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Genre: Simulation - Life / Video Game for Windows XP / ESRB Rating: Rating Pending / Release Date: 2006-03-03 / Published by Electronic Arts

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      09.10.2012 08:28
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      A great expansion pack for The Sims 2

      This is a review that I first wrote and posted on Ciao back in 2006, if you can believe it. It appears here with slight edits to bring it up to date a bit.

      *Sims 2: Open for Business*

      This is the third expansion pack for the popular Sims 2 game (not counting the Christmas expansion pack, but that was more of a small add-on than expansion). This expansion finally lets you go to work with your Sims, as they run a shop, hairdresser's/barber's, gym, florists', park.... There are many different businesses to choose from with Open to Business, and its up to you which one you want.

      *Opening for Business*

      For your Sim to open a business, they have to call up the (real) estate office and buy a community lot. Many of these are already up and running shops or parks etc. and so you wouldn't have to buy things to furnish them, but these are very expensive. If your Sim is new and doesn't have much money, there are a couple of small, unfurnished shops that you can buy for only a few thousand simoleans (Sim currency). Or otherwise, you can start up a home business and run a shop or whatever in your own home.

      *Running the business*

      My favourite kind of business to run is just a simple shop. To sell items in a shop you need a till, an open/closed sign and items to sell. There is a business toolbar at the top right of the screen, which gives you information on how well your business is doing and lets you set items for sale. When customers come to your shop they usually look at an item to see if they want to buy it. When they are looking at an item they get a bar on top of their head (which looks like a skill bar) and when its full they will buy the item, but sometimes they decide they don't want it and walk away before then. While they are deciding, you can talk to them and entertain them to try and convince them to buy it. You can also use 'sales' options to try to convince them, but this sometimes works against you.

      If your customer really likes your business and the service, then they might give you a gold star. However, if they don't like it or have bad experiences there, they will get a red star, which counts as -1 gold star. Gaining gold stars can let you rise to higher business levels, and for each level you reach you get another choice of business perks. Business perks are found in the business toolbar and you can choose from a range of bonuses, such as cash payments or money off stock and so on.

      *New to the Expansion*

      In addition to skill points, you can now earn skill badges in different things. For example, in your business you gain experience when you use the till, use sales actions on customers or restock items. When you get enough experience from these you gain a skill badge in it. There are three levels of badges: bronze, silver and gold. Gaining badges in restocking and tills just makes you quicker at these tasks, but badges in sales will let you use better sales actions. For example, when you get to a gold sales badge you can use 'Dazzle', which convinces the Sim to buy the item immediately and usually gives you a gold star from them too.

      As well as business these, you can gain badges in flower arranging, toy making and robot building. The expansion gives you new items in buy mode, including three workbenches: one for flower arranging, one for making toys and one for robots. You can make money from making things and selling them, and you can also sell your products in shops. Gaining badges increases how fast you can make products, but also gives you more things to choose from. My favourite is when you get a gold badge in flower arranging, as you can make 'snapdragon bouquets'. These can either be sold for a 140s profit, or can be placed in the world to stop stat meters going down as fast when your Sims are near them.

      *Conclusion*

      I love this game because it is different to the other expansion packs and is more original. It's difficult to get a successful business up and running but its great when you manage to. As this game is a few years old and is from the previous The Sims franchise, this game is currently going for £8.76 from Amazon for Windows XP or £10.99 for Mac operating systems, although you can get both versions for cheaper from Amazon sellers and I imagine also elsewhere. This is a great game and so well worth it for that price if you have the original Sims 2 game already installed. Please check system requirements before purchasing.

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      23.08.2012 19:34
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      A fun expansion pack which adds a new element to the game.

      I bought this Open for Business Sims 2 expansion pack a year or so ago. I pretty much own every expansion and add on pack out there and this one sounded quite different so I thought I'd give it a go.

      There are quite a few complicated things on this expansion pack so here is an outline of what is available with the pack:

      - Buisness -
      This expansion enables your sim to own their own business. This can either be from home or from a community lot they will need to purchase and furnish. There are a few different businesses you can own (e.g baking, salon, restaurant). Really all you need is a cash register and then once your business begins to grow perhaps a couple of employees. I personally like to make a neighbourhood full of families and so owning businesses in community lots is not exactly ideal for my type of gaming. I do like this aspect of the game though for single Sims with children as they don't need to leave the house to work and therefore no nannying charges etc.

