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This was one of the very first expansion packs I bought for my Sims 2 game. Though I enjoy the original game I like these expansions as they give you a few added items which just enhance your enjoyment of the game.
I wasn't exactly taken with the idea of night life because my main priority with Sims is making and raising families. However, a lot of these expansions come with extras like clothing, jobs, furnishings etc. so I thought I would give it a go and see what it was like.
Here are a few outlines of the things you get and how they can be used:
- Dating -
With this expansion your Sims can now go on dates. For regular play this is kind of time consuming but it's pretty enjoyable to do once in a while. Your Sims have an attraction meter as well as selected attributes they personally are attracted to (e.g make up or grey hair). There can have up to three thunder bolts of attraction for another Sim. When they go out on a date together there is also a date meter and this determines the likelihood of another date and also whether your Sim is going to get lucky or not. These add ons are kind of cool though I tend to find I only use them occasionally.
- Vampires -
This aspect of the expansion is a bit weird, though maybe there is some kind of appeal for Twilight fans out there. Personally not being able to have my Sim leave the house during the day isn't exactly ideal so I prefer not to venture into this darker world. That said, it might be fun for some.
- Community -
There's now a few new places you can make with this expansion pack, which include restaurants, bowling alleys and night clubs. I like to have the option of making these places as they are kind of fun to decorate and visit occasionally.
- Items -
There are added things like a DJ Booth, karaoke machine and photo booth among others. These items are pretty cool and are great not only for downtown community places but also for your regular community lots. Probably the coolest addition is having cars and garages as this adds a great new level to the game. I love that my Sim can hop in the car to take the kids to school, drive into a community lot or drive to work. This makes life a lot easier than calling a taxi and adds another dimension to this already great game.
- Price -
You can buy this as cheaply as 50p for a used copy and more like £7 for a new copy on Amazon. The prices are pretty good for an expansion pack, though this is certainly not the best one out there.
Overall, a fun expansion pack but not the best one I've used.
EA has never really been known for it's flawless customer support or money saving deals, making it sort of questionable why they are adding so much to Sims 2 after it's been released and then still charge full price. Personally I think that expansion packs should be less than half the price of the full game because afterall, it only adds a few limited items that you can live without.
Now it's been a while since I played good ole' Sims 2 but I decided to dig it out again and give it a go (what's summer for anyway?)
Some basics for you computer users:
You need a windows OS pretty much anything 98 and above. That actually shocked me, I thought it would have been at least 2000... anyway.
1.0 GHZ Processor Minimum
256MB RAM (that's really not much)
1.5 GB Hard Drive memory
32MB T&L Graphics card
DirectX 9.0 Soundcard
Your basic keyboard and mouse.
Looking at those stat's you'll be hard pressed to find a modern computer that lacks the capacity to play this game. Keep in mind, you have to own the full sims 2 game to play this!
What this expansion adds is a set of new features and items aimed at the Nightlife theme. This ranges from a DJ booth to owning your own cars. Many of these items seem to just be better versions of items already in the game, so they're not really nescessary. There's a newly added Pleasure Life Aspiration meter to spice the aspiration desires up a little, but once again nothing too special. I guess it just adds a little more depth into the life of your sim, rather than them just constantly wanting to get better at chess or something. The new attraction system and dating meter adds more depth to the relationship side of your sims life. It makes it a little more challenging than just constantly clicking "flirt" or "chat" on a sim and eventually being able to marry them (wish it was really that easy).
With the new added cars and pleasure life aspiration you can now take your sim out to clubs and resturants making it easier to get closer to dates and relations. This is good fun, but I just found it was an expensive alternative to just throwing a party at your own house.
Overall I think this expansion is just a little too small and insignificant to pay full price for. If I could go back to my 16 year old self and tell them not to buy it, I probably would! I think that only the die-hard sims fans would really feel comfortable with paying the full price for this relatively small expansion.
Nightlife is the second EP I got for Sims 2, having already installed University.
