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The world's most successful "people simulator" gets a new lease on life in The Sims 2, the first full sequel to Maxis best-selling original. This 2004 release updates nearly e...Read more
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SIMS 2: CIVILIZED? HUMAN LIFE SIMULATOR OF THE AGES
Am a Sim City fan myself and truthfully haven't played a lot of the SIMS. Got a free game once with a purchase and had a good time hugging my mother (for about ten minutes) tr...Read more
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There is no game quite like the Sims 2 - which has come an amazingly long way since Sim World. Sim 2 allows you to recreate your existence... or create another. Or simulate li...Read more
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The world's most successful "people simulator" gets a new lease on life in The Sims 2, the first full sequel to Maxis best-selling original. This 2004 release updates nearly every aspect of the Sims experience, from opening presentations to deep-down gameplay. The sequel features full 3D graphics, extensive new building and decorating options, and characters who are far more realistically complex than those of the first game. The original Sims earned unprecedented success by encouraging players to be creative and set their own goals, instead of asking them to follow a script or work towards some ultimate conquest. Most Sims fans eventually created entire neighborhoods full of unique little virtual people -- not to "win" the game, but simply for the fun in doing so. Above all else, this sequel is designed to encourage players to create their characters, houses, and neighborhoods with even more imagination, and in greater detail than ever before.

Characters in Sims 2 lead fuller, more complicated lives, and they are not immortal; they grow up, grow old, and eventually die (though gamers who would prefer their characters did not age can enter a code to turn this feature off). Sims have an average lifespan of about 20 hours of playing time, though characters who lead especially happy, successful lives may live to be older. For many, this mortality makes families even more important, since in a sense, characters can live on through their offspring. Sim children inherit some of their parents' physical and emotional traits, so a notable characteristic in an aging Sim may reappear later, in his or her children or grandchildren. Inheritance goes beyond mere genetics, however, and characters can share special interests and encourage positive traits in their children. Of course, homes and other material possessions are also passed down and kept in the family.

Since Sims now have a lifespan, perhaps it is fitting that they also have life goals. Concerns such as empty stomachs, full bladders, or a lack of entertainment still influence day-to-day activities, but each Sim is now more fundamentally motivated by one of five overall, lifelong Aspirations: Family, Fortune, Knowledge, Popularity, or Romance. A Sim's particular Aspiration is chosen when the character is created. Success is determined by a running tally of important moments and events that move the character toward (or against) his or her particular goal. Fortune-seeking Sims may get points for earning a promotion at work, for example, while Family-oriented Sims might score for spending some quality time with their children. If a Fortune-aspired Sim is fired from his or her job, however, points are subtracted, just as if a Family-motivated Sim were to catch his or her spouse having an affair. Successful Sims enjoy long, fulfilled lives, while those who lose too many points may spiral into nervous breakdowns.

Although it is likely that new expansion packages were being planned before The Sims 2 even hit store shelves, certain favorite features introduced in add-ons for the previous game are reprised in the sequel's main game. Since different Sims players have different content preferences, three separate starting neighborhoods are included, to accommodate different themes. Pleasantville presents the height of suburban living, where Americana ambles along at a comfortable pace. Eerie extraterrestrials still watch over the neighborhood of Strangeville, however, and they may interact with its player-controlled inhabitants, abducting stargazing Sims or even joining with them to produce hybrid offspring characters. Meanwhile, in the soap-opera-esque neighborhood of Veronaville, the "Cap" and "Monty" families are constantly feuding, even as their children secretly fall in love with one another. As always, players are free to step right into the middle of any of these impending melodramas, or create entirely new stories of their own imagination.


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GameSims 2
MPN5030930037246
UPC014633147261, 5030930037246, 5030941053631

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ESRB DescriptorBlood, Crude Humor, Sexual Themes, Strong language, Violence
Control ElementsKeyboard, Mouse
Release Year2004
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  • Based on 2004's PC game where you create Sims, give them personalities, and let them live out their hopes and dreams

  • Create buildings, and decorate your Sims' home

  • Explore an open-ended world or choose a story-based series of objectives

  • Game SeriesThe Sims Series

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    SIMS 2: CIVILIZED? HUMAN LIFE SIMULATOR OF THE AGES

    Created: 07/12/05
    Am a Sim City fan myself and truthfully haven't played a lot of the SIMS. Got a free game once with a purchase and had a good time hugging my mother (for about ten minutes) trying to get a buck out of her - destroying her house in the process. People I know and have encountered love this frachise and it is no wonder why. It is one of the reasons the year 2005 was such a great year to live in despite all the gloom and doom. The world united in peace (mostly) online within a grand universe of their own design. It is virtually its own universe where the people of the world go to hone skills through simulation while having an addictively good time as a consequence. . or the other way around. You get the idea. In my store this one of my hottest titles but again I am a Sim City guy. I like to build while breaking as little sweat as possible. Now, the SIMS may make you sweat but for other reasons. The Excellent rating given this game is combinative of kudos to the designers and legendary creator, of popular customer demand, of friends who have SIM'd for years, and for all the great times I've had rolling out massive cities. Lose Yourself In SIM Universe! Behold a day when you can send your SIM over to NFSU to do some street racing and then over into another title for other activities. This day has gotta be coming soon. SSSIXXX
    5 of 11 people found this review helpful.
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    Warning - Sims 2 is Addictive!!!

