TTTTT H H EEEEE SSSS IIIII M M SSSS T H H E S I MM MM S T HHHHH EEE SSS I M M M SSS T H H E S I M M S T H H EEEEE SSSS IIIII M M SSSS "The Sims" FAQ/Walkthrough for PS2 This FAQ/Walkthrough was written by the almighty basho. Copyright 2003, Edward R Ricci Jr. All trademarks and copyrights contained in this document are owned by their respective trademark and copyright holders. (So I didn't make a fancy title. So what?) I........Stuff I Need to Say (Well, it's stuff I need to say.) 1.....Copyright Info 2.....Version History 3.....Contact info 4.....Special Thanks II.......Pros and Cons (What's better about the PS2 version?) 1.....Pros 2.....Cons III......Job List (You gotta know what job you're going for.) 1.....Entertainment 2.....Life of Crime 3.....Military 4.....Xtreme Career 5.....Musician 6.....Slacker IV.......Get A Life Walkthrough (This is the big quest mode.) 1.....Money From Mom 2.....Reality Bites 3.....Party Animals 4.....Hot to Trot 5.....Who Loves Ya Baby 6.....The Last Simolean V........Play the Sims 1.....Careers 2.....Schedules 3.....Hints and Tips (Not Started) 4.....Recommended Items (Not Started) VI.......Cheating (So, too lazy to actually earn your way to the top?) 1.....Button Cheats 2.....Gameshark Codes VII......Motives (My sim keeps getting fired. What do I do?) 1.....Hunger 2.....Hygiene 3.....Energy 4.....Social 5.....Comfort 6.....Bladder 7.....Fun 8.....Room VIII.....Skills (Maybe this is why you can't get promoted.) 1.....Cooking 2.....Mech 3.....Creative 4.....Body 5.....Logic 6.....Charisma IX.......Stats (What kind of sim do you have?) 1.....Neat 2.....Outgoing 3.....Active 4.....Playful 5.....Nice X........Personality Ideas (Some pre-set personalities.) 1.....Preferred 2.....Pleasant 3.....Balanced 4.....Party Animal 5.....Friendly 6.....basho XI.......Item List (So many items, so little time.) 1.....Seating 2.....Tables (Not Started) 3.....Decorations (Not Started) 4.....Electronics 5.....Kitchen Appliances (Not Started) 6.....Bathroom Appliances (Not Started) 7.....Lighting (Not Started) 8.....Miscellaneous (Not Started) _______________________ Stuff I Need to Say PLEASE READ: Let me just say something. There IS a difference between stats and skills in this FAQ. Whenever I say stats, I am referring to neat, outgoing, active, playful, and nice. Whenever I say skills, I am referring to cooking, mechanical, body, creativity, logic, and charisma. I hope no one will be confused anymore. Copyright Info- This is mine, and nobody else's. You are not allowed to post this on your site, or anywhere else, without my permission. Doing so violates the copyright law, and authorizes me to take legal action. Only these sites may have my FAQ/Walkthrough: www.gamefaqs.com Version History- (Does anyone ever read this? I only post it because I noticed that basically everyone else does.) 3/15/03- I finished most of the strategy guide, except for most of the items, some of the skills, and all of the stats. Note: I kind of quit working on this for about 5 months, so don't think it took me THAT long to add an hour's worth of work. 8/19/03- I added some notes and commentary, and finished the skills section. I also added contact info. 8/20/03- I added some descriptions of the sections, and the job descriptions you get when you are promoted. I also made a new title. 8/21/03- Finally, I made it to GameFAQs I finished the stats section, changed the contact me section a little, and added the personality ideas section. 8/22/03- I added the Pros and Cons section, and the Play the Sims section. 8/24/03- I finished the Play the Sims section, and added some stuff to the Pros and Cons section. I also made a few minor corrections in the Get a Life Walkthrough. Contact info- You can contact me at email@example.com. (If the subject is NOT "The Sims FAQ", or something VERY similar to that, I won't read it.) Throughout the guide, you will see little notes (Contact: If you see errors, email me.) in the beginning of pretty much all of the sections. Contact me if: 1- You have an alternate strategy to completing a goal in get a life. 2- You have an different way to keep motives up. 3- You know something about stats that I didn't mention. 4- You want to add to the Personality Ideas section. 5- You found a spelling error. 6- You found wrong information in my guide. 7- You have an idea of how to make this FAQ better. 8- You have a well thought out, and fully detailed complaint. 9- You know a cheat that I have not listed. 10- You have information about the Gameshark codes that I never used. 11- You want to a schedule to the Play the Sims section. 11- You want to add to the Pros and Cons section. Don't contact me if: 1- You're going to send me a virus. 2- You're going to waste my time with spam. 3- You're going to insult me for no apparent reason. 4- You're going to send me a chain mail. 5- You're going to tell me that I didn't finish a section that was CLEARLY marked "not started" in the Table of Contents. 6- You're going to send me a poorly thought out complaint, that wastes my time, and doesn't tell me anything. Special Thanks: Maxis, for making the game on Playstation 2. My computer, for not crashing The $50 bill that bought the game. Spell checker, because I make A LOT of typos on the computer. GameFAQs, for accepting this. Anybody that I forgot to thank. And especially me, because I wrote the dang thing. _____________ Pros and Cons As you can see, there are some differences about the PS2 version, things that weren't in the PC version. While some of them are great, some of them can be really annoying. Note: In case you're wondering, pros are things that are better, and cons are things that are worse. _______ I. Pros 1- Two people can play in one household at the same time. 2- The two-player mini games. 3- Get a Life mode. 4- All lots cost $3,500. 5- It's a lot easier to rotate. 6- There are exclusive items not available in the PC version. 7- You don't need to buy a ladder to get in and out of the pool. 8- You get to unlock items. 9- The create a sim is more detailed. 10- You will never need more than 7 friends. 11- You can re-edit, delete, and add family members whenever you want. 12- You can build houses without having to move a sim into the lot. 13- You can move out of the house AND keep the furniture inside. 14- There is a first person view. (Cheat required) 15- There is a main menu. 16- The newspaper has three job listings instead of just one. 17- You can have as many neighborhoods as you want. 18- There is no chance card at the level 10 job that bumps you to another job. 19- All lots are completely flat. ________ II. Cons 1- There is a limit to how much furniture you can have. 2- There is no ultra fast speed. 3- It takes forever to change clothes. 4- There are only 6 careers. 5- You have to choose from 4 pre-set pools. 6- You can't download more items. 7- They lights don't automatically go on upon entering a room. 8- The game lags for a hundred different reasons. 9- The cheats aren't as good as the PC version cheats. 10- They way it changes from day to night. 11- The amount of space it takes to save a game. 12- You can only have up to four people in one family. 13- The censored panel changed to a huge annoying censored block. 14- The game doesn't keep track of how many days have passed. 15- There aren't as many items as there were in the PC version. 16- There is no second floor. 17- You can't raise or lower terrain. 18- There is no water tool for making ponds. 19- There are no add-ons or expansion packs. ________ Job List Contact: If you see anything wrong with this section, like if I said that you needed 7 body points when you only needed six, email me. Note: Some strategy guides say that you will need over 8 friends for every job. This is ONLY true in the PC version of The Sims, where you may need up to 17 friends. On the PS2 version (and possibly XBOX and GAMECUBE), you will NEVER need more than seven friends. Even PSM, a video game magazine, made this error. Trust me, you don't need 8 friends for the military. You only need four. Note: I have read some FAQ/Walkthroughs for this game, and I have noticed that when people do job lists, they tell you the amount of skill points you need to add, not the total amount. For example, for the next level, they would put Body +2. I found that annoying, so I will tell you the total amount of skills needed (Body: 4). Note: These descriptions are the actual descriptions you see when you get promoted, they are not my own. Note: The description for the first level of each career is not displayed on the PS2 version, so I had to snag it from the PC version. ________________ I. Entertainment Ever wanted to be an actor? Well, now is your chance to light up Broadway, but first you'll need to light up your stats. Charisma and Creativity will be your main stats. Entertainment Level 1 - Waiter/Waitress You're available for auditions, but can still make your tips at night. Good people-skills could get your picture and resume served along with the salad. Hours: 9am - 3pm Pay: $100 Entertainment Level 2 - Extra You're "atmosphere," "living scenery." The pay is pitiful, but at least you're on the set. No lines, though... and Central Casting can call you for the day shift or the night shift, depending on production needs. Make sure you develop your Charisma skill so when the speaking part does come, you'll be ready. Hours: 9am - 3pm Pay: $150 Charisma: 2 Entertainment Level 3 - Bit Player You're able to support yourself in your chosen career - barely. You've actually got a few lines to speak... ironically, they often seem to be "May I take your order, sir?" Building relationships and your body is important now. Hours: 9am - 3pm Pay: $200 Body: 2 Charisma: 2 Friends: 1 Entertainment Level 4 - Stunt Double That's not the box-office mage star being set on fire and tossed from a helicopter - that's you. You're making a name for yourself, though, directors like your ideas for mock mayhem. Keep those creative juices flowing. You just might graduate to a low-budget starring role of your own - if you survive. Keep yourself and your gear in top-shape, or you may miss that air bag. And keep developing your active social life - not only is it fun, it's very useful. Hours: 9am - 4pm Pay: $275 Creativity: 1 Body: 3 Charisma: 3 Friends: 2 Entertainment Level 5 - B-Movie Star Cheap sci-fi, lowbrow horror and teen hormone comedies - you're the star, even if your best work goes "straight to video." If you really want to make it big, you'll need a great body and some very convincing and creative dialogue. Lots of work on skills from here on out. Hours: 10am - 5pm Pay: $375 Mechanical: 1 Creativity: 2 Body: 4 Charisma: 4 Friends: 3 Entertainment Level 6 - Supporting Player You name's not on the poster, but at least it's a "major motion picture." You're the best friend, the villain's sidekick, or the one who dies in the first half-hour. But, the studios have noticed you and big things may be on the horizon. Keep practicing your lines and remember, it's not always what you know, but who you know that counts. Hours: 10am - 6pm Pay: $500 Mechanical: 1 Creativity: 3 Body: 5 Charisma: 6 Friends: 4 Entertainment Level 7 - TV Star Your talent is acknowledged at last, and you're referred to as "SimCity's home- grown star." It's never been easier to throw a party at your place. You can build a bigger house now, but the killer hours assure that you're not at home as much as you'd like. Keep developing your charisma and body skills or you'll never make it to the big screen. Hours: 10am - 6pm Pay: $660 Mechanical: 2 Creativity: 4 Body: 6 Charisma: 8 Friends: 5 Entertainment Level 8 - Feature Star You made it to the big screen. You're now making money for fewer hours, but you may suddenly have to leave town for a distant location shoot. You're loving all the attention. Everyone wants to be your friend - but is that always a good thing? Sometimes you long for the spontaneous creativity and audience response of Broadway... Hours: 5pm - 1am Pay: $900 Mechanical: 2 Creativity: 7 Body: 7 Charisma: 9 Friends: 6 Entertainment Level 9 - Broadway Star It's a whole new world for a star of your magnitude. Live performances, six days a week, singing, dancing in Sim City's latest musical. Who knew it would be so physically demanding? But those cast parties are a great place to meet new friends, no? And you've never felt to creatively pumped up! Hours: 10am - 5pm Pay: $1,100 Mechanical: 2 Creativity: 10 Body: 8 Charisma: 10 Friends: 7 Entertainment Level 10 - Superstar Everywhere you go, the paparazzi snap your picture. They've just placed your star on the Sim City "Walk of Fame." And when the lights get too bright, you can always retreat to your mansion on the hill. Hours: 10am - 3pm Pay: $1,400 _________________ II. Life of Crime Admit it, you know you want to try this. Stick it to the man, while making some spare simoleans. Don't worry, you'll never get caught, and you will never lose your job in this career track (unless you really suck at it or get another job). Life of Crime Level 1 - Pickpocket Entry-level two-bit thief - but you are your own boss. Dexterity and physical speed are obviously important. A certain amount of charisma is helpful, too, if you are going to charm those marks before you dip into their cents. Hours: 9am - 3pm Pay: $140 Life of Crime Level 2 - Bagman You're a foot soldier for a small-time mobster - making pickups and deliveries of dirty cash and "sensitive merchandise." You'll need to be quick on your feet to avoid the heat and rival punks. Work on your body skill will definitely pay off. Hours: 11pm - 7am Pay: $200 Body: 2 Life of Crime Level 3 - Bookie Make book on the dog track, horse races, stadium game - where, one way or another, "the house" always wins. And this time, "the house" is you. You never know when something may go wrong that requires some fast talking so keep those charisma and creativity skills sharp. Hours: 12pm - 7pm Pay: $275 Creativity: 1 Body: 2 Charisma: 1 Friends: 1 Life of Crime Level 4 - Con Artist Run schemes, scams, and swindles - anything to separate a naive Sim from their hard-earned cash. Profits increase, but this job needs inspired thinking and the power to persuade others. Hours: 9am - 3pm Pay: $350 Mechanical: 2 Creativity: 2 Body: 2 Charisma: 1 Friends: 2 Life of Crime Level 5 - Getaway Driver From two-bit crook to three-bit crook. To succeed as a driver you'll need some strong physical skills, and a mechanic's knowledge. But you want to get in on the main action, right? Work on your skills to show the boss just how indispensable you are. Hours: 5pm - 1am Pay: $425 Mechanical: 3 Creativity: 2 Body: 3 Logic: 1 Charisma: 2 Friends: 3 Life of Crime Level 6 - Bank Robber Instead of just driving the money away, now you're inside the Sim City First National Bank when it goes down - which cuts you in for a bigger slice. But you'd like to try your hand at some sneakier, more challenging crimes. Better brains, brawn, and buddies will move you up. Hours: 3pm - 11pm Pay: $530 Mechanical: 3 Creativity: 3 Body: 5 Logic: 2 Charisma: 2 Friends: 3 Life of Crime Level 7 - Cat Burglar Higher scores, but more risk involved. Suddenly you're on the night shift. You cannot afford to let physical energy flag, or you'll botch a job. Mechanical skills are handy to keep your tools in good order and some creative problem solving will help keep you out of the slammer. Your friends are coming in very handy - more can only help. Hours: 9pm - 3am Pay: $640 Mechanical: 5 Creativity: 5 Body: 5 Logic: 3 Charisma: 2 Friends: 4 Life of Crime Level 8 - Counterfeiter You're getting more sophisticated. Why steal money when you and your gang can print your own? You're getting quite a reputation and people are seeking your advice. Better practice your charisma and creativity in case you need to go national. Hours: 9am - 3pm Pay: $760 Mechanical: 5 Creativity: 6 Body: 6 Logic: 3 Charisma: 5 Friends: 5 Life of Crime Level 9 - Smuggler Your business card says you're in the "Import/Export" business. Let's just say that you supply everything that people want that the law says they cannot have. You're bringing in and sending out goods by land, sea, and air, and earning the large profits all that implies. Your skills need to be fully honed to reach the apex of this illustrious career. Hours: 9am - 3pm Pay: $900 Mechanical: 5 Creativity: 8 Body: 6 Logic: 4 Charisma: 7 Friends: 6 Life of Crime Level 10 - Criminal Mastermind Most men fear you. You run your own mob of thieves and hijackers, and can buy any house on the block. Your front is a respectable Sim City business, and you feel almost above the law. Hours: 6pm - 12am Pay: $1,100 _____________ III. Military Ten-hut! Now's your chance to join the military. You'll get paid a lot of money at first, but by the time you reach the higher ranks, you'll have a hard time supporting yourself. Military Level 1 - Recruit Buzz cuts and boot camp. I don't know but I've been told, scrubbing latrines gets mighty old. Better maintain prime physical shape to advance from the trenches. Cooking and Repair skills also help you pass KP and cleanup detail to earn your stripes. Hours: 6am - 12pm Pay: $250 Military Level 2 - Elite Forces Special training as a commando brings you more prestige, and as an added incentive you will be earning special hazard pay. Physical skills are important, so get your body pumped up and strong. Hours: 7am - 1pm Pay: $325 Body: 2 Military Level 3 - Drill Instructor Now that you're an experienced vet, the base commander has "volunteered" to impart your wisdom to a squad of green, malleable recruits. Charisma is important here, as you'll need to drill fear, loyalty, and discipline into these jar-heads. Hours: 8am - 2pm Pay: $400 Mechanical: 1 Body: 2 Charisma: 2 Military Level 4 - Junior Officer You've finally gained entrance to the Officer's Club. No resting on your laurels, though, as you must keep your body in top physical condition to advance. Hours: 9am - 3pm Pay: $450 Cooking: 1 Mechanical: 1 Body: 4 Charisma: 2 Military Level 5 - Counter-Intelligence Tracking the enemy is your whole life right now. You know enough about the enemy for them to really want to kill you - so you have to stay one step ahead of them for your sake and that of your troops. Work on your mechanical skill to keep those highly sensitive machines in top working order and logic skills to interpret all the data you're downloading. Hours: 9am - 3pm Pay: $500 Cooking: 1 Mechanical: 2 Body: 4 Logic: 1 Charisma: 4 Military Level 6 - Flight Officer Somebody has to deliver those troops, drop that cargo, and guard the air space over Sim City. There's a pay grade advance here, but earning your wings will require additional training with a flight simulator program at the base. Mechanical skill is a must and logic is not far behind. Hours: 9am - 3pm Pay: $550 Cooking: 1 Mechanical: 3 Body: 4 Logic: 3 Charisma: 5 Friends: 1 Military Level 7 - Senior Officer You've survived your airborne tour and made it to "the