Nightlife adds a new area much as University did, called "Downtown", which allows your sims to have a night out at a restaurant, club, or just go out shopping for food and clothes. As usual you can build your own "Downtown" areas, known as community lots, which can be a lot of fun making themed places. Nightlife also adds a range of "Turn Ons" and "Turn Offs" which affect your sims likes and dislikes in romantic partners. It also adds a whole host of new flirting interactions, and other objects which allow your sims to interact socially, and romantically. One particular addition of interest is the inclusion of cars that your sim can own, drive and "woohoo" in. You can also create groups of sims known as a "casual group" whom can go downtown as friends, to use group interaction objects such as the bowling alley. Much as University added Zombie-ism, Nightlife adds the option to become bitten by an NPC Vampire. Then you get new animations such as stalking, becoming a bat, and biting others - although you'll have to do all this at night otherwise you'll brun to pieces and die in a puff of acrid smoky dust. A really useful add-on is your sims new ability to put ridiculous things away into their inventory (which happens to be a back pocket according to the animation!). You can put any object which you've bought in there, and get it out again, just like that. It becomes very handy when sims you've been on a date with leave you gifts (if that date was nice) or when buying items in the shops, such as perfume, or from the gypsy-lady who can sell you a love potion or vampire cure. Nightlife also adds quit a lot of new items/objects for use in Downtown as well as at home, and this will really appeal to the builders and creators out there. Having said this, many of these items made by EA/Maxis are, as I have mentioned before, better made by Custom Content (CC) creators. A brilliant example of this is the severe lack of choice with cars made my EA/Maxis, while the CC creators have made many different versions, even including horse drawn carriages!
This EP does add a lot of new social interactions and is almost equal in items, but doesn't really add much in the way of gameplay novelty. Its fun to send your sims downtown, but it costs simoleons (sim money) to do this and isn't really a useful addition to any part of sim-life in the long term. It really suits romance sims though, as well as the new 'pleasure' sim, and feels as if it has been built around them. This is supposed to be the upgraded version of Sims 1 "Hot Date", but I remember playing hours with that, while this EP doesn't really cut the mustard in the same way. It will also add another GB to your already bulging Sims 2 folder, and increases load times again.
Overall I would recommend this to those gamers, once again, whom enjoy the social side, but also to those whom really like to get into the character of their sim, as the interactions will vary on the personality of your sim. Unlike University this will add more game playing time, but it is still a fairly lacking EP.
The Sims 2: Nightlife was the second expansion pack released for the Sims 2 franchise, a few months after University. It is a personal favourite of mine because I believe, like University it improves and enhances the game dramatically - giving hours upon hours of extra playing time and generally making the Sims 2 a more entertaining and fun game to play.
Unlike later expansion packs, the changes delivered with Nightlife are not in the slightest bit a novelty. They add genuine depth to the game.
As the title might suggest, the biggest feature is the ability to visit a whole new downtown area. Found within this area is a wide selection of eating, entertainment and nightlife places - each bathing in fine detail and a world of new options. Go Bowling, sing Karaoke, go out for a dinner date, or go to a nightclub - it's all possible and more.
Not only that, but a whole new system of attraction has been added. Gone are the days when Sims only had to talk for a long period of time before they'd eventually fall in love, get married and have kids. Now 'chemistry' comes into it. Each Sim pairing gets a score between zero and 3 lightning strikes - the higher the number of lightning strikes, the higher the attraction, or chemistry, and the more liklihood there is of them getting along.
Another big addition is that of cars. Sims can now own and drive their own cars. This is a very welcome feature that many Sims fans doubted they'd ever see.
Yet on top of all this, there are also well over 100 new objects, a whole host of new interactions, and even such bizarre additions as Vampires and Gypsy Matchmakers.
Overall I feel Nightlife was well worth the money. Unlike later expansion packs, it really does enhance the overall Sims 2 gaming experience.
The Sims 2: Nightlife is the second expansion pack for The Sims 2, following on from the Sims University. You will need to have The Sims 2 in order for this expansion pack to be playable .
