Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. 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 base game.
  2. If dating is your game and "partying" is your middle name, then dance on downtown with Nightlife, where the nighttime is the right time for loving and partying hearty all night until the sun rises in the morning.
  3. There aren’t any big enough changes in Nightlife to change your mind about the game if you’re not a The Sims 2 fan to begin with, and certain issues such as long load times still persist in the game. However, if you’re looking to add some fun to your sims’ lives, Nightlife fits the bill quite nicely.
  4. The good news is that it has an abundance of new features that, rather than taking over the basic goals, instead complements them. It's an expansion that actually expands on the core game, so if you're getting a little bored with the basic package it's a good bet.
  5. A nice romance and party oriented add-on for The Sims 2. Does not add to the basic concept as much as University did, but at least it gives a lot of new things to do with your little computer people. [Sept. 05]
  6. This is as replayable as it gets. Nightlife--as is the Sims 2--is completely open-ended.
  7. 82
    Nightlife is certainly worth the money if you're the kind of player that loves the social aspect more than the house aspect of the game, but it's doesn't seem as dense an addition as "University" was.
  8. Possibly the best feature of Nightlife is its integration with University.
  9. The expansion adds a few things that help make the game seem more goal-oriented and a few things that are just plain weird--but it does have some neat new tricks to keep fans of The Sims interested.
  10. The numerous entertainment options in the downtown area are a real treat, as are the new items and activities.
  11. Exactly what you'd expect, and full of good ideas. [Nov 2005, p.92]
  12. Nightlife makes a challenging game more challenging and an amusing game all the more amusing.
  13. 80
    Unlike "University," which takes you completely out of the Sim’s home environment for long stretches of time, Nightlife is expertly integrated into the core game.
  14. Wisely focuses on humankind's hedonistic tendencies, with less emphasis on acquisition and more on enjoying life outside the house.
  15. 80
    Unlike Sims 2 "University," which added a whole new age, new careers, and new ways to radically change your Sims, Nightlife doesn't change Sims 2 with any bold strokes. Still, just about every feature added in the expansion works and works well, enhancing if not revolutionizing the game.
  16. There are countless appealing touches about the 100 or so additions here, such as the chance to take pictures that you can then hang up at home. Absorbing fun.
  17. Enough new features to keep Sims 2 fans sated 'till the next expansion. [Dec 2005, p.84]
  18. 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!
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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]
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
  26. 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.
  27. 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.
  28. 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.
  29. Nightlife merely gives you new places to do the same old thing. [Dec p.62]
  30. 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.
  31. 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
8.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 50 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
  3. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Feb 11, 2012
    10
    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 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
    10
    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
    10
    I think it is excellent because you can finaly drive cars go to bowling alleys nightclubs and restaraunts.