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WHAT IS IT?
The Sims 2 University is an expansion pack designed to complement the original Sims 2 game, where you can send your Sims to University and play through their time there right up to graduation.
WHY IS THIS A BETTER GAME THAN OTHERS?
The Sims has always been a popular game but this expansion pack is particularly good as it allows you to change the game play through to adulthood with new career options, gives you a whole new world to explore and a whole new stage of their life (young adult) which makes it longer and more fun.
WHAT I THINK
This is one of the best games that Electronic Arts has produced, and should be considered as absolutely necessary to Sims lovers. It has a whole new world of intrigue which is brilliant, with new non playable characters and story arcs that you couldn't otherwise get. However the only real problem with this expansion pack is that when you are at the University you are completely disconnected from other areas of the game. This means you cannot visit family members and effectively this all happens in a time bubble where everyone who is not a University student or professor does not exist. This isn't that big of a problem because you can still really enjoy the game, but it is something worth considering. Also there is a lot of work to be done as a Sim - you might have thought them having to sit down and do homework every day was annoying but going to classes and doing assignments takes up a considerable amount of time.
This expansion pack for the price is well worth it because of the expansion it gives to the game play - any true Sims 2 fan would love this pack.
In this expansion pack, you get the chance to send your teenagers off the world of university!
You get so much new content in this expansion pack it's hard to know where to start! Firstly, you will get a new area to play with - you assign a college to each of your neighbourhoods in the original game and can send any teenagers from that neighbourhood to that college (thought there are already EA created characters if you'd rather play with them). Your Sims (the ones that go to uni) get a new stage of life to live through - young adult - which they stay in until they graduate.
When they get to university, you assign them to a dorm, usually with other playable characters (you choose how many). They must be assigned a room or other students (non-playable) will move in and they won't have anywhere to sleep! Anyway, you can choose their major (which all have amusing class names in the schedule tab) and guide them through their studies - making them go to class, do their assignments and term papers etc and trying to get them to have the highest GPA possible in order to graduate!
You get a bundle of new items too, such as guitars, drum kits, mobile phones, better exercise machines etc which appear in both the college neighbourhood and your original neighbourhoods!
This is by far the best expansion pack from the Sims 2 that I have played (maybe because I am a uni student!) I like that they get an extra stage of life and it opens up a wider range of career options for your sims afterwards. I would definitely recommend this to a friend, I have played this for countless hours and never got bored considering the amount of different things you can do with your sims!
Just be careful that it is not too big a game - if you are running the Sims 2 you should be fine, but make sure you double check, I have had problems before!
I have used pretty much every Sims expansion pack out there and this one was recommended by my sister who enjoyed using it.
There are quite a few added things you get with this expansion pack so I'll run you through them and how I like to use them:
- Campus -
Life other expansion packs this one gives you another 'land'. This one is a University campus, you can select from a few different types. The campus will have existing buildings like a library, coffee shop and clothing outlet. Like your main neighbourhood you can add community lots to this or you can make homes. The homes are basically student houses in which you move your Sim into. There are pre-made dorms though I tended to avoid using these as they had non playable Sims living in them. Making your own dorm is easy as is negotiating the new campus and each of the things that goes along with it.
- Growing Up -
At any point during your Sim's life as a teen you can ship them off to University. You can apply for loans and bursaries through the phone/internet, otherwise they head off to Uni with an amount of money proportional to the household income. You use the phone to leave for Uni and then go to your campus land in order to play them there. Once they enter University they grow up from a teen into a young adult and another life span is added to their bar, they fulfil this once they graduate and move back to the main neighbourhood. I like this aspect, though it does mean investing a lot of time in one Sim. I tend to play my neighbourhood and send off my teens to Uni, then play them in one dorm as this speeds up the process a little.
