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Playing the first edition of The Sims was always a favourite past time of mine, but having not really been into games in general, I've always waited until they come down in price. This time rounded I bought The Sims Double Deluxe while the latest edition, The Sims 3, had just been released. Never really had my own PC or laptop until a few years back either so that's always restricted me to very few PC games.
The Sims 2 is the sequel to the original Sims by EA games. The Double Deluxe edition includes the Nighlife and Celebration Stuff expansions packs, as well as a bonus DVD with videos on the tips and tricks available within the game. The Double Deluxe edition was released as recently as 2008 and is rated 12 for it's moderate sex references.
To run the Sims 2 you will need the following features with their respective minimum requirements:
* Operating System - Windows 2000 or newer
* Processer - 1.0Ghz (1.3Ghz for Windows Vista)
* Memory - 512MB RAM (1GB for Vista)
* Hard Drive - 5GB
* DVD - 8 speed
* Video card - 32MB (Some updates may be required on older models)
* Sound card - DirectX version 9.0c (included within the pack)
* A keyboard and a mouse are necessary as input.
A laptop touch pad works fine but I recommend playing with a mouse, much more control and easier to use!
The game itself is a simulation game which allows you to control a Sim and determine their job, social life and what they get up to. The possibilities are endless with what you can do, there are so many features. Those of you who played the first Sims will recognise it's layout and adapt to the new features quite quickly, though some like me will take time to adapt! Throughout the course of the game you can build your house, make friends with other Sims, create a family, have a job, and with the Nightlife expansion pack you can go to the city and meet other Sims there.
One downside to buying this game right now would be is it's slightly outdated, and as technology continues to advance, some of the things available when buying accessories for example, they don't exist anymore and seem quite stone age in comparison to some of the technology in 2011. I can't imagine anyone getting to the point where they are obsessed with this game and are on it constantly but you do get some and if you're vulnerable to these seductions steer clear of any game like this!
I recommend this game to anyone with a fairly old computer or low memory laptop who has a few hours to kill every now again that enjoys simulation games! If your computer is new unlike mine, then by all means try out Sims 3! I will probably buy the Sims 3 when the next generation of game comes out! It cost me £19.99 from GAME about 18 months ago now, still works fine. Availability wise I haven't seen it around GAME or Gamestation when I've been for a browse for quite a while now, though The Sims Deluxe is available on EA's website for £19.99. I recommend getting this version second hand wherever possible because it's cheaper and includes the Celebration Stuff pack, hence the Double Deluxe.
I've read loads of reviews for this game complaining about the loading times, and I really can't see what people are fussed about. If you played the first Sims 2 game on a agme console you will know how bad the loading was on that. However in this game I've only really noticed a couple of situations where it slows down more than its pc big brother: When changing clothes, when in the town centre and new people come in, and when people come onto your lot. Also its a bit slow when creating characters, but less face it this is only a short part of the game. If you like the Sims and want a version to take on the move then this is great and really playable, there is a limit on the amount of objects you can have but I've got loads and haven't run out yet, and this may increase with bigger lots this game has not only got the sims 2 but a further expansion pack sims 2 nightlife, there are lots of others aswell. I would recommend this game to any Sims fan.
I'm a big Sims fan and though I've now moved onto the new and improved Sims 3, I still think that the Sims 2 is a great game and VERY addictive. You control up to 8 Sims in one household. You can control every aspect of each Sims life, or you can give them more autonomy and leave them to their own devices. And you can build and furnish their house or buy a ready made one. Basically, you are God, and what more could you want in a game.
The Sims, like real people, grow up, go to school, get into relationships, get married, make love (sort of, it's called a WooHoo), get jobs and retire. They have needs that need to be satisfied, and are measured by the needs bars which show you what your Sim needs i.e. Hunger, Comfort, Energy, Bladder etc.
The Sims also have desires, which you don't have to fulfill, but your Sims will be much happier if you do. And each has a lifetime desire that if you fulfill, will keep your Sim happy till it passes away.
This is a great game that will take a lot of your time, as it is a progression game so it has no real ending. But it is very enjoyable to play.
