Kinda strange. It was never meant to be a game for kids, more so for their older brothers and sisters. Yet the cartoony way was chosen? Now, after playing for a bit I can see why - the whole graphics business isn't very high quality art, it certainly isn't revolutionary, like IV --> V transition was. Which probably saved a lot of $ along the way. Not that that should get in the way of good underlying gameplay. Just strange. I can see Sid sitting in his penthouse, thinking - hmm, why don't we do something original and chuck all the people who don't like cartoons out the window with our new installment? As expected, there are more people liking cartoons, so it sets a franchise record of 1 mil copies in first two weeks IIRC. It's not a bad game, by the way. Just very raw, much like V on release.