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137 of 143 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent new twist to the original Sims 2
Sims 2 by itself is a great game to play which can easily wittle away hours of your time. However, with the addition of this expansion pack it adds a couple of nifty new features to the original. Such as:
-> Several more career paths(paranormal, natural scientist, show business).
-> More clothing for the age groups as well as the new young adult group.
->...
Published on 13 Mar. 2005 by Roger Barrass

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3.0 out of 5 stars It's alright.
I'd say the original Sims 2 allows for more interesting things to happen. Sure, Sims 2 University is fun at first, with the dorm rooms,sharing the kitchens and the bathrooms and stuff, however, like the original Sims, you don't actually go to the University with the Sim. It's like when they go to work or school in the original game, it's like this with the University...
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137 of 143 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent new twist to the original Sims 2, 13 Mar. 2005
This review is from: The Sims 2: University Expansion Pack (PC CD) (Video Game)
Sims 2 by itself is a great game to play which can easily wittle away hours of your time. However, with the addition of this expansion pack it adds a couple of nifty new features to the original. Such as:
-> Several more career paths(paranormal, natural scientist, show business).
-> More clothing for the age groups as well as the new young adult group.
-> University campus areas.
-> The ability to unlock six wants instead of the original four when graduating and the ability to lock two of these rather than the one.
-> New life long aspiration objectives which allow your sim to increase their aspiration level to gold for the rest of their lifetime.
-> New influencing bar that allows a sim with many friends to become more influential and persuade other sims to do certain actions.
-> More objects (pool table, variety of exercise machines, and musical instruments for example).
-> New interaction options such as pillow fight and ventrilofart.
-> Can create custom campus areas in a similar fashion to the original custom neighbourhoods.
-> Computer Generated Sims. Upon entering university accomodation the player can select a dorm room for their sim and the remainder which don't have player created sims moving in will be filled with computer generated sims to interact with (these sims can follow you back into the neighbourhood once the player's sim graduates as well).
All in all a great expansion pack and enough features to make it worth the money and increase your Sims 2 playing time.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ok but could be better., 8 Nov. 2007
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This review is from: The Sims 2: University Expansion Pack (PC CD) (Video Game)
I think it was my birthday that I got this game and I was so happy when I opened it and was almost straight onto my computer installing it.
I assumed it was gonna be great and that you'd beable to take your sims to the actual university and go through their lessons and stuff. But to my surprise when my first sim went to their class I wasn't able to go with them. Thats the exact moment when I started to feel disapointed with the game.
However it is a really good expansion pack and I would advise it to anyone that loves the sims.
I started to think and thought it's really cool because now you can start with a toddler/baby and then take them throught their whole life starting to learn to read, talk, walk, write.
Then them gradually getting older and going to primary school (possibly a private school) then going to high school as they become a teenager, then they can start earning scholarships to put towards getting to university.
Then when you decide it's time you move them into a small house on the uni campus or a Dorm. At which stage their parent will drop them off and they grow into a young adult and start their life at uni.
After they've finished all their years at uni they turn into an adult and can get married and have kids of their own. Then they grow old and eventually pass away. But atleast you will have so many good memories.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars My Little Sims Are All Grown Up, 23 April 2005
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This review is from: The Sims 2: University Expansion Pack (PC CD) (Video Game)
I was really excited when I heard that the newest expansion pack for the Sims was a university expansion pack, as it was unlike anything offered in the original game. I do question the release date of the pack though....the day after winter sat A-Level results were released was probably a bit depressing for those who hadn't done as well as they had hoped.
The new expansion pack allows you to send your teen sims off to the big wide world of college/university. It opens up a whole new playing ground, complete with Greek Houses and dorms, and give you a whole new lot of NPCs to play with. What's more, the "send sims to college" feature in college town allows you to pick NPC teens from your original town and let them grow up into young adults.
There's the chance for your Sim to pick to study from eleven majors and each major has an ideal career to go along side it, as well as two other additional "good" careers. If your Sim successfully gets their degree and then chooses to enter one of the careers the major supports, they will find themselves miles up the promotional ladder to begin with. However, not all the fourteen career paths (made up of the ten original and the four new paths- paranormal, artist, show business and natural scientist) have an ideal major.
So, other than a helping hand in the career department, what does your Sim get in return for spending four years of their life at college? If they finish their first year, they will get an additional want box. For finishing their second year, they will get the option to change their aspiration (nice touch on the behalf of Maxis for mimicking the life-changing and personal development most students go through at university but just plain useless if, like me, you like to keep aspirations just the way they are, thank you very much). For passing the third year, the option of locking two fears/wants is introduced and for passing the fourth and final year, a sixth want box is introduced.