"The No1 PC Game of All Time"
When I was about ten years old and my family had just bought our first home computer, my auntie gave me a CD rom. It was the first CD rom I had ever been given and as you can imagine because I had never been on a computer before I had no idea how to play on it. The game she gave me was The Sims. I was really excited to get it up and running on our new computer and begin playing on it.
My dad helped me to install it onto the computer, which took us about two hours. Once it was installed on I began playing on it and picked up how to do it quickly and found the game really simple.
It is a simulation game and what you do is:
Create Your Sims (some people that you can choose a head, an outfit and their name, their age - whether they are adult or child - and you can create up to eight people to be in one family)
Design Their Homes (you design the layout and what their house looks like, then you can add in furniture etc)
Run, or Ruin Their Lives (you choose when they eat, sleep, who their friends, lovers and enemies are, what job they have, how they spend their free time etc)
I fast became addicted to this new and exciting game, I was always playing on it, creating new sims and homes everyday. I discovered new cheats about how to get more money etc. I thought it was the most fun game I had ever played on!
Sadly though, after playing on it so much it started to became a little bit worn. It was becoming scratched and after a while it stopped working properly. It froze a few times and then it wouldn't save, and after about two years the disc was broken.
THE SIMS: DELUXE EDITION
About a year later I realised I was starting to miss playing on The Sims, and I wanted to buy a new CD rom of it exactly the same. I searched the shelves in the supermarkets for it, but couldn't find it, I searched everywhere but it was either too expensive at around £25 or over, or they just didn't sell it. So, I decided it was time to look online. I went on eBay looking for it and there it was.
But as I was about to click on it, I saw 'The Sims: Deluxe Edition' from the corner of my eye at a lower price. I had heard of this version; my friend had it and she had told me about it being just like the original The Sims except even better.
I clicked onto the 'The Sims: Deluxe Edition' and read all about it.
What it is:
Basically 'The Sims: Deluxe Edition' is a combination of 'The Sims' and 'The Sims 'Livin It Up'. It also includes 'The Sims Creator' which is an added feature where you can customise every detail of how you want your sims to look, it is a little bit like Paint on Windows and you can colour in their hair, eyes, clothes and style and then save new outfits which are then added to your sim's wardrobes.
This also includes exclusive deluxe content: 25+ new objects for their houses and 50+ new clothing styles for their wardrobes.
Before you think about buying the game, make sure your computer has the right system requirements.
Windows 95, Windows 98 or Windows XP (Windows ME, Windows 2000 and Windows NT are not supported)
233 MHz Intel Pentium II processor
64 MB RAM (128 MB required for Windows XP or if using other expansion packs for The Sims)
4x CD/DVD-ROM drive
1.4 GB free hard disk space plus space for saved games
High colour (800x 600 resolution) capable 2 MB video card with DirectX 7.0 compatible driver
DirectX 7.0 compatible sound card
INSTALLING THE GAME
Installing the game is important to get right as otherwise you can have problems later on when trying to play the game. Installing doesn't usually take too long, but I suppose it depends on the age of your computer and how fast it is. Here are the instructions for installing the game which I think is relatively easy to do:
To install 'The Sims: Deluxe Edition' you do not need to have the origianl 'The Sims' already installed, but if you do already have 'The Sims' installed there is no need to uninstall it before installing this one. Before you install the game you must first clean up your system to clear space on your computer. You can do this by running Disk Cleanup, ScanDisk or Disk Defragmenter. The reason you should do this is so that there is enough space on your computer to install 'The Sims: Deluxe Edition'.To install 'The Sims: Deluxe Edition':
Start the Windows operating system
Close all programmes and background tasks, including virus scanners
Put 'The Sims: Deluxe Edition' CD 1 into the CD drive. The Autorun meno should appear, if it does not go to 'My Computer' from Start menu, or 'Run' on the start menu and type: "D:\start.exe"
Click the Install button to install the game
Read the general information and then click NEXT
Enter the serial number. All games have individual ones and if you don't have one then you cannot play on the game. Don't put your serial number online. Once you have typed in the serial number, click NEXT
You will be prompted to put Disc 2 into the CD drive and then Disc 1 in again, so I would recommend to stay around your computer during install to do this
Click FINISH to exit the installer. You are ready to play!