- Academia -
The Sim begins their generic course by taking a variety of classes for which they have a mid term paper and exam. They can choose their major whenever they want and these are: psychology, drama, art, philosophy, biology, economics, literature, mathematics, history, physics and political science. The actual process of getting them through University takes absolutely ages. This is a pretty frustrating process because it is is repetitive and takes ages, this is why I play multiple Sims at the same time.
- Dropping Out -
Like I, and so many others, have your Sims too can drop out of University! I found this kind of fun because you could enrol a deadbeat teen and then have them drop out. This is mainly theatrics, though it does appear on their life bar.
- Graduating -
When they graduate you have to throw a little party which is pretty fun as all the family comes and they celebrate. Once you have graduated you are able to lock in more wants that you can with a normal Sim. A graduate also, ironically, begins the career ladder slightly higher up and earning more money - if only life reflected the Sims.
- Price -
This is one of the cheaper expansions which is weird considering it is also one of the better ones. This costs around £1 and around £5 new. I really like using this expansion pack and unlike others the novelty of this added world hasn't quite worn off yet.
Overall, a fun addition to the Sims 2 with a whole neighbourhood of possibilities.
It's time to get your teenage sims packed up and off to college! You can either send teenage sims from your neighbourhood to college or make new young adults at the university screen. When you start there are three colleges to choose from for each neighbourhood and you can then add more or build your own college. When you get to college you can either wait to specialise or choose a major straight away, which I think is great because by picking a major it almost immediately gives your sim more personality because you are identifying their interests. Depending on what major you take could help them in a future career because they will have already built the skills needed for certain careers during their degree. My only complaint with the university system is that you aren't normally supposed to be able to build Dorms for your sims, and are supposed to just use the generic ones you are given with the game. However when you build your own college and want the buildings to all be a certain way, this is very annoying! But there is a way round it. When building a residential house that you want to be made a dorm, press CTRL+SHIFT+C to bring up the cheats bar. Then enter "ChangeLotZoning Dorm". Then by using the dorm doors for each of your rooms the sims will treat this as a normal dorm, and by having the silver ovens you will also get a chef who caters for the dorm. You can also use this in order to make greek societies (ChangeLotZoning Greek) and secret societies (ChangeLotZoning secret society). Don't worry this won't effect your game negatively - the designed a cheat system for this purpose.
Back to the game.
The new outfits that are available to you are quite good, however for females again the selection is quite poor. The new hairstyles are also quite good but again nothing much for the women. There is lots of new items though which is quite cool, in particular the drum kit. You can now sort of make a "band" by getting sims to perform the same type of music together. However this technically isn't a band, and this feature isn't available until a later expansion (Freetime???)
Personally I think that the Sims 2 University is the best expansion pack to date for any of the Sims series, because it adds a whole new age, a whole new neighbourhood and it feels completely different to the rest of the game. It's much more fun and it's really great to have your sims living with loads of other sims WITHOUT lag!
If you're thinking about it, have bought the other expansion packs or can only afford to buy one, make sure its this one you buy next!
The Sims 2: University adds a whole new life stage to your sims' lives when they go away to university, therefore they live for longer so you can do more things with your sims. However, the actual time spent at university is quite long in real time, it can take hours of your time for a sim to graduate without using any cheats in your game so if you don't want to put the time in then I would advise that this expansion pack isn't for you (unless you plan to use cheats-but where's the fun in that?).
You can either make your sims live in dorms with other characters or, if they have a lot of simoleons, they can buy a house of their own. Your sims can gain money before going to university by qualifying for grants which are mostly based on your sim's skill levels or, when your sim is at university and living in a dorm, they can spend some time as a caterer.
From experience, I always find that it is easier to make your sims gain all of the skills that they need for the semester then having them write their term paper before you do all the fun stuff with them, assuming that you want your sim to have a successful time at university of course!
Sims 2 is one of my all-time favourite games, so I was really looking forward to their expansion packs (EP), and one of the first I got was University.
