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The Sims has been rated the "Number 1 PC Game of All Time". And i agree, the sims was addicting, was a great game, suprises around every corner and as a life simulator it was sensational. The Sims 2 looked to be a promising sequal to The Sims. But does it compare:
Factual Information First
Made By EA Games RRP £39.99 Rated 7+ (Warnings for Sexual Themes and Violence) You need 256mb of RAM to play this game Needs plenty of space on your harddrive!
Overview of Game
The Sims 2 is designed to be a life simulator. Whereby you create your own "Sim", and lead it through you life in whatever path you choose. This could lead you down several paths of different career types and personalities, to hobbies and the actual sim (Human) itself.The Sims 2 has a diverse range of furnature and items for your sim or family. All the furnature, musical instruments, excercizing machines etc. is there and you can also download furnature from thesims2.ea.com made by other members, administrators, and so on. You can also (If you have the right software and skills) create your own furnature. The Sims 2 Bodymaker and The Sims 2 Homecrafter Plus are free downloads which let you make sims to upload them to the website to share them with other sims 2 players. It's quite fun really! They rate your houses and furnature and download them for their own sims 2 game.
Your sims have needs, you need to satisfy their hunger, bladder, social meter, overall mood and many more to keep your sim alive and well.
As other reviews say, you need 4 discs to install this game and it takes a lifetime to install. The 4 discs install different components of the game. When they are finished it installs it. But The Sims 2 team saw this would be a huge file and people would get bored when installing, so they thought ahead. Theres a game installed into the instalation screen which you can play whilst it installs! It's a little trivia game which sucks up the time, clever really and it does the job. Then at some point this blue screen appears with this strangely relaxing music prompting you to register with the EA games online card. This allows you to upload the things like lots and houses onto the websites for others to upload. It is annoying but doesn't take long.They send you a hint for the game in an email as a thankyou for registering your game.
Thanks to the little installation game it didn't seem such a chore. Well done to EA games for thinking ahead!
Starting the Game
After a little movie introducing the game, you wait a few minutes for the game to start with this music and the logo for The Sims 2 with squares in the background lighting up as it's loading. Then, you get the choice of 3 neighborhoods to play in. Theres also a getting started mode where you learn the basics. If you click this, eventually after 2 lifetimes for it to load, i am in thie rectangular room with a family in it which takes me though several steps on how to let your sims live You can make your own but for beginners you'd want to choose a preset. After waiting a few lifetimes, i finally saw this neighborhood. The 'presets' have plenty of sims and stories for you to get going on. You can always make your own though. Theres plenty of stories and lots to work on, which is great for beginners.
They also have lots in your 'Lot Bin' (A selection of empty lots to place wherever you like in your neighborhood if you aren' feeling overly creative). They have plenty of different lots to suit your taste, from country houses to modern masterpieces, they're there!
So the starting neighborhoods are great.
Making A Family
We all want to make ourselves on The Sims 2. Hence, i clicked Make a Family. 78 lifetimes later, i was displayed with a screen with a mirror in the middle of it. It was prompting me to put in my family name, so I put my own last name, and went on to click the button to add a sim to my family.
Making a sim is quite easy. Again, theres 'preset' sims to get you going. Plenty of clothes, makeup, glasses, just about anything. Your sim is VERY customisable, especially compared to The Sims 1, which was a customisable disaster compared to this one.
The new Make-A-Sim mode system and high customisability of this part makes it shine! I love it!
Additions to the Game
Compared to The Sims 1
'Aspirations' is a new addition to The Sims. Basically, there are 7 boxed. 4 green ones, 3 red ones. Which have actions in that will make you gain or lose point when you do these actions. IE, get a job, buy a telescope worth over $1500 simoleons, etc. But the red ones are called fears, where if you do that, you LOSE points. And risk going insane... But heck, they are less likely to happen. I like this addition. It adds to the games features itself and it helps give your sim feel more human-like.
ULTIMATE space. Which means the land you can build on in a neighborhood is wherever you want it to be, so neighborhoods are way bigger and customised how YOU like! This is one of my favourite parts of the game, since i love making a community where everything compliments eachother. AND you can have as many neighborhoods as you like.
Good luck finding pixels here. All of the graphics are very smooth now, which i love. Evern when moving the camera, the graphics are nearly faultless. You can move the camera freely instead of 90 degree turns now, and overall it's so much nicer on the eyes. It DOES slow the game down though.
