The Sims 2

The Sims 2 Review for PC

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The Sims 2 is the much anticipated sequel to the best-selling PC game of all time, with a whole host of new features - including new face and body gestures and the introduction of genetics!

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9Out of 10
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The Sims are back, better than ever, and looking rather spiffing
The Sims are back, better than ever, and looking rather spiffing

The Sims are back, better than ever, and looking rather spiffing

People insist on telling me that The Sims was the most unpredictable videogame phenomenon ever to occur. Fact is, they're all talking rubbish. The Sims is quite possibly one of the most predictable successes of our time. By its very premise it was bound to attract an audience much larger and more varied than anything that had gone before it. The Sims gave PC gaming a friendly leg-up over the walls of its traditional market boundaries, allowing it to gawp open-mouthed at the massive audience that could be open to it. Beyond the walls of gaming's stereotypical audience lies a massive multitude of people just waiting to be turned on to it, most of them women, and The Sims really did something towards capitalising upon this inexplicably ignored wealth of opportunity. The Sims, as the best-selling PC game of all time, truly was a game for everyone.

EA, of course, being the adorably grasping corporation that it is, took advantage of this unforeseen situation by releasing more add-ons and expansion packs than Jeremy Beadle has had bullets aimed at him. It's hard to see what anyone could possibly add to a sequel that hasn't been already thought of (you can even subject your original Sims to guinea pig plague, for crying out loud). This fact, coupled with the unnecessary £40 price tag (come on, EA, we all know it's going to be a success either way - why the cruel extortion of your customers?), could easily make one wonder if The Sims 2 is a game already severely past its time; after all, no success as great as its predecessor's can easily be repeated.

'The Sims' appeal is essentially an obsessive but finite thing'

I, like half the British populous, went through a significant period of time a few years ago when my Sims were pretty much all I could think about. When Livin' It Up came out, I was overjoyed. Then came House Party, after which I'd pretty much had enough. Then came Hot Date, On Vacation, Superstar, Unleashed, Makin' Magic and any others I may have missed out, none of which, I must admit, I have any experience of whatsoever. Why? Because whatever you add onto it, The Sims' appeal is essentially an obsessive but finite thing. All that a new add-on can do is reawaken one's original love of the game, but that original addiction never changes in itself.

All I can say is that The Sims 2 has been one hell of a reawakening. I didn't sleep for about three days succeeding my procurement of the game. Again that unrelenting obsession with the relationships, health, welfare, abilities and sleep patterns of my virtual people kept me glued to the screen of a computer that, as a predominantly console-based gamer, has been gathering dust in the corner for approximately six months since I got the last Sims Deluxe pack for it. I think the reason that so many were baffled by The Sims' original success is that they simply couldn't understand exactly what it was about the game that kept people sitting rigid in their chairs for such prolonged amounts of time, and thankfully that ingredient X is what certainly has not changed in The Sims 2. What has changed is that there are now several additions to the formula which make the playing experience just that bit more fluid and, theoretically, that bit more engaging than it was before.

Hot-tub action. Raunchy!

Hot-tub action. Raunchy!

It's very clear from the game that Maxis has listened to its fans. They wanted more romance, more believability, better and more complicated interaction between the Sims themselves, rather than more and more things for them to play with. Happily, there is no way that anybody could be disappointed with the comprehensive array of options that the Sims 2 presents us with. Sims now have significantly more complex relationships, emotions and needs, and what's more, they look much more loveable too. The fact that the Sims really look like proper little people this time around serves only to add to the absorption factor; their varied facial expressions and reactions invite us to really care about them in a way which some would no doubt say was severely unhealthy. Despite this, there still appear to be a large number of hateful beasts who would rather kill their Sims in amusing ways than guide them through happy and fulfilled lives - but hey, we all know that videogames turn us into desensitised monsters.

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k u can have a baby u just need to unlock the heart bed gosh people
Posted 17:00 on 31 January 2009
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TheWarriors

The Sims 2 is a bit of a disappointment, and theres no real storyline to the game. . And i have no idea how to make the Sims have a baby. But ive only played it on PS2

I dont think you can ask them out, only get married to them?

i dont think you can have babies on the PS2 version, only on PC
Posted 01:52 on 16 January 2009
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If you can tell me!! I unlocked the heart bed and woohooed literally 30 times!!!!!
I heard it's a cheat, so please tell me!!!
Posted 23:31 on 05 January 2009
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WHAT IS THE CHEAT FOR HAVING A BABY AND ASKING OUT
Posted 03:27 on 19 November 2008
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kay..)..(..x

i only brought this game cus i heard that it was great and yuu cud hve kids but is it really true that yuu cant cus i really wanna no if yuu can plz tell me..)..(..x
Posted 18:11 on 02 November 2008
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keighty baby!

I had a baby but then lost it!!! I cant belive it! How rude! Now cant nembaar how to get 1 agen! X x much love x X
Posted 14:57 on 13 October 2008
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sims

this game rocks!
Posted 21:30 on 21 September 2008
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Vanessa

oh... i got this game cuz " you can have kids" thats what i thought so i really wanted kids 2 -.- $ 24 i paid for nothing.....
Posted 20:01 on 05 June 2008
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tj3117

i tried alot of different things but i still could not have a baby. but who really knows some people could not hav tried for a baby and just listened 2 other people. if anyone knows how you can have a baby tell me please!!!!!
Posted 23:46 on 04 June 2008
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lauren

i found out that to have a baby you need to unlock the love heart bed then do the you no wat and in about three days youll have a baby i dont no if its true but my mate done that and hers got pregnant.its not fair cause i really want to play this game but i cant because of mi epilepcy but anyway hope it works for you lot.
Posted 11:58 on 15 May 2008
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i like this web site
Posted 18:50 on 08 March 2008
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Stigmar

The PS2 version for this game is a joke; it's essentially a hacked up version of The Sims 2 for the PC, the latter of which is actually a very good game, not to mention that it opens you up to the many PC mods and updates (the biggest downfall to 2nd gen consoles) available out there.

Here's the short list:
--you can't have kids in the PS2 version, don't let anyone tell you differently
--the furniture selection is a joke, much less than the PC version, and a fraction of what you can get when you start in on the mod community
--bugs galore, and since this is a 2nd console game, no updates

The PC version is like $8 more now; don't make the mistake I did and just get that one. I'm glad I only paid $20 for this pos.
Posted 04:27 on 04 March 2008
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You have to be able to have babies because in the opening credits it shows toddlers and teenagers, if we couldnt have babies then they wouldnt be allowed to show that because it would be like false advertising in a way. Plus thats basically the whole reason there is sims, everyone wants to have babies.
Posted 14:24 on 02 March 2008
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Apparantly on the ps2 version U can have an alien baby if U make the girl look through the telescope every night U will eventually be abducted by aliens and U might come home pregnant with an alien baby-But I haven't tested this theory yet
Posted 12:51 on 02 March 2008
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i used some of the cheat codes
but i really wanna know if you
can have a baby in the story mode
or the free play;; please get back at me
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Posted 16:05 on 23 February 2008

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The Sims 2
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The Sims 2
  • Very personal
  • Almost limitless lifespan
  • Steals your life
  • Not much to appeal to non-fans of the original
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Release Date: 16/09/2004
Platforms: PC , DS , PS2 , Xbox , PSP , GBA , Cube
Developer: Maxis
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Genre: Strategy
No. Players: One
Rating: PEGI 7+
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