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- Sims romantic attraction is now based on personality - Figure out their compatibility, then heat up their love life with new romantic social interactions
- Give the Sim of your dreams a longing gaze, go for a slow dance and top it off with a dramatic dip kiss
- Live it up in fun And style - over 125 new items objects & items including a DJ station, photo booth, karaoke machine and more. Exotic new Sims to mingle or date including vampires, hot waiters and more
- Doll up and Head out -- chill out at mellow lounges, dance the night away at nightclubs, enjoy candlelight dinners at fine restaurants or hit the bowling alley with the guys and become the ultimate king of the pins
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SIMS 2 NIGHTLIFE
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Dating is the most important capability Nightlife brings to the game. I find it tedious to build and maintain relationships with the base game. Dating lets you monitor both sides of a social relationship, and also tends to focus the participating sims on each other. This makes it easier to build strong relationships and to fulfill high-value wants and earn aspiration points. If you have lots of aspiration points, you don't have to resort to cheats to maintain needs or to keep sims from aging before you want them to. The first thing you'll want to do for any sim you play is to give them at least one strong dating relationship so they can top off their aspirations when they need to. Let's face it, it's easier to face going to work when you had a little hot romance the previous night.
The essential dating tool is a car. Now you can go out or drive to work in your own car. Picking up your date in a hot car immediately improves the date score. But the real reason for owning a car is that if two sims are seeking initimate reactions and a car is on the lot, chances are they'll want both WooHoo and WooHoo in Car, which nets you double rewards for a single interaction. If you have a car, a little time on a date can quickly make the sims' aspirations go platinum while building up lots of aspiration rewards that let you buy Energizers, Elixer of Love dispensers, and Thinking Caps. With those, you can make your sims accomplish almost anything you want.
Chemistry is a new Nightlife feature that can be a lot of fun. By defining Turn-Ons and Turn-Offs for sims, chemistry simulates what we all feel, greater attraction for some people, less for others. NPCs have their own Turn-On's and Turn-Offs, but can specify them for sims you play and change them when you want. When you let sims function autonomously, chemistry works with memories and other attributes to make their interactions more complex. When you control the sims, it's easier or more difficult to establish friendships and romances, depending on the chemistry they sims feel for each other.
New with Nightlife is the ReNuYuSenso Orb, which lets you change sims' Aspirations as well as their Turn-Ons and Turn-Offs. With the Orb, a sim can start out with a Family aspiration and change to a Knowledge aspiration when the kids are in school. In other words, your sims deepest desires can change as they mature. I use the Orb a lot.
Nightlife includes Downtown, which provides a many more destinations the sims can travel to, including restaurants, clubs, and bowling alleys. Sims 2, even with University, is a bit dull in terms of social destinations. You'll find dating a lot more interesting in Nightlife. You can also send sims on friendly outings. Outings are more challenging than dates since you're managing interactions between more than two sims, but they enable your sims to meet strangers and start building relationships with large numbers of people. When your sim is invited out on an outing, they'll arrive at a destination with several friends, some of which are likelyk to be strangers. If your sim is on a career path that requires lots of friends, outings can make it much easier to get the friendships started. (I still miss some of the things you could do in Sims 1 parks, such as sailing boats. In Sims 2, parks are pretty dull places by comparison.)
In summary, the emphasis of Nightlife is on sim's social lives. Relationships are richer and the range of social interactions is much more extensive. I'd hate to play The Sims 2 without Nightlife.
But here is an important word of warning. If you plan to purchase Universty, Nightlife, or any other expansion pack, you should only download the patch for the LAST expansion pack you installed. In other words, I have the base game, Uni, and Nightlife installed, and I ONLY installed the Nightlife patch. I realized this after much irritating trial and error and emails to Aspyr tech support after installing the patches for both the base game and Uni. If you install more than one patch--even in the "right order"--your game will not run and you will get an error message telling you to reinstall the game. And that means ALL the games--the base game and all expansion packs. I had to do this 3 times because the directions on the Aspyr website were not clear about this point.
Furthermore, make sure you open the unpatched game at least once before you install the patch. None of this useful information is on the Aspyr website and my suggestion that they include it was met with a "Thank you for your interest, have a nice day." I see that many other people have had negative experiences with Aspyr tech supprt as well. It's too bad that such a fun game has a Mac port with such an indifferent publicher behind it.
Save yourself the aggravation!
--Back up your game file
--Download only the patch for the latest expansion pack you install
--Make sure to open the game once before each installation of a new expansion pack and/or patch
Hope this helps other people avoid my tribulations!
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