In addition to all of the base game stuff, University adds a new area for University life, where your 'young adult' sims, a brand new age which isn't included in the base game, can figure out what they want to study, enjoy the social life and hopefully gain a degree at the end. They can stay in dorms (halls) or rent a house if they're better off, and they will be accosted by pixelled out streakers and annoying cheerleaders. There are also Greek Houses and Secret Societies which can be joined, if you want your sims to. There are new jobs added in University, and getting your Sim a degree helps them get better jobs as an adult, which is a bonus. The game also adds community lots to your Uni's and an interesting twist of Zombie-ism, for when your sims come back from the dead, which can be fun. It also adds a few more clothes and hairs for your sims, although these aren't the best, and I would argue you can get much better Custom Content for sim-creations than the items EA/Maxis provide. You can also choose your aspiration for your sim when they graduate, so you aren't stuck with the random one which would have been assigned to them. Another interesting addition is extra career rewards, some of which are quite amusing to watch your sim using, but I won't spoil it for you! The most pointless addition, in my opinion, in this EP is 'influence', which basically allows you to interact with other sims by 'influencing' them to do something, which seems rather redundant to me, as the whole idea of the game is to control your sims personally, so why would you want to control another sim through the sim you're playing?
This EP doesn't have any other significant changes, or additions, and once you have sent a few sims off to University, its likely that this EP and its areas, will fall by the wayside. It takes a long amount of 'sim-time' to get the sim through University with relatively few perks for your time. It is however excellent for job- or money-obsessed sims, as it fulfils both criteria for that. Unfortunately the object extras from this EP aren't extensive, and as mentioned before, Custom Content can fill the gaps in your catalogue much better. I haven't even mentioned the effect this can have on your computer, each EP adds another GB, and can slow down the load times significantly - and if you don't back up your sims can erase the families you've already created, although that can be solved by careful planning before hand with your back-ups.
Overall I think that this EP is the worst value for money in terms of additional gameplay/items and it left me feeling highly disappointed, however it can extend your game if you enjoy the social side of your Sims life more than the building side.
The Sims 2: University was the first expansion pack to follow the release of the original Sims 2 game itself. Unlike many of the other expansion packs that would follow, this one was an entirely new concept in keeping with the fresh approach of the Sims 2 game.
It essentially added an entirely new life stage to a Sims existence - that of the young adult in college. Any teen nearing adulthood now had the chance to postpone responsibility for that little bit longer by heading off to University for 8 Sim semesters - each lasting about 72 hours.
Once installed, the University itself is found in a separate 'area' to the regular Sim town. As a teen approaches adulthood, they have the opportunity to use the phone and head off to college. Here they are placed in a dorm with lots of new people - and the aim is to Graduate with a good GPA while also experimenting with all the new options along the way.
These include joining a band, becoming part of a fraternity, interacting with all your fellow students and generally having fun with the 125+ new items that are included.
You choose your Sims' major, and embark on improving certain skills, and writing your term paper, in order to get the best GPA. The theory - like real life Universities - is that by the end of it you will have learnt new skills which give your Sim a better chance of a successful career.
The general concept is good, and the result is just as much so. Taking some of your younger sims off to University is a refreshing aspect to the overall gameplay. It's a great escape from the mundaneness of the normal Sim town. The new 'young adult' life stage also adds a further degree of realism. It used to be that the transition from teenager to adult was too big - with this new life stage an extra dimension had been added.
Overall then I think this is one of the stronger expansion packs. Along with Nightlife, it really enhances the game and prolongs the gaming experience. Having a whole new area where you can take your Sims, and having the procedures follow closely to that of real life - really gives the feel of extra realism and allows you to invest more time in your sims.
For this reason and all the others mentioned above, the Sims 2: University comes highly recommended.
The Sims 2 University Expansion pack was the first expansion pack released for the Sims 2 . You do need to have the Sims 2 to be able to play. Although I might touch on the original Sims 2 in this review, this is mainly written from the assumption that most readers of this review will already have or know of the original game .