As a big fan of The Sims 2, I've slowly been accumulating all the expansion packs, and I'm now working my way through reviewing them in order . Each expansion pack offers additional content to the game, and this particular pack offers a new area 'Downtown' where sims can go on outings and dates, and enjoy plenty of fun activities, as well as meeting other sims. It is worth noting that while the Downtown area comes with a variety of social venues, it also includes some houses, however there are no premade sim families, and it is (so far as I know) impossible to move a family from any of the three starter towns to Downtown , so if you wish to live downtown, you'll need to create a sim to live there .
If you do create a sim, the downtown expansion includes a few new outfits (and you can always take your sims shopping for more if you get bored of their look). But, it's not essential to create a sim, as families from the starter neighbourhoods (or the universities, if you have that expansion) can visit downtown by calling a taxi .
So, what is there to do downtown ? Well, there are a varieties of venues to suit every personality and aspiration . If your sim wants to see a ghost, for example, there is a nice graveyard in the centre of town, which bizarrely also has a poker table in it ! There is a poker bar, a bowling alley, various fashion shops, an internet café, a nightclub, and much more. Depending on your location, there are various activities you can perform - you can dine out, work on the bar or as a DJ, boogie down on the dance floor, or simply meet and chat with other sims.
A couple of the interesting sims you might meet include the Gypsy Matchmaker, whom you can call up to help you arrange a date - perfect if work or study is keeping you too busy to meet other sims . You might run into this NPC on a lot, or you can call her up on the phone . The other interesting new npc type added to the game by this expansion is Vampire sims, with dull grey skin, old fashioned clothing, and a tendency to stalk about in a very spooky manner . You can interact with this npc as with any other, but beware getting too close, as you might just get bitten, requiring you to live a life in the darkness . Don't worry though, it's curable .
The game also adds the ability to ask sims out on dates, either in downtown destination or in your own home . This is a little mini game where the aim is to keep the satisfaction bar full, with the time to play getting longer the better you perform . If you have a good date, the sim might stop by in the night with a gift or a bouquet, but if the date goes badly, you're more likely to get a hate letter . This is a great way to quickly build up relationships and romances with other sims, although watch out for the green eyed monster - being caught cheating by a partner can result in them becoming furious with you, causing a drop in your relationship score that can take a long time to recover from .
A small but nice addition to the game from this pack is cars, allowing sims to own their own cars and drive to work - it's a small addition, but one I quite like .
Overall, I like this expansion as it adds a multitude of new places for my sims to visit, and new and interesting sims for them to meet and interact with, as well as a couple of new 'woohoo' locations. I don't however feel this adds quite as much of the University expansion in terms of goals to aim for.
This is available on amazon.co.uk , and there are a few different versions, so it's worth checking around to see which version best suits your system . I recommend this, and I'm awarding it 4 stars .
I am a fan of the original The Sims, but not so much the crude and crass way in which they have drip-fed content to players through a series of expansions that cost £20 a pop! While sometimes they do add some much-needed content (which probably was ready for the first game!), sometimes it just isn't enough, and Nightlife, released as an expansion for The Sims 2, is one such example.
Nightlife is to The Sims 2 as "Hot Date" was to the original; it is about what your Sim does to unwind when work is over, such as having a night on the town or similar such activities. There are some new locations, such as numerous themed restaurants (which are quite amusingly named at times), and things like the cinema and bowling, but it's just window-dressing really, and at the time wasn't enough to justify the cost. Of course, now in 2009, this can be bought for £2-3 on E-Bay, so its rather minimal nature doesn't seem so much of a rip-off.
One absolutely baffling addition that I will never forget is the inclusion of vampires, who can assail you in the night and turn you into one of their clan! Presumably this is some sort of hand-fisted metaphor for the rape and murder that could happen to a woman walking home at night by herself, but I presume mostly it was just a bored programmer having a bit of a laugh.
I do look down on these expansions somewhat as I see them as quite cynical about gaming and audiences, and Nightlife really cements most of my complaints. While what it adds is quite fun, it just isn't enough and indicative of a company that has become complacent. I'm glad I didn't buy this on launch, anyway.