College game play seems a little bit on the easy side. Although in order to pass some terms you must gain a certain number of skill points, passing most terms is relatively easy- all it takes is letting your sim go off to class when it's on and then perhaps doing one assignment when they get back and you're through to the next year. The ability to pass with honours (getting the perfect 4.0) does add a bit of extra added challenge but even this is fairly easily do-able. Of course, for those of us who enjoy watching the fall of a Sim after a bad day, there is always the option to hold them back from going to class by cancelling the action. If they're class performance bar is still in the red by the end of the term, then it's onto academic probation they go. Fail again, and they're kicked out of college for good...with a new fear block.
All Sims across the board now have a lifetime want and, once achieved, they stay in platinum mood for the rest of their life. If your sim was a teen or older when you installed the expansion, they will automatically be given they're lifetime want. If not, then the computer randomly picks one when you assign your teen sim their aspiration. Personally, I like the idea of lifetime wants as it gives you something special to work for. Unfortunately, the majority of them will never be achievable without the use of the elixir of life. Also, it's quite annoying to have an elder sim one promotion away from the top of the politics career track, install the expansion pack and then have their lifetime want be being the top of the law enforcement track!
The new objects, as with the original sims, are one of the best parts about the expansion. Probably the best objects are the instruments, including a bass guitar, that can be used to practise solo or, if there are lots of instruments in the same, to jam with other friendly sims. What's more, the instruments also have busk feature, allowing your sim to earn an extra few simoleons.
On the whole, the game was hyped to be better than it actually is but hype is often misleading anyways. Although it's slightly easier than I would have liked, it does add a little something special to Sims 2. I would definitely recommend this game.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Life-changing Sim Stuff, 14 Sept. 2005
This review is from: The Sims 2: University Expansion Pack (PC CD) (Video Game)
Well, this game is highly addictive, as all Sims games have been, even back in the days when they were 2D and never got old!
While agreeing with some others that Sim college can be repetitive, for a skilled "Simmer" college life is a breeze, not a chore, and fun can still be as long as you know how to best organise your Sim's time. Taking a Sim to college is certainly worth it, as graduating gives them two extra "wants", (as opposed to the previous four) and now with six wants you are able to lock two of them. For a none-too graphically enhanced computer, the game may be a little slow, which is irritating, especially as on some of the best computers the community lots load slowly. But what does one expect from a game with the fairly stunning graphic capability of the Sims 2? The fact that the system is American based explains the four year (18 Sim days) college life, which some UK players in particular may find frustrating, but again, for a Sims player who knows their stuff, you can play it almost entirely in "super speed" when it is growing tedious, and still get top grades.
On the whole this is a worthwhile buy, it's fun and the new objects and "Young Adult" age group opens up a whole new world of social interactions.
Worth the money, enjoy it!
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118 of 127 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Education was never this exciting!, 12 Mar. 2005
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This review is from: The Sims 2: University Expansion Pack (PC CD) (Video Game)
So, now time for a proper review, with a copy of the game that's actually been paid. First of all, let me commence by filling you in on the meaty additions to the game. After all, some people will buy this add-on just to enhance their existing Sims. Sims 2 University adds four new careers: Artist, Paranormal, Natural Scientist and Show Business. These new careers also come with their own career rewards, of most interest being the Resurrect-O-Nomitron and the Cow Plant (fans of Evil Dead and Little Shop of Horrors will appreciate)! For those of you who liked some of the original careers, the graduated Sims will accelerate into the existing career paths, particularly if you've selected an appropriate major (for instance, a major in economics will set that Sim up nicely for a career in Business).
There are a lot of new items, with some requiring special mention. The new instruments can be played in sync and earn money for busking Sims, and hustling at the pool table is a joy to watch! There are also some new items specific to the campus allowing all manner of nefarious deeds.
The actual game dynamic of this expansion is what really impressed me. Where as previous expansions for The Sims just added a few actions and items, this provides an entire mini-game within Sims 2. There's such an enormous amount of scope that how you decide to play it really is critical. Time in Sims 2 could be countered with the Elixir of Life, but The Sims 2 University only gives you finite time. This expansion actually feels more like a game than a simulation, which I find a very satisfying addition. So how do you win?
Well, as I said, there's many ways around it. It just depends what you want for your Sim. Money is available in all manner of ways, truly not disadvantaging any skill sets over others. Busk, steal, hack, hustle, study or earn your Sims, simoleans are to a large extent the key to your Sims success. Then, though as in reality not necessarily the focus, there's the academic slant. Your Sim has to ensure they get the necessary grades to pass each year, and avoid getting kicked out of Uni. The results will also affect your income (through scholarships) and your career prospects. Finally, your Sim's will need to have some college buddies to get them through Uni mentally intact. As usual, friends can also ease other burdens, such as with Group Research, getting into Greek Houses, and being inducted into the elusive, secret society.