The Sims 2 is a game where you create a character or 'Sim' and guide them through life - influencing what they learn, what they eat, the job they do, the environment they live in and the friends they make.
The Sims 2 University adds, unsurprisinglyy, theopportunityy for teenage sims to go on to higher education, at one of three university sites (Sim State University, La Fiesta Tech, and Académie Le Tour). This can be done as soon as your sim is a teenager, and can be done by clicking on a phone and choosing 'Go to University' as an option. Before doing this however, you might want to check if you have any scholarships available to you, and this can also be done by phone. Don't worry if your sim isn't the best educated - there are plenty of various scholarships available, for excelling in various subjects, for having been abducted by aliens, or even just for being an orphan. Your sim may be eligible for one or more, which will give them a little extra cash for starting uni.
Once you've chosen your scholarships and chosen your uni, you'll need to pick accommodation, which comes in the form of small houses that can be rented, or rooms in a shared dorm . Generally, the dorm is the much cheaper option, and has the added advantage of having plenty of other sims about for your to socialise with, and a cafeteria worker on hand preparing food .
Then, it's simply a matter of going to class, and at some point selecting your 'major', the subject you want to specialise in . The subjects available are Mathematics, Philosophy, Physics, Political science, Psychology, Art, Biology, Drama, Economics, History, and Literature. Usually your sim will express a preference for a particular subject at some point, but feel free to pick any - you can change back later. You'll also need to work and study hard to keep your grades up by building skills, studying, and writing term papers, as poor exam results can result in your sim being put on academic probation and having to repeat the term, or even in being kicked out of college altogether. Your sim will spend four years at college, with each school year being broken into two halves .
Also, grades affect your finances, with grants being awarded each term , with more money being awarded for better grades. If your sim needs a little extra cash, they can buy an instrument to play for tips in a shared dorm, work on the cafeteria, or make a little money by tutoring or training other students .
One of the nice additions to the game for me was the influence system, which basically works better the more friends you have . You gain influence points when making new friends, and these can be used to get people to do things for you - whether it be a spot of cleaning,entertaining a friend, or even writing your term paper for you .
I also like that completing college opens up four new career options, Art, Natural Science, Show Business, and Paranormal. Each of these careers has an exclusive reward once you are promoted to the top level, and the reward for the Paranormal career in particular is very interesting - it allows you to phone up death and ask him to bring back to life a dead friend or relative - something he's quite happy to do, for the right price. If you give him plenty of simoleans, the resurrection will go without a hitch, but if you don't give him enough , there's a chance the person might come back as a zombie, with gray skin, a shuffling gait, and a liking for eating food out of garbage cans .
There's a lot more to this expansion that I haven't mentioned - new items, a secret society, Greek house fraternities,annoying mascots and flashers. It's a brilliant expansion, and one I thoroughly recommend . I like that you can not only send sims to college from the three starter towns, but that each college campus has a small bunch of kids to choose from,and that you can even move several sims from the same town into university together . I enjoy the additional career paths, and like visiting the campus buildings, such as the coffee shop and library.
The game itself runs well on my PC, although it can be a little slow to load on occasion, and the soundtrack has a couple of extra tunes on it, all based around the familiar sims tune. The sims still talk their own gobbledegook language, and the graphics are colourful and detailed .
I really like this expansion,and I think it's probably the best so far in terms of the depth of content it adds to the game . It can be purchased for £9.99 from Amazon.co.uk, which also displays a full list of system requirements.
The Sims add-ons have recieved some fair criticism for not really doing enough to earn their price tag, although the first enhancement to The Sims 2, University, hopes to change that reputation. To be fair to it, it does add a whole new dimension to the series, and whilst I didn't spend the £20 RRP on it, and waited until it was about half that price, I can see that it was probably worth the money if you're a big Sims nut.
