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The sequel to the game The Sims came out in 2004. Four years after the first version was released. The long awaited sequel was a huge success. There was much criticism of the game because it is computer system demands, which meant many people could not play the game on their computer.
* Developer (s) Maxis
* Publisher (s) Electronic Arts
* Year 2004
* Genre (s) Strategy / Simulation
* Play Mode (s) Singleplayer
* System: Windows 95/2000/ME/XP/Vista
* Processor: 800MHz
* Memory: 256 MB RAM
* Hard Drive: 3.5 GB
* Graphics card with DirectX9.0 support and TGL
The game The Sims 2
The first game was a huge success and so the expectations were high when the second part finally appeared in stores. The promises were big and the game would be much improved. The biggest changes were nevertheless that Sims could become really older and the woman could get really pregnant. In The Sims 1 the sims maintained the same age and people could only have children, after much interacting with together in a romantic way (kissing and hugging). The woman was therefore not pregnant, but the phone rang asking if you wanted a child. Not realistic. In Part 2, your Sims can actually get pregnant after they have gone to bed together and allows your baby to grow up to an elderly person.
The goal of the game The Sims 2
The goal of the game is basically the same as in part 1. You have to help your virtual people and help them to make choices in life as making friends, relationships and finding a job. In addition, Sims simply have needs like eating / drinking, showering, going to the toilet etc. They can even be lonely! Better take good care of your sims!
When you for the first time starts the game, you can create a sim or an entire family. This you can do over and over again. When you click on the option of creating a family you get to a screen where you can see all the families who are not currently active. You can choose to place one of the families in your neighborhood, remove one of them or create a new family. Once you have completed your family, you can move them to the district and select an empty house or an empty lot where they can live.
Building and buying
Just like in real life, your Sims can also buy a house and build and furnish all well. This mainly speaks for itself and you have the option to active the Help feature which will guide you through the process. In the beginning you have very little money, so you cannot build like a huge house. You have to buy all of this with your money, including decoration and furniture. Your Sim will obviously all be going to the toilet and to the sink and you also need some items if you want your Sim to learn new skills, such as a piano for their creativity to improve their logic with a chess board.
When you are playing the sims 2 for the first time, the differences will be clear compared to part 1. The graphics are much better. Even though the first version was already quite ahead of its time, there was obviously room for improvement. This version is in fact in 3D and you can now watch your Sims from all angles! This is very easy using the buttons at the bottom. The colors are also now much brighter and everything seems much more alive.
When in part one you have only one section with houses that are occupied, or that you could live in, you have now real neighborhoods with parks and shops. You can now order a taxi and go shopping! Just enjoy some food and especially meeting new people. The biggest improvement is that you have now different neighborhoods especially when you buy the expansions like on holiday and superstar.
Personality of your sim
In part one your sim had a personality. You could compose this yourself and decide how nice, neat and active your sim is. In part 2 this plays a bigger role. Based on the personality the constellation was also linked, and this can affect how quickly someone can like someone else and how fast they do love or hate each other. You also have a life wish. A life wish may mean that you would wish to be rich or to have a big family. Every time you achieve a certain goal, your Sim becomes happier.
You can take pictures during the game and gather them in a photo album. This allows you to see all the fun moments.
The promise of this game was that things would be more realistic. Not only in appearance but also the entire way of playing. I must say that this is indeed the case. In appearance the game looks much better in color and it's 3D. In addition, you can view your sim from all angles. The game feels more realistic in terms of contrast and the emotions. While the first part the sims sometimes seemed rather static, the interaction seems more natural this time. They can now marry, become pregnant and particularly important become older. Sometimes it is a pity that your Sim ages, but it is realistic. The gameplay in general feels smoother. A nice new feature, the shops and the parks and that makes meeting new sims a lot easier. Certainly a great game!
The Sims series is definitely one of my favorite series. It was such a great concept when it came out, and one of my favorite things about it are the expansions. When Sims 2 came out I could not wait to get my hands on it. I finally got it home, installed it, and played it, here is what I have to say about it.
-For Sims 1 players-
The Sims 2 has a new engine, its a bit different than what you will be used too from the first one, although personally I like it better.
The graphics are better in this one of course then the first one. Actually I had to upgrade my computer before I could really enjoy the game (this was a long time ago, when it first came out).
So much fun, with endless options. Each Sim has its own personality, and style its amazing. You can do so many different types of jobs, be the boss or not. It is completely up to you in this game. You can have children, and try to get them into private schools. There are different neighborhoods now, unlike the 1 in the first. Also they added aspirations, which was the best idea in my opinion. They are picked up for adult and teenage Sims, and govern their drives. Great add to the game in my opinion.
All in all this game had great new ideas added to it. Making it a game for the ages, the expansions that have come out are great too. So many different options and expansions make this game a GREAT buy. I would recommend it to almost anyone. My fiance likes to play the Sims but only to design the houses. There is something for just about everyone in these games. Definitely a good buy! I give it 4 out of 5 stars!
