|Playboy: The Mansion|
|Developer: Cyberlore Studios
Release Date: Out Now
Porn is officially a deplorable habit, but like Natasha Bedingfield, some guys secretly love it. There have been many games trying to tap into the ďpornĒ (since it really isnít) market in games, the most notorious being such titles as BMX XXX and the more recent Rumble Roses. But unlike the other two games, Playboy: The Mansion not only provides you with a bit of virtual crumpet but actually gives you a solid game to play tooÖ
The game plays a lot like The Sims, from the same camera view to the same jargon language spoken by the characters. The mansion you start off in needs a lot of work, so thereís an editor where you can add all kinds of toys and showpieces in order to bring in the ladies. After sorting out the mansion, itís time to put out an issue of Playboy and this is where the game gets fun.
In order to get a Cover shot, you have to throw a party with some cool celebs in attendance and then get chatting to them in order to build up a relationship. This involves only three strands: Friendly, Business and Romantic, but there are so many options itís hard enough just to keep the relationships going. After making friends with Carmen Electra (some celebrities have submitted their names and likeness to the game), I asked her to do a cover shot. She agreed. All pubescent kids rejoice as we go to the Photo Shoot mode..
The Photo shoot mode is where you take cover shots of celebrities and centrefolds of playmates. After placing the model somewhere around the house, the model will then interact with the environment, be it a sofa or bed, striking various poses in a sequence. Its then up to you to place the camera in the right place and take the best shot possible. You can edit what the model wears too, and can make her topless if youíre really that sad, but the emphasis of the shoot is more on getting it right rather than getting your rocks off.
One part of the game which seemed pretty shallow in comparison to the rest of the game was the romantic relationships you could spark between people. After getting a woman drunk enough, and by flexing your muscles at her, itís pretty damn easy to jump into bed with her, or the sofa, or the shower, or pretty much anywhere thatís available. And for those who have been waiting for some raunchy Playboy sex, itís not what you expectÖThe bottoms remain on, and the animations for each venue are pretty damn silly. Breasts jiggle like jelly on a dune buggy, and the great Heff only lasts about five seconds. After a few romps you can then ask the girl to be your girlfriend. This only serves for you to have random sex at any time without having to strike up a proper relationship (pretty much like a normal relationship then..), and worse still, she charges you money for it! You can have more than one girlfriend too, depending on your fame, so you can boast to mates about how many girlfriends you haveÖ
- Great game premise.
- A lot of technical detail.
- Good music.
- You play as the Playboy King!
- Graphics arenít too great.
- Sex relationships are a let-down.
- Really annoying AI.