If you are a fan in Real Housewives, you can't miss it.
By Nadia Oxford From GameZebo
Real Housewives is, of course, based on the Real Housewives reality TV series/franchise. Your goal is to transform from a friendless wallflower to New York's most talked-about chicky. Unfortunately, things get off to a disappointing start with the game's avatar creation, which is limited. You can only play as a woman, and customization options are slim. It's a curious decision by Eyes Wide Games, seeing as your physical appearance plays a big part in you getting noticed.
Outside of the game's meager character customization options, Real Housewives actually gives you quite a bit to do. The main storyline involves completing a series of quests to help worm your way into the clique and advance your social standing in New York City. But gaining access to said quests requires you to collect certain status symbols, including Style, Bliss, Buzz, and Attitude. You earn status by initiating conversations and choosing the tone. Will you flirt with the gondola driver who just wants to go on his break? Or will you be sassy and play hard-to-get?
Starting a quest may also require you to have certain items on-hand, like some hot gossip or a fashion tip. These can be earned by hitting the hottest hangouts in town and exchanging conversation with other socialites. Mind, you typically don't get to actually read the fashion tips or gossip. It would admittedly be kind of fun to find out more about who's acting catty towards who, though it would probably just break down into a lot of empty discussion about how "Aviva's getting so faaaat."
You also need to keep in mind that wherever you go, your clothes go with you. You can buy several outfits, and every club, bar, restaurant, and hangout has a dress code. If you pick the right outfit for the right situation, you earn bonus buzz (and you get to feel a little proud of yourself in the real world, especially if your fashion sense doesn't extend beyond running shoes, jeans, and video game T-shirts).
Real Housewives does have some failings, though. While collecting status around New York City is an interesting idea, it doesn't require you to do much beyond click-through conversations. Same goes for playing through most of the game's quests. Also, the game's graphics are bland, the characters' facial expressions are limited, and the aforementioned lack of avatar customization options is a bit puzzling.
Regardless, if you're a Real Housewives fan and you want to participate in some drama that's not born of your Facebook news feed for a change, Real Housewives will gladly immerse you in fashion crises galore.
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