img The Sims 2

Size

3.7 MB

Works under:

Windows XP / Windows 2000 / Windows ME / Windows 98 SE / Windows 98

Program license

Free

Program available in

In English

Category

Various Utilities

Rating

2.8 (456)

The Sims 2 is a popular role-playing game that has attracted millions of fans over the years.

The first Sims video game was a runaway hit upon its initial release and the same can be said for The Sims 2. Originally made public in 2004, this platform has enjoyed millions of downloads over the years. Much like the original version, the main premise of the game is to create characters, give them unique personalities and then control how they live their lives. As this version was released so many years ago, players should not expect the quality graphics that are now considered to be commonplace. Still, The Sims 2 offers a truly classic feel while the ability to customise this world will appeal to fans of all ages.

The Plot

The premise behind The Sims 2 is to create characters "from scratch" (literally from infancy) and watch them grow into adults. One interesting feature is that personalities can also be inherited from parents as well as provided by the player. So, there can be slight mysteries in terms of the direction that the game will take.

Perhaps the most interesting fact is that Electronic Arts intended The Sims 2 to be as much of a sociological experiment as an entertaining video game. In other words, the outcome of the lives in The Sims 2 will be based upon the actions of the characters, their personalities and the choices that are made. Memories can have either short- or long-term effects as well; moulding relationships between friends and family members. Strong bonds as well as lifelong enemies are equal possibilities. Perhaps this is the reason that The Sims 2 has been so successful. There are literally no two scenarios which are ever alike.

Graphics

As mentioned earlier, the 2004 graphics are likely to appear a bit dated. This is only to be expected although it should still be noted that they are improved in relation to the first release. Characters will still appear to be slightly angular and the faces do not have nearly as much detail as more modern systems offer. In many ways, this was never the point. The Sims 2 is more focused upon the relationships of the characters with one another and the world around them. Most fans consider the graphics to be secondary. However, please note that the trailer does not do justice to the sheer amount of possibilities that this game offers.

Details and Specifications

The Sims 2 is designed to be used in Windows XP, Windows ME, Windows 2000, Windows 7 and Windows 8. It is also available for Mac OSX systems. As opposed to some other games, the file size is quite large. Consequently (and without expansion packs such as Sims Nightlife), the total size is 2.5 gigabytes. All of the available expansion packs take up an additional 1.5 gigabytes of space. Thus, the game is played via CD and DVD as opposed (normally) to a direct download.

Trailer Summary

It is unfortunate that the official trailer is somewhat limited in terms of what can be viewed. This can detract slightly from the intricacies of the game and the nearly innumerable choices that the player can make. Ultimately, there are few positives and negatives associated with The Sims 2. Let us list the most prominent.

Pros

  • Vastly improved graphics in relation to the original version
  • Countless different customisation options
  • The ability to play from a CD as opposed to a download

Cons

  • The trailer is less impressive than the game
  • Graphics may not be as impressive as some would like

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