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  • Summary: The world is your entrepreneurial oyster in this all-new The Sims 2 expansion pack, allowing you to experience the victories and challenges associated with creating, owning and running your own business. From the layout and merchandise, to the employees and materials, you choose what your Sim needs to create a profitable and fun business. In The Sims 2 Open for Business, your Sims will learn what it takes to build a clientele and keep loyal customers happy while improving employee morale and managing a lucrative business. Players can even help their Sims to create and craft new items to sell and meet customer demands. As each customer is different, you’ll be able to apply sales techniques to woo even the most discriminating shopper. Dress your employees in wacky outfits to entertain cranky customers or drop the price for an unsure browser. From training, promoting, hiring and firing, you’re ultimately the boss who calls all the shots! [Electronic Arts] Expand
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  1. Positive: 19 out of 29
  2. Negative: 0 out of 29
  1. While Open for Business adds new places and new objects, its true value is in adding another huge gameplay element to an already outstanding title. As an expansion pack, it includes more new content and better gameplay than several other stand-alone games.
  2. In the end, The Sims 2: Open for Business is definitely one of the best expansion packs to be released for The Sims series. Although earning profit can be difficult at first, it really isn't too hard managing your business.
  3. There is just enough realism in Open for Business to make this challenging even for boring economic students, but it's still a lot of fun for Sims fans that have come to know and love the wacky characters and unpredictable situations that you run into in The Sims universe.
  4. 80
    By itself Open for Business may not be a must-have, but paired with "NightLife," the two packs together will probably add hundreds of hours of gameplay to the series. Running a restaurant, building a trendy nightclub, creating a megastore, opening a cozy little coffee shop -- these kinds of challenges will keep you entertained for months to come.
  5. A perfectly logical expansion, if not a perfectly intuitive and enjoyable one at times. In other words, it's like real life.
  6. Even though it feels so very wrong to say this, Open For Business is a Sims expansion worth buying.
  7. Unfortunately, there's so much frantic micromanagement involved in keeping your biz going that you scarcely have any time to do anything that feels like play. [May 2006, p.102]

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  1. BaileyO.
    Jun 22, 2007
    This is definetly the best game i have ever played! I get to make all different things and run my own business I love it!
  2. ArnaudD.
    Mar 11, 2006
    very original game
  3. Jordan
    May 4, 2006
    Best expansion so far for me. Adds alot of extra option for you to consider and give you much more depth and complexivity to the game which I like. May not be for simpler more laid back gamers for for those who want the extra challenge than this is an essential pack. The game did ship with a few small bugs that affected quite a few people but there are both official and unoficial patches and hack that fix these. Expand
  4. NyyaL.
    Mar 7, 2006
    Some how with adding O4B Pack I noticed smoother movement of characters. I find it great that they can do a regular gig and still own a small business (very much like others that I know!). It is very challenging keeping up with the customers and the game itself feels finally more like a challenging game by its complexity. Expand
  5. [Anonymous]
    Apr 5, 2006
    Not bad, needs some bugs worked out though :P
  6. SamuelL.
    Jun 13, 2006
    Electronic Arts specializes in what it does best; selling one-eighteenth of a finished project in a $50.00 box and leaving people hanging for more. The concept for The Sims 2 is brilliant, allowing people to simulate a virtual life - to a point. The game focuses mostly on comic relief and mischief rather than full-fledged simulation (sorry, fans of Grand Theft Auto, this is a gun-free game), and while the graphics are appealing, they certainly do not have the eye-candy in-your-face dynamic landscape and lighting kick presented by Valve's Half Life 2. This is one of many of the game's expansion packs that costs over $30.00 a piece for a few objects, animations, costumes, and sounds. The creative juice of the game is left to the players, who crank out millions of custom content monthly. However, the main strife with the game is that it is laden with bugs, annoyances, and things that just get in the way, that of which is solved by custom content mods and hacks. If EA/Maxis falls back on this cushion for too long (and it already is), the quality of the series will diminish quickly. Expand
  7. Mar 8, 2013
    I thought this was OK. The whole concept of running your own business is cool, but it just felt like it didn't really add enough to make it a legitimately good expansion. It isn't terrible, but there are better expansions. Expand