EA Games The Simpsons Game
- Amazing graphics that bring Springfield to life, writing is superb
- Awful camera, controls and load times
All in all, The Simpsons Game is a good effort, but some glaring flaws really hold it back. If you can get around the wonky camera and less than stellar controls, you're in for some genuine laughs, but you'll probably end up feeling more frustrated than anything else.
Price$ 99.95 (AUD)
We were so hyped up about The Simpsons Game. As a big fan of the show, we wanted another chance to romp around in our favourite fictional city with our favourite animated family!
Unfortunately, while the game does some things right, it's lacklustre in some key areas, which keeps it from being the end-all, be-all Simpsons game that we wanted it to be.
Jeebus would be ashamed...
First off, the controls suck. We mean, they really suck. They suck so bad that they often detracted from the on-screen fun. For instance, each character has, in one form or another, a type of targeting system -- Marge uses hers to aim her megaphone while Bart uses his to aim his slingshot. Unfortunately, the control scheme never works reliably, and having to deal with unresponsive controls and bad targeting drained the fun out of moments in which we were actually enjoying the hilarious mission we were on. Had the developers took more time to polish the controls, we'd be treated to a much finer gaming experience. Compounding the issue was the fact that many of the missions were time based, and we would repeatedly fail missions just because of the controls.
Lights! Camera! Inaction!
Secondly, the camera is god-awful. This is a problem common to these types of games, but you would figure a powerhouse company like EA wouldn't make such a blatant mistake. There were far too many instances when my view of the action was completely blocked and attempting to fix the angle only made things worse. If it weren't for the amazing visuals and smooth frame-rate, we would've completely given up on the game.
Though, those awesome graphics were traded for ridiculous load times. Sure, we've come to expect a short wait when, say, a mission is loading but to have to endure through lag after switching out characters is ridiculous.
Welcome to Springfailed
The biggest tragedy is that The Simpsons Game is a decent title, and had these major issues been addressed, it would have fared much better. Springfield and all its denizens are recreated faithfully and the free-roaming, GTA-like mission structure gives you the opportunity to just walk around and take in the sights.
The game's story is also brilliant, thanks to some great writing. Seriously, if the animated show still had writing this good, I'd feel more compelled to actually watch it on a regular basis.
Join the PC World newsletter!
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Samsung Galaxy S8 phone: full, in-depth review
- 2 Ryzen 5 vs Intel Core i5 CPU Australian review
- 3 Mass Effect Andromeda review: One for the fans
- 4 LG G6 phone: full, in-depth review
- 5 Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 phone: Full, in-depth review
Latest News Articles
- Saints Row II is free on GOG, but not for long
- The original StarCraft and its beloved Brood War expansion are now free
- Xbox One Insiders get first crack at player-organized tournaments
- Meet the new Microsoft Edge: 5 key improvements with the Creators Update
- Microsoft will unveil Project Scorpio, the next Xbox, at E3
PCW Evaluation Team
A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.
I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.
As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.
I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.
Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!
For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.
- Samsung Galaxy S8 phone: full, in-depth review
- Ryzen 5 vs Intel Core i5 CPU Australian review
- Mass Effect Andromeda review: One for the fans
- What's the difference between an Intel Core i3, i5 and i7?
- Laser vs. inkjet printers: which is better?
- FTDevOps EngineerNSW
- CCProcess Engineer- TelcoVIC
- CCProject Manager - Security - TelcoVIC
- CCDevops Consultant - 12 month contractVIC
- TPBusiness Analyst (BI Focus)WA
- FTBusiness AnalystNSW
- FTLevel 2/ 3 Systems AdministratorVIC
- CCBusiness Analyst (Mid-level)VIC
- FTSenior Solutions Architect - Network & Unified ComunicationsACT
- FTProduct Manager - IoTNSW
- FTSystems Engineer | MSP backgroundVIC
- FTSenior / Lead iOS DeveloperNSW
- FTIT/Digital Project ManagerNSW
- CCWindows Server EngineerNSW
- FTDevelopment Team LeadQLD
- CCBusiness Specialist - Data ManagementNSW
- CCPlatform Engineer - DevOpsVIC
- FTBusiness Analysis | Business Case | ProcurementVIC
- CCTechnical Consultant - ITSM/HP Service ManagerACT
- TPBI & Report Developer (SQL Developer)QLD
- CCApplication Developer - Datastage & SQL ServerVIC
- CCProcess Specialist - TelcoVIC
- FTSalesforce ConsultantQLD
- CCGIS DeveloperQLD
- FTSoftware Engineer - Build/Image MaintenanceACT