Your graduated Sim is plunged back into the mainstream game with a few additional perks. Lifetime Wants are your Sim's ultimate aspiration. Although tough to achieve, they will grant the successful Sim a permanent Platinum Mood! They get to hang up their diploma certificate and exert their influence on lesser Sims, getting them to do tasks for them. These simple additions to the main game are an excellent and innovative addition. Each copy of the game will also give you Sims junkies a taster of more things to come, in the shape of the Nightlife expansion (not that that should come as a great surprise).
All in all, I think the Sims 2 University is an essential purchase for anyone who has the original. This add-on also brings such a new dynamic to the game, a pace, excitement and finality, that I would recommend it to those who didn't even like the original.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What you need to know, 5 Nov. 2005
This review is from: The Sims 2: University Expansion Pack (PC CD) (Video Game)
Loved this game!
The college life was a little hard to get used to - there seemed to be a lot of work but if you get it all done a.s.a.p, then you might just find time to actually GO somewhere. You really need an 'enigmatic energiser' to keep happy.
New outfits etc. were a bit dissapointing, they were good but there could have been more. Ditto the new objects allthough the new groovy style is well worth the wait.
Overall: great! and did you know if you do the 'move_ objects on' cheat, put the homework on a table and delete the table with the homework on it, it acts as if you completed it?
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64 of 69 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Life just got better!, 16 Mar. 2005
This review is from: The Sims 2: University Expansion Pack (PC CD) (Video Game)
If you are umming and arring about whether or not to buy this extension pack i recommend you take the plunge. As a vetern of the orginal sims each extension pack brought a new dimension to an already scarily life like game, and when the sims 2 was released i found it diffcult to think that the sims playing experiance could get any better, well i can tell you that after barely 72 hours of having the extension pack, Maxis have done it again they have made an already great game even better! The new 'young adult' life stage is a master stroke and the university experiance is just as demanding and engaging as real life. The young adults can have sports parties or entertian friends round a huge bonfire whilst roasting marsh mellows, they can also take a trip around the campus, meet new people in the Sudents Union or buy mobile phones in the shopping mall, oh and with all the exciting new activites don't forget to study at the libary, or do your assignments or your sim will be put on academic probabtion and eventually kicked out! However if your sim finds the right balance between playing pool and writing term papers then a big graduation party awaits before they move back to their neighbourhood ready to persue one of the four new career paths. All in all this extension pack goes where no sims have gone before, and a whole new world awaits you at University!
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another sim winner!, 21 Jun. 2005
This review is from: The Sims 2: University Expansion Pack (PC CD) (Video Game)
This game is definitely a great addition to the Sims 2. It basically creates a new neighborhood--a college campus--to which you can import your existing teen Sims or create new ones. The teens live in dorms at first, but can rent houses or join a fraternity or sorority.
Teens have to do assignments and write term papers to keep their grades up, and quickly progress through eight semesters. They also need to go to class (like going to work, only a shorter period of time). One new element is that every year they need to develop certain skills to maximize their capacity to learn (there's a bar that fills up as they study, and has a minimum they have to do in order to make it to the next grade). So, like with a career, they might have to have two body points and one creativity. If they only have one body point, the maximum studying benefit they can achieve is limited until they've fulfilled the requirement. The better grade they get each semester, the more money they receive as a grant after the final exam.
With the money they can buy all the standard objects, along with new items such as instruments (guitar, base, drums), or personal items that they carry with them, like cell phones (a great help when the house phone won't stop ringing and you want to make a call) and iPods.
There are also new objects, including gothic and funky themed furniture and new bed spreads, and several new careers for which Sims can study, including natural scientist, paranormal, actor, and artist. A Sim's major prepares them for three different career paths, with one being the most probable. (I do resent, however, that the study of literature is most likely to lead to a career as a criminal or a slacker).
Another new feature, college Sims gain influence points which they can use to get other Sims to do things for them (pull pranks, clean, do homework, etc.). These are primarily achieved through social interactions with other Sims. There are also some new social interactions, like pranks, playing hackie sack, and hanging out.
As with the Superstar and Vacation expansion packs for the first Sims game, this expansion pack opens up a whole new realm of gameplay. Unfortunately, I wasn't overly impressed with the community lots. It takes too long for the community lot to load for it to be worth visiting, and the only reason to go is to buy cell phones, iPods, etc. Also, the dorms are pre-built, you can't custom build. However, in the dorms, they don't show the interiors of other students dorm rooms unless your Sim enters, which keeps the game from getting sluggish in terms of game speed.