      - Furniture -
      There is a load of new furniture too, some for business and some that can be used for other areas of the home too. There are three style sets for the new furniture: international, storybook and euro. It's always nice to have some additional furniture to decorate my homes with so this is definitely as aspect I like.

      - Items -
      There are also some additional items that you can purchase for your business like an elevator, lemonade stand, workbench and cash registers. These are all very useful when setting up a business and just make the game that little bit more enjoyable.

      - Price -
      This game costs as little as £3 for a used copy and around £5 for a new copy from Amazon. I think this is a pretty decent price for an expansion pack, and is even cheaper than some of the 'stuff' packs. It isn't something I want to use all the time when I am playing this game, but it is a nice addition to an already great game.

      Overall, this is a fun expansion pack that adds an entirely new element to the game. I don't use the business option all the time but it is fun to experiment with and to supplement a busy family life.

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      25.12.2011 20:31
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      Open for business

      The Sims 2 - Open for Business

      You can go and start your own store to start making money. You can buy an existing store at a community lot or you can build one or start one from home. If you want to start a home business, then all you have to do is pick up the phone or go on the computer. Here you simply go to start a business and tada you're an entrepreneur! If you prefer to keep work and home separate you can start a shop in a community lot in the same way, so by phone or computer. Very simple.

      Like all other businesses, there are some things you need to get your business started. If you wish to sell items then you need to buy a cash register. If you want other sims to pay for being present on your plot / shop, they must pay an entrance fee and it requires a device. You can start your own salon giving makeovers, changing the appearance and styling hair and eyebrows. The funny thing is that when you do a makeover, the sim then sit down and then a screen comes up so you can specify what you want to change. You can also start a restaurant and therefore you need all the cooking equipment and tables.

      You need an Open / Closed sign. You can set the hours when you are open and closed, and let employees decide how late to come. If you want your employees to come sooner, you can call them. When you close, your employees will stay until you send them home.

      When you are at your business, you can see how close a Sim is to buy something. A sign above the head of the Sims shows how close they are to buying something.

      New neighborhood

      Open For Business adds another neighborhood, and it consists of a few houses, but mainly a mall, so you have the opportunity to shop and start a shop.

      Control Options

      Once you have opened your business you get a new set of control options that will appear in the upper right. It is a circle with seven different buttons:

      The Star Button - This is your customer option. You can check how your Sims feel about your company.

      Employee Information - Here you can look at what skills your employees have and also talents, their wages and much more.

      Cash Tracker - Here you can take a look at how much money you bring in.

      Business Information - Take a look at the general information about the company of your Sim.

      Hiring new staff

      Hiring new staff is something you do via the telephone or computer. You get a screen with a list of possible new candidates. You see what skills they have and how expensive they are. If you are satisfied you can take them.

      New items

      Lifts, chair makeover, lemonade stand, and an antique cash register. Your Sims can now make things. There are three workstations Toy Workbench, Workbench and Robot Florist workbench. You can sell it with or without a business.

      My opinion

      A great expansion pack, and very addictive. The idea of making your own money is very nice and I have several times had my own shop at home. You can easily start a store and sell items. If you do it at home you can you an lock on your house so the sims won't buy your house empty. Four stars for me.

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      17.01.2011 15:15
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      Better than the other EPs, this opens your Sims' world, but lacks in other departments.

      Open For Business is the last Sims expansion pack (EP) that I bought for myself.

