows 2000, apparently NONE of them are compatible....more info
  • Great Fun, But...
    As a new Sims addict, I am currently in the process of adding the expansion packs, in the order recommended by Maxis, to my little universe. (Note to other Sims newcomers: The expansion pack instructions advise installing in this order: Livin' Large, House Party, Hot Date, Vacation - otherwise you need to uninstall everything and start over in order to add an earlier expansion if you intend to get them all. Too bad I didn't know that sooner - I received Vacation as a gift shortly after I began playing the original game. It's still sitting on the shelf waiting for me to catch up with the other expansions first.)

    Livin' Large definitely adds to the game. Some of the new objects are fantastic - my favorites being the electric guitar (my Sim Bruce Springsteen loves it) and the vibrating bed (finally my Sims can get past second base!) Some fun new career choices too. One of my Sims just gave up her uninspired political career as a campaign manager (she couldn't take the 9-6 working days, and she just couldn't seem to find the time to practice her speech in the bathroom mirror to earn the Charisma points needed to advance). She's now happily employed as a slacker and has extra time on her hands to Play In Bed with Bruce - after he serenades her on the electric guitar, of course. Sure, she's making less money, but she's already got the hot tub and the big screen TV, and if Bruce keeps gaining those creativity points, his friends will stop booing him when he plays the electric guitar and he'll make it to rock star and be in a position to marry her. She'll be fine. Yes, I do spend way too much time with this game, but you get the idea. It's fun.

    I do have one complaint with this expansion pack, and it's a big one (hence my three star rating.) As neat as the new objects and skins and things are, I don't feel there are enough to justify the price of this game. For only a few dollars less than the original game, you're really only getting a few extra bells and whistles. It doesn't affect game play much at all. I'd say it was a worthwhile purchase at half the price. Had I played it at a friend's house before buying, I'd have been torn. I know I probably would have given in and bought it anyway - I'm certainly not sorry that I did - but I am a little resentful, since I know that's what Maxis is counting on. Sigh....more info

  • Ehhh... it's ok
    Actually this is a great installment, but my favorite is House Party. What's great about Livin' Large is mostly the items. New items include a robot, love bed, and a lot more. Like all the other expansion packs this one more neighborhoods. I would suggest you just wait for Sims 2 to come out instead of buying more expansion packs....more info
  • This Really is Livin' Large!!!! =)
    This is a really, really, really fun expansion pack! Build your own creepy castle, a tacky love shack, a high-tech home of the future, and more! New situations like, alien abductions, roach infestations, the grim reaper, a wish granting genie, and more than that! More neighborhoods gives you the power to create and and control up to 50 families, 40 more than the original game! Five new career tracks- 50 new jobs: hacker, paranormal, journalist, musician, and slacker! Have a robot clean up all your messes, create a Frankenstein, gaze into a crystal ball, become a rock star, and much more cool creations! There are so many more items and miscellaneous stuff, you don't know where to put it! Everything is sooooooo new, you'll go Sim crazy! Also, the moment you've all been waiting for, besides fish, you can have a hamster!! =)=) This really makes you enjoy the Sims a whole lot more with an expansion pack! Gotta get it!...more info
  • Larger than Expected
    This was GREAT!! I loved all the new furniture and decorating styles. I also enjoyed all the new things that happened. Especially the alien abductions. Maxis gave it its all on this game. Though ares freezes unless you have a good computer. But its still worth every cent!!:}...more info
  • ok
    This is the first sequel that Maxis made to The Sims, and it is an ok addon, but it's nothing to rave about. First, you don't get many new things. An item here or there, and four new jobs, but other than that nothing. So it's really only a mediocre addon....more info
  • Big fun in a little box.
    The Sims Livin' Large expansion pack gives you many new object to interact with. New additions such as the cleaning robot make your Sim's life that much more opulant. If you're looking for more fun things for your Sims to interact with, i suggest you try the House Party expansion instead....more info
  • A great add-on for a great game!
    This game is an amazing add-on for the sims! You can be warped up into space by aliens, rub a genie lamp, be payed a visit to the grim reaper! Don't forget the magic chrystal ball, the infamous potion lab, and lets not forget the "Servo Robot!" This game features over 125 objects, 5 wacky career tracks, and various wacky themes including future, tacky and medievil. Have fun in the love bed or let your sim enjoy the balconies of his medi-evil castle! This game is absoulutely fantastic!...more info
  • A great expansion pack....
    This is the first expansion pack of The Sims, and it's very good. This is a humor pack with main highlights of.....
    Love Bed=Sex Chem. Set=Good Mood, love, Freistein! Ele. guitar=cool sound, cool music, with love, future, mad sciencest, and church style, you almost can't lose! I like future style because there is a robot that does everything for you! Cooks, Mech., Garnener, and Maid! He is really cool. With 125 objects, some more skins, 2 doors that open auto. , make anyone love you with love potion, better stove and reg. , and more neighborhood's makes Livin' Large (Livin' it up) Great, it's worth the 30 dollers. Graphics, same as The Sims with all the opoints like The Sims:10/10 Fun, it is very fun with expansion pack:9.5/10 Gameplay, it's even longer with more neighorhoods! :9/10 Sound is the same as The Sims:9/10 and overall, it's great with Livin' Large, my rating is:9.5/10 which is awesome/perfect, and 5 stars goes to the cool Livin' Large!...more info
  • More intense,fun, and just plain better than the original.
    Your missing out a lot if you only have the original version. This has a lot of new items. The best is Servo the Robot. You know a maid may leave some stuff be but Servo gets everything. There is a lot of new furniture. There is a love bed now. Where your sims can do you know what.

