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The Sims 2 (Special DVD Edition)

by Electronic Arts See the Amazon Page for this brand
Windows 98 / 2000 / Me / XP
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (181 customer reviews)

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  • Sequel to the hit lifestyle simulation
  • Manage your Sim's dreams and fears over a lifetime
  • Mix Sim genes and see physical and personality traits inherited down through Sim generations
  • Movie-making feature lets you control the camera and capture the action into mini movies

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  • ASIN: B0002HTAYS
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.5 x 1.8 inches ; 9.6 ounces
  • Media: DVD-ROM
  • Release Date: September 14, 2004
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (181 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,309 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

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The Sims 2 is an incredible sequel to the best-selling PC game of all-time! You'll get to direct an entire Sims' lifetime, and try to get them to reach their goals in life. Will they have a long, successful and happy life - or will they end up poor and heartbroken? Special DVD with bonus content - Interview with the game designers(where they offer game tips), tips on making your own films with Sims 2, screenshots, deleted scenes and more!

The Sims was one of the most popular games ever made. In it, players micromanage the lives of a family of virtual people, or Sims, and influence their paths toward success or something akin to a nervous breakdown. Its open-ended blend of cartoonish behavior and everyday living is unique in an art form otherwise obsessed with carnage and sports. With The Sims 2, long-time fans now have a deeper game with lots of ways to customize and share their experiences. The game will also attract first-timers because the goal-oriented gameplay and the luridly fun starter families make it easier to get into the action right out of the box.

Now Sims are born with the traits of their parents, families grow, and Sims grow old.

The People in Your Neighborhood
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.

The Sims 2 body shop
Create your own Sim (above) or your own house (below) from scratch with advanced tools.
The Sims 2 house-building tools
Aside from the basic needs carried over from the previous game, Sims now have aspirations, wants, and fears. The wants and fears are the day-to-day things that occupy their minds, like wanting to see friends or get married and fearing death or being rejected for a kiss. Satisfy their wants, and they become more efficient at completing tasks you assign them. Realize their fears, and Sims become lethargic, cranky, and unresponsive to your commands. Aspirations are the big-picture things, like raising a family, becoming wealthy, and gaining knowledge. Succeed here and you'll be able to buy odd gifts for your Sim to improve his or her life, like a money tree that pays dividends or a "fountain of youth" water cooler.

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.

Sims in live mode
The Universal Control Panel helps you manage your Sim family.
A Family Affair
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 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.

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760 of 783 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No Disappointment Here! September 17, 2004
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Well, after two days of owning Sims 2 I think that I have gotten enough play time in to write a comprehensive review. (...)

Alright, on to the review. I have both positive and negative things to say about Sims 2. Sorry, this is probably going to be a long review.


*Maxis has thrown a bit of Sim City into the mix. You can either play one of the pre-created neighborhoods or you can start from scratch. This option is fantastic! You can choose the layout, build houses or place houses already built onto the lots. No more wondering if you already have a house at lot #5 before downlaoding because you can place the house ANYWHERE you want!

*While playing the game you can connect to Maxis (if you have internet connection) and dowload new Maxis created items directly into the game.

*The Wants and Fears addition to Sims 2 is alot of fun. Even if they tend to get repetitive.

*It's alot easier for your Sims to Socialize in Sims 2. Now they will receive telephone calls from people who just want to talk, they can chat online and send and receive e-mails. Plus your Sims will sometimes bring people home with them from work or school. AND you can now socialize with (and even marry) what were previously non-interactive character like cashiers, the maid, and the paper deliverer.

*The Sims now have days off from work and vacation days. Needless to say, this creates alot more free time for your Sims to concentrate on other things.

*You can distinguish between family members and roommates. So no more awkward "Flowers in the Attic" moments.

*I haven't actually built a house but I love having the option of building more than 2 floors.
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51 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Game - Well Worth the Wait September 23, 2004
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
The Sims dynasty continues with the release of Sims 2, the first real overhaul of the popular series in a long time. There are so many improvements, it's hard to know where to begin!

First, the graphics have been enhanced greatly. You begin by making your family, including all ages. You can tweak every aspect of your sim's appearance, from hairstyles to tattoos to a huge range of clothing. You can have your sims in love with each other, married, have kids and more.

The Sim world is no longer four-angled - you can do full rotation around in circles. The graphics are extremely impressive. The starting selection of items and decorations is extensive, but you know that in short order there will be millions of add-ons coming down the road :) So this is only the beginning.