One other disappointment is that there are three pre-made campuses, but only two have fraternity/sororities, which is one of the more intriguing challenges (rushing a fraternity is a bit like impressing the headmaster of the private school, but you have to build relationships with four members to a certain level in a limited amount of time, and you keep the progress you made each time you try).
I think this is definitely a worthy addition to any Sims fan's library of games. While there's some room for improvement, it does offer a great deal of new features.
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59 of 64 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New Life for The Sims 2 - Literally!, 11 April 2005
This review is from: The Sims 2: University Expansion Pack (PC CD) (Video Game)
So, here we are. The Sims 2 has already sold millions of copies worlwide and set a record for becoming the fastest selling PC game of all time. So, just a few months after it's release it's no suprise to find the expansion packs are already starting to kick in. The first of what's sure to be many, "University" expands the game in a big way and the enhancements and new additions are well worth the money. As the name suggests, in this expansion you have the ability to send your sims (when they are in the teenage stage of life) off to College/University to study a degree and hopefully make thier future adult life a better one. When you first run your new, improved and expanded game you'll select a University Campus to visit and send your Sims too. There are a variety of campus' on offer to begin with and you can also build your own from scratch. These campus sites provide the base for the college experience. On them you'll find Coffee Shops, Music Concert Halls, Libraries and many other locations. Your sims can visit all of these places and they work much in the same way the "Community Lots" worked in the original game.
But the real fun part of the expansion for me was the new objects, clothes and gameplay that's on offer. One particular fun new addition is the ability to join a "Greek House". You'll have to flatter the ego's of the often difficult members but if you get in your sims can live a real college dream. Another really great aspect is the ability to join a band! You can even create a household of Sims from scratch and turn them into a band if you wish. There's a funky new style to decorate your rented house, dorm or greek house with and lots of really great items. Throwing Parties is fantastic fun - you can host a Sports Party for your sims and thier friends to watch the latest boxing match or other event (You now recieve the Sims Sports Channel on your TV) or throw a greek-themed affair complete with toga's! Again, brilliant fun. With "The Sims 2: University" the creators have once again created a world of possibility for us lucky gamers to explore. There really is so much to find and explore and enjoy it's hard not to fall in love with the game. The expansion keeps all of the game's original charm and adds something very exciting to the mix. For players of "The Sims 2" this is a great addition and to people who've yet to experience the game at all, "University" signals a great time for you to buy both original and expansion and get in on the action. Until the "Nightlife" expansion hits shelves in the Autumn, this should tied Sims fanactics over through the long, hot Summer.
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91 of 99 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!!!, 10 Mar. 2005
This review is from: The Sims 2: University Expansion Pack (PC CD) (Video Game)
P>It's absolutely brilliant. There's so much more to do. There's 3 types of University to choose from and they're really good. You choose a Major and it shows you 3 jobs it helps towards and the skills you need. It's not too hard to get good grades and each time you complete a semester (there's 8), as long as your rating is good, you get a grant for the next semester. My Sim had a full rating for her first semester and she got 1,200 simoleons.
There's loads more objects, skins, wants and fears, including ones that help towards your new 'influence' meter. You can now combine 2 households as long as it doesn't exceed 8 sims. You can also play the teenage NPC's if you put them into University and once they've graduated you can put them into their own houses in the game, or combine them into another lot.
The dorms are brilliant as there are loads of other NPC's wandering about and your sim is more forward in talking to other people. There's also plenty of objects to help them increase their cooking skills, mechanical, etc.
Earning extra money is also easy, you just go to the coffee shop or bar, click on the sim working there, select 'serve drinks' or 'serve coffee' and your sims changes into the uniform. They get paid by the hour so you can decide how long they work for.
There's coffee shops, gyms (with loads more equipment), parks, Student Unions, etc, for your sim to visit. You can now also buy mobile phones, hand held games, etc.
Your sims now have lifetime wants which will put them into platinum for the rest of their lives. One of my sims wanted 6 grandchildren and the other wanted to reach the top of the Police career. You can also have more than 2 sims talking at once.
I only played it last night for about 3 hours and I'm hooked! I was getting bored of playing The Sims 2, now I've got something to play again!
For those that want to know, the next expansion pack is out in the Autumn and is called 'Nightlife'. You can go to bars, pubs, restaurants, nightclubs, etc. The flyer shows a female Sim with Vampire teeth so maybe they also include new types of Sims and skins too.
I hope this helped! If you haven't already bought this game, buy it now!
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