University has you taking a young Sim through the University process, earning the degree and then attempt to find a job with it. The game captures a lot of the essence of the University experience, allowing you to play in bands with those in your dorm, and of course to subsist on the most rudimentary of foods, such as noodles, and even to participate in keggers, although the game limits this to fruit juice as it obviously wants to be family friendly and not encourage binge drinking!
I was impressed with the level of depth as it pertains to housing - you can live in the dorms, or if you manage to grab a scholarship (which seems to be based purely on luck), you can live in the private sector, although this does take some of the fun out of the University experience (simulated though it is). Based on the American University system, you have to pick a major subject and then minors also, making you a well rounded Sim, and it takes four years complete as opposed to the UK's three. From here, your Sim will have to complete assignments if they wish to get a degree with honours and open themselves up to numerous possibilities!
The level of depth is undeniably impressive in University, from the social structure, to the work itself, to the financial implications, and whilst it only questionably justifies its price tag, it's going to certainly satify fans of the series.
Another Sims expansion pack, and this time, your Sims are going to university! I wasn't at university when I first brought this game but I am now. How this it compare to the real university experience?
WHAT'S IT ABOUT
Well it's pretty obvious really! It gives your Sims the chance to study at university! Degrees mean better jobs for graduate sims and there's a whole new "young adults" life stage added. How will your Sim cope with the stress of living away from home?
NEW OBJECTS AND FEATURES
Ok, so it may seem a boring premise for a game if you don't want to send your sim to uni. Luckily, EA realised this and included lots of fun new objects.
Your sims can now watch a new TV channel, Sim Sports. There's also new styles of music for the sims radio, including college rock. And Speaking of music, your sims can now play new instruments including an electric upright bass, a drum kit, and a guitar. Have them play their instruments to earn creativy points or make them perform for tips to earn some extra cash. The pool table is another welcome new object because not only can sims play pool, but they can also use it to perform tricks or hustle for simoleons. A bonfire, treadmill, cell phone, MP3 player, and arcade games are also new objects.
The Sims 2 University comes with three ready-made universities, each with its own layout or you can create your own university if you wish to. Each campus is divided into separate areas, like dorms, libraries and student unions.
Teens' grades, skill points, and job performances are even more important now as they directly affect how much scholarship money sims will receive at university. This money can be the difference between living in crowded dorms or having your sim rent a nice home for themselves. Chose from several different majors depending on what career you want your sims to go into after graduation.
During each semester, your sims will get homework assignments to complete and classes to attend in order to get your academic-performance rating high enough before the final exams. Do well and you could get on the dean's list and recieve a grant! Graduating Sims can then enter career tracks partway through instead of starting at the beginning like regular sims. Other bonuses for college sims include new career paths and two extra want slots.
It wouldn't be a Sims expansion packs without the compulsory stupid features! We've had spontaneous combustion from hot weather in The Sims 2 Seasons, random pets digging up your lawn every night in The Sims 2 Pets and Sims University brings you stupid pranks that aren't, and never were, funny! Surprisingly unimaginative and boring, pranks include water balloons and Joy buzzers and the novelty of seeing these pranks wears off extremly quickly. Streaking Sims are midly entertaining at first but what's with the llama and cow mascot, who take great delight into running into your dorms and doing a stupid dance about 5 times a day?! I know it's only a game but university life is NOTHING like this.
The pressure of rigorous course schedules and intense studying that comes from being at university is replaced by fairly easy academic demands meaning it's all to easy for your sims to graduate with first class honuors without you even having to try hard to achieve this. And what of students notorious drunken antics? Well, your sim students can drink juice...thats it. They cant get pregnant either which is stupid since they are classed as "young adults" now.
College life is dull and long. Sending a sim to university seems like such a chore that I'd rather just have my sim advance up the career ladder through making friends and earning skill points.
I like the fact that your sims can get a part time job, serving coffee in the dorms. You wont get payed much but it's a nice option for cash strapped sims.
