Generally favorable reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
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  1. It doesn’t offer as much input into the game as university does but its still worth having and adds a load of new features to stretch the games fun-life out that little bit further!
  2. A solid expansion, although I really wouldn't call it a must-have because it's a little light on content for its price tag.
  3. 70
    It's a lot of work for flashes of scandalous fun, and not as much reward in the long run. Neither the new Aspiration nor the dating mini-game brings very much to the gameplay, and that's the crux of the problem.
  4. Game Informer
    Reverts back to the old formula, taking the existing mechanics and just adding a few new bells, whistles, and (inexplicably) the chance to become a day-fearing vampire. [Oct 2005, p.148]
  5. 70
    "Minor" would be the best way to describe the changes in Nightlife, and only fans will likely lay hands on this copy. Hopefully the career-based third expansion will be Sim Revolution we've all been waiting for.
  6. If you can get past the technical glitches, or somehow manage to avoid them, then Sims 2 Nightlife is a fine addition to the growing Sims 2 franchise.
  7. Whereas University added a new age group, new careers and the ability to influence others, Nightlife simply enhances the social interactions that were already there by fleshing out the Attraction system and making it more user-controlled.
  8. A funny, worthwhile and well made expansion, but let down by slow loading times. Until Sims technology changes in a fundamental way, Nightlife is going to leave all too many home on a Saturday night.
  9. Nightlife looks much the same as before, sounds much the same, and plays much the same. On this front, we’d rather spend a night in with the original than shell out the money for this second expansion.
  10. This is really more for people who might be looking for a different way to play The Sims 2 rather than simply adding to existing gameplay.
  11. Even though Nightlife fits seamlessly into the Sims universe it just doesn’t seem like sufficient extra content has been included in the expansion. It feels as though Nightlife is more about expanding on what you already have instead of giving you more to work with.
  12. Problem is, with the lengthy time it takes to move between any location in the Sims 2 - especially if you're only going to be there for the few minutes a date takes up - is particularly taxing.
  13. Computer Games Magazine
    Nightlife merely gives you new places to do the same old thing. [Dec p.62]
  14. There's no real added depth to the original gameplay, and behind the complex conversation options you'll find the same game you were playing before you installed the expansion. Except with more bowling. [PC Zone]
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 72 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 48 out of 72
  2. Negative: 22 out of 72
  1. Feb 11, 2012
    Dating is another significant aspect of play added to The Sims 2, and it certainly throws in an element of challenge and intrigue to the baseDating is another significant aspect of play added to The Sims 2, and it certainly throws in an element of challenge and intrigue to the base game. It's the coolest, Tim Laurence is the best produser!!!!!! Really game is amazing so as his ideas, there would never be our favourite sims if not him. We all shall thank him. And besides game cost only 35 dollars that's the cheepest thing for such a cool game. He is my star.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Love from Russia! Full Review »
  2. HaleyK.
    Sep 13, 2006
    This is the BEST game ever. Do not deny it, you know it is... So awesome, and the person you aren't playing on can actually propose to you!
  3. BenJ.
    Aug 4, 2006
    I think it is excellent because you can finaly drive cars go to bowling alleys nightclubs and restaraunts.