Nightlife is an add on pack for Sims 2 which moves your gmeplay along to a new neighbourhood and a host of other great, fun things.
The biggest additions to your Sims 2 game which comes with this addition pack is a new neighbourhood: downtown. It's very much like the downtown you might have experienced with an add on for the original sims in terms of what you'll find down there, but it's now more sophisticated, works better, and has lots more.
The interaction between your sims is stepped up another level with this game and there are now easier ways to detect who is 'right' for your sim and getting them together and developing a good relationship between them is a whole lot easier too! This certainly has made my life easier during gameplay.
When it comes to playing Sims I'm a bit of a house building nut and I love to build up my own neighbourhood with various types of houses. This came managed to appease that too by introduced a new style of ready made of house and provides lots more for me to import into my neighbourhood.
Personally I belive that this game is definitely worth buying and adding to your Sims 2 games. You get to experience your sims in a whole new environment in a new environemnt where they can meet new sims, really mingle and make friends, and have fun elsewhere. Definitely a well used sims add on.
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I am a massive sims fan, so much so that i have every sims game ever out .So when this came out it was a must have for my collection.
As far as i can remember this was the first expansion pack to come out for the sims 2 and one of the main additions is that the sims can go downtown after dark .i have to say that this is something i don't bother with a lot because it can slow down your pc to do so. When they go out on the town they can go to a restaurant,a bowling alley or night club.
Like all expansion and add on packs the sims have more objects to interact with. In this one you get more than 125 new objects and these include a bowling alley,a dance sphere,dj booth and karaoke booth-night life objects.This was the main reason i bought the expansion pack.
Another thing i liked about this pack is that sims can buy their own car. They have to build a driveway first though and it isn't very clear in the instructions how to do this.
This is not the best expansion pack but it is a must have for sims fans as it has some nice extra items plus they get their own car.
The Sims 2 Nightlife is one of the better expansion packs that EA has made so far I think. It adds a whole new neighbourhood to your Sims 2 game which includes more houses.
Living down town is great; you're in the middle of all the action in the Sims World. They add lots of more places like discos, bowling alleys and your Sim can now have the aspiration of just having fun, the new pleasure aspiration comes with the Nightlife expansion pack. One of the best advantages that this product presents is that now your Sim family can have a car, which is a lot better than having to call a taxi each time you want to go anywhere, even if the place you want to get to is just down the street. It also includes a whole new variety of clothing and furniture which makes your play even more exciting.
First of all you have to add downtown to your neighbourhood and then you can start playing. You can either visit downtown with the people that live in the neighbourhood selected or you can create a family and start living directly in town. Let the action begin with the Sims 2 Nightlife!
You can purchase this game of Amazon for only around £15 which is the normal price for this kind of Sims expansion pack, this might seem a little expensive, especially if you buy all of the expansion packs, and you could spend more than £100 on the Sims.
To run this game the system requirements are: OS - Windows 98/2000/Me/XP
Processor - Intel Pentium III 800MHz
Memory - 256MB RAM
Rating: 12+ PEGI
When I bought my own copy of the Sims 2 game I knew I wanted this expansion pack with it, so I bought the new Sims 2 deluxe pack which includes both games on one DVD rom disc. The reason I wanted this one so much is that I think it's important to own it if you want to get full enjoyment out of the Sims 2 as it has so much to offer on it.