    Some people may critizize how not real it is. I agree with those people but it's still really fun. About 50% of the new features and hazards don't exist in real life (like the grim reaper) but oh well. Those features that make the game more fun.

    WARNING: This game is rated T. It's rated T for a lot of reasons. One thing is that it's very intense at points. The burglar's music may scare little kids. There are deaths in fires and drowning. The grim reaper may come after that and make another very intense moment. There are also ghosts after somebody dies and the music is sort of intense. There is also some sex. Don't buy for kids 8 and under....more info

  • Nothing new.
    This expansion was a disappointment. All it really did was add a few items, nothing more nothing less. Its fun for about 10 days then its pretty boring after that, incredibly repetitious and doesn't add much. Now maybe if there was a value pack that had both Living Large and House party then that would be different, or if House Party and Living Large were combined into one game. That would add a lot more....more info
  • A Great Stepup in The Sims
    The Sims is one of the greatest most addictive games out there. The first day that I got it, I played for 12 hours straight! There are so many choices and different scenarios that can happen. However, The Sims Expansion Pack added onto this great game. It adds new furniture and appliances, new careers, and it quadruples your previous ability of households. It also has some new interesting scenarios. To go along with the new furniture, the building features have been improved to fit the style of the household. The improvements of this game are dramatic, but become even more expansive with the newer expansion packs which give you the ability to leave the Sim Home. All-in-all a good upgrade, but somewhat outdated....more info
  • The most computer friendly expansion
    If you have an older, slower computer this is by far the best expansion pack. It adds fun and useful items and NPC's to the game (like the genie and grim reaper) without slowing your game down to an irritating speed. Both Hot Date and Vacation are nearly incompatible with older computers (for instance one's with Intel Celeron Processors). Trust me, I've tried playing them and they aren't even worth the bother. You feel more stressed after playing them than you did when you began.
    Of course this game is great for any computer, but if your computer isn't all that fast, this one is the best fit and most fun....more info
  • Excellent!
    Livin' Large is a great expansion pack to The Sims, and it adds so much to the game, you'll forget what it was like without it. Most of the new items are great, especially the chemistry set and the telescope. Plus there are so many new twists (the Tragic Clown, the Grim Reaper, etc.) that it just makes the game that much more interesting. But the best thing is the addition of the 4 new neighborhoods, so you can basically start the game over several times with new characters once you get sick of the old ones.

    I highly recommend this expansion pack to anyone who enjoyed The Sims....more info

  • It didn't work at all...not even on a brand-new computer
    When I first played The Sims, I thought it a wonderful game. I was in love with it. So when I received the expansion pack, I was ecstatic!

