At work, Maxis "certainly wanted it to feel like there was a business strategy and a win state," and so there are definitely ways to work up the business ladder and play it like a regular game. Talent badges, for instance, are earned through repetition of tasks. Earn a gold badge in making teddies, for example, and they'll cost less to do, but doing robots without badges will cost loads and take longer. These also affect things like your ability to do motivational speeches. A sim giving a decent pep talk to a colleague can up that sim to bronze level across the board for a limited time. You also get to fiddle with prices on a slider bar - gradually ramping up as your sims become better at selling stuff to punters. You can set automatic restocking from catalogue or your own inventory of manufactured goods, and there's customer loyalty to work out too, which comes about through various factors. As you apply sales techniques, you can watch the customer-sim's 'buy bar' go up and down.To read the rest of this preview please visit Eurogamer by clicking here.
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