It was originally released in September 2005, around a year after the Sims 2 was released. It's a big expansion pack which adds a whole new area, Downtown, to the game as well as a whole load of other features and new characters. Downtown is basically a place your sims can visit once you have this expansion pack. Here they can dine out, visit sculpture parks, go to night clubs and shops as well as meet other sims that come on this expansion pack. If you want sims to go out and make friends, and even fall in love with other sims, then this is the expansion pack you need. As well as new random characters, there's also vampires, DJs and gypsy matchmakers. Matchmakers can be used to set up sims on a blind date, or to buy love potions and vampire healing potions. With this expansion pack, sims can be bitten by vampires and become vampires themselves. Once you have a vampire sim, they can bite family members and friends too. Owning a family of vampires is great fun too, only they have to stay in coffins all day. When sims go dontown to a nightclub at night, there's usually vampires hanging around. There's loads of places to visit downtown, and when sims go there you get a big list full of them to choose from with descriptions of the places. Sims can go on dates together to dine out, or they can meet people in the Lost in Love hedge maze! As if all these great features wasn't enough, Nightlife also adds a new life aspiration - the pleasure aspiration and sims can also own cars so if they have jobs there's no need for the carpool. For this, your sim household needs a driveway which is another feature you get with this expansion pack.
Nightlife also adds a new design of swimming pool, and there are other features as well that affect sims relationships. One of these is that sims can become furious with each other, usually by cheating on another sim. This makes the sims worst enemies and they fight with each other whenever they are around each other so if you have two worst enemies in a household, it's best to keep them away from each other! This can be resolved however if the sims become friends again. This makes the game even more interesting! The attraction feature is also new to this game, and this shows you which sims have chemistry between them making it easier for them to fall in love with each other. After a sim goes on a date, their date an also leave flowers for them, or hate mail if the date didn't go well - this is another great feature of this expansion pack. This pack also adds 125 new objects to the sims 2, including new clothes.
The Sims 2 Nightlife expansion pack not only provides a whole new area for sims to visit, as well as people to meet there, there's also many new items and new ways for sims to interact with each other. Overall I'd say it's essential to the full enjoyment of the Sims 2 as it fully enhances the games capabilities and just makes it all the more fun and interesting. If you already own the Sims 2 but not this expansion pack then it's available new at around £15, but if you don't own the sims 2 at all then go for the Sims 2 deluxe edition as this includes the original game plus this pack with it and you can get this for around £29.99. I paid £25 on the Play.com traders but this isn't available at the moment.
This game is for all ages and all types of people everyone has heard of the sims 2 but for those who havent:
The sims 2 is a fantastic pc game where you can create a person and control their lives making them do what you want them to do and when you want them to do it. Although you do have to make sure their needs are fullfilled (e.g hunger, cleanliness etc.) and whilst you are doing that you have to try and fill their wants which could range from buying something to having a child. i have written sections about it in my review on the sims 2.
The sims 2 nightlife is an expansion pack for the sims 2 but you need the sims 2 to play this game (see the sims 2) but there is more stuffto do, buy or play with.
the new features in this game is:-
you can send your sims on a date to a restaurant bowling alley etc. or stay indoors and cook for that special one. Dates are a good way of buildingup a relationship with other sims but your sims wont date anyone so be careful. Whilst your sim is on a date there is a datemeter comes up to tell you how well the date is going. On dates you can make a suprise engagement but if the other sim doesnt feel the same way it wrecks the whole date.
your sims can now have good or bad chemistry where you can do more nice things the better youre chemistry with the other sim is you can scope a room to now to see who youre sim finds fit and would probably hit off with well. and whilst creating youre sims you can choose their turn ons and turn offs.
There is a women you can phone called ythe gypsy matchmaker who picks a date for you to go with she also sells love potions but she isnt cheap. Is it worth it for that one true love tough.
you can now set up your own social group that you can go on outings with using the phone aswell but they might not want to go if they do not like you or dont know you well enough.
Youre sims can now become vampires. When and if your sims become a vampire they can suck other sims blood and sleep in a coffin. but they do not lie sunlight and ytheir needs are different. they will die if their needs hit the bottom.
your sims can now buy cars and have a garage to keep it in with plenty of cars to choose from. from old bangers to that brandnw sports car you wanted.
there are a lot of new stuff to do in town and there is now a new downtown area with nightclubs, restaurants and bowling alleys in
there are a lot of new items some of these are:
electro dance sphere
and new rewards
I hope this has helped you. Please tell me if it has by leaving a comment.
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In my personal experience The Sims 2 - Nightlife adds a definite party atmosphere for those Sims that are way too bored to stay home and watch t.v. day in and day out!