brass." You're well respected your counsel is often sought. More logic training will make you a better strategist and charisma will improve your speeches. Work on these if you want to move on to Commander. Hours: 9am - 3pm Pay: $580 Cooking: 1 Mechanical: 6 Body: 4 Logic: 5 Charisma: 6 Friends: 2 Military Level 8 - Commander Your great leadership accomplishments have brought you to the post of Commander. No more dodging bullets and crawling under barbed wire. But don't get all soft and flabby because it's been whispered that you're being considered as a political candidate for astronaut. You'll have to show exceptional mechanical and body skills for that honor. Hours: 9am - 3pm Pay: $600 Cooking: 1 Mechanical: 9 Body: 7 Logic: 6 Charisma: 6 Friends: 3 Military Level 9 - Astronaut One of the highest achievements for a military lifer like yourself. Fame and fortune climb with each mission into space, and you're in the best physical shape of your life. Keep working on your skills if you want to become one of the most influential people in history. Hours: 9am - 3pm Pay: $625 Cooking: 1 Mechanical: 10 Body: 10 Logic: 9 Charisma: 8 Friends: 4 Military Level 10 - General Your logistical genius has earned you the rank of General, the top of the top brass. Your day is filled with government officials requesting your wise council and a book deal for your memoirs is looking good. Is your home life as successful as your professional life? Hours: 9am - 3pm Pay: $650 Note: There is a glitch in this job. You will get paid normally, and work the normal hours, but you will go to work in the Astronaut uniform, instead of the General uniform. __________ IV. Xtreme Career Do you need a little more excitement in your life? Are you so bored, you could kill yourself? Now's your chance to prove it, literally. Just be careful, there are a few chance cards that take away body points. Xtreme Career Level 1 - Daredevil You've turned a bar bet into the foundation of an extreme career. In short, you'll try anything, the crazier, the better. Swim under the surface of a frozen lake, leap between rooftops with a bicycle, beat a train to a crossing, juggle a chainsaw while whistling "Dixie." Your workday is short, but intense. Hours: 9am - 3pm Pay: $175 Xtreme Career Level 2 - Bungee Jump Instructor The salary sinks - but whoever thought that you'd get paid to do this? Body skills are critical here; nutrition and fatigue must be carefully monitored at home. You might invest in home gym equipment as well, to keep in the best shape possible. Hours: 9am - 3pm Pay: $250 Body: 2 Xtreme Career Level 3 - Whitewater Guide You're in charge of the rafts bobbing down the river in Sim Canyon. Hope your body skills are sufficient - to advance here, your paying riders need to have confidence in your strength. Never know when you might have some boat repairs to do, so mechanical aptitude is a plus. Hours: 9am - 3pm Pay: $325 Mechanical: 1 Body: 4 Friends: 1 Xtreme Career Level 4 - Xtreme Circuit Pro Snowboards in winter, mountain bikes in spring, kayaks in summer, and skateboards in fall - you've entered the year-round pro circuit. Strategies for winning can be helped by developing your logic skill. Since you're burning mega-calories, learning a few cooking tricks is a good idea, too. Hours: 9am - 3pm Pay: $400 Cooking: 1 Mechanical: 2 Body: 4 Logic: 1 Friends: 2 Xtreme Career Level 5 - Bush Pilot Piloting that antique plane of yours demands some serious mechanical skill if you're going to safely dive through dense cloud cover and land on dangerous terrain. And you'd better be in great physical shape in case you can't get out the same way you got in. Of course, the danger does yield high pay. Hours: 9am - 3pm Cooking: 1 Mechanical: 3 Body: 6 Logic: 1 Friends: 3 Xtreme Career Level 6 - Mountain Climber You've become a renowned climber of unscaled peaks, and there's lots of cash to be made by filming your expeditions for television. Mechanical and creativity skills will be important - a failure in your ascent gear or strategy could be devastating. Hours: 9am - 3pm Pay: $550 Cooking: 1 Mechanical: 4 Creativity: 2 Body: 6 Logic: 1 Charisma: 2 Friends: 4 Xtreme Career Level 7 - Photojournalist Creative skills will help you here. Work time is divided between taking photos and writing articles at the Sim Times newspaper office. You need to make sure you allow enough time to write without social distractions, in order to meet deadlines and collect a nice, fat fee. Maybe you should practice charisma. Who knows when you may be called upon to narrate your photos? Hours: 9am - 3pm Pay: $650 Cooking: 1 Mechanical: 5 Creativity: 3 Body: 7 Logic: 3 Charisma: 3 Friends: 5 Xtreme Career Level 8 - Treasure Hunter You've moved on to salvaging wrecks off the Sim City coastline. You need friends in the right places to secure all those permits. Hone that creative talent to get an edge in the search. Hours: 10am - 5pm Pay: $725 Cooking: 1 Mechanical: 5 Creativity: 6 Body: 7 Logic: 5 Charisma: 5 Friends: 6 Xtreme Career Level 9 - Grand Prix Driver Your latest job involves laying rubber on Sim City's racetracks. It is important that you leave home in a good mood with high spirits - you'll drive your best race that way. Playing an Electronic Arts racing game on your home computer might sharpen your reflexes, too. Hours: 10am - 4pm Pay: $825 Cooking: 2 Mechanical: 5 Creativity: 8 Body: 8 Logic: 6 Charisma: 8 Friends: 7 Xtreme Career Level 10 - International Spy You've become a "secret agent" on assignment for your government in Sim City. To survive this highly lucrative business, you must keep yourself in top mental and physical condition. Spies are also irresistible - which can cause problems with your mate. Hours: 11am - 5pm Pay: $925 ___________ V. Musician How do they make that beautiful music? Maybe you might want to think about finding out. You'll start out with some pretty lousy gigs, but in the end, you will get paid a lot of money, and isn't that what we all want? Musician Level 1 - Subway Musician Simoleons are sparse and the looks from passers-by are harsh, but the hours are great. Plus, isn't contributing music to SimCitizens' commutes a community service? Hours: 3pm - 9pm Pay: $90 Musician Level 2 - Piano Tuner Keeping everyone else in tune is a good ground-floor "in" for the music industry. Longer hours, but the work is still relatively easy, though it requires a good ear and plenty of listening. Hours: 3pm - 8pm Pay: $120 Creativity: 2 Musician Level 3 - Wedding Singer So much for EVER getting a weekend off - you're the best wedding show in town now, and always busy. The pay is a bit better, and you have to start being more creative, too, but you'll get to hob-nob with the rich and famous while they sip their champagne. Hours: 9am - 3pm Pay: $190 Creativity: 5 Friends: 1 Musician Level 4 - Lounge Singer So, the day job got boring? You'll sleep days now, since you'll be working until the last call is made and the last patron stumbles home from the bar. Hours: 8pm - 4am Pay: $250 Mechanical: 1 Creativity: 6 Friends: 2 Musician Level 5 - High School Band Teacher Squeaky trumpets, whiny violins, off-tempo timpani, and a constantly ticking metronome are the burdens of your trade now, but the hours are the same as all the school-age kids. Hours: 7am - 2pm Pay: $325 Mechanical: 4 Creativity: 7 Friends: 3 Musician Level 6 - Roadie Time spent tolerating the high-school crowd was worth it - you are now cool enough to take your act on the road - setting up someone else's gear. Long hours are exhausting, but you're having fun and making the right contacts. You will need plenty of body skills, but maybe something cushy will present itself soon. Hours: 11am - 8pm Pay: $400 Mechanical: 4 Creativity: 7 Body: 4 Friends: 4 Musician Level 7 - Back-up Musician Spending time on the road pays off - occasionally, someone in the band you cover quits, and you get to fill in for the remainder of the tour! Dress casual, practice often, play hard, have fun, and start to make a name for yourself. Hours: 12pm - 9pm Pay: $550 Mechanical: 5 Creativity: 9 Body: 5 Charisma: 2 Friends: 5 Musician Level 8 - Studio Musician Rest for the road-weary: you get to play back-up on album cuts in the studio now. Spending time around all these recording label producers and executives is bound to pay off, if you play your cards right. Make sure you schmooze all the right people in addition to delivering a perfect performance every day. Hours: 11am - 6pm Pay: $700 Mechanical: 5 Creativity: 9 Body: 7 Charisma: 7 Friends: 6 Musician Level 9 - Rock Star Fame, fortune, tours, parties, and a number-one album! Congrats, you're now living every teenager's dream. Sleep is a rarity, power lunches are common, shades are almost mandatory outside your own home, and people mob you for autographs almost everywhere you go. Enjoy it! Hours: 5pm - 2am Pay: $1,100 Mechanical: 5 Creativity: 10 Body: 7 Logic: 4 Charisma: 10 Friends: 7 Musician Level 10 - Celebrity Activist With all the fame comes a sense of responsibility and social conscience. Use your fame and power to promote the causes you care most about, whether they be political, environmental, social, or intellectual. The hours are easier, the extra pay is almost inconsequential, you're so wealthy, and the Heads of State now send you engraved invitations to their fundraisers. Hours: 10am - 3pm Pay: $1,400 ___________ VI. Slacker Short hours, but some pretty cool jobs. This is for the lazy people who want to be handed a large sum of money, for