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his transparent imitation of The Sims seeks to allow players to live out the fantasy of being America’s most famous swinger, Playboy’s Hugh Hefner. As Hef, you’ll oversee the operations of your publishing empire: hiring staff, conducting photo shoots, holding court with the glitterati, and selecting editorial content. You can also get busy with a reasonable degree of explicitness with a variety of playmates and assorted babes. However, unlike The Sims, which allows you to build your own destiny from the ground up, Playboy: The Mansion is done in by the very fact that all you can do is be Hefner. After awhile, his glamorous life reveals itself to be just another stale routine: coasting from party to party, engaging in meaningless relationships and mindless chatter with vapid celebrities.

  

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