It has exclamation marks for a reason. BY FAR my favourite part of the game. Why? Well, log in to the sims 2 website, go to "Exchange", and you can download ANYTHING for your game!!! ANYTHING! Wallapaper, sims, furnature, houses, anything. ALL at no cost. It is awesome. It means your game never gets old, always something new there. From gothic stuff (My favourite), to well... Just about anything. All of the stuff there is risk free, instantly installs, and overall makes your game much better. Amazing stuff. Plus upload your stuff you made too, straight from the game. Show your sim skills.
Huge Range of Expansion Packs
I know they cost a bundle, but it's awesome to have more additions to your game. They range from pets to nightclub additions and theres new ones all the time, so your game always seems new. Which is completely welcome by me! Although i only buy the ones i'll definately appreciate. The expansion packs with new modes and other things on retail at £19.99, and the ones with just stuff in (They're names The Sims 2 Stuff) retail at £9.99. So only get the ones you think you'll appreciate.
Aging and new life steps
It used to be as simple as this. Baby, Child Adult and they stay as babies children and adults throughout their life. Which was both boring and unrealistic. In the sequal, you age on a scale. Each day is almost like a year in sims ages. So making and raising a family is great, and you can really get attached to the characters you make. I love it!
A lot of the flaws in the Sims 1 have been fixed in the sequal. Which is great!
At first, controlling The Sims 2 is a techincal nightmare. Really. Poiting items and getting them where you want to go can be a real hair-puller. After a while you get the hang of it though and you'll be making your home prettier without even having to think. Making your sim do things is very easy as well. You click the item you want them to use, and instruct them on how you want to use them. IE click the TV, you can choose turn on, turn off, work out, and much more. After a few times playing you'll be doing things without even thinking, and that game manual will start gathering dust on your desk. Very easy to use after a few times.
Get ready to waste a few good hours (Not really, but it feels long!). It takes a LONG time to install, but EA Games thought ahead unlike other games. They installed a game into the installer! A very clever and welcomed idea on our account. First you have to choose your language, put in the code on the back of your instruction manual, and follow the installing steps. Then you have to do a strange survey just after, for EA Games. You get rewarded for your time with a handy tip for your game sent by E-Mail. Although most of them just state the obvious, on what i've seen. Then begins the game. You play a simple game of answering a few life questions and seeing a sim through life, which is great to kill the time. But if you don't like that, go watch some TV or drink a nice hot cup of coffee to make the time go away. About 40 minutes or so later your game is good to go! You run the disk and the game loads. It's easy to install, but long. Time a little wasted since all it's doing is copying files from a disk to a computer. Also to add most copies have 4 disks, and it prompts you to change the disks every now and again, so you can't relax elsewhere whilst you install, which is a pain.
Rich, full, colourful graphics. Theres not much else to say. The landscapes are rich and full, and you can make it better or worse in the options to suit your monitor and computer perfectly. Excellent!
So 92 months later you'll probably be saying "BUT I MUST KEEP PLAYING!!!". This game is probably the most addictive game ever made. If your a smoker, it's a great way to put you off smoking since The Sims 2 will be your new fix! Family after family after family you will not be able to stop playing. And if you ever find yourself bored of it, theres a vast array of expansion packs to keep you interested. And more are been made all the time. Therefore the game is always new and has been new for pretty much the lasy 4 years! It's an amazingly addictive game that never loses your interest. So if you need a time consumer, look no further. The Sims 2 is all you need.
If you use the game to it's very limits, you'll feel that the game has been made especially for you. With the vast array of possibilities on how to make your sim, your home, and each life you create different, the game will feel as if the title was "The Sims 2: By Yourname" which is always great. It's not someone elses perspective on how to play the game, it's your very own. So it's very easy to get personally attached to the game to the point where if anyone touches it you'll have to pull it away from them. Not literally, but you do become attached to your game.But theres only one thing everyone wants to know about a game...
Is It Fun??? I conclude...
And get ready for this. It is maybe the most fun game in the history of this very earth! The most fun thing is, you can make almost ANYONE. And you make them live ANY WAY YOU WANT. So if theres someone you hate you can make them poor and dumb. And vice versa. You can make your own family (Which you'll probably find yourself doing over and over again) and it is very fun to make your family look like complete idiots, because the sim making tool can make your sim look like the most attractive human being, or a circus freak beyong human comprehension. You cam make them live how you want, when you want, where you want. And the whole process is great fun! You'll find youself not playing any other game, ever. Simply because this is probably the most fun PC game ever made. And it's certainly the most full one. By that i mean it's the best game all round. So many people own it, sop many people share their stuff. So many people will join you in making their families, and the gamnes posibilities are utterly endless, and the whole process is extremely fun!