doing absolutely nothing, but you may want to think about a different job, or employing the other family members. Slacker Level 1 - Golf Caddy What could be better than spending your sunny days carrying someone else's clubs for a round of 18? Early morning tee times call for early work hours, but it's a terrific opportunity to schmooze with the wealthy at the local country club. Hours: 5am - 10am Pay: $90 Slacker Level 2 - Convenience Store Clerk The customers are considerably less wealthy than those in your last job, but there is plenty of free soda pop and candy bars - not a bad trade. Besides, all of you friends can hang out at the store late in the evening and read all the comics while you pretend to work. Hours: 10am - 3pm Pay: $110 Body: 2 Slacker Level 3 - Life Guard Back in the sunshine again! Like, remember to be all hip and stuff and work on your charisma. Be sure to load up on sunscreen, too! Hours: 9am - 3pm Pay: $150 Body: 2 Charisma: 2 Friends: 1 Slacker Level 4 - Record Store Clerk Nothin' but tunes all day long, man... While you'll need to boost your Charisma to keep this cushy job, there's no easier way to get paid to listen to all your favorite music all day long. Hours: 12pm - 5pm Pay: $180 Body: 2 Charisma: 4 Friends: 2 Slacker Level 5 - Party D.J. Those contacts you made record store certainly paid off - now you're spinning tunes at the best parties at town. Late nights and lots of mechanical skills are needed to keep those turntables spinnin'. Hours: 11pm - 4pm Pay: $220 Mechanical: 3 Body: 2 Charisma: 4 Friends: 3 Slacker Level 6 - Projectionist Show the finished product to the world, press a button here and there, and presto! - you're not working very hard for that tidy little paycheck, are you? Good thing you're a night owl. Hours: 6pm - 1am Pay: $280 Mechanical: 5 Body: 2 Charisma: 4 Friends: 4 Slacker Level 7 - Video Editor The best part of your job? Seeing all the blunders those mega-stars make when filming. Making them to look good can help you to make friends, though you'll want to concentrate on making plenty of them yourself - never hurts to know the right people when you're looking to just be comfortable. Hours: 12pm - 6pm Pay: $350 Mechanical: 5 Body: 3 Charisma: 7 Friends: 5 Slacker Level 8 - Freelance Photographer That time in the editing room taught you well - you know how to get a good shot the first time around. Go everywhere, see everything, take gorgeous pics on someone else's dime, and look good doing it. It's a free-and-easy way to live, but requires lots of travel, as well as the connections to finance it. Hours: 12pm - 5pm Pay: $400 Mechanical: 5 Body: 6 Charisma: 8 Friends: 6 Slacker Level 9 - Personal Tour Guide The best part about knowing so many people is that you get to use that knowledge to earn your keep. Point out all the best places to newcomers, and keep your friends connected to all the great places you visited when you were a lowly photographer. Those who learn the most from you learn to love you best, and may eventually invite you into their inner circle. Hours: 2pm - 7pm Pay: $450 Mechanical: 5 Body: 9 Charisma: 10 Friends: 7 Slacker Level 10 - Permanent Celebrity Party Guest This is it, the ultimate lap of luxury, at no cost to you! Living the good life, partying and living at someone else's house, surrounded by more artificial friends than the best politicians in town. Enjoy it while you can... Hours: 10pm - 2am Pay: $600 ______________________ Get A Life Walkthrough Contact: If you have an additional strategy to beating a mission, or I gave wrong information, email me. This is it. This is the main event. This is the almighty quest mode. Six ferocious levels of intense sim action. Okay, so they're not that hard, but they are very fun. Take your time, and enjoy the levels, except for the third one. GET OUT OF THAT HOUSE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!!! You start out as some guy, or girl, living in your mom's house. You'll have to move out of that house, and become the king of parties. It'll all make sense soon enough. _________________ I. Money From Mom This is the first level in the game, and the easiest. I strongly recommend that you build your stats here, because you will not be required to go to work, but then again, the guitar is pretty cool. You start in a little country cottage, and living with your mom. Your sim mom is not like most other moms. When was the last time your mom refused to flush the toilet? How many times has your mom eaten a bag of potato chips, and then throw it on the floor? But, she can cook. Make her build gnomes or paint for some extra simoleans. Goals Borrow $800 From Mom- This should not be hard. There are a lot of ways to do this. 1) Get Mom's mood up, get your relationship high, and keep selecting "Borrow Money". 2) Wait for one of those phone calls to receive money. 3) Sell something worth over $800. Basically, all you need to do is have over $800, even for two seconds. If you choose to sell something, be sure to buy it back so Mom doesn't get mad when you leave. Note: While technically there is no limit to how much money Mom will let you borrow, she will stop giving you money if you have too much money. I think after you have $1500 she won't give you money. Make Dinner without Starting a Fire- All you need to do is either make dinner or serve dinner. First, you need to get at least one cooking point. I recommend two, but you can do it with one. If you start a fire, Mom will tell you to stop playing with fire, and you will need to get another cooking point or try again. Fix the TV- After Mom breaks the TV, you will need to fix it. Get at least one mech point. Again, I recommend two. IF you get electrocuted, it means you need another mech point. Note: If you don't have enough mechanical points, you will be electrocuted, but you will not die, because you're still on the first level. Get a Job- You need to complete all of the other goals before you can do this. Just read the newspaper, and select "Find a Job". Make sure your mood is high, or your character will refuse. Pay the Bills- This only appears if you haven't beaten this level by the time the bills come. She may give you money to pay the bills, but this shouldn't be hard. Just click on the mailbox, click on the bills, and you have lost money. Unlockables Aroma Machine- Cook your first dinner. Difficulty: Easy Vanity Mirror- Fix the TV Difficulty: Easy Treadmill- Get a job Difficulty: Easy The Museum (2-player mini-game)- Get $800 Difficulty: Easy Beejaphone Electric Guitar- Beat the game in less than 24 hours (Sim Time). Difficulty: Easy _________________ II. Reality Bites Reality truly does bite. Once you move out of mom's place, you will come into this...dump. Dudley/Mimi will greet you, and tell you that if you fix this place up, you could move in with him/her. Clean it up and fix everything, and it is a pretty cool pad. Try your luck at painting to make a few extra simoleans, or play on the computer (Who laughs like that when they are on the computer?). Use this time to build up your stats, especially body. I don't really care for a coat of arms. I have never purchased it, but you might like it. You should get used to Dudley/Mimi coming everyday to say how you are not doing well. Goals Clean up the place- Just tell him to pick up stuff. I advise you to do this before anything else. Otherwise you will have a hard time keeping your room motive filled up. Just tell him to clean everything up. You might want to move the trash bins closer to the ashes and trash, so you won't have to waste ten minutes throwing something away. Fix the Broken Stuff- Repair all of the items with smoke coming out of them and unclog the toilet. Do this after you eat, so you will be refreshed. If your mech is high, you will not stop every three seconds to get pissed off and stomp your feet. Upgrade your Abode- They could have named this something else. I honestly had no clue what this meant until I accidentally completed this goal. This just means that you need to increase the value of the house. Just increase the house value from 34,561 to 35,711. To do this, all you need to do is buy a lot of stuff. Try buying a pinball machine, they are neat and they are worth enough to complete this goal. Get promoted to Career Level 2- Go to work in a good mood. You will not need to do anything else, because this is your first job. Make sure you recycle the old newspapers, because they will bring your room down, and maybe cause you to go to work depressed. Get promoted to career level 3- Go to work in a good mood with all your needed stats increased. Needed stats will be in yellow. Try to miss a day of work so you can spend time building your stats up. By doing this, you can move out quickly. Complete all Goals and move out- When you do this, Dudley/Mimi will come and take you to their party pad. Don't celebrate just yet. Once you live with Dudley/Mimi for a couple of days, you will start to miss this house. Unlockables: Ice Chest- Get promoted to Career level 2 Difficulty: Easy Teppan Yaki Table- Get promoted to Career Level 3 Difficulty Easy-Medium Bug Zapper- Increase the house value Difficulty: Medium The Frat House (2-Player game)- Move out Difficulty: Medium Repairman - Fix all broken objects Difficulty: Easy, but annoying Maid - Clean-up the house Difficulty: Easy, but annoying Coat of Arms - Get through the house in 4 days or less Difficulty: Medium __________________ III. Party Animals After arriving at this house, you will