INSTALLING OTHER 'THE SIMS' GAMES AFTER 'THE SIMS: DELUXE EDITION'
If, once you have installed 'The Sims: Deluxe Edition', you want to install other games from 'The Sims' such as: House Party, Hot Date and/or On Holiday then it is recommended that you uninstall 'The Sims: Deluxe Edition', then install House Party and/or Hot Date and/or On Holiday first then reinstall 'The Sims: Deluxe Edition' before you can play on them.
Since 'The Sims: Deluxe Edition' already includes 'The Sims 'Livin It Up' you won't need to install this after 'The Sims: Deluxe Edition'.
STARTING THE GAME
Once the game is installed you can start playing. If you are on Windows XP 'The Sims: Deluxe Edition' will only work if you are logged in as the administrator
To start 'The Sims: Deluxe Edition':
Start the Windows operating system
If the disc (must be Disc 1) is already in the CD drive, click START and then select Programmes>Maxis>The Sims> The Sims 800x600 or Programmes>Maxis>The Sims>1024x768. The introductory screen will appear and the game will begin.
If Disc 1 isn't already in the CD drive then put it in, and the Autorun menu will appear. Click PLAY to start the game.
PLAYING 'THE SIMS: DELUXE EDITION'
To me playing on 'The Sims: Deluxe Edition' is exactly like playing on the original version of The Sims, except that I think it is better because there are so many more items and objects for the house hold which means there is much more for the sims to do.
You can have more families on 'The Sims: Deluxe Edition' than you can on the original version of The Sims, because there are seven more neighbourhoods. At the top of the screen in neighbourhood view you will see in the left hand corner there is a number between two arrows. This is telling you which neighbourhood you are in. You can click each of the arrows to move between neighbourhoods. All the neighbourhoods are exactly the same as each other. You can put up to ten houses in each neighbourhood. As there are eight different neighbourhoods this means that when you only had the chance to make ten different houses on the original version of The Sims, you have the chance to make up to eighty different saved houses on 'The Sims: Deluxe Edition' . Of course you can delete them and make more if you wanted them deleted so really you can make infinite families but on 'The Sims: Deluxe Edition' you are given the chance for seventy more saved families. This is just one of the reasons why I think 'The Sims: Deluxe Edition' is a million times better than the original version of The Sims.
25+ exclusive new deluxe objects
There are over twenty five new objects that come with 'The Sims: Deluxe Edition' and these include:
New furniture incuding a vibrating love bed: this is a heart shaped, pink and red bed which you can either put either one or two your sims to sleep in, or you can put two of them in to vibrate, and click 'play' where you can make them ahem play under the covers and sometimes a baby pops up after you have done this. There is a cloud over the sims when they are under the covers so fortunately you don't get to see what goes on under there!
New paintings for the walls of your sim's houses, including a painting of a miserable clown - if you have this painting in your sim's house then when your sim becomes upset the clown comes to visit them in their house and follows them everywhere until they become happy again
New mats for the floors including a tiger skin and a white bear skin
Other random objects, such as a genie bottle which you can get your sim to rub and when they do so a genie comes out and asks them a question which you answer for them by clicking on the two answers which come up on the screen in a blue box. Sometimes good things happen out of having a genie bottle but sometimes I have had my sims rub it and then after I've answered my house will set on fire or something equally disastrous!
CREATING A FAMILY
To create a family from neighbourhood screen (which will be what automatically comes up when you start the game) click the blue button at the top of the screen which has a picture of two adult figures and a child in it. It is called 'import family'. This takes you onto another screen where you are able to click 'create family'. From here, the first thing you have to do would be type into the box at the top of the screen a family name. This name will be the surname of everyone you create in the family.
For example lets say you typed in 'Jones'.
