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The Sims

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3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (227 customer reviews) 83 / 100

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Platform: PlayStation2
  • You'll start out with just one Sim, living in a shack. Help him advance through life's important moments and make a better life for himself
  • Meet and interact with your neighbors, flirt with attractive members of the opposite sex, and move into bigger houses
  • Play with a friend as you play two-player Sims -- each person controls their own character in the same environment
  • Customize your Sim's appearance to a new level of detail
  • Play with special objects and characters found only on the PS2 version
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Platform: PlayStation2
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00006GSO0
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 5.2 x 0.5 inches ; 3.2 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: June 15, 2006
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (227 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,315 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

Product Description

Platform: PlayStation2

The Sims has much in common with Tony Hawk's Pro Skater: There's a great emphasis trial and error, it encourages personalized solutions to problems, and overall success comes down to both balance and timing. Also, like the Tony Hawk games, The Sims is a very addictive game.

Players micromanage the lives of a family of virtual people and influence the outcome of their lives, be it success or something akin to a nervous breakdown. The bestselling PC version of the game has, in recent years, been upgraded with elements like parties, pets, and vacations, but this iteration is closer to the basic formula.

You start the game living with Mom in a one-story suburban house. You are immediately presented with certain life tasks, such as fixing the TV and making lunch, which are aligned with the skills you'll need for the game's main challenge--keeping your sims in balance on eight conflicting categories. For example, eating will have an impact on your sim's hunger rating, but it will also impact his bladder rating. You'll have to make sure that he keeps himself and the house clean, that he sleeps to restore his energy, and that he also has time to keep himself entertained. The free will option lets your sims coast a bit, and you can also save time by stacking tasks together. Time passes at the rate of about one minute per second in the game, but you can fast-forward sim time when you need to, such as when they're sleeping.

The controls are justifiably complex, but adjusting to them is not difficult. You see your sims from an overhead perspective that you can both rotate and zoom. You direct their actions by moving a line cursor to where you want them to go or to what object or person with which you want them to interact.

The game is surprisingly funny. Neglect your sims and they'll shout and wave their arms to get your attention. Allow one's energy to get too low and he or she will likely collapse and sleep right where they were standing. When that happens, Mom is likely to serve them dinner on the floor.

Gamers may find that it takes a while to get the hang of The Sims' style and control scheme. Stick with it and you may find real time fast-forwarding by. --Porter B. Hall


  • Interesting, open-ended gameplay
  • Lots of quirky humor
  • Two-player split-screen option
  • Can be frustrating for those unfamiliar with strategy games
  • Controls take some getting used to
  • Long save times

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The customizable personalities that you create and control, the Sims, are making their PlayStation 2 debut. The characters in the best selling PC game of all time, Sims, are created and guided through life by you. Start out in a humble abode, master the ins and outs of life and move up to bigger and better houses, gain power and influence and continue to be rewarded. With the brand new Sims for PlayStation 2 you get different play levels, the ability to play with friends in split-screen mode, PlayStation 2's 3-D power and new characters and objects only available on the PlayStation 2 console.

