The Sims 2 (DVD-Rom)

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The Sims 2 (DVD-Rom)

The original The Sims is the best selling PC game ever but after four years and seven expansion discs it's finally starting to look a bit long in the ...

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Review of "The Sims 2 (DVD-Rom)"

published 30/08/2007 | matty0501
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Pro Only 1 disc, loads of features
Cons Can be slow
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"The Sims 2 DVD-ROM"

I have been a fan of the Sims for many years now, but only recently recently the Sims 2 for Christmas. When I opened it up, I noticed that it said DVD-Rom. At this point I panicked, thinking that I wouldn't be able to use it. Luckily, my computer has a DVD-ROM drive. The only difference between the normal CD-ROM version and the DVD-ROM, Is that the DVD-ROM only has one disc, making installation easier and quicker.

Installation
As I said, because the game is held on one disc only, you don't have to sit waiting for the computer to tell you top put in 'disc 2' or disc 3' etc. This means that you can leave the computer to happily go about its business of installing, whilst you go and watch the telly. As with most games, you can choose where to install the game. To keep you occupied during the installation (if there's noting on TV) a small game is automatically launched when you click 'Install'. This is a sort of pairs card game, but you are timed. A nice little touch if you ask me.

The Game
On my old computer, this game runs extremely slow due to all the fancy 3D graphics. However, on my Dads computer, it runs nice and smooth. The higher spec your computer, the better the game will run. The game does not take too long to load up on my Dads computer, which is a HP Pavilion s7610.uk.

When you start the game, you are faced with a menu giving you access to different 'neighbourhoods'. These are the sort of big playing areas, in which you build and play individual houses and families. You can add extra neighbourhoods if the three that come with the game get filled up.

When you enter the 'neighbourhood', you can see all of the houses that you have built. When you click on one of these, you are taken into it so that you can play that particular family. There are lots of new objects with the Sims 2, and you can buy object expansion packs, so you will never run out of choice when furnishing your Sims house.

One of the best features on the Sims 2 is the ability to fine tune the appearance of your Sim. You can change the size of their chin, ears, eyes, cheeks, forehead, eyebrows. You name it, you can change it. There are also a lot more clothes to choose from when creating your Sim.

Another difference from the original Sims is the aging function. This is where your Sims will go through various stages of their life, from baby to old. The rate of aging depends upon how you fulfil their aspirations and wants. This means that you can play loads of generations of the same family. When a couple have a baby, both of the parents characteristics get passed on. This means that the child actually looks like their parents rather than completely different.

Once you can get over the different view, this game is a lot more fun than the previous Sims. It has tonnes more features and can keep you occupied for hours. These are the expansion packs I am currently aware of:
The Sims 2 : Open for business - allows your Sims to own a business
The Sims 2 : University - allows your Sims to go to a university you have built
The Sims 2 : Nightlife - allows your Sims to go out partying
The Sims 2 : Pets - allows your Sims to have pets
The Sims 2 : Seasons - adds weather and seasons to your game
The Sims 2 : Bon Voyage - allows your Sims to go on holiday

Minimum computer requirements:
OS: Windows 98/2000/ME/XP (I assume that it will work on Vista)
Processor: 800 Mhz
Intel Pentium III
Memory: 256 MB RAM
Hard Drive: 3.5 GB
DVD Drive:8 Speed
Video Card: 32 MB TGL
Sound Card: Direct X 9.0 c compatible
Input: Keyboard, mouse


Overall, I would highly recommend this game if you meet the requirements. You get a better performance if you are a lot better than the minimum requirements. You can get hours of enjoyment.

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  • x__Amz.Loves.Harry__x published 25/01/2008
    hey matty. sorry about the 'helpful' but i did notice one thing wrong with your review. you know where you talk about the expansion packs? you missed one, which is 'The sims 2 : University'. i know its only a little thing, but that might affect someones buying decision, i know it probably would for me. if you're happy to make that small alteration i'll be more than happy to re-rate. :) And thanks a lot for the helpful rating on my quick review of the iPod Nano. =] Amz x
  • its_ashy published 28/12/2007
    I enjoyed the original sims game and after reading this I might get this edition, well reviewed
  • jessiicaa123 published 10/12/2007
    well dont matt a very well writen review =]
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The original The Sims is the best selling PC game ever but after four years and seven expansion discs it's finally starting to look a bit long in the tooth. As the first official sequel almost everything in The Sims 2 has been expanded and improved on from the original, even if the basic idea remains the same: to create and control the lives of your virtual characters.The entire scope of the game has now increased--your characters age and give birth to children. Sims remain children only for a few weeks, before spending most of the game as adults and then eventually dying and the game carrying on with their children and grandchildren--if they have any. Another big new feature of the game is the introduction of specific "aspirations" for your sim, which can be anything from a specific career to marrying a particular person. Each sim also has their own "fears", which can be anything from living alone to losing their hair. Which of these situations end up coming true becomes the main influence on whether your sim is happy, the attainment of which is the only true goal in the game.Apart from all these new features the graphics have been severely overhauled are now in full 3D and more in line with the recent console spin-offs. This is a must buy for anyone that's ever enjoyed the original titles, but the new features should also be enough to entice sceptics to the fold as well. --David Jenkins The Sims 2 is the next generation of the bestselling PC franchise. For the first time, players control their Sims over an entire lifetime from womb to tomb. Every choice you make has a relevant and dramatic effect on the life of your Sim. More life-like Sims, all-new gameplay and the ground-breaking addition of genetics gives players a more vivid and in-depth Sims experience.Guiding your Sims through "Life's Big Moments" takes on new importance, as players now get a "Life Score" to measure how well they are playing each individual Sim. The decisions that players make throughout the lifetime of their Sims now have an impact on their long-term success or failure. A choice made as a toddler has a direct effect on the teen and adult Sim they become. Will players be able to successfully lead their Sims through such important events as a first step, first crush, or marriage proposal, all while the clock is ticking?The Sims in The Sims 2 are more aware and responsive to both other Sims and their surroundings. Sims truly come to life expressing moods and feelings through more realistic body animations and for the first time facial animations. They form complex relationships and are able to distinguish between family and friends, platonic friendships and romantic love. Sims in The Sims 2 now have DNA. Passing along physical characteristics and traits to their offspring, Sims both resemble and behave like their ancestors. As in real life, the appearance of the Sims now changes over time. In addition to getting older, a Sim that spends too much time on the couch will develop a paunch and a Sim that works out will enjoy rock solid abs.An entirely new 3-D engine makes the world of The Sims 2 more life-like and dynamic. The Sims 2 will also introduce an all-new "Create-a-Sim" feature. This allows you to customise the facial features of your Sim with a few simple clicks, to a level of detail never realised before. In The Sims 2, players are now able to build dwellings over two stories and have the ability to coordinate and customise the homes of their Sims to a new degree of design with all-new furniture, lighting and objects.

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