Most people have heard of the sims and the basics behind the gameplay. Sims 2 is basically the same as any sims game with a few more added features. There is not storyline to the game, you just have the ability to create your own sims and build their lives. You are able to construct a house and kit it out with furniture and all the latest gear.
During the game you are responsible for your sims life. You have to get them a job, make sure they eat, sleep, clean and even go to the toilet. Choosing a job for your sim is very important as the more money you make, the nicer a house you can buy and the better quality equipment you can kit it out with. There is a massive range of stuff to buy for your sim ranging from flooring to gym equipment. Each itemhas different features which your sim can physically use e.g. go running on the running machines. You can get your sims married, have kids and your sims can ultimately die.
Whilst the game is great fun and can be hilarious in parts it gets quite boring quickly. Its very slow and you need to be patient with it to make a sim family. If you want to get married and have kids be prepared to spend hours on the game, putting in the effort to get the rewards. I am not patient enough for all this and ended up using money cheats to play around with building an awesome house.
This is the best sims game I have played and recommend it for a bit of fun, however it can become very frustrating. Also there are plenty of upgarde packs available to keep the game fresh and varied.
Sims 2 is without doubt one of my favourite games out, the straightforwardness of it and simple ideas is what drew me to it, i personally loved be able to create another life and involve whoever you wanted in it and change what you wanted when you wanted. i think that it can be played from any age, i am 16 and still love it , however i also played it when i was a lot younger.
the only dissapointment in Sims 2 in my opinio is the lack of recent and up to date clothing, the fashion is very dated.
the other initial problem i faced was how slow the loading was to get on to each 'town' where you had built your sims lifestyle.
i would definately recomend this game to anyone looking for fun and who loves games that you can play at your own leisure whilst also getting addictted to ! worth the money !
I loved playing Sims 1 and bought Sims 2 as soon as it came out, although all the new features were great I was very disappointed in the speed of the game, I had all the minimum requirements too play it but it was still irritatingly slow and jumpy, loading houses took way too long, after googling the problem I found a lot of people were also finding it too slow therefore I would say before you jump into buying it make sure that you have above the minimum requirements and a very good graphics card.
There are a lot of new features in Sims 2, so many that I will have to list them so you don't get bored ;)
- More life stages (teen, toddler and elder)
- "Aspirations" there is an extra panel that tells you what your Sims want to do and if you achieve their goals you earn points which allow you to buy special objects, this also gives the game more direction.
- 3 floors for houses
- More than one sim village
- New items
- More choice changing the face of your sims
- Better graphics
- The money tree!! (bought from aspiration points)
- More actions
- Sims learn to cook different things
- Teens can get part time jobs
If it wasn't for the slowness Sims 2 would be great, so if you do have a good graphics card this is a game you must get.
I have been playing Sims 2 for well over 2 years. Some of my friends think this may be a little sad, but it is way more than just a game.
You can play it as a game, with people you design, and houses already loaded into the system..... however, there is so much more that you can do with Sims 2.
A fine example would be a recent project for a client of mine. He wanted his hallway and spare bedroom re-decorated, but just could not decide on the colour scheme. So I built his entire house within the game. We were able to view different colour schemes in 3D and even wallpapers. If you have a creative side, or a flare for interior design, this is the game for you.
You can also take this design feature a step further with custom content. You can download custom furniture, wallpaper and houses from the internet, making the game endlessly more interesting and personal. I recently set about building a whole town entirely in the tudor style, complete with horse drawn carts and flowing gowns. There are also custom programs available to change the way the game plays, cheats and storage programs for your content. It is so much more than a computer game.
You can also get involved with online communities who are designing custom content for the game. Why not become a designer yourself. This makes the game not only a great way to unleash your own creative potential.... but a great portal for kids who have an interest in computers and IT. They will learn to load content, search the internet and even may end up designing programs for the game.
The best advice I can give you if "time management" This game is so good that you will want to be on there all the time.
About a year or so ago, my boyfriend got tired of me moaning about being bored, and decided to install the Sims 2 on my computer. A year on, I'm still playing, having also obtained all the expansions and stuff packs, and I find the game just as addictive as ever. This review focuses just on the basic game, I'll be reviewing expansions and stuff packs separately.
In this game, you create your own little characters - and you can make them as strange and kooky as you like. With a wide variety of outfits, hairstyles, face shapes and make-up styles to choose from, there is plenty of scope for tweaking your Sim appearance. You can create one, a family, or just use one of the pre-made sims. There is a certain amount of fun to making your own though, you can decide what their personality will be, and what their lifetime goal is . Perhaps your sim wants to be a master criminal, perhaps they want a huge family- it's you choice.
Next, you'll want to set them up with a home -and with three towns to choose from, there are plenty available . Will you place your sim into Strangetown - A place where aliens walk amongst the everyday people and men can get pregnant. Perhaps Veronaville is more to your taste, with it's stylish old fashioned buildings. Or perhaps Pleasantview, a nice, simple town . Either way, there'll be plenty of houses in a variety of styles and price ranges to choose from, with properties within your sim budget highlighted in green.