want to leave as soon as possible. When you arrive at the house, someone will tell you that it was a big mistake moving in with Dudley/Mimi. Dudley and Mimi do not do anything. They will not clean up, they will not cook (they will grill burgers), and they will not build stats. The only things they will do that are helpful are watering the plants and feeding the fish. Thankfully, you only have to live with one of them. The house they live in is pretty cool, but your roommate will start to piss you off in a couple of days. In my opinion, this is the hardest level, so try to get through this level as fast as possible. Note: Even though Dudley and Mimi will not work out to get the two body points required to get promoted, you can still get the promotion. All you need to do is buy a pool, and let them swim. When they get the two body points, they can get promoted to lifeguard. Do this if you need a few extra simoleans. Goals Throw a raging party- Before you do this, make sure you have been promoted twice. You should have at least two hot tubs, although I only needed one. Order a pizza or cook some food, and then throw a party. Make sure the place is clean, and your mood is high. Have Dudley/Mimi cook some burgers, because that will be the only thing they do. This mission is pretty east, but the cops will come if the party lasts too long. After you see a message saying this party rocks, you will have thrown a raging party. Upgrade your Abode- You will see this goal a lot from now on. You just have to increase your house value to 54,680. Just buy a lot of crap, and you should be fine. Try to buy a computer or a Plasma TV to keep your fun high, or try to upgrade your kitchen. Get Promoted to Career Level 4- This isn't hard. Go to work in a good mood, get your needed skills, and make sure you have enough friends. Just don't expect any help from Dudley or Mimi. Get Promoted to Career Level 5- Good mood, get required stats, and make required friends. I have nothing else to say. Get a Roommate from the party- You need to complete all other goals before you can do this. Just throw a party, and make sure everyone's mood is high, including yours. Empty your bladder, make sure your relationship is at 100, and pop the question. Make sure you don't do this late at night, or your target will be too tired to accept. When you do this, you can finally get away from Dudley/Mimi. Unlockables: Strip Poker Table- Get promoted to Career Level 4 Difficulty: Easy-Medium Master Suite Tub- Get promoted to career level 5 Difficulty: Medium Tree Swing- Increase the home value Difficulty: Medium The Motel (2-player)- Throw the raging party Difficulty: Easy The Park (2-player)- Greet and feed Bobo the bum. Difficulty: Easy Head in Curio Jar- Get through this in eight days or less. Difficulty: Medium-Hard _______________ IV. Hot to Trot Now you are finally living with a normal person. You can make your roommate climb the career ladder if you need some extra simoleans. Try to get out of this house quickly, so you can get married. You can also increase your friend count by making your roommate make friends, but do not do this because once you move out, those friends are gone. Your main goal in this level is to get married so you can finally settle down. You still have to throw a raging party and upgrade your adobe, but that is not hard. Goals Throw a Raging Party- Try to get both required promotions before you do this. Just make sure everyone's in a good mood, and cook a lot of food. You should have at least two hot tubs to do this. The strip poker table is great. Serve one dinner for you two, and serve another dinner for the guests. Upgrade your Abode- You must increase your house value to $48,050 this time. You can do this by buying the two hot tubs. Get Promoted to Career Level 6 - This isn't hard. Just do this before you throw a raging party. Get Promoted to Career Level 7 - Same strategy, only a little harder. "Score" with a party guest - This goal is so easy, I don't know how anyone can find this hard. Just throw a party or two, make sure everyone's mood is high, have a relationship with a heart and 80-100. Then, try and score. Do this early so your target won't say no due to fatigue. An easy way to do this is to make sure the person you want to marry already has a relationship of 100 with a heart. Try to kiss him/her before you pop the question. The party will be so loud that your target won't hear your proposal, but will still say yes. Unlockables: Sonic Shower- Get promoted to career level 6. Difficulty: Medium Carving Block- Get promoted to career level 7. Difficulty: Medium-Hard Vibromatic Heart Bed- Upgrade your Abode. Difficulty: Medium Club Abhi and Taylor's Place (Two-Player)- Throw a raging party. Difficulty: Easy The Park (Two-Player)- Greet Bobo and feed him. Difficulty: Easy Wurl 'N' Hurl Jukebox - Get through the house in eight days or less. Difficulty: Medium ____________________ V. Who Loves Ya Baby You are finally married. Now you have to work on getting a functional family, complete with two kids. Raising your kids will be your hardest task, but you cannot forget about your job. You still need to make money for your family. You can instruct your spouse to work, and even climb the career ladder if you want some extra cash. Now you can take a break from planning parties. The best thing to do with your spouse is to make him/her make some gnomes. With a high mech stat, you can sell gnomes for over $100 a piece, and the gnomes will fly right out of the workbench. You still have to upgrade your adobe, but now you must put all of your effort into raising a family. Try not to stay here too long, or the bills will kill you. Goals Get Married- This only appears if you get a divorce. Chances are, you will never come close to seeing this goal. Just eat together, and make sure your relationship does not go below 80. Also, do not do anything to other people other than talking in front of your spouse. For example, hugging a girl might not be a good idea if your wife is standing right there. Tickling a guy in front of your husband might not be a good idea either. Upgrade your Abode- Simply increase your home value from 69,404 to 73,404 Buy a Meet Marco to keep your fun high. Get Promoted to Career Level 8- You will need a lot of friends for this, but that should be the only hard part. You should only need like three stats to get promoted. Get Promoted to Career Level 9- If only getting promoted were this easy in real life. Get another friend, all required skills, and go to work in a good mood. Have Two Babies- Do a lot of kissing, or "play" in the Heart Bed. If you are successful, a baby will randomly appear. For me, I only needed to get one baby, because a baby just randomly appeared in my bathroom before my Sims did anything. Take Care of The Baby- When the baby cries, feed it and sing to it. NEVER play with the baby. When I did this, I got a call from Social Services and the baby started to cry louder. This goal could be hard, because you are not allowed to prevent the baby from crying. This will probably be the hardest goal. Make a separate room for the baby. That room should contain a chair, a bathroom (toilet and shower/bath), something fun to do, and a fridge. Since you shouldn't leave the baby alone, this should not be hard. Just make sure that one person is up at all times. Keep Kids in School- Just keep the kids out of military school, and make sure their grades are above D-. Just let them study when they are home. If you are a good player, your kids' grades will not go below a B. If you need to keep them busy, have them play with each other. That should keep them out of trouble. Unlockables: Sand Box- Raise your first baby to childhood. Difficulty: Hard Lawn Sprinkler- Raise your second baby to childhood. Difficulty: Hard Maid's House (Two-Player)- Get promoted to career level 8. Difficulty: Medium-Hard Two New Swimming Pools- Get promoted to career level 9 Difficulty: Hard The Park (Two-Player)- Will you just feed the stupid bum already? Difficulty: Easy Bearskin Rug- Get through this house in eight days or less. Difficulty: Medium-Hard _____________________ VI. The Last Simolean Congratulations. Your mom and Malcolm just got married, so you are now living in this mansion. Just one problem: there's almost nothing in it! When I got here, there was a fireplace and a bearskin rug. That was it. Anyway, your new house is the dream house from the beginning of the game. Remember? You now have to concentrate on your retirement. Even though you've gotten this far, you still need to concentrate on your job. Don't slack off just yet. After you have purchased a yacht and sent your kids to prep school, it is time to throw the greatest party ever! Get Promoted to Career Level 10- Even though you live in a mansion, you still need to concentrate on your job. Get another friend, and get your last required skill points. When you do this, you can finally ignore those annoying "Friendships are like plants" calls. Send your Kids to Prep School- To do this both of your kids must have straight A's. I think you can get them in with straight A-'s, but no lower. Also, you will need to pay $1,500 tuition for each child. After this, you will never see your kids again. Save $20,000 for an early retirement- Save your money from jobs, and you will buy a yacht, which you will never see. I completed this goal as soon as my Sims walked in the house. Throw your Last But Greatest Party!