    However, once I installed it, (which was a long process in itself and it also gave an error message) the game would not work. I would start the game, on my brand-new computer, and the game would blank out my screen, then return me to my desktop. I tried over and over, but it was useless.

    I then had another problem...the riduculous people at Maxis made it so that in order to uninstall The Sims Livin' Large, you need to uninstall The Sims. This caused me to have to make backups of all my files, then have to reinstall The Sims and put my backups in the game.

    All in all, though the game is fun, (I've played it at friend's houses) it is not worth the trouble. Stick to the original....more info

  • Better than the 1st - excellent expansion!
    When I got the 1st Sims, I thought I had died and gone to heaven. It was the perfect game. You build houses, create families and run their lives!! I wound up playing it for hours! When I saw this expansion, I knew I had to have it. I found it to be much better. It brings in so much more that was left out from the first game:

    Pros:
    1)Great new skins and heads. (Roman emperor, Gladiators, Robin Hood, Maid Marion, etc.
    2)Call friends just to chat
    3)House themes (Haunted castle, Love shack, Futuristic bungalo)
    4)New jobs (Hacker, slacker, journalist)

    Cons:
    1)It was a little slow loading

    Excellent gameplay. I personally found the "love bed" a humorous addition. Watch your Sims go at it. Something I suggest to every Simmer is to check out (fan sites). Download families, skins, heads, household objects, etc. You can download all sorts of heads from a VERY realistic Britney Spears to Fred Durst. You can even download Hugh Jackman (Wolverine), Anna Paquin (Rogue), James Marsden (Cyclops), etc. from the X-Men Movie and they're even in the movie costumes! Very Cool.

    Another fun addition is the Grim Reaper. When your Sim is near death, in pops the skeleton in the black cloak. (Literally) Watch your Sim beg for his/her life.

    But if you prefer a more realistic lifestyle, I wouldn't recommend "Livin' Large" as you can create Frankensteins and keep maid robots to clean up your Sims' messes.

    I loved this game. I found it to be even better than the first. The Sims: Hot Date looks like it could be even better than this though!! I would definitely recommend this expansion to those Simmers who have grown tired of the regular lifestyle and are ready for some action. Another game to check out would be the Sims: House Party. But overall: Five Stars....more info

  • A great ex. pack
    An excellent expansion pack for people who own only The Sims. It has a Very addictive playing style. The only thing that slightly disappointed me about this game is that it really us not much different from the original. I say if you want, make a jump from the original to House Party....more info
  • this game is fresh
    dang this game if off the hizzy...its fawken dope. sometimes you will forget the time while your play this...this game is like my best game ever....more info
  • Yahoo more room more fun!
    My son got this for Christmas and thank God he's on break from school, because I know he would be falling asleep in class. He stays up every night playing it and now has gotten me into it. We have so much fun trying to help each other get to work on time and get better at the game and give each other hints a long the way. He even designed his house to look like ours and then started showing me things to put in the backyard. Thanks sims now I have to take out a second mortgage. :)...more info
  • good but not great
    Livin' Large was good if you were looking for themes and decorating ideas.Advancing game play, not so much. However, if you don't mind cheats, there are sites well worth your while....more info
  • Time to have a bigger family
    Install this expansion pack and you'll see that you can add more family members in your house. You'll see new furnitures, wallpapers, and appliances. This will enhance your gameplay from the initial The Sims. :-)

    This expansion pack may not be as worthy as it says. Not many new items are added. It would be better if you pick another expansion pack for The Sims. Refer to my other reviews on other expansion packs for more details. However, if you are a The Sims addict, you may want this to complete your collection....more info
  • Another GREAT Maxis Game
    Jut when you thought it couln't get any better than than the Sims it does The Sims Livin'Lage has over 120 new objects over 20 new job and new suprises such as the traggic clown,the grim reaper,a genie, UFOs,frankenstein,robots,fournin tellers and much more stuff to do. I think its well worth the money. I also wrote reivews for other Sim games...more info