Sims can also choose to join either a fraternity or a sorority. These houses are generally larger and full of nicer objects than crappy dorms so they'll see like mansions to your sims! In order to join one of these exclusive societies you do have to be accepted by the existing members. This is actually quite challenging because you have to build up a good relationship with all the existing members. I like the challenge because its about the only challenging part of college life which is unrealistically easy in this game! You also have the chance to throw tofa parties if your accepted, which is fun if not a bit odd!
The new objects are worth buying the game for, even if the university experience itself sucks.
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I am a big fan of the sims and i think that i have every single game that has ever came out. This was the first expansion pack to come out for the sims 2.
The first thing to mention is that you must have the sims 2 installed in order to play this game. I would also recommend having a system cleanup first so that the game will run more smoothly. The sims does take up quite a lot of space so if you are interested in purchasing it remember to check your computer specs first to make sure your computer can handle it.
What is the sims?
The sims is a computer game in which you are kind of like god. You control everything from how your sims look to what sort of personalities they will have and where they live.I think it is one of the biggest selling games ever but i am not sure about this.
Whats in the pack?
The main feature of this is that you get an extra life stage. In the normal sims they go from teenager to adult but in this they can become a young adult before becoming a normal adult.
This also contains 125+ items. This was my main reason for getting it because it contained extra items such as a drum kit....
There are 3 universities to choose from-one for each neighbourhood. If they get a degree this opens up more job choices which include Artist and Biologist.
I like how this pack offers new lifetime goals and rewards from the original.
This is a great game and a must have for any sims fan. Since it has been out for awhile now it can be picked up quite cheap.
The Sims 2 University was one of the first expansion packs I got for the Sims 2 and I wasn't disappointed. It is a great add-on and provides lots of new items and features
The game adds a new age level to the sims life- young adult. When a teenager becomes a young adult they have the option to go away to one of the universities and live away from their parents. While away they can live in a dorm with other students, in a house with others or on their own depending on the financial situation. While at university they have to attend class, do assignments, can get a job to supplement their party lifestyle and most importantly- PARTY!
This game is quite good as you can switch between the university life and the normal family mode but I do find that the university mode really isn't that different. It is just the same idea but based around a university and there aren't enought new features. A good attempt at an expansion but not different enough to justify the expension of another game
I recently got the first expansion pack in the Sims 2 range of PC games, The Sims 2 University. It's the only expansion pack I have, but I think it's the only one I will end up getting as I'll get the Sims 3.
-- Packaging --
The box is light green in colour with a picture of a girl sim on her mobile phone and a boy sim graduating university holding a guitar. It comes with two discs which are easy to take out. You need both discs to install onto your computer or laptop. It doesn't take long to install but you can do other things while it's installing.
-- New Life Stage --
When you have the Sims 2 University installed you get a new life stage, young adult. Your sims can only be young adults when they are in university. Your teenage sims can go on their computer to get scholarships before they go to university. As soon as a teenager goes to university they automatically grow up into a young adult. They will continue to be a young adult all through university. If your sim drops out they will become an adult automatically, same goes for when the graduate.
-- New Social Interactions and The Influence Meter --
University brings a few more social interactions to your game to make it more interesting. Some of these are a new flirt interaction - Wolf Whistle, three pranks, pillow fight, hang out and more. One of the new interactions is Influence To..., another new feature of University is the new Influence meter. The influence meter is a new meter where a selected sim can influence another sim to do something for them such as "clean" or "serve meal". It can be very helpful to your sim if they have something more important to do, like live their lives (:
-- New Themes --
There are two new themes of clothing and furniture, Medieval and Groovy. The medieval style is olden style furniture such as new big-ish, square chairs and new beds with the curtains around the sides. The "Groovy" theme is all basically really bright colours and modern furniture. I prefer the groovy theme but the medieval one is also quite nice.
-- Zombies --
There is a new "creature" sim with University. To get a zombie one of your sims must know a sim that has died, also you must have the Paranormal career reward, the Resurrect O-Nomitron (You can use the boolProp testingcheatsenabled true cheat to do this quickly). It is a special kind of phone which you use to call the Grim Reaper to bring back the dead sim. If you don't pay enough your sim will return as a zombie.