Then you would click 'add new family member'. This takes you onto another screen where you type in their first name at the top. You then click 'male' or 'female', then 'adult' or 'child' then you choose their starsign by adding 'personality points' for how tidy, nice etc that you want them to be. You can then choose what you want their face and hair to look like, and then you choose what body shape and outfit you want them to have. Remember that after you have chosen an outfit if you later add a wardrobe to their house they can change this outfit for another one designed for their body shape.
You can add up to eight people in a single family. Once you have made the whole family (if you wanted to you could even create your own family) you then move them into an already made house in the neighbourhood, or just an empty space of land which you can then build them a house on. The family starts off with $20,000 and the lots of land all cost different amounts depending where they are. The highest a lot of land costs is $14,000 so if you chose this one, for example, you would then only have $6,000 to build the house with.
BUILDING A HOUSE
To start building your sims a house, when you move in go to 'build mode' which is at the bottom of the screen and you either click the logo or press F3 on the keyboard.
You start building the house with the 'wall' tool. It costs $70 for each square of wall down so start building a small house and once your sims have earned money from their jobs you can add an extension.
Then you add doors and windows and you can choose from a selectionPictures of The Sims: Deluxe Edition (PC)
The Sims: Deluxe Edition (PC) of different ones, at all different prices.
Then you add the floor tiles which again you can choose from a selection of different ones, all at different prices.
Building and designing the house is really fun and easy to get into.
I have selected under Specific Criteria that the graphics in 'The Sims: Deluxe Edition' are visually stunning. This is because I think the graphics are really good on most things, for example the actual sims themselves look realistic enough not to look cartoony and they are believable. Also I think there is so much in this that it is amazing that is has all been designed by computer technologies and I really think it is absolutely brilliant the way the designers have done it.
As you are on the game there is music playing in the background which you have the option of keeping on or turning off. I mostly leave this on but sometimes I turn it off as it can get really annoying after about half an hour. The music was written by Jerry Martin and Marc Russo. I have no idea what genre it is but it is quite nice and relaxing, a bit cheerful and sounds like a piano playing. In 'The Sims: Deluxe Edition' the soundtrack music is only music and there is no voices singing in it.
You can also hear sounds from inside your sim's house; such as them talking to each other, fire alarms going off, the radio or TV if they are turned on, etc. When you build a house I would recommend getting a fire alarm and a burgalar alarm. These also make sounds when they are set off.
TIPS AND CHEATS
To be able to type in a cheat you have to first open the cheat box which is a grey box that appears in the top right hand corner of the page. Press Ctrl + Shift + C to get this up.
Some cheats I have found for 'The Sims: Deluxe Edition' are:
If you want more money type into the box: rosebud;; then press enter and hold down until you have as much money as you want. It will say 'no such cheat' put hold enter down and it adds money anyway.
Sometimes you get nasty bugs buzzing around your house, just click to go onto 'buy mode' or 'build mode', then select them and you can sell them for around $500!
When you first move into the neighbourhood and you want to make new friends, (or enemies) all you have to do is put some balloons and a cake outside your house. Soon, loads of people come round and then just greet them all and then get talking. After a while you get a smiley face above their head and they become your friend. The more you talk to them the more actions are available to do to them and the closer you become.
The best tip I can probably give you would be to make sure you have a fire alarm, which is only $50 from 'buy mode' and also a burgular alarm which is $250. The fire alarm will go off automatically if your sim's cause a fire (usually from being a bad cook) and a fireman will run round to the house straight away to put it out. Otherwise the fire will spread and your sims will eventually die.
Sometimes at night when all your sims are asleep, or if they are all at work or school, a burgular comes round to the house. He will take as many things as he wants unless you have an alarm. If you do have an alarm the police come round automatically and will arrest him. You can earn money if he is arrested as the police usually give a reward of around $1000 for catching 'wanted burgular'. A burgular alarm is a good investment in this case because if you didn't have one you would lose money as you would need to spend to replace the items which were stolen.
I think the game is really easy to get into. The best way to learn how to play, I think, would be by just playing around on it and see what buttons do what. I really enjoy playing on this game and think most people will too. The playability is simple but you can make it more complicated by if you have a career on this etc so really anyone can play on this.