      New Gameplay

      The biggest and most obvious new gameplay element, is the ability for sims to be able to own their own businesses. This can mean either a home business, which is much the cheaper option for your Sims, or owning a Community lot, the benefit of which is remote management. Of course this also entails hiring employees, assigning them to jobs and managing them. This can be quite a challenge, as they can be both NPCs (townies) or Sims you've created yourself. The business world brings a host of new interactions, both with objects (such as restocking) and with other Sims (such as Sales interactions). The business aspect of the game also adds a whole host of new items, such shelves to sell from, crafting tables (flowers, toys and mechanics),and business accoutrements in décor such as signs and the like. There are additions in the build mode as well, called 'styles' by EA/Maxis, those being International, Storybook and European. These styles are apparent in different areas, such as railings, floors, doors, windows, and walls. Though I personally haven't found a lot of use for these, they can be used to make themed community lots or businesses, and as in all my other Sims reviews I really advocate the use of Custom Content, made by users, as these can be a lot better than the EA/Maxis items. The new objects I mentioned before allow you to create new things (such as the craft tables) which can then be sold or used (as with the new Servo that can clean for you) - and give you a new "skill badge" which can be worked upon from bronze to gold - or allow you to change certain things, such as with the makeover chair, which allows you to give NPCs as well as your own Sims a new look (believe me some of the NPCs need this!). Wholesale (you can sell any object) is great for your wealth aspiration Sims, while a crafting shop will be appreciated by your knowledge Sims.

      Other Positives

      This EP can add hours of build and play fun, first making your community lots, and then building up the business (as they are ranked), and aiming for the Best of the Best Award. It also introduces new actions which can make it a lot more interesting for gamers who like to play more than build.

      Other Negatives

      The range of colours and styles is, as usual, limited from EA/Maxis, especially considering the size of the addition (at least another GB) and the length of load times, which are awful on slower machines.

      Overall one of the better additional EPs you can buy for Sims, but still lacking in both the build and play areas, as it doesn't commit to either to any great extent. It does, however, add a new depth to the lives of your Sims - as long as they want to be business moguls.

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        23.12.2010 13:19
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        Well worth adding to your collection

        The Sims 2 - Open for Business Expansion
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        As I have not got around to throwing money at The Sims 3, I am quite content with purchasing the now lower priced expansions for the Sims 2. One of these expansions include 'Open for Business' in which you are able to create, open and run a variety of different business' from Salons to Bakeries.

        H&M Fashion needs The sims 2 to play and loads up almost automatically from start up, following the on screen instructions as you go. It does not take long to install and if this is your latest add-on then you will need to use this disc to play.

        Specifications include:

        Windows Vista, XP, ME, 98, or 2000 operating system.
        1000 MHz (1 GHz) or faster processor.
        256 MB or more RAM.
        At least 1.5 GB of additional hard drive space.
        Supported T&L-capable video card with at least 32 MB of video RAM.

        Out of all the expansions I have added to the Sims 2, I find that this is perhaps the smallest in the way of what I actually end up doing with it. The whole outlook of the expansion is running your own Sim business and with this comes a great many things to help you.

        The main thing is the addition of a new district which can be linked with your Sim town and accessed through the menu at the top of the game play screen. Once you have done this, you can allow your Sims to open a business either in the new district or at their own home. Once to have opened the business, you are able to employ other Sims to work at your shop, and also manage them by giving them specific jobs, pay rises and so on. Of course, you also have the option to sack terrible employees!

        To run the business, you have to stock and restock the shelves and can bring items from your Sim house into the store to sell. Your Sim sets the price of al the items as well as trying to gain customer loyalty.

        Some of the bigger new items include elevators, makeover station, lemonade stand, workbenches, cash registers and statues.

        Although there is less to do in this expansion than others, I still find that 'Open for Business' opens up a whole new aspect to game play. The new items are fewer though the things you are able to do is bigger and game play runs as smoothly with this expansion as without.

        Recommended.

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          07.05.2010 22:57
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          The Open for Business expansion is the third expansion for the Sims 2, and you will need the Sims 2 base game in order to play. You don't need to have any of the other expansions, although they are compatible.

          This expansion allows your Sims to run their own business - either from home or on a community lot. The kinds of business your sim might want to run vary - they might opt to make bouquets, offer makeovers, or make toys at home, or they may want to be a little more ambitious and run a nightclub, restaurant, or grocery store , with such community lots being available to purchase over the phone or by using a computer. Buying or owning a business can be quite expensive, and making the money to get started can be a little bit daunting, but I simply had one of my sims marry a rich sim to bring money into the household to get started.

          The expansion adds a new shopping district, Blue water Village, which comes with a couple of pre-made sim families and businesses. To play on one of the business lots, you need to first select a member of the owning family and have them travel to the lot, where you can then use the phone to call employees to work or hire new staff, to whom you can then assign certain tasks such as restocking shelves, tidying up, greeting customers, or perhaps working on the bar or in the kitchen, depending on the nature of your business .