Zombies have pale gray skin and walk with a limp. They hate the person who brought them back to life and sometimes tend to eat rubbish out of the bin. They can act in the same way as a normal sim when it comes to interacting.
-- University Types --
There are three preset universities already on the game, they are meant to resemble the three preset neighbourhoods. The universities are Sim State University, La Fiesta Tech and Académie Le Tour. These three universities come with their own preset characters but you can also make your own sims to add to the population of the university.
-- Price, Sound and Graphics --
The sound and graphics are the same, if not better, as in the original base game. There is no little squares all over all of the sims and furniture. The sound is still very clear if the volume is loud enough. Even if you have your sound down low it's still very clear. It costs around £10.00 new from amazon.
So you bought The Sims 2, and though you were hooked for a while, you began to lose interest a bit and released that you do actually have a life of your own to run, instead of spending all your time ensuring the happiness of your Sims families.
Time passes by, and you enjoy the benefits of a social life, and then... like a bat out of hell, The Sims 2 University expansion pack bursts on to the scene.
"Oh no!" I hear you cry! Just as you had reajusted your skin to the presence of daylight, something new in the world of the The Sims 2 has come to grab you back and stick you to your computer chair until the early hours.
The Sims 2 University expansion pack offers another dimension for gamers who already own the platform game, The Sims 2. Now there is the opportunity to go to college/university, and therefore another life stage in the form of 'young adult'. Each neighbourhood can be assigned a pre-programmed university campus, or you can make one of your own if you so wish.
On campus you have the opportunity to move your young sims into dorms, unilets or fratenity/sorority houses, and many more features and functions have been added. You can now make out and 'woo hoo' at an earlier age, declare a major in a particular subject and work towards a degree, streak through the dorms and a great number of other new actions are available at the click of a button.
Sound and visual quality rely heavily on your computer's video card and sound card capabilities, and don't really vary much from the platform game, though in terms of in-game music the new genre of 'college rock' is available to listen to via the Sims' sound systems.
Once again Maxis holds you hostage in your own home as you dare yourself to step away from the screen for more than five minutes. The game is so addictive, as you strive to achieve a never ending number of goals.
I bought this game a few years back, and though my passion for it now comes and goes in stages, I know as soon as somebody mentions the game, or talks to me about The Sims 3's imminent release, I will be right back on my computer chair, plastered to the screen watching the highs and lows of my Sim family's life.
I believe this expansion pack is available for £14.99 on HMV.com, and is around the same sort of price on other online stores' websites. I also believe it is more expensive to buy it in-store.
(As written for Ciao.com)
I rarely find the time to play computer games and the majority of them don't interest me at all. However a couple of years ago I discovered The Sims and since then I'll dig it out every year around Christmas time as it's the only game I really like. This year I decided to upgrade as I had a voucher for CD Wow and decided to buy one of the expansion packs to accompany the original game. I selected the University one as it was the one that caught my eye first.
For those of you who have never heard of The Sims then I better give you a little insight into what it's all about. The Sims came out for the PC back in 2001 and was followed by a modernised and updated version entitled (rather originally) The Sims 2 in 2004 with The Sims 3 due for release later in 2009. Since 2005 EA Games have introduced various expansion packs which allow you to add another aspect or dimension of some sort to the original game.
The game basically allows you to create and control people known as "sims" in every aspect of their life, from their hygiene habits to their employment to their love life. You can build and furnish their houses, control when they eat and even control when they create children! You can see them having conversations with their friends, arguments with their enemies and flirting with as many people as you choose. You're basically in control of your own little town.
The ultimate goal behind this game is that the main goal of life is to achieve happiness and you can achieve this for your sims by fulfilling their needs. All sims have eight main needs which include energy, fun, hunger and social to give you just some examples. The goal of the game is for the sim to achieve their needs and also climb the employment ladder in order to make more money to live on. It really is quite an addictive set up that will get you hooked!