- This might be hard. You need to keep all of your guests' moods very high, and your moods must be high. Serve at least two dinners, and have at least two hot tubs. I think you need to complete all of the other goals before you do this, but I am not sure. Make sure nothing is being blocked, and that you and your spouse are in hot tubs. The rest will follow you into the tubs, and you should win. Have a baby- This only appears if you're child dies or gets sent to Military School (How could you?). It is almost impossible for your kid to get sent to Military School if you are actually trying. Just avoid missing school, because you will lose a whole teller grade. (From an A+ to a B+) Unlockables: Monkey Butler- This is exactly like the robot in the PC Sims. It costs $15,000, and $20 to release. The monkey butler will cook, clean, entertain, do almost anything. Call him at a party to save some energy. Difficulty: Easy The Park (2-player)- Stop being selfish and feed the ****ing bum, you piece of ****! However, I think you can unlock this by getting promoted to level 10. Difficulty: Easy or Hard, depending on how you do it. Rhino Trophy- Get through the house in eight days or less. Difficulty: Medium-Hard Aftermath- You get to see a video of you and your wife walking to a helicopter, piloted by the monkey butler, and you will have won (Finally!). Difficulty: Hard _____________ Play the Sims __________ I. Careers Entertainment- This is a pretty good job. In the end, you make $1400 a day, which is the most you can make in one day, and as far as I know, you don't need any logic. Life of Crime- I usually don't like this job, because so many of the jobs require you to work at night. However, this job requires the least amount of body points, and only 6 friends, so it's your call. Military- This is my personal favorite career. This job required the least amount of friends, at four friends, and you get paid $250 on the first job, which is the highest. Although it doesn't pay very good at the end, it pays great money in the beginning, which is when you need it most. There is a downside, though. You are required to have 10 body points to get promoted to General, which can get very annoying. Xtreme Career- These jobs require body points, and a couple of them have chance cards, which can take away body points. On the other hand, the hours are pretty fair, you get paid a lot in the beginning, and you get paid a fair amount in the end, so this isn't a bad career choice. Musician- You need more body points in this career than you do in Entertainment, plus logic points are required, but on the other hand, the last job pays $1,400, so this job is satisfactory. Slacker- I truly don't like this job. Your pay is lousy in the beginning, and the paycheck for the final stage in this career is a miniscule $600, and you have to work the night shift a lot. Overall, I hate this career. Only teenagers should have these jobs, because that's pretty much the best they're allowed to do. _____________ II. Schedules This is my ideal schedule. I have lived by it's word, and peace has reigned throughout my world. 5 hours before carpool comes- I wake up, eat breakfast, use the toilet, take a bath/shower, and upgrade a skill of my choice. When carpool comes- I stop upgrading a skill, and get to work. When I get home- I see who I have the lowest relationship with, and call him/her up. I work on our relationship until it's time for bed. If I successfully get our relationship to 100 before bed time, I upgrade a skill until bed time. 11 hours after work starts- I go to bed, and wait for a new day. ___________________ III. Hints and Tips 1- Start alone: When I start a new family, I always have just one member. I will work until I am ready to have a family. Plus, if you marry another sim, as opposed to just having a spouse, you don't have to work on the relationship. 2- Put work first: Until you have a lot of money, or at least enough to support a family of four, I suggest you go to work every day, and only make friends when you need to. Keep working until you're promoted to level 10, then you can think about getting married. 3- Never skip work: Although some guides will tell you to skip every other day to build stats, I find that doing this is highly unnecessary. In my opinion, doing this means you're obviously not ready to have a job. 4- Don't have kids early: If you're not ready for kids, they can prove to be a problem. Even if you can handle kids, it's best to wait until both you and your spouse are at level 10 in their careers. Kids can get annoying, because sometimes they seem to just be there, with no actual purpose. 5- Don't share bathrooms: When I play The Sims, I follow a strict schedule. All my sims eat at the same time, go to the bathroom at the same time, get up and go to sleep at the same time, and much more, so I need a bathroom for each member of the family, otherwise, the whole schedule is thrown off. Plus, it's annoying when all your sims have to go to the bathroom, and you only have one bathroom. 6- Wait to waste money: I'm going to tell you not to waste money on decorative items, until you have a spouse, a double bed, two bathrooms, and at least your original sim at level 10 in his job. 7- Cheaper is sometimes better: As far as I know, all wallpaper is the same, except for price, so stick with the cheap wallpaper. As for rugs and tiles, I would upgrade your floor when you're filthy rich. 8- Use the pause button: If you watch me play, you will see that I pause frequently. I like to know exactly what I am doing, before I do it. I like to tell sims what to do when time is frozen, so I don't actually waste any time. 9- Keep expensive items away: When a burglar comes to your house, he will ALWAYS go for the most expensive item in your house that he can hold first, so if you keep your most expensive item as far from all entrances as possible, it will give the cops time to come and catch the burglar. That way, you will just get $1000 and keep all items.. _____________________ IV. Recommended Items 1- A burglar alarm: While burglaries are not common, you will get the occasional burglar. An alarm will help you catch the robber, and will bag you an extra $1000. 2- A double bed: I don't agree with single beds. The cheapest double bed is only $450, and if you can't afford that, then you truly suck at this game. 3- The Meet Marco computer: Although this item is expensive, raises fun the most. 4- Any bookcase: You need it to get cooking points. 5- The workbench: You can make a lot of money and get mechanical points. 6- The easel: I prefer this item to the other creativity raisers. Although you can make money off the artist's block, you don't have to keep buying easels every time you sell a painting. 7- The Treadmill: It may be more expensive than the bench press machine, but they don't make that stupid sound every three seconds. Also, when you buy a pool, it eats ~20% of your furniture meter. 8- The Chess Set: I prefer this to the telescope, because when you're playing chess, you're sitting down, so your comfort goes up. 9- Any mirror: Just pick one. ________ Cheating Contact: If you have any cheats that aren't listed that work, or see that I made a typo, or know what the Gameshark codes that I haven't used before do, email me. Some people support cheating, some people don't. Some people cheat all the time, some people actually beat the game without them. No matter, though, I have included all the cheats and codes I know of for the people who do like to cheat. Of course, I only use cheats that are fun, like the FISH EYES cheat, cheats that are neat, but don't actually help you. ________________ I. Button Cheats These are the programmer's cheats. You can do many things without any hacking device. These codes were built into the game when it was made, so you can't make any new cheats, unlike the Gameshark. Press all four shoulder buttons (L1, L2, R1, R2) at the same time, to make the cheat menu appear. Then, enter the desired cheats. Be careful, because after you shut off or reset the PS2, all of the cheats will be disabled. FISH EYES - This lets you use the first person mode. You will be able to see exactly what the sim sees, which is pretty cool. Use the walls up/down button to enter first person mode. NOTE: YOU MUST INCLUDE THE SPACE FOR THIS CODE TO WORK. MIDAS - This unlocks all of the create a sim clothing, skins, faces, etc., all unlocked items, and all multiplayer games. Basically, everything that you don't have, but can get. FREEALL - This makes everything free. You can now buy any item and it will not deplete your bank account. WARNING: DO NOT SAVE WITH THIS CHEAT ON, BECAUSE IT MAY SCREW UP YOUR GAME, AND POSSIBLY PREVENT YOU FROM ENTERING A CERTAIN LOT IN PLAY THE SIMS MODE. IT HAS HAPPENED TO ME. PARTY M - This unlocks the Party Motel multiplayer game. SIMS - This code unlocks the Play The Sims mode. Play the Sims mode can be unlocked by completing the dream house sequence in Get a Life. ___________________ II. Gameshark Codes Some people have this, and some don't, but the Gameshark can hack into your game and do things that cheats cannot, and sometimes enter cheats for you. You NEED a Gameshark to use these codes, so these codes will do NOTHING on a Codebreaker thing, or any other hacking device. Must be On- If you don't enter this code, the other codes won't work. 0E3C7DF2 1853E59E EEA9826E BCC8DF62 Uncensored Mode- It's really not that exiting, but it's better than that stupid annoying block. DE82904E BF899B8B DE82904A BCA99B83 