Review by smithy3456

"It's life Jim, but not as we know it!"

Maxis could have been lazy, they could have done what other games developers had done and simply rehashed an old game with new graphics, simply to turn a profit. And lets face it, after The Sims, with its 7 or so add-on packs, it would have been easy!

But no! They didn't! They went away and rebuilt the game from scratch, taking everything you loved from the first Sims, removing everything you hated, and making a far superior sequel in every way!

Everything is still in place, but the game seems much more "real" this time around. More people will casually walk past ur residence, meaning making friends is no longer the tedious task it once was. The graphics make the game sparkle when it needs to, but generally look amazing whether you are zoomed in, or looking from a distance.

But it's the gameplay that really makes the Sims 2 a cut above most games on the market today. You just want to play it, there is no other way to describe it. Even now, i'm sitting here writing this review as quickly as possible so I play it. You feel for your character, and want him or her to succeed in every aspect of their life. You want them to get promoted, or buy that television, and you find yourself continuously playing for hours on end until you get what you want.

As your sim progresses through life he will now age, grow old, and change in his outlook on life. It's new details like this that will leave your jaw on the floor as The Sims 2 continuously unveils new depths of realism. Pregnant woman will now get a bump, and will throw up in the morning. Your sim will bring friends home from work, and the new telephone system makes keeping in contact with other sims a lot easier than the original.

Apart from all these vast improvements, possibly the biggest change in the Sims 2 is the new aspiration system. Your sim will display 4 "wants" at the beginning of every day, and upon completion, your sim will receive aspiration points as well as a mood boost. However, coupled with "wants" are sims "fears" and if you unfortunately complete one of these, your sim will lose a hefty chunk of aspiration points, as well as a dip in their mood. The aspiration points can then be exchanged for special items, ranging from the money tree, to the elixir of life.

The Sims 2 really is a landmark in gaming realism, and everyone should at least play this game before they rubbish it as another boring real life sim. I'm sure once people play it, they will realise how great it truly is.

Reviewer's Rating:   5.0 - Flawless

Originally Posted: 09/28/04

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