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Now Sims are born with the traits of their parents, families grow, and Sims grow old.
The game starts at the neighborhood level. Here you can create a housing development from scratch or start with one of three premade neighborhoods, each with its own theme. From there, you'll settle on a house and a family of Sims to control.
|Create your own Sim (above) or your own house (below) from scratch with advanced tools.|
What Else Is New?
Of course, you wouldn't be able to juggle all that if it weren't for the improved "Free Will" option, which makes it easier for Sims to fulfill their basic needs. The artificial intelligence of the game is noticeably improved; they won't turn on radios just as a family member is going to bed but, strangely, they do occasionally put their dishes on the floor.
Another big change in the series is the concept of the lifespan. Now Sims are born with the traits of their parents, families grow, and Sims grow old. Not only does this go hand in hand with aspirations (growing up is the first aspiration that a baby Sim will have), it provides a limited time with which your Sims can achieve their goals.
|The Universal Control Panel helps you manage your Sim family.|
The Sims 2 not only lets you create just about any type of Sim in any type of family, build elaborate houses, and even create a neighborhood from scratch, but it also allows you to start the game in medias res, with premade households. These families all have backstories that are smart spoofs of soap-opera plots--lots of scheming, romance, ghosts, and family fighting. Parents of teens shouldn't worry, though, because nudity is tastefully blurred out and "woo-hoo" between Sims takes place completely under the covers. The ESRB has given this a Teen rating. If The Sims 2 were a film, it would likely land between PG and PG-13.
The makers have included some nice tools to help share the universe you've created. For example, you can capture in-game stills and video to show friends the private moments, family interactions, and house parties of your Sims. You can even package a household to share as a blog or an album on a special Web site.
The Sims 2 is for patient gamers. Like life itself, the game is filled with mundane details, like getting ready for work and doing dishes. The game also demands a level of creativity from its players that the run-and-gun game genres wouldn't know what to do with. But those who stick with it will be rewarded with an absorbing, amusing diversion and a virtual family history that they've created themselves. --Porter B. Hall
Set Up a Sims 2 Machinima Studio
Amazon.com contributor Porter Hall reveals how you can make movies using the Sims as your actors. See his guide to setting up a Sims 2 Machinima Studio.
Top Customer Reviews
This is all the options that we will enjoy and have for thesims 2.
Building Options - Create mountains, build multiple story homes, with basements, put doors and windows on diagonal walls.
Calendar - The new sim calendar will work by the week instead of month. (ie your kids birthday is next Monday).
Cameras - Now you can place cameras all around the room to capture a party from all angles.
Careers - For adult sims, there wi.ll be 18 careers, with 10 levels each. For teen and old sims there will be 7 careers, with 3 levels each. Also elderly sims will receive a pension upon retiring.
Diaries - Now you will be able to create video as well as snap shot diaries of your sims life.
Family - The family limit will still be set at 8. But new to TS2 is the ability to create all ages, except infant, in the create-a-sim area. So you could start out with a Mom, teen, and toddler if you wanted.
Leaving the house - The only option to leave the home right now, is to send your sims to their second home, which you can also create. However a communal area is being considered.
Life Moments and Big Decisions - These will effect your life score, and also have an effect on your sim as they get older. Some of these included: Toilet training, first step, first kiss, first crush, getting a job, getting married.
Will Sims actually get pregnant? Will they still have to kiss to have a baby? - Yes! Sims will get pregnant but instead of kissing, a 'play' feature can be used in a bed or hot tub.
What is the Create-a-Sim tool? Is there going to be a demo of it?Read more ›
How is it? Fantastic. The graphics are fluid and smooth, the characters have fingers, wedding rings, facial expressions, man, you name it they've worked on it and it's obvious. The clothing has fluidity (the hair too) and zooming in close up to a character's face really shows some detail. Nice, nice job. Playing the game *is* pretty similar to the first but you can tell Maxis did their homework and I can just see Will saying: "Okay, THIS is what the fans want" cause it sure looks like they worked on it.
For instance, its the little things that make a difference. When a sim walks in the room, the other sims react, say hello... I had a dad come home from work and the child he was close to dropped her toy and ran out to greet him by jumping in his arms. They are no longer stiff like the first Sims, they have reactions which are pretty cool. Also, there's an amazing amount of detail. The fridge has a variety of food (and can be emptied now, unfortunately, but you call the grocer) and the more a Sim knows how to cook, the different varieties of food they can make. A Sim can cook either Salmon or Mac and Cheese and they look exactly like they seem. That was pretty wild to pause and inspect.
What else? They age. Yup, they sure do. It's better than the first and more difficult as well. My Sims tried for a baby -- and first of all ended up with twins! Holy cow, that was work.Read more ›
*Good things about game*
1. You can detail your Sim SO MUCH that you know what Sim it is when they pass by on the sidewalk etc.
2. The realism in this game is so incredible, that I could relate to some of the things my Sim were doing!
3. Aging. I thought that I might not like this feature, but I LOVE it! Sims now have generations and genes!
4. You can turn aging off. There are some people that don't like change, so there is a cheat to turn off the aging. The best part about it is, that you can turn it back on!
5. Neighborhoods. The game ships with 3 neighborhoods, but you can make your own neighborhoods.
6. Wants and Fears. Your Sims now have wants and fears. There wants and fears change every day, but you can lock a want or fear in place.
7. Building Options. Houses now have 5 storys, and you can build basements and attics! Foundations are given for un-even land.
8. Genes. You will be able to look at a Sim and tell who their Father and mother were.
9. Families. You can make HUNDREDS of Families, and put them in a neighborhood. Families from other houses in the neighborhood can visit you, and children bring home freinds from school.
1. If you want to turn off aging, you need to do it every time you enter the house.
2. The neighborhood does not age evenly. So you need to toggle families for the 'hood to age evenly. It is able to be done, but it takes some time.
This is a great game, and It will keep you entertained for a long time!
I only gave it 4 overall stars because every game can be improved.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Purchased for my daughter. She wanted the latest version but it reviewed poorly, this one reviewed well. Some maturish themes, but no worse than what is on television today. Read morePublished 9 days ago by S. W. Strickland
It got here faster than I expected but it doesn't work. It keeps crashing and terminating each time I try to choose a neighborhood to play in. Read morePublished 1 month ago by J.Gates
The Sims 2 years old but already has its no longer fasinante this virtual world is very entertaining and varied and there is always better to do! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Latin mommy in GA
this didn't work with our PC It was very disappointing. It was like trying to jumpstart a Pinto returned it don't botherPublished 2 months ago by DK