          Certain skills make running a business easier too - for example a sim with high cooking skill will naturally perform better in the role of chef than a sim with no cooking skill whatsoever, and will increase the number of dishes you can prepare and serve well in your restaurant .

          There are a couple of essentials you'll need to run a business, and luckily the game has plenty of new items , from display shelves to ticket machines . You'll need a till if you intend to sell items, and an open and closed sign is a handy thing to have, otherwise you'll never be able to get customers to leave .

          You'll have to keep your staff happy if you want them to work well - a good wage, plenty of breaks, and a good nights sleep help a lot. You can give them pay increases and decreases, and you can assign them to different tasks to keep their day varied. Sims can earn talent badges relating to performance, for example in sales, or in flower arranging, which enable them to perform their job more easily .

          This is by far the most challenging expansion of the game for me so far - running a business while keeping a good healthy home life and maintaining social relationships is pretty tricky, and so far I've only been able to make a small profit, despite having the expansion for months now . Still, I'm enjoying trying to improve my profits, and this expansion, particularly when combined with others, has enough longevity to keep me entertained for a long time .

          This expansion is available on amazon.co.uk, and there are a couple of different versions so be sure to pick the right one for your system . I'm awarding this expansion 4* - a challenging expansion that really requires some effort to succeed with .

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            29.11.2009 18:14
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            Whist some people have gone out and bought the Sims 3 games I've stuck to purchasing expansion packs for Sims 2. I have other reason though, the main being I know that my computer could never support the needed system requirements. I opted for this particular game because I wanted to do something else with my computerised companions. To actually give them something else to do other than the same old thing-getting up, married and gaining skill points.

            Open for Business gives your sim the chance to run their own shop selling toys, flowers,clothes or maybe even garden gnomes. A restaurant, a salon or maybe a bowling alley. All by just picking up the phone or using the computer and selecting the open business option. You can run your new found career from home which is a good way to start or jump in at the deep end and buy one from the community. These are usually very expensive however you can buy a piece of land for cheaper. When visiting the neighbour hood screen place a free piece of land anywhere in your town. When you get back to your family it will be available to purchase at a low price as there is nothing there. This has its set backs however as it will be up to you to build the building and any other objects which might be needed. Hence the reason as to why the home based business is your best option as there's a lot less fuss.

            Running a shop is probably the best way to start things off. All by purchasing a cashiers till you can buy items at wholesale prices and then choose what cost you'll charge your customers. Sometimes the amount of skill points you have can help with what business you own. Naturally a restaurant will run smoothly if you have a good amount of cooking practice, the same goes with using the make over chair and how creative your sim is.

            Get yourself an open and closed sign which you'll find in the decoration section otherwise you'll end up with countless customers barging into your house late at night. Or those who keep coming back if you own a business in the community lot. Meaning you can't get home until they've all gone.

            The problem with the community lot option is that you can spend a good deal of time there but then when you get home you'll find that it's exactly the same time as when you left. This is more of a problem if you have young kids. You fork out money for the nanny only to have her look after your boy or girl for a matter of minutes. And she eats your food and throws empty baby bottles over your house.

            As I said I wanted something different and this game certainly isn't that easy. Despite countless attempts I have yet to succeed in turning a profit. It's just lucky that the main bread earner in my family has a high powered job and a wealthy income. (She goes to work in a helicopter!) Otherwise I might be going under right now, although on saying that it's likely that I'd of cheated and used the ctrl + c code along with the words kaching or motherlode to top up my cashflow. 50,000 simoleons can come in quite handy.

            You are given the options of hiring and firing employees, setting their uniforms and deciding their wage. You have to keep them happy though otherwise they won't turn up for work claiming that they're too tired. Like the other games they've managed to hide all of their items away so it takes a while to find the right thing you want. A make over chair you'd expect to find in the chair option-makes common sense. Try finding it when you're buying objects for your business and it seems to disappear. You can even buy a ticket machine so if you see any customers loitering and not spending any money you can still charge them for being in the building.

            This is another addictive sims game. Once again I find myself spending far too much time on it. Loosing track of time is my downfall and the need to get my business off the ground along with running a household, going to work and then hoping that my children will get into a private school all get added into the mix. Especially when you have daughter who keeps sneaking out of the house at midnight. It's infuriating but fun all at the same time.

