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5.0 out of 5 stars A reviewer who has actually played Sims 2!, 20 Sep 2004
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This review is from: The Sims 2 (PC CD) (Video Game)
I have been playing the Sims 2 pretty much constantly since it arrived on my doorstep four days ago (Sep 17th).
As a huge fan of The Sims I had been eagerly anticipating Sims 2... and I was not disappointed.
Some reviewers have said the graphics are awful - but on my 3 month old computer they are perfect - and way WAY better than Sims 1. However the system spec is high - my sister had to have her hard drive upgraded to play Sims 2, (but her PC is about four years old). The upgrade only cost £40 from PC World - so there's no excuse not to do it.
As for another reviewer saying the life of an adult Sim is only 30 days in Sims 2 - they obviously haven't discovered the 'Elixir of Life' potion (isn't that phrase stolen from Harry Potter?) which you can buy if you keep your sims Aspiration Meter at a good level. This potion adds an extra five or so days onto the life of your sim every time it is drunk, and is quite cheap and easy to get hold of, so your sims can live forever just like in Sims 1, if you want to play it that way.
In a nutshell, advantages of Sims 2;
- Much better graphics, sims now have facial expressions etc
- Can customise Sims to look far more like yourself and family/friends - can adjust every aspect of the face - make lips wider, eyebrows lower, put makeup on etc etc
- Sims get fat if they eat unhealthily and dont do any exercise, very amusing! (you can exercise it off)
- When lady Sims get pregnant the tummy expands in stages until birth of baby - great!
- Babies grow into toddlers, then kids, teens, adults, elders. You can control them at every stage of their life except babies. With toddlers you need to potty train them and teach them to walk and talk! Much wider range of interations with babies and toddlers. The teenager stage is hilarious - first kisses aww!
- New Aspiration Meter and Wants and Fears game play is a great new feature and is the major change from Sims 1.
You set your Sims with a lifetime Aspiration - one of Family, Fortune, Romance, Knowledge and Popularity - this influences their wants and fears. Endulge their Wants (eg. have a baby, for a Family orientated sim) and their Aspiration Meter goes up, enhancing their mood and accumulating points (not Simoleans)which allow you to buy them rewards, such as the aforementioned Elixir of Life (not available to buy with Simoleans). (There is also still the same eight needs bars such as hygeine as there was in Sims 1)
If the whole Aspiration thing seems complicated, dont worry. There's a 'what's new?' tutorial on the Sims 2 CD which guides you through everything that's different from The Sims. It's like how we all found managing the Sims needs bars a challenge when we started playing Sims 1, but now it's second nature. This is how the Aspiration meter becomes too.
- The careers thing is pretty much the same, except occassionally you'll get a work dilemma and if you make the right choice for your Sim you'll get a huge reward, eg. I recently got 20,000 simoleans! However if you get it wrong you can get demoted and skills points deducted. You can choose to opt out and make neither choice if you like to play it safe. There seem to be only 15 or so career paths so I'm sure we'll have add-ons for the Sims 2 soon enough.
I could go on and on but there's too many points to write down, so you'll have to discover the joys of the Sims 2 for yourself! I'm sure there's loads of things I haven't yet discovered.
General advice - if you liked The Sims you'll love Sims 2. I have no complaints, except that you need a good PC because of the high quality graphics. Sims 2 is a great improvement and a joy to play.
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