Start with a lot of Simoleans (Play The Sims mode only)- I've never used this code. DEA1FCDE C19E7B1F Menu SFX Off- I've never used this code. DEA90336 BCA99B83 Menu SFX On- This code seems REALLY useful. DEA90336 BCA99B84 Everything is Free- I've never used this code. DEA90332 BCA99B84 Debug Info- It displays a bunch of numbers, but I have no idea what they mean. DEA9033E BCA99B84 Debug Info Off- Now, why the **** would they have this code? Couldn't you just TURN OFF the other code? DEA9033E BCA99B83 Items/Skins Unlocked- What do you think it does? DEA9033A BCA99B84 Unlock Party Motel- It unlocks this bonus 2 player game. DEA903C6 BCA99B84 Unlock Play The Sims- It took me exactly 1 minute to unlock this without codes. DEA903C2 BCA99B84 Comments On- I've never used this code. DEA903CA BCA99B84 Comments Off- I've never used this code. DEA903CA BCA99B83 Big Heads- I've never used this code. Sounds like fun, though DEA903E2 BCA99B84 Normal Heads- Man, these programmers must have nothing better to do. DEA903E2 BCA99B83 Blue Mode On- I've never used this code. DEA903EA BCA99B84 Blue Mode Off- ...o...kay... DEA903EA BCA99B83 _______ Motives Contact: If you have a different strategy on how to keep these motives up, email me. Your sims are people too, and they have human instincts, as well as human needs. Like humans, sims need to be comfortable, and like humans, they HAVE a bladder, so let them use the bathroom once in a while. Like humans, they need to sleep, and if you don't let them, they will fall asleep anyway, and like humans, they can die. This section will give you a brief description of all 8 motives, and some ways to keep them up. _________ I. Hunger- This is not hard to keep up. All you need to do is eat. You can also drink from the beverage cooler or the mini bar. If your sim goes hunger for a certain amount of time, your sim will die. You should think about investing in the best refrigerator. The first one is awful. You can live with it, but it is not recommended. The second one is okay. You can also grill hamburgers, but they do not fill up a lot of hunger. You will probably need to eat three hamburgers to get filled up. ___________ II. Hygiene- Take a bath. Take a shower. Wash your hands. This is not hard to keep up, but always wash your hands after you take a dump if your neatness is low. It helps keep it up longer. ___________ III. Energy- Go to sleep. You can also drink a coffee. It is also possible to live a normal life without sleeping. You can touch the bug zapper. By doing this, you will never have to sleep again. Yeah, I know that touching the bug zapper lowers comfort, but the best way to raise comfort is the sonic shower. Just let your sim pee its pants (Drink coffee/espresso), and take a sonic shower. If you keep doing this, you won't need to spend precious money on a bed. I still prefer sleeping, though. __________ IV. Social- This motive is annoying. It takes forever to raise, but it takes forever to lower. The best way to do this is to do something together. Watch TV with another sim. Eat with another sim. Do anything with another sim. Just don't talk. Talking does very little to raise this motive. Talking on the phone is good, though. __________ V. Comfort- Sit. Sleep. Using the good toilet helps. Using a bathtub helps. Using the sonic shower really helps. Do anything that allows a sim to sit, except I don't think the piano will raise your comfort level. ___________ VI. Bladder- Three words: TAKE A PISS! (You don't have to use a toilet, though) ________ VII. Fun- Let your sim play. There are a lot of things that raise fun. The best thing to do is play on the Meet Marco computer. If it's too expensive, try the virtual reality goggles, they work great too. A lot of things that raise skills also raise fun, which is good. __________ VIII. Room- This can be very annoying. Dirty dishes, trash, and dirty stuff will keep this down, but having paintings in a room or nice things will raise it. ______ Skills Contact: If you have any additional information on skills, or easier ways to increase them, email me. Your sims need skills to get anywhere in their career ladder. For example, you can't get far in the Military if you're as weak as a piece of ham, and you can forget the Entertainment industry if you can't handle a few people watching you, let alone millions. You have to be prepared, and this section will show you how. __________ I. Cooking What It Is... Career Usage- You need a couple of cooking points for a couple of careers, but this skill is almost never used in careers. Home Usage- You use it at home to cook. This skill affects how good the food tastes, how much the food fills up your hunger meter, and reduces the risk of kitchen fires. Building Up- You can increase this skill by studying a cookbook from any bookcase Value- You should have at least two cooking points. It is good to have a high cooking skill, so you can cook great food and stay full longer. ______________ II. Mechanical What It Is... Career Usage- This skill is required. You are required to have two mechanical skills for every career. You need five mechanical points for most careers. Home Usage- This affects how fast you can repair a broken object. Mechanical points do not affect how fast the green bar fills up, it will affect how many times you will stop to get pissed off and stomp your feet. Objects do not break often, but it is good to be handy around the house. Building Up- You can build up this stat by studying a mechanical book from any bookcase or making gnomes on the workbench. Value- You must have at least two mechanical points if you want to get anywhere in your career. Although it is not required at home, it is good to have at least four, just in case something happens. _______________ III. Creativity What It Is... Career Usage- You use it with a lot of jobs, to help you get some ideas, but it is not required in all jobs. Home Usage- Your paintings and sculptures get finished faster, and they sell for more, which can give you some nice cash. Also, the music you play will sound a lot better than three random notes played repeatedly. Building Up- Paint a painting on the easel, sculpt something on the artist block, play the guitar, or play the piano. Value- It's very useful for making some spare change, and most of the jobs require a lot of creativity. ________ IV. Body What It Is... Career Usage- Use it to toughen up and become stronger, and more useful in your job. You can't go very far in the Military career if you're as weak as a twig. Home Usage- Body has no use in the home, but it might in the pool. Building Up- You can either use that bench presser, the treadmill, or any of the four pools. Value- All jobs require at least 6 body points, which kind of sucks, because it has to be the most annoying skill to raise, because your energy goes down rapidly. ________ V. Logic What It Is... Career Usage- Smart people go further in life, and get rich quickly. Logical skills will come on handy in the Life of Crime and Military Career. Home Usage- From what I've seen, you have a better chance at winning a chess game with a higher logic skill. Building Up- Use the chess set, or stare at the telescope. Note: If you use the telescope for too long, you will get abducted by aliens. Someone will come and mourn for about an hour, and you will return, with completely different skills (Nice, Active, Neat, etc.). Value- Eh, it's useful for some jobs, but some jobs don't require it at all. ____________ VI. Charisma What It Is... Career Usage- All jobs require this skill, so build this up now. Home Usage- I have found no use for this stat in the house. Building Up- Practice your speech in the mirror, the mirror, or [gasp] the mirror! Value- All jobs require at least 7 charisma points. This won't make you too happy in the long run. _____ Stats Contact: If you have any additional information on stats, especially outgoing and playful, email me. _______ I. Neat What is it- Neat sims will clean up after themselves. When you have at least one neat point, your sim will sometimes wash the dishes, wash their hands, flush the toilet, etc. without you telling them too. Having a higher neatness increases the chances of this happening. Value- I never invest in neatness, because the maid does all of those things, and if you don't have a maid, you can just tell them to do it. ____________ II. Outgoing What it is- Outgoing sims love to hang out with other sims, and don't like to be alone. If you have a high outgoing stat, you will even get into the hot tub naked, but you have to be the first one in. Also, outgoing sims will be able to select actions such as flirt, kiss, etc. earlier. Value- You might want to have some outgoing points, because you need friends. ___________ III. Active What it is- Active sims love to be active. Your active stat will also determine how long it takes you to get up. If your active is maxed out, you will almost hop out of bed, but if your sim has no active points, he/she will waste 30 minutes scratching their eyes. By the way, I wasn't exaggerating, I timed it, and it really does take 30 minutes, give or take a couple of minutes, of course. Plus, I think sims with a high active stat will actually have fun on the treadmill. Value- I would have a high active stat, to save time waking up. ___________ IV. Playful What it is- Playful sims will appreciate and have more fun with electronics than serious sims. I'm just assuming that your fun goes up more with a TV if you have a lot of