49 of 56 people found the following review helpful
A game before its time?,
This review is from: The Sims 2 (PC CD) (Video Game)
I bought Sims 2 shortly after it came out, having played the entire first series of the game for quite some time. I expected, given the hype, that the game would be a fantastic improvement on the original.
The new gameplay is definitely quite good. The new features (wants & fears, family tree, skin customisation) are excellent. However, I have already found bugs in the system, and I cannot understand how the published system requirements could possibly run the game, given that my own machine is a P4-2400 with 1Gb RAM and some of the families in the neighborhood run so slowly as to be completely unplayable (the worst offender is the Goths, which is one of the game-supplied family lots). The default camera angle was also far better in the original game as in Sims 2 it's so close-up that you can't see the bigger picture. Unfortunately, re-angling the camera every time is an incredibly slow process on my machine.
Some bugs include furniture that gets stuck as being permanently in-use after a while, so that you can't delete it. Also, even if your family members have a 100 relationship value with each other, they will stand in the bathroom for most of an hour trying to shoo each other rather than just do their business. Even if you cancel the action and direct them to do something else, it doesn't seem to have any impact. We've done a lot of mopping up in my little household :) They were all quite happy to share bathroom time in the original game, so long as they liked each other well enough, so I'm not sure whether this is a bug or just an unfortunate new design decision.
In addition, the game gobbles the processor - having anything else running in the background just destroys performance. If you do switch to another window and switch back, the game can sit there flipping its egg-timer back and forth for upwards of 15 minutes before it returns you to game play.
All in all, it is a good game, don't get me wrong. But my personal opinion is that it's a little ahead of itself and won't really come into its own until the average player has a computer with a far superior specification to that specified.
I'd like to see EA Games be a lot more clear about the graphical requirements of the game and I feel that they should also test it on a far wider variety of system configurations. In addition, there are a few minor bugs to be addressed so here's hoping they get a patch out soon.