Next, you'll want to set them up with some furniture and basic home appliances, and again there's a wide range to choose from, from the cheap and shoddy, to the classy and stylish. Bear in mind that sims have 'needs' that need to be kept topped up, and that furniture can help with this . For example, sims need energy to function, and they can regain energy by sleeping. The better the bed, the better sleep they'll get . At the very least, you'll want to get a bed, toilet, shower, sink, fridge and cooker, to enable you to keep hunger and hygiene levels relatively high.. Just like in a real house, the toilet and shower get a bit grubby with use, so make sure your sims get some cleaning skills to keep the house tidy.
Skills can be learned through reading books ,through completing everyday tasks,and through leisure tasks too, and these skills are important as they affect not only how you live your life, but your chances of promotion in your chosen job . (Jobs can be found by reading the paper or looking online). Your sim will need a job if he's going to keep his house nice and his fridge full of food, and there are a wide range of careers to choose from, each starting at the lowest level and offering opportunities for promotion. You'll want to make lots of friends though, as just like the real world, having friends in high places can help you get ahead. Who knows, one of these friends could turn out to be true love - so long as you put in the effort to be sociable.
I really enjoy this game - there are so many ways to play, and I sometimes enjoy just being evil and seeing how fast I can get my sim killed, or how unhappy I can make them. This is easy to keep track of as each sim has a list of wants and fears, as well as a mood bar that goes from red (bad mood) to bright white (ecstatic). I find certain elements of the game quite challenging, especially balancing large households with several children, and I have at times had children taken away by social services because I forgot to feed them (whoops!) .Keeping your sims happy and in good health it quite tricky, especially when balanced around teaching them the skills they need in life, or trying to get them to make friends, but it's always rewarding when you make a sim happy!
The graphics in the game are bright and colourful, with plenty of detail, and the game is generally quick to load, although the first time you load up after installation expect it to take a little while. There is chirpy music the whole way through, and the sims talk in their own little language, which is quite amusing, with thought bubbles over their heads to give you an idea what they are thinking about .
I've been playing this game for over a year now, having added on several expansions, and I very highly recommend it . Some parents may be a little concerned about younger children playing it due to the presence in game of 'woohoo' the sim version of sex, but honestly I think it's a pretty good clean game , that has a lot of longevity and will appeal to a variety of people. The only downside is that it can be terribly addictive, with 'just five more minutes' stacking up into hours of play.
Having looked on Amazon.co.uk for current pricing I can see that there are two PC versions available, designed for different platforms, so be sure to check the system requrements before buying .
The sims 2 is one of the most popular games for the PC. It gives the user the ability to create 'sims' or computerised people and play out their lives. Users can choose from the age ranges of toddler, child, teen, adult and elder and create their sims according to which age group they want. The user must then choose the sims looks and clothes and plan out its likes and dislikes. Users can create families through the create a sim tool and then find them the perfect house as they earn cash and move on up the social ladder.
The game focusses on relationships between sims and sims can socialise with almost anyone. Sims can also get jobs and earn promotions and therefore, like in real life earn more money in order to provide a better lifestyle for their family. Sims can also start families, having relationships and children.
The Sims 2 also allows its users to create the houses and design them however they want, allowing users to make the house of their dreams and play out virtual lives on it.
The sims 2 is made challenging by the fact that users have to keep their sims happy. Status bars constantly change and users must make their sims do things such as eat and shower in order to keep these status bars up.
Although many cheats are available, it makes for a much more interesting game to start from scratch, however sometimes it's fun to use the cheats in order to skip steps you particularly don't enjoy.
Overall, the Sims 2 is a great game, and the many expansion packs make for more options and a wider variety of everything. Although the sims 3 is also available, having played on both the Sims 2 and the Sims 3, i would recommend the sims 2 over 3 every time, due to the sims 3s slow pace.
I would recommend this game for anyone looking for a virtual reality, unchallenging game :)
The idea of Sims 2 is to create familes and create a house for them to live in. The Sims 2 has been adapted from the earlier version of The Sims and there is no comparsion graphics wise. You can make your sims have children, get married and work to get their money. You have to control their happiness by making sure they are well fed as well as sleep and various other factors! The choice of clothes and aspirations is amazing and not only can you make your sims gay or straight you can also make them have pets with expansion packs. There are various expansion packs such as night life, in which they can leave their house to visit bowling alleys and shopping centers and pets, where they can have puppies and train their pets. Whether you want your Sims to be high fliers or lead a tough life with little money, it is completly up to you!
At first it is very tricky to get to grips with especially with building the property, but there are step by step guides and they help imenesly. I cannot stress how much better Sims 2 is compared to The Sims! You can literally do anything you like!
You can also find cheats on the internet such as motherlode to make you have more money, or simply play it properly and get them to earn their on cash! Hope you have fun playing the game, any queries message me!