The Sims 2 GameCube

Metascore
73

Mixed or average reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 22
  2. Negative: 1 out of 22
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  1. It may not be as deep as the PC version but compared to most console games, this one is a bottomless pit.
  2. 90
    If playing the divine hand to a house full of simulated people appeals to you, this is as good as it gets.
  3. 85
    It's a fun, funny and truly engrossing entry in the series.
  4. Nintendo Power
    85
    By far the funniest and best-animated yet on consoles. [Jan 2006, p.112]
  5. This is the perfect date game on two-player mode, and if you have a soft spot for the wonders of domestic tranquility, you'll have a great time playing this game.
  6. One of those games that, like its predecessor, appeals to almost everyone and practically never gets old.
  7. A fun little game. It does a great job of keeping everything that made The Sims so interesting on the PC. However, the game isn't as well suited for consoles as previous Sims games were. The removal of a real story mode is certainly a detriment. The actual gameplay is top-notch as always, though.
  8. While many adherents of The Sims franchise will lament changes to the Story mode, The Sims 2 for the console market is a seriously strong entry in the series. It simply doesn't get better than this when it comes to playing god from a La-Z-boy.
  9. Game Informer
    78
    Even with these new elements, the game isn't as dynamic or addictive as others in the series, but it does manage to find some identity amid its more familiar feature that Sims fans will certainly appreciate. [Nov 2005, p.150]
  10. Fans will still like it; nobody will be angered by it. But, when looking at the great work done on the PC version, which has positioned itself on a very different path than the original (thanks to the generation hopping), there really isn't enough in this GameCube version to warrant a release past "Livin' Large."

Awards & Rankings

#39 Most Discussed GameCube Game of 2005
#5 Most Shared GameCube Game of 2005
User Score
8.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. May 23, 2016
    8
    This has the same addictiveness as the PC version, but is lacking many features. This game takes a different approach, allowing you to controlThis has the same addictiveness as the PC version, but is lacking many features. This game takes a different approach, allowing you to control your Sim with the analog stick rather than clicking on an object for it to walk to. I actually like this approach, but it makes it tough to multi-task. The best feature of this game is definitely the multiplayer. It is great to be able to play this game on split-screen mode with a friend. It is fun to build a house and create a Sim, but this game has many problems compared to the PC version. First, there is a limit to how many objects you can put in your house because of the GameCube's hardware limitations. You also can't have a house with more than 1 floor. The bright side is, there are lots of different wallpapers, and a lot of furniture and objects as well. The second issue, and this is a big one, Sims don't age and can't have children. A Sim can go to work, but the camera doesn't leave the house and it feels locked down compared to the PC version. Despite these flaws, The Sims 2 for GameCube is still a good game, but doesn't compare to the PC version. Full Review »
  2. Amanda
    Mar 13, 2006
    2
    This game seems fun at first, but with no Sim children or Sim ageing, the game soon feels a bit lackluster and sad, like it could have been This game seems fun at first, but with no Sim children or Sim ageing, the game soon feels a bit lackluster and sad, like it could have been so much better. It's not much different from the Urbz, except for being set in suburbia. Quite frankly the game leaves you with a bad taste in your mouth. I feel like Maxis sort of ripped off us console gamers. Full Review »
  3. AndyM.
    Nov 7, 2005
    10
    Ive never played anything like this its the ultumate never ending game.