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The Sims 2: Apartment Life Expansion Pack

by Electronic Arts See the Amazon Page for this brand
Teen
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (142 customer reviews) 75 / 100

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Platform: PC
  • Move into the perfect apartment: a spacious loft, a cozy place for a young couple, or a multi-bedroom flat-share with friends
  • Mingle with Sims from all-new social groups: stylish socialites, artsy bohemians, sports jocks, gadget-collecting techies, or edgy gearheads
  • Take advantage of apartment life: form social networks to make new friends, advance their careers, or look for love
  • Build your Sim’s new reputation meter: with a good reputation, your Sim can find the right friends to help them achieve their goals
  • Control multiple households: will you make your Sims live in happy harmony or comical conflict


Product Details

Platform: PC
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B001AIR1F8
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches ; 3.8 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: August 26, 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (142 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,376 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

Product Description

Platform: PC

Product Description

Your Sims are moving into a brand-new apartment, and their lives will never be the same! Adventure, fun, and drama await them as they meet new people and explore their new neighborhood. Will they take their kids to the local playground, mingle in coffee shops, or hit the park to learn from the breakdancers? Close quarters mean new opportunities—move in with compatible roomies for a thriving social life, advance your career with the right social network, or find true love just down the hall. Whether they live in artsy converted lofts, the ultimate studio bachelor pads, or luxury apartments with their own butler, your Sims will experience all of the excitement of apartment life!

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Moving Day is Here

Your Sims are moving into a brand-new apartment, and their lives will never be the same! Adventure, fun, and drama await them as they meet new people and explore their new neighborhood.

Will they take their kids to the local playground, mingle in coffee shops, or hit the park to learn from the breakdancers? Close quarters mean new opportunities-move in with compatible roomies for a thriving social life, advance your career with the right social network, or find true love just down the hall.

Whether they live in artsy converted lofts, the ultimate studio bachelor pads, or luxury apartments with their own butler, Your Sims will experience all of the excitement of apartment life!

The Sims 2: Apartment Life Expansion Pack
The Sims 2: Apartment Life Expansion Pack

Key Features

  • Move into the perfect apartment: a spacious loft, a cozy place for a young couple, or a multi-bedroom flat-share with friends.
  • Mingle with Sims from all-new social groups: stylish socialites, artsy bohemians, sports jocks, gadget-collecting techies, or edgy gearheads.
  • Take advantage of apartment life: form social networks to make new friends, advance their careers, or look for love.
  • Build your Sim’s new reputation meter: with a good reputation, your Sim can find the right friends to help them achieve their goals!
  • Control multiple households: will you make your Sims live in happy harmony or comical conflict?
The Sims 2: Apartment Life Expansion Pack
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The Sims 2: Apartment Life Expansion Pack
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Requirements

Requires The Sims 2, The Sims 2 Special DVD Edition, The Sims 2 Holiday Edition, or The Sims 2 Deluxe to play.


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65 of 69 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Buggalicous but fun September 3, 2008
Platform for Display:PC
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
The Sims 2 Apartment Life expansion pack has so much to offer in terms of gameplay. However, the number of bugs prevent gameplay from even being possible. I did not have many problems with the other expansions except this one. As of yesterday, I am no longer playing the Sims 2 until a suitable patch is released. The bugs I found are as follows:

1. Cell Phones disappearing: Every cell phone any of my Sims had or recently purchased disappeared from their inventory. I even sent another Sim downtown to buy new cell phones for the entire family after all of them first disappeared. After I put a phone in everyone's inventory, within the next hour (real time) they were all gone.

2. Crashes: I have had 2-3 crashes since I installed the pack on August 29th. Yes, I have custom content, but no major hacks. In fact the only "hack" I have allows me to put items on dressers. In one instance, I clicked on a house and it went to the loading screen. About 5 minutes later it was still on the loading screen and would not move at all. When I minimized the window to go to the task manager to end the process, I saw that a window popped saying the application crashed. I have a suspicion it is all related to bug #3.

3. NPCs galore: With apartment life came all new NPCs. This is a good and bad thing. Usually I prefer my sims to marry townies and I like that the names of NPCs are so various now. However, I think a townie passes my house/apartment/dorm every 15 game minutes. Apparently the over frequent number of NPCs causes a type of file to enlarge which can cause the game to crash. Groups.cache maybe?

4. No interactions with the gypsy matchmaker on community lots: One of my sims was a vampire and I wanted to cure him.
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77 of 83 people found the following review helpful
By Jaydax
Platform for Display:PC
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I purchased two copies of this expansion pack because both my son and my wife are Sims 2 addicts. Both of them loved the extras BUT then the problems began!