This game is 15+ and so not suitable for anyone younger. Although I was about twelve when I got this game, as I didn't realise the age rating until it was too late. I don't think there is anything too unsuitable or inappropriate in this game. You are controlling the lives of adults so for someone younger than twelve I wouldn't recommend this.
You have to make your sims go to the toilet and bath or shower but whenever they are naked in this game, bubbles go over them so you don't see anything inappropriate.
However there is a vibrating love bed in this which I mentioned before and even though you don't see anything it is obvious what the sims are up to under the covers.
AVAILABILITY AND PRICES
This game is unfortunatelty not available to buy from GAME or HMV. It has been around for a while now so the only places I'd expect it to be sold at would be auction sites like eBay and I wouldn't expect it to be found brand new from anywhere.
It is on Amazon right now starting from £1.68 which is a huge bargain!
Overall I think this is a really good game and I would recommend it to anyone who is older than fifteen years old because that is the recommended age for people to play on this. I think it is a really good simulation game, probably the best ever made. I really enjoy playing on it and think it is easy once you get into playing it. The whole point of this game is to make a family (or you could make just one person) and then you control their lives. You can do with your sims whatever you want. In this game, you are God. This game is for one player only which is why in Specific Criteria I have selected under Multiplayer 'very poor multiplayer functions'.
The only disadvantage for me is that the disc doesn't last a very long time and gets worn out very quickly compared to other computer games.
The Sims: Deluxe Edition is my favourite PC game of all time and I think most people will enjoy it. Top marks from me.
I bought this as an electronic download from a site called "Direct 2 Drive". I paid £25 which, at the time, seemed fair (considering I didn't get a physical disc).
Anyway, it's a good little game, but some aspects are just not as good as the original Sims. The graphics are totally different as the game is now fully 3D. You can zoom in and out to an impressive scale, and the whole screen is rotatable 360 degrees on three axis. So that's impressive. However, I think it requires substantial computer power to be able to view it smoothly without stutters or delays.
In terms of gameplay, a new addition is a system of short term and long term desires and ambitions. For example, your sim may want to listen to a pop song, or indeed get married. If you secure either of these goals, you are rewarded with points which you can spend on special items.
However, I think overall the game has departed from the quasi-accurate lifestyle simulation that was the original Sims, and become a more fantastical sci-fi adventure where martians and man collide.
This is possibly the most addictive game ever invented. I thoroughly cannot get off it for hours on end. The charaters have so much more life than the original game and the added personality makes this all the more fun and enjoyable. I love the way that having house parties the sims can dance and drink just like in the real world and if you're not careful they even vomit too. Having to remember to get the women to take the contraceptive pill each day is hard as well and if ou don't remember they can end up with more babies than you know what to do with. This can become very expensive when they require a lot of childcare as private schooling means you can't generally just let the mum stay at home. However the kids are thoroughly enjoyable aspects of the game as they throw tantrums and food even, just like real kids
Yes I know it's been out for quite some time but it was all completely brand new to me when I got it as a christmas present last year. It wasn't completely random, I have had the old Sims PC games somewhere in the back of a drawer somewhere, collecting dust because I had more important things to do than spend hours controlling a little person. And now I find out that they'll be bringing out a Sims 3 soon, which is just all very typical. But at least maybe the price of other expansion packs might decrease.
It is very simple to set up with only 2 discs. One of them is something you can watch so in fact it's just the one that you have to contend with. Just stick it into your drive and away you go with the usual 'next', 'yes' and 'finish.'
On some computers it will not work properly, despite having a Windows XP my gamecard could not take the pace, making it incredibly slow and all the walls decided to flash red. Thankfully that's when an older brother who's got a computer comes in handy. However if you're 'unlucky' in not having one it's best to check out the system requirements otherwise you could be left feeling very downhearted!
SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS :~
T&L CAPABLE VIDEO CARD WITH 32MB OR RAM, YOU WILL NEED
800 MHz processor or better
256 MB RAM if Windows Vista, XP, Windows ME, Windows 98 or Windows 2000
At least 3.5 GB of hard drive space
IF YOU DON'T HAVE T&L...., YOU WILL NEED
2.0 GHz processor or better
256 MB RAM if Windows Vista, XP, Windows ME, Windows 98, or Windows 2000
At least 3.5 GB of hard drive space
BELOW IS THE SUPPORTED VIDEO CARDS!!