            To use this game you will need to have the original Sims 2 or Sims 2 Double Deluxe already installed. Other requirements are:~


            Windows Vista, XP, ME, 98, or 2000 operating system.
            1000 MHz (1 GHz) or faster processor.
            256 MB or more RAM.
            At least 1.5 GB of additional hard drive space.
            Supported T&L-capable video card with at least 32 MB of video RAM.

            For information about supporting video cards you can visit the website
            http://thesims2.ea.com/
            The graphics aren't quite as good as the Sims 3 from what I've seen however they are a big step up from the original. More detailing in the clothing and houses they live in. Along with the cars they drive and their hairstyles. The music can be a bit repetitive but I find the best way to solve this is to nip into the options section get rid of the sound and then you can listen to any songs which you might be already playing on your PC. It doesn't interfere with the running of the game so there isn't a problem.
            I got mine from Amazon in the marketplace for £3.56 but to get it brand new for £6.95 If you like the Sims games and want another aspect added onto it then this could be something you'd enjoy. Infuriating, somewhat annoying yet fun and time consuming it kills away an hour or so if you have little or nothing to do.

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            12.08.2009 13:46

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            A fun expansion pack which offers the benefits of Night Life and more

            Of all the Sims 2 expansion packs this was the only one I chose to buy based on playing it with a friend, and it was certainly a good decision.

            Open for Business allows the player to build community lots which are owned by Sims or create home businesses. There is also the option of a Downtown area - as in Sims Night Life - and though there are no cars, this option provides most of the benefits of the Night Life expansion pack. Businesses available include a hair salon, flower shop, toy shop, cafe, and ticketed hang-out (i.e. pay on the door bar or club) which require the new objects provided. Other than this, shops can be made to sell any of the other items in the Sims catalogue (paintings, furniture etc.)

            You can chose the stock and set the price, employ Sims, gather sales and restocking badges and gain customer loyalty and perks and climb the business rankings.

            *Benefits*
            + Additional clothes and 125 new objects, including a Lemonade stand and elevator
            + Sims' Turn-ons and Turn-offs can be set to facilitate match-making
            + Businesses provide more diverse game play and are a great addition for Sims on the Business career path
            + Crafting stations for toys and flowers are fun to watch
            + Realistic play: for example, without an experienced stylist, Sims on the make-over station sometimes end up with messy facepaint!

            *Downsides*
            - In both community and home-business lots customers can wander into private areas such as the staff room or house.
            - Quite difficult to build up a business, as it requires many hours of work and the Sims mood declines rapidly while working
            - Capital required means that running a business would be almost impossible without money cheats
            - It takes a lot of experience for Sims to be able to make more advanced products (e.g. flowers and cakes)

            In my opinion this is the best expansion pack for th Sims 2. I have had hours of game play out of this game which I never seem to tire of, and have yet to try the toy shop out!

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            07.07.2009 03:17
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            one of the best add ons yet, worth a try for those wanting a fresh challenge

            Another sims expansion pack and this one is relativley new territory for EA. We've had a remake of The Sims vacation with The Sims 2 Bon Voyage, The Sims unleashed is The Sims 2 Pets and The Sims Hot Date is similar to The Sims 2 Nightlife. So this expansion pack is exciting and one which represents a new challenge for simmers.

            WHAT IT'S ABOUT
            The Sims 2 Open for Business allows Sims to build and run there own businesses, from restaurants to florists to toy stores and bakeries. Your Sims can run home based business or buy a community lot to create your own retail megastores. Watch you business flourish or flounder as you try to win over your customers.

            BUSINESS
            Open for Business allows Sims to build and run pretty much any business they like. For example, if you want to run a bowling alley you just have to buy a bunch of lanes and charge admission. Want to build a garden centre? It's as simple as arranging a bunch of plants and garden gnomes on your lawn and you can start selling! You can even charge your friends for visiting your house if you want - just set a ticket machine outside your house! This is handy if you have a romance sim who you wish to run a brothel! There are literally hundreds of business oppotunities to chose from.

