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The Sims 2: Open for Business Expansion Pack (PC CD)
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66 of 67 people found the following review helpful
on 11 April 2007
As it says in the title, personally after buying all the Sims 2 expansion packs, Open For Business offers the most fun. Not only can you run and manage businesses, you can also buy and sell your own, as well as make your own business at home! It offers more to do than any other expansion pack including an entire pre-made shopping village which you can add-on to a town of your choice.

Also with the expansion pack are hundreds of fabulous new items which you will want to use straight away. My personal favourite being the lift which is extremely handy and great to use.

The only down-side of this game is that when you do get a business running, 100% of your time and effort has to be put towards running it. Open For Business is not an expansion pack for people who just want fun, it is in fact quite hard to cope with everything at once (more so because I own all the xpansion packs!).

Otherwise this is a fantastic expansion pack, and for what you are paying, you will sure get your money's worth.
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66 of 68 people found the following review helpful
on 17 September 2006
I loved this expansion pack. It was the most creative yet, and there were different options for it; you could either set up a business at home, or buy a downtown plot and start there. Personally i prefered the home business as then your sims can rest while their employees work, and it is just a lot easier. It is also nice feeling in control of a business, and feeling the rewards when your business gradually gains stars. There are new items such as tills and shelves which also add to the experience. Your sims can sell anything they want, and they are also able to craft their own toys and flower displays, so there is a personal feel to it. If you like the sims 2 - buy it!
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76 of 81 people found the following review helpful
This expansion for the Sims 2 is the first that I really appreciate, despite liking the other two. The opportunity to get your sims running their own businesses breaks down the divide between work and home, allowing a more inclusive experience of your sims' efforts to make money and use the skills they build up over time.

Along with the obvious necessary processes in running a business, there are also some great oddball moments that the programmers throw in to make it fun (as always). Bad makeovers at the salon and untrained cashiers make for absurd, humorous situation, but all these can be overcome with a little patience.

A big plus point with this expansion is that you can rename lots from the neighbourhood view even if they have been built on, or a family has moved in. Also, your sim can buy a community plot to run their business from in any neighbourhood - the newly introduced 'shops' one, downtown, university or the original. Unfortunately, whilst playing with a family, they cannot visit your other sims' business lots, or home lots(in the case of a home business) to purchase their goods or services (only those community lots not occupied by any of your business sims, as before). Whilst playing with a business sim, however, sims from your other games will buy goods and have makeovers etc., with the results being seen when you next play that family.

The extra objects you receive aren't necessarily special, although there are new roof forms - dome, cone and octagonal-based cones - which are brilliant if you're tired of the regular styles, but personally I find them a little awkward to use and need a bit of practice.

If you haven't bought any of the other expansions yet, I'd suggest this one on the basis of new gameplay.
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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful
on 6 March 2006
Got to try this out at the weekend and all I can say is...Amazing.
The ability to get your Sims running their own business adds so much more to the game, not to mention the whole host of new interactions that go along with it (Being able to have your own employees, influencing customers while your trying to make the big sell etc. etc.) There are too many new and amazing things to mention in 1000 words - You'll just have to try them out yourself!
Couple of minor negatives -
1) The usual dropping you into the deep-end with expansions problem - You will, literally, have to try all the things out for yourself as there certainly isn't a big manual telling you about them. So it might be a bit hit and miss at first. Trying to get more people to buy the Prima strategy guides I think ;-)
2) Because this expansion adds so much to the game, it starts saving your Sims games in a different format; and as it warns you when you come to install this will have consequences if you ever want to remove this expansion (It asks you to make a backup of all your old Sims 2 files first though). I'm not sure how/if this will effect players who get this particular expansion before getting Nightlife/University. That sort of thing was a problem with the original Sims I believe.
All-in-all, well worth getting.
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49 of 54 people found the following review helpful
on 3 August 2006
OFB is pretty good. Not up to the standard of Nightlife but pretty good all the same.

I like how you can run a business at home and I actually prefer it to buying and running a business downtown or in the new neighbourhood that comes with open for business.

I love the new objects especially the shelves as they use up less space than the cupboards.

I also like the new build options like lifts. Whoever thought of lifts was a genius.

However, this expansion pack is definately not for beginners as at some times it can become a little complicated but, all the same, it is a good expansion pack and a must have for any Sims addict.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 25 September 2007
This expansion pack adds a lot to the gameplay. As well as being able to open your own place to earn cash, setting up a business at home lets you avoid getting a full time career to earn money, great for family raisers. The skills badges are great too since higher skills allow you to make more exciting stuff. Without spoiling it too much: the top robot item is well worth working towards. There's loads of new stuff to do, new clothes and decorations, and all in all plenty that's been added. Hours of fun.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
on 11 March 2006
This is a great addition to The Sims2. The booklet that comes with the game is small but still tells you how to get started.
It comes with new objects for new shops and the home as well with a new neighbourhood called 'Bluewater Village'. I wonder whether the game makers know about the Bluewater shopping centre in Kent,England.
I am having propblems with the music on the game. i am not sure whether it is my pc or a fault on the game. It may well be fixed in a later patch.
Overall it is a nice addition to the sims2.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 31 May 2007
Create thriving businesses, turn talents into cash and learn the tricks of the trade!

This game is a must have for all Sims 2 fans. It opens up a whole new world of activities and fun including setting up a home business or running a cafe or shopping mall.

There are over 125 new objects including a salon chair, a lemonade stand and best of all an elevator!

What you get in this game and for such a low price you really cannot go wrong.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 21 August 2011
I read a lot of bad reviews for this product when buying,and still chose to get it. However now I know why people were disappointed. It's hard work trying to run a business,you can't keep control on how much the Sim makes of the product it's selling,e.g toys or food. This means big lack of money always. Although other businesses are much easier to handle for instance the game comes with a furniture shop. All you have to do is make sure someones at the till and to restock now and again.
If you're someone who wants all expansion packs and enjoy them,then go for it. Although if you're like me and only getting some of them then this isn't a great buy as it's hard work and stressful. Your only perk to this game is the new characters to interact with and new shopping/housing area for Sims to visit and live in.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on 23 March 2006
I have to admit I was getting a little bored with my sims until Open for Business came along. It opens up a whole new dynamic to the game, unlike Nightlife which basically was a better version of Hot Date for the original Sims game, this expansion is completely new. You buy a business, hire employees, keep track of cash flow, improve the business, get rewards and perks. The only problem is it takes a really long time to make any money. Even with cheating a little. University was good but I got bored as it took too long to graduate. This expansion just has something that appeals to me, I love games like Sim City 4, where you control the finances, this has a small element of that. The new clothes are cool but there is very little new furniture. And isn't it about time we got some new plants for the garden Maxis? Pleeaasee.
Overall I believe it is the best expansion yet.
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