The Sims 2 (Mac)
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- Platform: Mac OS X
- PEGI Rating: Ages 7 and Over
- Media: Video Game
The Sims 2 is the next generation of the bestselling franchise. For the first time, players control their Sims over an entire lifetime from womb to tomb. Every choice you make has a relevant and dramatic effect on the life of your Sim. More life-like Sims, all-new gameplay and the ground-breaking addition of genetics gives players a more vivid and in-depth Sims experience.
Guiding your Sims through "Life's Big Moments" takes on new importance, as players now get a "Life Score" to measure how well they are playing each individual Sim. The decisions that players make throughout the lifetime of their Sims now have an impact on their long-term success or failure. A choice made as a toddler has a direct effect on the teen and adult Sim they become. Will players be able to successfully lead their Sims through such important events as a first step, first crush, or marriage proposal, all while the clock is ticking?
The Sims in The Sims 2 are more aware and responsive to both other Sims and their surroundings. Sims truly come to life expressing moods and feelings through more realistic body animations and for the first time facial animations. They form complex relationships and are able to distinguish between family and friends, platonic friendships and romantic love. Sims in The Sims 2 now have DNA. Passing along physical characteristics and traits to their offspring, Sims both resemble and behave like their ancestors. As in real life, the appearance of the Sims now changes over time. In addition to getting older, a Sim that spends too much time on the couch will develop a paunch and a Sim that works out will enjoy rock solid abs.
An entirely new 3-D engine makes the world of The Sims 2 more life-like and dynamic. The Sims 2 will also introduce an all-new "Create-a-Sim" feature. This allows you to customise the facial features of your Sim with a few simple clicks, to a level of detail never realised before. In The Sims 2, players are now able to build dwellings over two stories and have the ability to coordinate and customise the homes of their Sims to a new degree of design with all-new furniture, lighting and objects.
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Buy this game.
I'm supposed to be an adult and yet I'm still adicted to the Sims!
I personally think it runs really quite well on my iBook G4 and am having a right old time with it. I downloaded Aspyrs' game agent and my system did not meet minimum requirements (this is worth downloading if you're not sure what's what on your machine). However, I'm a curious one so decided to buy the game anyway. It runs fine on my laptop which is under 1.2GHz.
Installing was so easy I didn't even have to read instructions - as soon as I put the CD into the drive a folder appeared - I dragged and dropped this into `applications' and sure enough 10 mins later I was playing the game. I also have World of Warcraft loaded up onto my Mac and there are no performance or graphics issues with either. As far as the Sims 2 is concerned I've got the graphics set to maximum!
The game is quite simplistic before you get all the expansion packs but it's a great place to start (the only place obviously) and gets you in the swing with juggling work and your relationships, the chores and bringing up the kids. If you've never played before then it's a `God' game - you control the little people you create telling them when to eat, go to the bathroom, what job to get however Sims depending on what star sign they are will lean towards one particular career. They also have aspirations which are family, love, money or popularity. Basically if you choose `family' aspiration for your Sim they'll want lots of babies but if you choose `love' they'll fear engagement and being tied down preferring lots of different lovers at once. The choice is all up to you. I love the addition of pregnancy in this game and the fact that the game combines the `genes' of your sims to produce a child.Read more ›
One of the things that suprised me was how well it actually seems to play on my Mac Mini. Bought it as thought would be fun to play, but was expecting it to be a little jumpy on my Mac Mini. However it runs smoothly most the time with only the very rare jump or stall, which is very good considering the graphics memory is half Aspyr reccomend.
Buy it and you won't be dissapointed.
Not only is the picture quality abysmal, the box at the bottom of the screen with all the play controls does not appear when the game is running, making it impossible to use any of the functions. It took 10 minutes just to try and exit the game. Although on the box, the system requirement speed is "1 Ghz or faster", the Aspyr website states "1.2 Ghz". I don't know if the small difference should make such an impact, but IF YOUR COMPUTER IS OVER A YEAR OLD do not buy this game. It's ridiculous, but don't make my mistake!
I have written to Aspyr Media (they have a phone number, for Austin, Texas - great!)and am awaiting a response. My hopes are not high.
Tiny gripes I have: The game will only recognise mp3-formatted songs so I can't upload any of my itunes music onto it. This means that I'm stuck with the Sims' own music which grates somewhat after a while.
Also: the fashion options are more limited than in Sims1. Apparently, one can download extras but as I can't be bothered with all that, I'm stuck with what I get. Also, there are no choices to have for, e.g. veiled women -- which would be interesting. To get out of the racial templates set by the game requires fiddling but can be done (e.g. to get someone who looks Indian).
The best fun is the kids option. You can adopt if you can't be bothered going through the rigmarole of getting two Sims to 'woohoo'. Then they grow up; it's hilarious stuff.
Also, they'll survive fine even if you can't be bothered to build them a house. I get bored with negotiating upstairs/downstairs and toggling walls up/walls down. So I often just dump a family in a field. One wall is enough to prop your toilet against; and sometimes I use the 'hedge' tool for walls.
The terrain option is also new and great fun. You can build trees and hills and ditches and absurd-looking steeples.
You can travel to 'community malls'; this takes quite a time to load and is a bit of a bore.
The language has changed since Sims1. Not quite as lunatic but still fun.
Note: I am a middle-aged adult and totally more addicted than my children...
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I found myself struggling to keep my house tidy and earning enough money to pay for everything. It was so lifelike,I decided to stop playing & get on with my lifePublished 6 months ago by Bewildering
No mention that you need PowerPC to run this, and a lot of the newer macs don't have this. Very upset and a total waste of money.Published 24 months ago by emmaelmopants
Great game, working perfectly with no faults or glitches, very happy with it!Published on 2 July 2014 by Megan T.
I thought this was a good buy until I installed it on my new iMac. It DOES NOT WORK on this latest models so don't buy it!!! Hopefully will get a refund!Published on 5 Sept. 2012 by Anna
Dont you think 50 is a lot of money for this game, especially for a mac. its less to get sims 3!Published on 4 Mar. 2012 by Emmanimah
Really great game,
Could do with more options to buy in terms of clothes and items for the house, but I guess that's where the expansion packs come in. Overall a good game.
my son bought this as he always played it on Windows and now he has a Mac he wanted to continue. That's fine but we are having problems loading any expansion packs. Read morePublished on 30 Sept. 2011 by Shona Papachristidis-Bove
I love playing this game but in all honesty I only ever build houses...so I can't really comment on the actual playing of the sim "lives". Read morePublished on 16 Sept. 2011 by F. cain
this could be the gr8test game created EVER!!!!I have a mac G5 and it works perrrfectly!!!!
the graphics on my 20" screen are amazing!