            To run a sucessful business you need to hire employees and a manager to run the business for the times when you wont be there yourself. Employees have different salaries and skills which is why its probably easier to start a home business where family members can help out. Manage jobs such as working the cash register, stocking and restocking items and baking cakes in order for your business to run smoothly. The smoother your business operates, the more likely your customers are to gain loyalty points which will keep them coming back. Your business will also gain business ranks. Higher business ranks will lead to business perks you can earn including lower wholesale prices and motivational tricks for your employees.

            NEW OBJECTS
            New objects include all the items which you need to create a sucessful business such as cash registers and work benches to make your sellable objects. But these objects are not just useful for running businesses. You can use the electronics bench to build robots until your good enough to create a servo robot which will function like a maid, cleaning and looking after your home for you. Or you may purchase the flower bench so that your sim can create nice decorations for their homes or to give as gifts.

            TALENT BADGES
            Next up, there's the "Talent Badges" system. Sims need talent badges to create sellable objects or gain talents needed to sucessfully run their business. Sim can earn talent badges in areas such as flower arranging, restocking, or running a cash register. Talents are developed through experience (the only way to learn to use a cash register is to use one day after day). It takes a lot of time and dedication to earn a talent badge but unfortunatley it's necessary if you want your business to run sucessfully.

            ADVANTAGES
            Businesses are hard to run. They take dedication and multi tasking and sucessfully managing several factors such as staff, prices and merchandise. I've stated in previous reviews that often The Sims 2 is just too easy but this isn't the case with open for business. It's a demanding system and one which is incredibly satisfying when you finally suceed because it will take such hard work to get there.
            Its adds alot of overall gameplay. Running a business is almost like a mini game in itself.

            Another strength of this expansion is how it opens the door to create just about any business you can imagine, as mentioned previously. Your sim can sell absolutley anything from chairs to garden gnomes! All they need is the stock and a cash register. You can even run a beauty salon which is a fantastic and convenient way to give a makeover to all the ugly premade characters in the game! Since I find most EA made characters hideous, with crap hair and inflated lips, I relished this oppotunity.

            DISADVANTAGES
            It's advantage is its disadvantage really. It's too hard! Community lot businesses are hell to run. You'll probably need a manager because you wont want to go there everyday and work. The reason? your sim has to travel to the community lot which means a loading screen. Travelling home will mean another loading screen. Then they'll get up the next day and do it all again. This is tedious since I hate loading screens anyway. This is the reason I almost always create home businesses.

            Staff wages make it almost impossible to make money, especaily when your trying to establish yourself as a business and dont have much money anyway. They are paid every hour so having more than one member of staff working for you will seriously eat into profit but having your sim do everything themselves is impossible.

            SUMMARY
            If you enjoy the relativley easy gameplay of previous expansion packs, your not going to like the difficulty level of this one so don't buy! If however you are bored of the monotimy of your sims everyday lives and would like a challenge, definitley buy this game.

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              07.05.2009 17:39

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              one of the better expansion packs to buy

              The sims two open for business is a brilliant expansion pack to purchase if you happen to be bored of simply playing your vanilla sims 2 on it's own. No longer must your sims have a boring routine with a 9 to 5 job and promotions to be earnt. Perhaps you want your sim to own a furniture shop, or a bakery, or a toy shop, a florist perhaps, the list is almost endless. If you also happen to own sims 2 nightlife you can also open a car showroom.

              People from the neighbourhood will visit your business as soon as you flip the sign to open, and thats when your sim must persuade customers that they cannot live without the product they are looking at. But beware of mystery reviewers, as they can make or break your fledgling business!

              Again like any sims expansion pack there are new furniture and building options, including things like flower arranging stalls or tools to build robots, who you can then use in your sims own home in place of a maid or gardener!

              Especially now that you can buy the game for under a tenner, it's worth a buy, definitely one of the more addictive and original expansion packs that Maxis have come up with.

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              A well thought out game, which is great for all ages to play. I would highly recommend it.

              This is one of the best expansion packs for sims 2 i have played. You can create a business from your sims home, or you can build/buy a community lot and improve on the businesses there. Everytime a customer is happy a star appears around their head. You have to collect these stars to improve your level of customer satisfaction. Everytime you reach a new level you get to choose from rewards such as connections and money.
              You will have to keep an eye on your finances too and your staffs happiness as well as keeping on top of the stock.
              The great thing about the Sims game is if problems arise, like running out of money or not enough staff to allow your current staff members breaks - then you can use the growing list of cheats. maxmotives - brings everyone's stats in the building to reach their maximum, and motherlode - gives your sim 50,000 dollars.