    Created: 07/11/05
    There is no game quite like the Sims 2 - which has come an amazingly long way since Sim World. Sim 2 allows you to recreate your existence... or create another. Or simulate life... or eves drop on others'! Its such a bizarre video game because its so unique... but beware, its addictively fun and can have you playing until late in the evenings!

    Description of Sims II / Sims 2: When you build their homes you'll have new options that will allow you to create decks attics and build on hillsides you'll be able to choose from hundreds of new objects many of which can be customized from within the game and once you've built the perfect home you'll be able to zoom in close to see every detail of sim life from the food in the refrigerator to the expression of moods and feelings on your sims faces rounding out the experience the sims 2 delivers dozens of features requested from fans over the past four years a new create a sim feature will allow you to easily make unique and detailed character faces with a variety of hair styles facial hair make up and accessories you'll also be able to choose from a wide selection of casual formal cool and crazy clothing styles and carrying on the tradition of giving players the ability to customize their game the sims 2 is designed to allow players to easily integrate content created by players outside the game prepare to experience the wild ride of life through the eyes of your sims in 2004.
    86 of 99 people found this review helpful.
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    Extremely Addictive & Fun!

    Created: 02/07/06
    If you loved those crazy and quirky Sims then you will LOVE Sims 2! This is an extremely addictive and fun game. I have spent countless hours playing this game and have bought every expansion pack. The original Sims game had the Broke family and the Goth family. You can now play Brandy Broke (child grown up with her own family) or Mortimer and Cassandra Goth. Cassandra was the one with glasses and now all grown up and in love with Don. Bella is missing but reports have spotted her in Strangtown. Pleasantville is the orginal scenario or you can also play Verona Ville.

    Sims can now have babies from birth or you can still adopt. These kids actually grow-up so very realistic and not as boring as the old sims. There are just so many great things you can do with your sims like getting married, going off to college (University expansion), go on dates (Nightlife expansion), have a business (Open for Business expansion), and they can now have CARS! That's also another very cool option. Your sims can also get divorced and they age and will die. There are aliens that will visit (more common in Strangetown) and can see ghosts. The Goth house have ghosts that will come out at night since they have a cemetary next to the house. Some sims love to see them and some get scared and lose points. They still have wants, needs that must be fulfilled like bladder, eating, sleep, fun, social and such. They have quite a few job options. The fun only gets better when you add the expansion packs.

    There are also a few cheat codes like hitting CRTL, Shift and C button for the cheat box. Then for $50K cheat type in motherlode. To move objects and delete them type in move_objects on. You can delete the mailbox so no more bills. If you get Nightlife expansion then you also won't get love letters. Another great cheat is Aging Off to turn it off so Sims don't get older. Beware your kids won't either. Have fun gaming!
    3 of 7 people found this review helpful.
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    Nothing compares to sims 2

    Created: 20/11/05
    sims 2 is a must have for anyone who has a PC (that version is better because you can get expansion packs).
    you start off with a single person or you can make a family you get them jobs, make sure they are social take care of themselves, they can have babies have them grow up and go to college (with the university expansion).
    this game is endless, they can die or get sick if they eat spoiled food.
    i can spend hours playing this game an time seems to fly by playing it.
    get your hands on this game its well worth the money and its so addicting and fun!
    5 of 7 people found this review helpful.
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    Super Sims 2!

    Created: 03/10/08
    My daughter, 13, loves this game and she has wanted it forever. So when she asked me for probably the hundreth time I looked on Ebay and found it for a really great price. We had never been a member before but when we found the excellent prices we decided to give it a shot. Now my son, 10, is obsessed and so we will probably be reviewing something else very soon. My daughter says that the game is very interactive, interesting and it's kind of like you are playing "God" to a city full of people you have created. You can make them fall in love, get a job, buy a house, have a family, pretty much anything you want. You also get to design their looks and sometimes their clothes. So, it is a very cool game and I recomend it to others who have a lot of time on their hands! But it is rated teen so it is not recommended for children under 12 or 13. But I think I like the game too, cause I get a break from my life!
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