I am THRILLED to find that they finally give you days off from work, and even let you earn vacation days, so that you can rest and relax in between your hard working day hours. The entire pace is much more balanced than the original game - you feel like you have plenty of time to enjoy your house and throw parties, as well as putting in the required hours at work.

Your computer in the game is far more useful now, letting you chat with friends, send email, order groceries, and even play SSX.

For hard core sims fans, the real glory comes in the fact that your characters actually go through a life cycle. They age (very slowly) and as they have kids, you watch the kids grow up and age, too. The kids even have the traits of the parents! So you can literally go through generations of sims, raising each one up.

In addition, each sim has one of five "lifestyle goals". Maybe your sim is after knowledge - or maybe they want the happy family life.
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54 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD or CD August 27, 2004
By Katie
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
This is in response to the person asking whether to buy the DVD or the CD version. First of all, make sure that you have a DVD ROM on your computer before you buy the DVD! I know that this seems obvious, but some people seem unsure. If you can watch DVDs on your computer, you can use this game.

There are two major differences between the DVD and CD version. The first one is that the DVD only needs one DVD to install, but if you buy the CD version, the game is spread over FOUR different disks. That's going to be a lot of changing disks when you install, but since they hold considerably less data than a DVD, that's how many are needed for the game. The second major difference is that there will be an extra CD included with the DVD that will have material not included with the CD version. There will be interviews from the creators and hints about building houses, creating sims, things like that. Nothing that you couldn't do without, but it would be nice to have.

Overall, I recommend getting the DVD version of The Sims 2, as long as your computer can read DVDs. They're the same price, and i imagine it will speed up loading the game (which judging by how long it takes to load the original and the expansions, could be awhile). Apparently they're only going to sell the DVD version as a limited edition available only as a preorder, so make sure that you order it before it's released!
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another great Sims game... October 12, 2004
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
The Sims 2 is another great Sims games. I rated Fun 5 stars & Overall 4 stars. I became addictied to the Sims when the first game came out & bought the first 4 expansion packs & then I kind of laid back & haven't played for a while. I had tons of fun & played for hundreds of hours but I just felt like it needed something a bit more & I had always wished to be able to build more levels. When I saw that they were coming out with The Sims 2 I was very excited. I played enought now to say that I'm thrilled with this game & I can see that I'm going to be addicted again. My wish came true & you can build multi-levels & there are many more options. I'll list some of the pros, cons & neutral feelings that I have below:


* The multi-level homes.
* The fact that you can hire a nanny.
* The fact that your Sims go through different stages of life.
* The aspriations, wants & fears.
* More detail choices when creating the sims.
* Ability to make houses without moving in a family in first.
* Bigger Neighborhoods with more options.
* The fact that you can identify the relationship between sims.
* The eyedropper tool. If you already have something in your house & you want to add another you click the eyedropper & click the object & it automatically grabs the item for you rather then having to look through all the items again to find the same one.
* The fact that you get days off of work & school & vacation days can be earned as well.
* When they are at work now there bladders empty & the hunger is fulfilled. They finally realized they were entitled to a breaks. :)
* The family Tree.
* Career Chance Card.
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4.0 out of 5 stars How to get the Sims 2 to run on Windows 7 or Windows 8.
After installing this game on either Windows 7 or 8, in order to get the program to run properly, you'll need to right click on the Sims desktop icon and choose... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Lewis Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Delivered on time, works great, in good condition as promised by seller. Thank you very much!
Published 5 months ago by Brenna Swisher
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this instead of the atrocious 4 CD set if you can!
Much more convenient than the 4 CD's. Came and worked flawlessly.
Published 7 months ago by frogz2007
1.0 out of 5 stars didnt send what i ordered
didnt send what i ordered and so now i have somthing that doesnt even work so i called ea and they gave me the game for free
Published 9 months ago by JOE JENSEN
5.0 out of 5 stars Simes
Awesome. Thank you works great and the bonus was a definite plus. Thank you for offering it.
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Published 19 months ago by Ameldra Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun
I bought this for my daughter probably 10 years ago. I'm shocked that it's still up for review. She played for hours.
Published 19 months ago by Richard G Travaglini
3.0 out of 5 stars WELL....
The only promblem I have with it is that everytime I go to play it, it says that it isn't compatible with my running system(windows 7). The game also lags. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Kim I.
5.0 out of 5 stars for my daughter
item was as described and arrived on time . my child likes it ..i thought it would be fun its like playing with dolls but on a very different level lol
Published 22 months ago by ham265
1.0 out of 5 stars sim no good
We cant get it to download all the way so we have never got to use it, both me and my son very disappointed
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