The Sims 2 University
The University expansion pack was brought out in 2005 and can be found on Amazon for £9.98 for the PC version which seems to be the current price at most places. This game will run on Windows 98, 2000, ME and XP according to the accompanying booklet and also requires DirectX and 3.5GB of hard drive space. It recommends that you either disk defragment or disk cleanup before installing it too. Most importantly, you will need The Sims 2 for this expansion pack to work.
Installing the game is simple, insert the first disc and follow the instructions. You will have to select a language, enter the serial code that you can find on the back of the instructions booklet, confirm you wish to install the game and insert the second disc at some point as well. In total the game took about four or five minutes to install on my system which is Windows XP. After that you simply enter or start the game as you would have the original sims game.
What's it all about?
In The Sims 2 University you will have the chance to allow your teenage sims to experience the new "young adult" life stage rather than moving straight from being a teenager to an adult. After your sim has become a teenager and attended school you can choose to send them off to University by simply calling the University of your choice. They will then move to a new town and experience life as a student, going to parties, attending lectures and having a laugh!
There are three different campuses that you can choose to associate with your neighbourhood which all have similar features but just look a bit different. Each campus has an espresso bar or a coffee house, a lounge, dorms, residences and greek houses too. There are also additional features such as gyms and libraries as well, just the typical things that you'd expect to find near any real life university campus really to make it as realistic as possible.
Your sims have a limited amount of time at university, the timer is shown on the control bar and they will all progress through the typical American stages including freshman, sophomore, junior and senior. While there you have to make sure they do their academic activities which include attending a daily lecture, including their final exams, writing multiple assignments and also writing a term paper for each different stage of the university lifeline.
They can choose which subject to major in and this will influence what career they choose at a later life. Majors include psychology, art, biology, literature and history. You can monitor your sims grade progress on the control bar and you can influence this by making sure they carry out the various academic demands listed above. If your sims are devoted to their studies they can get a scholarship as if not they'll have to get a job while at university for money.
You can control where your sims live as well, the best place to start them off is in dorms as this is both cheap and socialable. You can apply for them to join a sorority and move into the various accommodation or you can rent them their very own residence although this will cost more money or simoleons. As mentioned before your sims can get a job on the campus, popular jobs include serving coffee in the coffee shop or tutoring other students.
After the time bar has run out your sims can graduate from university and then move back to their original neighbourhood. If they don't attend lectures they can also be kicked out of university which will result in them having to move back to their original neighbourhood as well. It's best to keep their grades on track as much as you can to ensure happy sims and to also ensure that they can gain employment when the graduate and return to their neighbourhood.
I really like The Sims 2, I seem to get myself addicted at Christmas and then have to wean myself off during January. Buying the Univerity expansion pack has certainly added an additional dimension to the original game by giving me new contexts to explore, a new age in the sim's lifeline and new activities too. I think it was worth the £9.98 price tag although I probably wouldn't have recommended buying it when it first came out and was nearly £20.
The game is suitable for anyone over the age of twelve and would probably appeal to both genders, although I know more girls who play this than boys. I probably wouldn't buy another expansion pack, certainly not until next Christmas anyway, as I personally find that nothing is quite as good as the original game. However if you're looking for a cheap game to revamp an old game then check this out... I'm eagerly awaiting The Sims 3 now!
Thanks for reading.
In The Sims 2 University players for the first time will play through the new "young adult" life stage as their Sims head off to university and join the campus crowd. Whether they live in the halls or rush a fraternity or sorority that's just the beginning...Sims can choose from one of 11 courses and by keeping their grades on track, they'll secure a final degree and open up 4 new career paths. Players will enjoy all-new university based wants and fears that are tied to their Sims' social life and academic goals which will lead to new rewards and powers that will help them achieve their goals and aspirations in university and beyond.