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152 of 171 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So far so good.... January 16, 2003
By A Customer
Platform for Display:PlayStation2
Just got this game yesterday and so far I am impressed. Wasn't sure how controlling it would be after having played it on the computer. I have all the previous expansion packs, etc for the PC and I love the game. So far, I'm impressed, you really get to personalize the characters far more than you could on the PC. The "Get a Life" section of the game is great. You have certain goals you must complete in each house, starting out in Mom's house, then renovating a fixer upper, having a roomie, having your own, all the way up to havine two children and then retiring and buying a yacht. For those that bored easy with the PC version, having specific goals to complete might make this more attractive for you. However I could play the Open ended play forever and be happy and with this, I can do that and more. Having just gotten this I haven't delved to far into the 2 player mode but found it great fun also. An example is working against your opponent in a museum to make friends so that you can eventually ask them for money. Who ever collects the most money obviously wins. This is almost everything great about the PC sims but with extras and no delay in playing or getting kicked out. I can't wait to play some more. I suggest everyone to check this out, it's completely different from anything else out there.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great on PS2 January 19, 2003
By Patrick
Platform for Display:PlayStation2
I HATE THIS GAME! It keeps me up all night and destroys my life! There should be laws against games being this FUN! Ok, I've been playing 'The Sims' on PC for a few years now so I pretty much knew what I was doing as soon as I started my PS2. I did expect a bit more from it. First of all there is the Sim's skins. You can make them look more individual by changing the shape of their faces but you can't change their body weight very much. The fattest a person can get still looks like a super model. And you can't make them look really old either besides giving them grey or bald heads. Also, I was hoping for more clothes. The game itself is almost identical to the PC version. The only difference is graphics and control. The Sims talk and move exactly the same as in the PC version too. You also have less options of what to do with your Sim than on the PC. 'Hot Date' and other expansion packs have not been included on this game. So it's basically the first installation of the PC game. There is the mission mode and 2 player but I think most people play the classic way. With all the Sims has for PS2 and all it is lacking of the PC versions it is still an extremely addicting game.
Graphics: 4.0 It's 100 times better than the PC version but also 100 times worse than the great PS2 games out there.
Sound: 4.0 Most of the sounds have been directly copied from the PC to the PS2. I was hoping for something a bit different.
Control: 4.5 The PS2 controller works great for this game but it's still a lot easier using a mouse.
Fun Factor: 5.0 If you start playing you wont stop.
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50 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't tear my girlfriend away January 22, 2003
Platform for Display:PlayStation2
Okay, please realize that there will be a transition period from the computer game. Those of you who have every single expansion pack and play The Sims 16 hours a day, this isn't THE SAME game.
I'll address some of the earlier reviews first.
1. There is fast foward/pause in the form of L1 / R1 on the Dual Shock controller.
2. There aren't as many options - no pets, no downtown, no 2nd floor, no vacation. (another reviewer referred to this as "the best of" the original)
3. It's not slower than the PC version. Depending on your computer, it could be considerably faster.
4. The controls do take some getting used to, but become intuitive once you get them. Took me a half hour to an hour, and my girlfriend about the same.
5. It's Just As Addictive As The Original.
6. Characters are more customizable than ever - everything down to the face shape & eye color. On the down side, you can't download outfits from the Internet.
We brought it home last night and I was able to play a bit. At first I thought "gawd these controls are awkward... building this house is sooo tedious," but I played for a long time after that.
Then this morning I woke up and my girlfriend was playing. She's been playing for 8 hours. I wanted to turn on the TV and I paused the game and turned on the TV... followed by her screams. Luckily I was able to hook up the PS2 to the PS1 LCD screen (use an 1/8" stereo male to dual RCA female jack (tell them that at radio shack). Plug the yellow out from the PS2 into the white plug, and the white out from the PS2 into the red plug).
We did some of the two player challenge games that get unlocked in "Get a Life" mode. I'm going to have to learn fast about the other two player modes or I might lose my girlfriend to this game forever.
In short, this game as just as addictive as the original, plus it has two player & goal oriented play. Maxis did it again!
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55 of 65 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars what a great game! October 5, 2002
Platform for Display:PlayStation2
this is a wonderfull game. based off of the game hit for PC that was dubbed "the bestselling game for three years in a row", the sims-creaters from maxis and electronic arts have finally come up with a console virsion of this hit game :the sims for PS2!!
there are many new features for this game, such as the "life mode" in which you start out living with your mother, then, after you get a good job, you can move out, get married, buy a new house, and start a family. another mode is the "2-player mission mode" where you and another player compete to perform missions, like the 'maid's day off' where you and player2 try to clean the maid's house, & whoever does the best job gets to slip into the hottub with that dirty, dirty maid! YAHOO! of course, you can do the classic mode with tones of new objects like a sandbox, a sprinkler, a treehouse, a flatscreen tv, and a party bar. there is also a new sim-creater feature in which you can form your sim down to the slightest detail; long blue hair, green eyes, red t-shirt, no shoes- whatever you want! is your mouth watering yet???
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
My daughter wanted this and she loves it. I couldn't find it anywhere else for a decent price.
Published 3 hours ago by Ramona C.
5.0 out of 5 stars a+++
i love this game! shipped to me fast and already played. brings back alot of memories, glad i bought it. game was in perfect condition, no scratches sings of scuffs. :)
Published 24 days ago by emi03
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a classic
I love The Sims on PS2, nothing wrong with playing god. Hours of endless fun to be honest. I never get sick of playing.
Published 1 month ago by Brian David Hanken
3.0 out of 5 stars ok
boring but i still play it love all sims games very challenging just not as good as newer sims thank u
Published 2 months ago by Dickens2210
1.0 out of 5 stars REALLY?
guarnteed to work? nope. game wasnt horribly scratched, however it did have a white residue on back, which had the consistency of dried toothpaste. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Kane Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars love it!
Works so well! Im very pleased with it and it came pretty quickly too.. It doesn't freeze up or stop working. Very good!
Published 3 months ago by Sarah J. Cefalu
3.0 out of 5 stars Better on the PC but really like this game
This game is fun but the graphics on the PS2 are awful. You can barely make out the features of your sims and they move extremely slow. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Ebony Smith
3.0 out of 5 stars The Sims
I only rated this three stars as I bought this for one of my grandchildren at their request and it not something that I would buy for
myself. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Marianne
1.0 out of 5 stars Stick to the complete PC collection
First of all, I tried this game, and I do not think this is a great one to get. Unless this game includes The Sims with the original 10 career jobs; Living Large with 5 additional... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Kevin Barton
2.0 out of 5 stars Shipping took to long
Although the game was in decent in decent shape and playable, the most disappointing thing was the time it took to get to me.
Published 6 months ago by CR
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