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  • Summary: If the world was a blank canvas, how would you fill it in? Create a cast of characters and tell your own stories in The Sims 2. Create Sims, give them personalities, and directly control every move they make. Then customize their world, building their homes, creating their food, and designing their fashions. Help them in their careers and aspirations as they build a network of friends and avoid their enemies. Enjoy the peaks of pleasure and the trials of pain in your Sims' lives. Immerse yourself in a world created, customized, and controlled by you. Develop a master plan for your Sim's social life, career, and pathway to greatness...or live in chaos! Genuine console controls let you directly control every move your Sims make. Create thousands of your own food recipes and clothing designs from items you acquire throughout your Sims' world. Sims now have memories, adding a new dimension to managing your Sims' relationships. Play copperatively with a friend for double the fun with new split-screen 2-player mode. Experience endless possibilities! There's a surprise around every corner ... and in the couch ... and on the toilet. Investigate your Sim's world to find hidden opportunities that can help (or hurt) in achieving your Sim's goals. [Electronic Arts] Expand
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  1. Positive: 16 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. Every bit as addictive and charming as "The Sims" ever were. Degg-degg! [Dec 2005, p.91]
  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. The Sims 2 might not be an incredible game, technically, but it's the stories that are written in your head and the situations that are thrown up as you play that make it a unique experience.
  4. The dynamic gameplay, wealth of replay-value and solid presentation, make for a worthy experience.
  5. Controlling other peoples' lives can get quite boring, as this sim doesn't give you a reason or motivation to do so. Lackluster effort, but good for a rental.
  6. 70
    The Sims 2 isn't the instant classic that the PC version became, but Maxis had to face a lot of issues when porting the game to the consoles, and aside from a lackluster story mode and less than ideal controls the game is still fairly enjoyable.
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 81
  2. Negative: 48 out of 81
  1. TiaN.
    Jun 25, 2008
    I like dis game but its a bummer that u can't av kids or age.
  2. SimsLoversimscrazy
    Jul 15, 2007
    I absolutely love the sims i have everyone i also loved the idea that you could have families an it was like it was real then i found out you cant have kids on sims pets an sims 2 i was gutted an can't believe that Ea could leave this out i am not very happy now why can you have them on pc an not ps2 i will not be buying your games again unless something is changed! Expand
  3. DanielleJ
    May 29, 2007
    Ithought it was ok but today i found out you can have babies but spent about an hour getting them to make one but then realised they cant not on ps2 one my nan spent about 50 pounds on that game and it stinks anyone can make food or go to a job but it is totally crap. you better have a better version for sims 3 if you ever get that far. Expand
  4. Jan 15, 2014
    The port on the ps2 is tragic! Starting with the ever-problematic graphics hopeless ending soundtrack ... Really it is hopeless ... How did this game came from EA? I'm a fan of the Sims but this game is ... so ... fatal.I give this game 3 just because I like the Sims (pc) Expand
  5. JoshicaM.
    Dec 4, 2005
    EA has truly, truly dissapointed me today. I bought the game, took it home, ripped off the package, and once I played it, I was on the one who felt ripped off. Bustin' out, and the sims for PS2 had more than this. I don't care how many meals my sims can fix. I'm sticking to PC version. EA will have to show me the money before I buy another PS2 game from them. I still love you on the PC tip, but EA you really let me down on this one. Expand
  6. Felecia
    Jan 16, 2006
    It's stupid! You can't get pregnant? What's there to do then? U succeed at ur job and everyting else... what's there do do?
  7. MatthewP.
    Nov 5, 2005
    The p.c version is amazing but all i wanted was exactly the same put on to the playstation 2......the ps2 version is worser than the sims 1!! it has no conventions of the p.c cant get pregnant or even have kids, u dont age andyou cant get engaged! the sims is all about being realistic and this game isnt. Expand

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