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              05.08.2008 20:29
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              Great expansion pack, best of the bunch. Become a business tycoon!

              I bought this and expected it to be good but it was amazing! This is the best of all the sims expansion packs (in my opinion) as you can really create a booming business for your sim characters! You can hire and fire employees, set uniforms, price items and manage your employees - a modern day Alan Sugar!!

              You can have any business such as bakery, restraunt, clothes tore or local shop - selling everything that your sims could possibly need! You can build your own business empire and have as many shops as you like which is great.

              If your sim would rather not buy a sommercial unit or is a stay at home parent there is also the option of starting a homre business - which is pretty much as it sounds selling from your sims home. With this option you can also hire employees but you dont need to travel to the commercial lot - perfect!

              Great expansion pack and lots of fun - become your very own Richard Branson...well virtual Richard Branson!

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              15.05.2008 14:50
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              Great game

              The Sims 2 is a game that everyone loves, it is a great game and you will have hours of fun playing it.

              The Sims 2 open for business, is one of the better expansion packs, you get to go to work with your sims because they can now run their own business. You can run a shop, cafe, restaurant, hairdresser and many more. This can be really fun but also can be annoying if you don't succeed in your business. You must gain customer loyalty so you know they will come back. Make sure to make money, not lose it...

              This expansion pack also adds new furniture, outfits, locations, shops and many more. You will definitely have loads of fun and entertainment with this fantastic expansion pack.

              To run this game your computer must have:

              OS: Windows 98/98 SE/Me/2000/XP
              CPU: 800 MHz
              RAM: 256 MB
              Disc Drive: 8x CD-ROM/DVD drive
              HDD: 3.5 GB free space
              Video: 32MB DirectX 9.0 and T&L compatible
              Sound: DirectX 9.0 compatible

              You can purchase this expansion pack on Amazon for the price of £14.98 which is the usual price for a sims 2 expansion, this is a great valued game that you should try.

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                13.05.2007 14:30

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                another expansion pack for the sims 2 but now you can own your own buisness

                Everyone has heard of the sims 2 but for those who havent:
                It is a game where you can create and play a person getting them to do what you want and when you want them to. Although you still have to watch their needs save the some money by getting a job or selling items that you have previously bought. You can have kids and watch them grow from baby to toddler to child to teenager to adult and finally to and oap. (for more info check the sims 2)

                The sims 2 open for buisness expansion pack The difference in the sims 2 open for buisness and the others is that your sims can now set up there own buisness in their home or a community lot. and obviously there is more stuff to buy and do.

                There is nowa buisness district to add to the collection of districts that you will or already have. This is calle bluewater village.

                Your own buisness
                you can now start your own buisness like a spa, restaurant, hairdresser, cafe, shop, museum etc. where you can hire employees manage your employees. You will need to earn customer loyalty and let your staff earn there promotions. Earn a buisness rank and get buisness perks. there is an undercover reporter writing a review about your buisness if you arent carefull you will get a bad review. But make sure you are not losing money.

                Furnishing
                you can have individual styles for your house and buisness now. Like international, storybook and euro.

                Items
                obviously there is going to be more items so here they are
                elevators
                lemonade stand
                toy workbench
                cash register
                ninja statue
                salon chair
                floral kiosk
                etc.

                you can even have a pet brick its so funny.

                and that is all im going to write on this one i hope this helps.

                Please tell me if this information is helpful to you by rating it and leaving a comment thankyou.

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            • Product Details

              The Sims 2: Open for Business is the third expansion pack for The Sims 2, released on March 3, 2006, which allows Sims to run a home or community lot based business. The idea of a Sims business tycoon game may seem odd, but this is a surprisingly fun and accessible expansion. Although you can stay at home and create items to sell, most businesses are run from a new shopping centre area, which you can also visit separately. To run a shop you buy objects as normal, and then display and price them individually, or in bulk for your store. Running a restaurant or other service is more a case of creating the right mood with furniture and staff. You can hire and fire employees as you want, but itÆs worth being as hands-on as you can because you gain a wide range of new skills from the work you do.