Take your sims out for a night of fun, Dance, Play games, GAMBLE, Meet a few new prospects and see if they can help make your sims lives complete!
The Sims 2 Nightlife
This is an expansion pack of The Sims 2. You cannot play it without first having the original game, The Sims 2.
This basically further enhances gameplay, adds more objects, options, items and a whole new experience to the already enriching The Sims 2 game. Unlike previously, your sims can now buy their own cars, drive them and park them on their very own driveway to show off to everyone.
You also have an option to go "Downtown" a neighborhood made by Maxis that is basically like a shopping, restaurant, activity and entertainment center - at night. You can also design your own "Downtown" and call it whatever you like, design your own shops and entertainment outlets as you please, but you can't run them yourself, it runs by itself with NPC sims running things for you.
You now have the option of a restaurant, a romantic atmosphere, and a host who guides you to your table! You can now go on dates with other sims. You can now befriend vampires, and become one, or choose not to. You can call the matchmaking gypsy to help you out with your love troubles for a minimal fee of course (as many simoleons as you can pay!)
You can dance in a nightclub, party, go bowling, eat out with your date and much much more. You also have a new Aspiration type - Pleasure - A sim who has this kind of Aspiration type usually wants to have fun and too much stress or strain will do him no good, as s/he won't be able to handle it.
They like going out, wining and dining, bowling, juggling, you name it, they just want fun! You can also now choose what your sim likes or dislikes in others. You can have 2 likes - such as blonde hair, perfume, athletic body, beard, make up and 1 dislike - such as fatness, stinkiness, bald, glasses etc.
These allow your sims to fall quicker for the specified type and not fall for people who have the traits of their dislike. For example I put my female sim with 2 likes as being cologne and athletic and dislike being beard. She won't like men with beards but definitely fall or have crushes on guys with an athletic body and/or who wear cologne.
You can even make funny ones like having 2 really weird likes like fatness and baldness and a dislike for cologne. It's your choice, you can make strange people with strange likes and dislikes, its up to you. You can become a vampire by befriending and letting a vampire bite you. Then its up to you what you want, - you can turn back to human or stay a vampire and infect others.
You can now have "Woohoo" (you know what it means) in the car, but before it used to only be in bed, hot tub, changing rooms etc. You can now "scope" the room your in to see who you fancy the looks of and little hearts float above their head to show you like them, or crosses to show you dislike them, or nothing to show neutrality.
You can now primp yourself anywhere. You can drive to downtown, as a group of casual friends, on a date, alone, with the household or family. Everything is as it was before in the Sims 2, with the exception of the abovementioned changes. The real change is that they can now have a social life outside the home, have fun, go out, dance, party, date and do whatever they want outside, in downtown.
It costs around anything from £12.99 to £20 depending on where you buy, how you buy - internet or in store. I bought mine from GAME for £20 a few months back.
The system requirements are taken from thesims2.com website:
Minimum System Requirements For The Sims 2 Nightlife
In order to install and play The Sims 2 Nightlife you must have The Sims 2 installed and meet the hardware requirements listed below:
Windows 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.
Supported Video Cards:
ATI Radeon series 8500 or better (7x00 models no longer supported), All-In-Wonder 8500, 9000, 9200, 9500, 9600, 9700, 9800, X300, X600, X700, X800, and X850.
NVIDIA GeForce 2, 2 GTS, 3, 3 Ti, 4, 4 Ti, 4200, 4600, and 4800.
NVIDIA GeForce MX 420, 440, and 460.
NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200, 55500, 5600, 5700, 5800, 5900, and 5950.
NVIDIA GeForce PCX 5300, and 5900.
NVIDIA GeForce 6200, 6600, and 6800.
NVIDIA Quadro, Quadro2, and Quadro4.
Intel Extreme Graphics 82865, 82915, and higher.
NOTE: If you have a non-T&L capable video card, such as Intel Extreme Graphics, then you need at least a 2.4 GHz processor.
The 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.