playful points. Value- I recommend little to no playful points, because the Meet Marco computer raises your fun really fast anyway. _______ V. Nice What it is- Nice sims have an easier time making friends. From what I've seen, nice sims will accept compliments and laugh at jokes earlier in a relationship. Sometimes, I can give a compliment to another sim when both of their relationships are at 0, and the other sim won't get mad, if they both have a high nice stat. Value- I usually have a lot of nice points, because it's easier to get along with the sim, which is important for that promotion. ________________ Personality Ideas Contact: If you would like to submit some personality ideas of your own, email me. Need any ideas on what kind of sim you want? Try checking here first. Note: All of the personality ideas must be possible to use, so the total number of points used must be equal to or lesser than 25. ____________ I. Preferred Neat Outgoing ||||| Active |||||||||| Playful Nice |||||||||| ____________ II. Pleasant Neat |||| Outgoing |||||| Active || Playful |||||| Nice ||||||| _____________ III. Balanced Neat ||||| Outgoing ||||| Active ||||| Playful ||||| Nice ||||| ________________ IV. Party Animal Neat Outgoing |||||||||| Active Playful |||||||||| Nice ||||| ___________ V. Friendly Neat Outgoing |||||||||| Active Playful ||||| Nice |||||||||| ___________ VI. Useless Neat Outgoing Active Playful Nice _________ VI. basho Neat ||||| Outgoing || Active ||| Playful |||||||||| Nice ||||| _________ Item List Contact: If you see that I made an error, email me. Just don't email me to add items. I will be doing that myself. There are a lot of items that you can buy to furnish your home. Some are very cheap, some are very expensive. Some are very useful, some are about as useful as a pile of dung. Here is a list of all the items. Note: The legend: Item Name Item Stats My Rating My Description I. Seating Werkbunnst All Purpose Chair $80 Comfort 2 Rating 0 Let me put it this way, you buy this chair, and your sims will hate you forever. This chair delivers little to no results, and just plain sucks. "Posture Plus" Office Chair $100 Comfort 3 Rating 5 You need this chair with a computer, even if you can afford better. It looks so cool, and so professional. Deck Chair by Survival $150 Comfort 3 Rating 3 I don't like these chairs, but the look neat with the backwoods table. You should place these where you eat if you cannot afford the Empress Dining Room Chairs. Contempo Loveseat $150 Comfort 3 Energy 4 Rating 3 Modest, but as comfortable as the floor. Don't even consider buying, even if you are poor. Satinistics Reproduction Armchair $150 Comfort 3 Rating 2 Don't buy this. You will be wasting your money. It looks stupid, because it is stupid. It's not even comfortable. Contempo Couch $180 Comfort 2 Energy 5 Rating 2 The deck chair is more comfortable than this, and I mean that literally. Why would you want this? Country Classic Armchair $250 Comfort 4 Rating 5 These are good to use with the chess set. They also look neat. They are very comfortable, and very cheap. Parque Fresco del Aire Bench $250 Comfort 2 Rating 1 If you must buy it, put it outside on the edge of a wall for decoration. Don't use it in place of a couch. You will be sorry. "Back Slack" Recliner Comfort 6 Energy 3 Rating 7 These are a must. They are very comfortable and very cheap. You can do lots of things on this chair, and your comfort will rise ever higher. Spartan Special $300 Comfort 6 Energy 7 Rating 4 At first, I thought that this was a hospital bed. It's worth the price, with isn't that much. Country Classic Loveseat $340 Comfort 5 Energy 4 Rating 5 This is the standard loveseat. Cheap, but effective. Country Classic Sofa $450 Comfort 5 Energy 5 Rating 6 The perfect sofa for the average sim. A modest couch for a modest budget. Tyke Nite Bed $450 Comfort 7 Energy 7 Rating 8 If you have a kid than you must buy this bed. It's perfect for little kiddies, and it's very affordable. Cheap Eazzzzze Double Sleeper $450 Comfort 7 Energy 8 Rating 6 A bed is a bed. Go with this if you are in need of some serious simoleans. It is well worth the price. A great buy. "The Sarrabach" by Werkbunnst $500 Comfort 6 Rating 4 This chair is the most comfortable chair, but it is pretty expensive. I would buy this chair, but it looks so stupid. Still, it is the best. Empress Dining Room Chair $600 Comfort 4 Room 2 Rating 8 I love these chairs. They are comfortable, they look sophisticated, and they increase your room. A must for rich Sims. "Von Braun" Recliner $850 Comfort 9 Energy 3 Rating 10 This recliner is perfect. It is really the way to go if you can afford it. You can make your comfort soar while doing other stuff. Luxuriare Loveseat $875 Comfort 8 Energy 4 Room 2 Rating 9 If you love loveseats, then this loveseat is for you. Very comfortable, very classy, but very expensive. Only buy if you have over $2,000 and no bills. Napolean Sleigh Bed $1,000 Comfort 8 Energy 9 Rating 9 This bed is great. It's cheap, considering what it gives you. This should be the bed of choice for everyone. "The Deiter" by Werkbunnst $1,100 Comfort 8 Energy 5 Room 3 Rating 10 Rich Sims must have this couch. It is perfect. Although it looks crappy, it is very comfortable, and very decorative. Modern Mission Bed $3,000 Comfort 9 Energy 10 Room 3 Rating 10 The ultimate bed. Your comfort and energy will skyrocket while your friends are amazed by the sleek style. It's very expensive, and should only be bought by very rich Sims. The Vibromatic Heart Bed $4,500 Comfort 10 Energy 8 Rating 6 This thing is too expensive. This is the only bed where your Sims can GET IT ON! If you're lucky, a baby will randomly appear somewhere. II Tables (I didn't finish it yet.) III Decorations (I didn't finish it yet.) IV Electronics FireBrand Smoke Detector $50 Rating 10 Even if your Sims have a high cooking stat, you really should have this around just in case. SCTC Cordless Wall Phone $75 Rating 10 A phone is essential. You can call friends, hire people, make prank phone calls, order pizza, receive pointless calls, win contests you didn't enter, annoy people at 3:00 AM, and randomly receive money for something you didn't do, all for one easy payment of $75. Urchineer Train Set by Rip Co. $80 Fun 2 Rating ? I have honestly never used this. Only kids can use this though. Monochrome TV $85 Fun 2 Rating 5 I love this TV. It's so cheap, and delivers modest results. Let multiple Sims watch at the same time to let your social motive soar like an eagle. Note: The channels on this TV are the original channels from the PC version of The Sims. "Down Wit Dat" Boom Box $100 Fun 2 Rating 3 I have this, but I have never used this. If you are going to buy a radio, buy it for decorative purposes only. Radios are lousy fun helpers. SimSafety Burglar Alarm $250 Rating 10 You should have one next to every door that leads out of the house. These are essential for catching burglars, and collecting your $1,000 bonus. Electronic Insect Control System $300 Rating 3 You can actually use this to increase your energy, but you will have to touch it many times, and your comfort will be completely empty. Useful if you do not want to waste time sleeping, but otherwise a pretty worthless object. Trottco 27" Color Television B94U $500 Fun 4 Rating 7 This TV is great. It raises fun fast, and is inexpensive. Buy this if you have a little extra cash. Zimantz Component Hi-Fi Stereo $650 Fun 3 Rating 2 This thing is crappy at raising fun, and it is too expensive for what it is worth. OCD Systems SimRailRoad Town $955 Fun 4 Room 3 Rating 5 Pretty good fun raiser, but too expensive. Buy only if you need to increase room. Moneywell Computer $999 Study Fun 3 Rating 2 Every sim should have a computer. Just not this one. It sucks. Wurl 'N' Hurl Jukebox $1,199 Fun 3 Room 2 Rating 4 It looks cool, but it sucks. Too expensive for what it's worth. Again, radios are lousy fun raisers and should only be bought for decorative purposes only. "See Me, Feel Me" Pinball Machine $1,800 Fun 5 Rating 7 Everybody loves pinball, even Sims. Your fun will go up fast, and it looks cool too. Pretty expensive, though. Microscotch Corvetta C2628-1500JA $1,800 Study Fun 5 Rating 8 If you are going to get a computer, this should be the one. A great fun raiser, at a fair price. Make sure you are not struggling to pay the bills before you purchase this. SSR1 Virtual Reality Set $2,300 Fun 7 Rating 10 This is one of the best items in the game. It raises your fun very fast, and at $2,300, it's a steal! Strings Theory Stereo $2,550 Fun 5 Room 3 Rating 3 Radios are not worth the money. This radio is way too expensive for what it gives you. Only buy to make your house look cool. Do not buy this if you want to raise your fun. Soma Plasma TV $3,500 Fun 6 Room 2 Rating 8 Kind of expensive, but very cool. Only very rich Sims should buy this. It can deplete your funds quickly. Meet Marco $6500 Study Fun 9 Rating 10^2 (10 squared) It's that good. Play on this computer and your fun will go up almost as fast as your hygiene. It's a dream come true. VERY EXPENSIVE, but well worth the cost. V. Kitchen Appliances (I didn't finish it yet.) VI. Bathroom Appliances (I didn't finish it yet.) VII. Lighting (I didn't finish it yet.) VIII. Miscellaneous (I didn't finish it yet.) TTTTT H H EEEEE EEEEE N N DDD T H H E E NN N D D T HHHHH EEE EEE N N N D D T H H E E N NN D D T H H EEEEE EEEEE N N DDD Note: You have officially reached the end of my FAQ/Walkthrough.