ATI RadeonTM series (7000 or better)
Radeon 7000/VE series (non-T&L; requires 2.0 GHz processor)
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)
GeForce3, 3 Ti
GeForce4, 4Ti, MX 420, 440
GeForce FX 5200, 5600, 5700, 5800, 5900, 5950
GeForce 6600, 6800
Intel� Extreme Graphics (non-T&L; requires 2.0 GHz processor)
82845, 82865, 82915
To quite a few of us that means absolout gobbildy goop, but I figure it's a necessary point and there's always google if you need extra help!
Onto the actual game, the graphics are incredibly good! It's a lame way of describing them I know but you can get up close and still see their faces without them getting pixelated.
There are 3 neighbourhoods-Pleasantville, Strange Town and Veronaville, plus downtown when you install it into a neighbour hood. If you want your little sim to be able to go and play a game of ten pin bowling, or eat out or dance the night away, in each of the three towns you have to connect it up, which is all very simple.
By clicking on the image of the family you get a row of boxes showing 2 families which haven't been put into a house but also the facility which gets you to design your own! As this has the celebration pack installed with it you can give your sim a wedding style hairdo and dresses to go with it! You can also pick out their pjs, underwear, and swimming clothes! How much make up they wear, glasses, facial hair. You can give them aspirations-whether you want your sim to be looking for romance, family, popularity, knowledge, fortune and a few extra. Their personality and their turn ons & turn offs.
When you've finished making your few sims, they'll be placed in front of a red curtain with a camera taking pictures, on the bottom left it'll have a mini logo of a family tree, click on it and you can decide whether your sim creations are siblings, spouses or roomies.
Moving in is simple enough, just drag your little family onto a house which is in your price range. A tip though is, even if you have 6 sims created you will still only get 20,000 simoleons! So more sims doesn't mean more money!
You can design your little house, with extra items, a wider variety and if you are bored of your sims hair, just get a mirror and change it that way!
Your sims can get pregnant but it is always the way, their mood always drops, she is always hungry and sometimes if you're not careful she might even die! If you can't cope when the baby is born, pick up the phone, dial services and you can get it put up for adoption.
There is also the chance to have twins...although it may be difficult to cope with! All you have to do is press ctrl,shift and c a little box will appear at the top of the screen and if you type force twins it shoud work. To get rid of the box, type exit.
Careers aren't difficult to come by, pick up the newspaper and find a job and you'll get a few options. And if you've had enough of living with somebody, in the paper it gives you a chance of finding your own place!
By calling a taxi, or if you own your own car you can drive to the community lot, which then gives you the chance to go to downtown. A place of trendy shops, clubs, spa and even a museum or another town (can't remember the name!) which invites you to a few parks or maybe the grocery store.
If you've got a child you can get them into a private school by inviting the headmaster round. It's best if you have learnt how to cook a decent meal, he's never really impressed if you give him a ham sandwich. 90 points is what you need to get your child in, with 30 points for each section-food, shmoozing and a tour of the house.
You can also hold birthday, wedding and house partys. This also gives you a time limit to make it as good as possible. Unfortunetly it only lets you invite 2 other sims, dates are also good for a sims mood. Get lots of kissing action in and it'll go to a platinum colour. Be warned though, sims do get jealous and if they find you kissing another sim they might stalk you. I had that problem with Cassandra Goth who just would not get over the fact that Andy was with Brandi. Stealing my newspaper and knocking over my bins. I had to get rid of her.
Overally I am spending far too long on this game than is necessary. I spent 2 1/2 hours the other day playing on it and didn't even realise until I got off. Yes you are thinking correctly, maybe I do need to get out more!!
But still, at least for the time being, I'm able to control somebody elses life for a change!
Enjoy all the fun and creativity of The Sims 2 in The Sims 2: Double Deluxe.