As a 'PC expert' I was called in when my son's copy would not load. It seems that he had re-installed the game at least four times because he had installed corrupted custom content on his new Sony Vio laptop. He then found he could not get Apartment Life to work at all.

I tried and every time I insert the disk it ejects and the message 'Insert a disk' appears. I tried my wife's copy and got the same result so it wasn't a bad disk. I investigated the problem on Internet and found EA have protected the game using SecuRom - the same software which caused the Spore DRM controversy. According to what I found SecuRom does not like:
(a) Nero software (Yes my son had Nero 8 on his machine and yes it has stopped working properly)
(b) It can cause problems if there are repeated installs - Now up to at least 5 that I know of.

SecuRom is NOT easy to remove. The removal tools provided by EA and SecuRom do not do a complete removal. EA games is not very helpful either, offering a variety of non-relevant solutions such as telling me that the game would not work on his laptop because of it's video card. (It already had been working).

All in all it took me several hours to fix the problem, my time being worth a great deal more than the games cost. I still have an Apartment Life disk which messes up computers and prevents other legitimate software working. There is a way round it, but that involves un-official copies of the game which I can't condone.

My recommendation is that if you are an average user who just plays the standard game then go ahead and buy it but if you want to build your own Sims and use custom content - give this expansion pack a miss - it isn't worth the hassle.
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55 of 63 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gret Expansion for The Sims 2 August 28, 2008
Platform for Display:PC
Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
Apartment Life in my opinion is better then FreeTime. It has added new hairstyles, clothes, items, and the fact that your sims don't have to spend a ton money on a house is great! Your sims can move into an apartment, and still have most of their allotted $20,000 to use on furniture or whatever you like.There is definitely a more urban vibe in this game that was definitely needed in the Sims!

The only things I'm not too fond of is the lack of being able to simply build apartments. You can do this! BUT you must use a cheat code to turn your apartment building into an ACTUAL apartment. Otherwise it will simply be a big house for purchase. Another thing is the driveway. I'm not sure if you can have cars with apartment buildings int his game. Which is too bad since I have a nice collection of custom cars :D

Overall its a great addition to the game!
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38 of 44 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars On the whole, very good August 28, 2008
Platform for Display:PC
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I have had this game for several hours now and am generally pleased with it. I had no problems with the installation with SecuRom, but I may have already had it as I own all the other expansion packs for Sims 2. Some aspects (such as the magic) may prove a little complicated, and there aren't any cheat or hint pages up for this game yet, so I've had to buy the guidebook, which I don't normally do. As for the apartment living aspect, it is very similar to dorm living in Sims 2: University, so experienced game users shouldn't have any trouble.
On another note, I gave this game four stars total because I feel a little misled by the creators. In chats and promo videos they stated that there were tons of new outfits and thirty-something new hairstyles, which I was excited about, as making people is my favorite part of the game. What the game actually includes is three or four new hairstyles with, say, eight different colors of barrettes or ponytail holders. There are several new kinds of furniture, activities, floor tiles and wallpapers, though, just like the creators promised.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars friend was happy, great purchase all in all
Was a gift for a friend, friend was happy, great purchase all in all!
Published 1 month ago by Macie
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome addition to The Sims 2.
Awesome addition to The Sims 2. It's just too bad they never made a Complete Collection like they did with the original game.
Published 2 months ago by JMC
5.0 out of 5 stars perfect.
Needed this to complete the package, perfect.
Published 2 months ago by PammyN
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Expansion
Everything was in good condition. Plays great and adds many things to make Sims more fun to play with, like witches, helicopters, and various other things.
Published 2 months ago by AlexC
5.0 out of 5 stars ... gave many years of play and the graphics were good. I must say I...
This was purchased a few years ago and gave many years of play and the graphics were good. I must say I was a little sad when they stopped making Sims 2, it was a fun game with... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Theresa H.
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't bother.
Get a real life. I finally did, and I don't regret it.
Published 3 months ago by JustRosy
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome game: )
Fast shipping! Awesome game :)
Published 4 months ago by Jenne753
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
missing code
Published 5 months ago by CL
5.0 out of 5 stars Probably my favorite The Sims 2 expansion pack
Probably my favorite The Sims 2 expansion pack. My individual seller was very reliable. I recommend making sure your game has an install code/booklet.
Published 5 months ago by M
1.0 out of 5 stars ugg
Only reason one star is they gave me no hazels with a refund and did not have to return the useless item.t. Was really looking forward to getting this game to add to my set. Read more
Published 8 months ago by cat
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