Review by Locke130

"Get ready to be addicted...again!"

The Sims is one of the most addicting games on the face of the planet. I have known people who refuse to play a video game pushing for a promotion at 4 AM.

It all started in the year 2000, when the original Sims came out. With this game, you had the ability to play god over people's lives, most of which you create. There was no limit to the game play. Now, in 2004, it's anticipated sequel arrives.

Completely remaking the engine, Sims 2 starts off with a bang by showing you some impressive 3D graphics, followed shortly by the main menu, which asks you to choose a neighborhood, or create one of your own. From there, even Sims vets will take some time getting used to all the cool new features added.

-GRAPHICS (10/10): The original Sims had 2D graphics and used camera angles to make them look 3D. Sims 2 arrives with full 3D graphics. The new graphics look amazingly realistic, as well as allowing things such as facial emotions.

-SOUND (10/10): The sounds and music in this game are a wonderful mix of many genres, however ambiance stands out the most. The songs are well written and the sounds accurately portray their real-life counterparts.

-GAMEPLAY (10/10: This is what the new sims game is all about. Everything has been upgraded: complete customization of your sim's face (down to the thickness of their eyebrows :P), numerous added actions and a plethora of features not found in Sims 1. The most noticeable added feature is the aging system. Your sims now progress through 5 stages of life: toddler, child, teenager, adult and elder. The options you are given reflect that of the stage of life your in. For example, if you are a teenager, you'll have to ask your parent's permission to go out on a date.

The next noticeable addition would be the Aspiration system. When creating your sim, you are given the option of what your Sim's ultimate goal will be in life (Wealth, Family, Knowledge, Romance and Popularity) and your sim will have related goals pop up for you to complete (unlocking reward points), as well as fears (which subtract reward points).

Lastly, the DNA system. Whenever two adults have a child, that child will be a mix of both parents. Unlike in Sims 1 where it was randomly chosen, the child will look like both parents.

There are also a bunch of little things that make the game much cooler (the ability to make a family tree when making a family, so children will not go with the wrong adult, the ability to record videos, a story making mode, different furniture designs for the same object), but those are just icing on the cake.

The program also comes with "The Sims 2 Body Shop", for making custom content.

-REPLAYABLILITY (10/10): Although this game does not technically end, your sims will age and you will want to repeat the process with different aspirations, as well as different people, neighborhoods and families. Trust me, this game will keep everyone entertained for a long time.

-OVERALL (10/10): For those people who played Sims 1, this game will be an awesome addition to their collection and will take days to find every little change and addition to the system. For those just experiencing the game, prepare to be amazed! Either way, I highly recommend this game to anyone who has a computer. Hey, if you don't like Sims 2, there's not much hope for you.

Reviewer's Rating:   5.0 - Flawless

Originally Posted: 10/21/04

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