I know this review was long, and it was certainly completely in depth. But thanks for making it this far. I HIGHLY recommend this game to just about anyone, since as i said, it's tailored to suit absolutely anyone, and i hope The Sims 3 will follow this in 6 months time.
EDIT: System Requirements: (Copied from a previous review. Thank you for getting this information Eibee)
MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS (from Maxis):
Windows 98, 2000, ME, or XP
256MB of RAM
A graphics card on the supported graphics card list (preferably one with T&L support)
CPU: 800MHz Pentium 3 or equivalent (if you have a graphics card which supports T&L). Those who do not have a graphics card which supports T&L will need a 2.0GHz processor.
At least 3.5Gb of hard drive space.
Monitor Resolution: 800x600 minimum, 1024x768 recommended. Higher resolutions available. Graphics cards supported by The Sims 2:
ATI RadeonTM series (7000 or better) Radeon 7000/VE series (non-T&L; requires 2.0 GHz processor) 7200, 7500 8500, All-In-Wonder 8500 9000, 9200, 9500, 9600, 9700, 9800 X300, X600, X800
Nvidia® QuadroTM series Quadro, Quadro2, Quadro4
Nvidia® Geforce series (GeForce2 and better) GeForce2 GeForce3, 3 Ti GeForce4, 4Ti, MX 420, 440 GeForce FX 5200, 5600, 5700, 5800, 5900, 5950 GeForce 6600, 6800
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kittens, add a new furry or feathered friend to your Sims' lives. Choose from dozens of the most popular dog and cat breeds like Dalmatians or the American Shorthair. Or create a unique cat or dog by modifying their body shape and facial features, choosing specific colors and markings, and more. Decide on a personality-smart, sweet, silly, or sloppy. Your Sims can teach their pets tricks, take them for a romp in the park, and countless other things as they share their lives with their pets. But keep one thing in mind-your Sims' pets have minds of their own. Don't be surprised if cats scratch the sofa, dogs dig holes in the garden, pets sleep on your Sims' bed, or worse. Expect the unexpected!
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greatest enemy. Create, pamper and train your favoured furry companions in the latest The Sims 2 expansion.The lowdown: After years of trying to create less complex, mini-game orientated spin-offs it seems EA are now keen to see the PC and console The Sims games converge. This new iteration is an expansion pack on the PC but a full price, stand alone game on the consoles. As the name subtly hints the main addition to the game this time round is a number of four-legged friends, plus fish and birds (although its really cats and dogs that get most of the attention). You can also create your own personalised pet via a complex customisation tool thats just as versatile as the one for humans and on the PC version you can even send your four-legged friend to work!Most exciting moment: On the PC this is a perfectly welcome but very narrow expansion. However the full price console version is actually a considerable improvement on the original with an easier-to-use interface, better artificial intelligence and even reduced loading times. Since you ask: The next PC expansion pack is called In Season and seems to be roughly analogous to The Sims expansion On Holiday, in that itll focus on exterior objects and locations. Its not yet clear whether therell be a console version.The bottom line: Finally, The Sims is made to work on consoles!-HARRISON DENT
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Sims 2: Deluxe to playThe Sims 2 Nightlife takes Sims into the night to explore all of their favorite after-dark activities. Players can either head out and discover their love lives or have a crazy night out with friends. With the new dating gameplay, players will see if their Sims have chemistry with others which will determine their romantic fate. The newest addition to the game includes the brand new pleasure seeker aspiration allowing players to explore a life filled with unforgettable dates, endless nights of dancing and fine dining. Make your Sims nightlife fantasy a reality with over 125 new objects including a DJ booth, Electro Dance Sphere and all you need to design the ultimate nightclub and VIP lounge. Determine The Fate Of Their Love Life: Your Sims romantic attraction is now based on personality, life aspiration and zodiac sign. Figure our their compatibility, then heat up their love life with new romantic social interactions including a longing gaze, slow dance or a dramatic dip kiss. Depending if the date succeeds or fails, your Sims might be surprised with a romantic gift or receive the ultimate hate letter.Life Is All About Pleasure: Choose the all-new Pleasure Seeker life aspiration for your Sims. Delight these Sims in all the enjoyable sides of life, everything from great dates to crazy parties, fine dinners to hanging in the hot tub. Be aware that pleasure seeking Sims fear anything that is painful, embarrassing or an effort.Send Your Sims Out On The Town: Whether it's girls night out, or a big date, it's time to get your Sims dolled up and head out for an epic night in the all-new downtown area. What are they in the mood for? Now they can chill out at mellow lounges, dance the