The Sims 2 GameCube


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. 60
    Sims 2 for consoles is definitely not on par with the depth and ingenuity that its PC sibling offers but it's refreshing to play a relaxed version of the game that doesn't require as much surveying and emotional input.
  2. AceGamez
    The type of player who will enjoy this game is the one who plays to unlock things. This is your type of game, because there are hundreds of items to unlock and use, which you will have to work for.
  3. You'll notice such things removed from the game as the ability to create a child Sim, while new things like a partially locked catalogue and cooperative play were added.
  4. It may not be as deep as the PC version but compared to most console games, this one is a bottomless pit.
  5. Computer Games Magazine
    Left unattended, they are pale shadows of their more vibrant PC counterparts. They seem more vacant and literally dispossessed. [Feb 2006, p.91]
  6. I'm ready for this series to advance its gameplay, rather than just continuing to add new objects and locations to interact with.
  7. 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.
  8. One of those games that, like its predecessor, appeals to almost everyone and practically never gets old.
  9. Game Informer
    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. But the underlying gameplay and A.I. that made the PC version such a cohesive package is lost on this new generation of sexless sims, who care only for new rugs, expensive coffee tables, and balanced meals. They're perfect yuppies, and perfectly boring.
  11. If you've played the PC version and are looking for something new, you are likely to be disappointed as some of the newer and richer features have been stripped away to fit it onto the console.
  12. 90
    If playing the divine hand to a house full of simulated people appeals to you, this is as good as it gets.
  13. The Sims 2 loses something in translation from PC to consoles. Namely, its addictive, entertaining gameplay.
  14. 70
    There's still something addictive about this game once you get past the initially slow start. There are dozens and dozens of things to unlock, and charting your progress through the title really sucks you in.
  15. It's a marked improvement over the original Sims port, and "Urbz: Sims in the City," and you might find it to be right up your alley.
  16. 85
    It's a fun, funny and truly engrossing entry in the series.
  17. Just stay away; this game isn't worth your hard earned cash. Go buy something decent.
  18. The replay in any of these titles is much less than what you would find with the PC version. The linear storyline, and structured game flow really cut down on the nearly limitless options that are at your disposal in the computer version of the Sims games.
  19. Nintendo Power
    By far the funniest and best-animated yet on consoles. [Jan 2006, p.112]
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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

#40 Most Discussed GameCube Game of 2005
#5 Most Shared GameCube Game of 2005
User Score

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
    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
    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
    Ive never played anything like this its the ultumate never ending game.