The Sims 2 (PC CD)
- Also available in DVD Edition
- Sequel to the hit lifestyle simulation
- Manage your Sim's dreams and fears over a lifetime
- Mix Sim genes and see physical and personality traits inherited down through Sim generations
- Movie-making feature lets you control the camera and capture the action into mini movies
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The Sims 2 is the next generation of the bestselling PC 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.
The original The Sims is the best selling PC game ever but after four years and seven expansion discs it's finally starting to look a bit long in the tooth. As the first official sequel almost everything in The Sims 2 has been expanded and improved on from the original, even if the basic idea remains the same: to create and control the lives of your virtual characters.
The entire scope of the game has now increased--your characters age and give birth to children. Sims remain children only for a few weeks, before spending most of the game as adults and then eventually dying and the game carrying on with their children and grandchildren--if they have any. Another big new feature of the game is the introduction of specific "aspirations" for your sim, which can be anything from a specific career to marrying a particular person. Each sim also has their own "fears", which can be anything from living alone to losing their hair. Which of these situations end up coming true becomes the main influence on whether your sim is happy, the attainment of which is the only true goal in the game.
Apart from all these new features the graphics have been severely overhauled are now in full 3D and more in line with the recent console spin-offs. This is a must buy for anyone that's ever enjoyed the original titles, but the new features should also be enough to entice sceptics to the fold as well. --David Jenkins
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The first thing thats different to the original is the amount of objects and styles. It seems they have looked at all the items that were missing last time and added them in. Also the basic game without and add ons has far more wallpapers and floors etc.
Also there is more of a story to the game. It play just as Sims1 did but each sim also tells you what they would like to do and what they fear. There is also the story mode which you can follow which is based around a couple of different types of families
And I must say, I'm very impressed. The makers have broadened the game out from the Sims 1, thier life seems so much more realistic, and with the Aspirations the Sims seem to have meaning to their lives. In the Sims 1, you could play a family for weeks at a time and not really feel like thier lives were going anyhwere. Now, with the life cycle and the iminant prospect of death on the horizon, it really feels like you're Sims are alive, thier lives have 'meanings'.
There are loads of new build and buy options (is it just me, or are the American makers obbsessed with 'colonial' style furniture?!). You can also customise most objects - changing the colour of lamps, for instance. The Sims can also do so much more with thier objects - for example, the can sit, lounge, nap or bounce on thier sofas, or 'gussy up' in the mirror. They can also cook specific meals - and there's more choices available to them each time they gain a skill point. Adult and elder sims can now, to the delight of many, I'm sure, play in bed (or 'whoo hoo!) in any bed, as well as Make Out,and Kiss. Naturally, they can also try for a baby.
Back to building, one of the things I love is the ability to have basements and attics -although I have to admit building realistic and athestically pleasing attic conversions is quite difficult. You can also have many floors, and roof terrences!
The catalogue is better organised -floors and walls are separated into different catagories, e.g. papar, paint, brick, or carpet, stone, tile etc.
The downtown, vacation islands and studio towns are all gone (as are pets, come to that) but the community lots are still available. Although these lots I have to say are rather boring - you can only build grocery and clothes shops - rather than the eleborate resurants, libraries, clubs and bars you could in the Sims 1. But hopefully they'll improve these factors a bit when the expansion packs come out.
The Create a Sim part is incredible. You can completely design your sims's face, to thier hair style, to the size of thier facial features and shape of thier face! There are also many clothing options available. It's disapointing though, that there are only the 4 basic hair colours available - black, brunette, blonde and red - you can't customise thier colour (I really wanted a purple headed punk for instance!) and you can't give them freckles!! I designed a house of my friends and designed 'us' all so realistically, apart for my freckled friend!
One thing I better warn buyers of though it the graphics and of course the high spec the game needs. I play the Sims 2 on my laptop, and I know it's not exactly a hardcore gaming machine, but the graphics do look good. However, my laptop only just meets the spec requirements, and I have to admit the game is very slow. It takes a while to load, to play the game, to zoom in and out etc, and that's with the lowest graphics settings.
However, when i play on my bro's top of the range computer, WOW! The settings look amazing, incredibly lifelike, and when you zoom in it's like being in the room with the sims! The game is also them gloriously smooth and jerk-free.
All in all, the Sims 2 is a great game, far better than the orginal in also every area. But you do need a decent computer, otherwise you'll soon get frustrated with the slowness and the jerking.
Another warning - don't play the game if you have work to do in the next few weeks because I guarentee you won't be able to tear yourself away from the game!
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