The Sims 2 PlayStation 2


Generally favorable reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
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  1. PSM Magazine
    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. Pelit (Finland)
    As fascinating as ever with new and improved possibilities. Is it a good thing or a bad thing that Sims' lives tend to get more exciting and interesting than your own? [Nov 2005]
  4. It may not be as deep as the PC version but compared to most console games, this one is a bottomless pit.
  5. The best console rendition of the series yet.
  6. 85
    It's a fun, funny and truly engrossing entry in the series.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 80
    It's the ultimate in meta-gaming. Playing yourself playing yourself and it's worth the purchase, because it's different enough, even if you just spent the past year sitting in a computer chair playing a character sitting in his computer chair.
  10. Die-hard fans will miss many of the features that have been omitted but with so many extras, options and new features this one will keep fans more than busy.
  11. That's the thing about The Sims, if you want a gigantic, long term game that you can learn to love over many months and aren't fussed about a few flaws, this is approaching perfection. A great game for people who like tidying up and washing their hands 100 times a day. [PSW]
  12. 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.
  13. Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    Filled with neat innovations and bringing a real focus to its story-mode gameplay, The Sims 2 is the best console God sim yet. [Nov 2005, p.88]
  14. 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]
  15. The dynamic gameplay, wealth of replay-value and solid presentation, make for a worthy experience.
  16. For PC fans, the adapted control system feels awkward and the gameplay limited, and I suspect that console gamers who pick this up to “see what the fuss is about” will be confused as to why anyone could get addicted to a game with such boring A.I. and predictable gameplay.

Awards & Rankings

#6 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2005
User Score

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 169 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 85
  2. Negative: 49 out of 85
  1. MatttMayo
    Nov 2, 2005
    This game is cool but i really need some cheats of some sort!!
  2. Apr 29, 2017
    This Is The Worst Sims Game Ever Made Well The PC Version Was Amazing But This Is So Bad The Tagline For This Shouid Have Been "I Love TheThis Is The Worst Sims Game Ever Made Well The PC Version Was Amazing But This Is So Bad The Tagline For This Shouid Have Been "I Love The Sims 2 On PlayStation 2, Its So Bad." I Hate Direct Control And Lack Of Sim Customisation And Not Being Able To Have Kids! this Game Is Sooooo Stupid And Idiotic The Graphics Are Even Worse Than The Game Itself Its Not Just The Worst Sims Game Its The Worst Game By Maxis! Full Review »
  3. Oct 31, 2016
    This game was one of my favorites back in the '0Xs. Not only does it have a story mode (Which the newer games try to emulate with sideThis game was one of my favorites back in the '0Xs. Not only does it have a story mode (Which the newer games try to emulate with side quests, but truly lack) but it also is the only game featuring the awesome-yet-short-lived Direct Control mechanic. It has a good catalogue size and some unique gimmick items (Genie, costume trunk) as well as a nice conversation system. Though taking care of my sims was never something I was good at (Cheat city, baby) the game was still a wacky, fun game.
    >Control ghosts
    >Easy resurrection
    >No permadeath
    >Fun items and gameplay
    >Story mode
    >No internet connectivity (Not sure if the PC version had this. Disregard this if it didn't.)
    >Not the largest clothing selection
    >No object colour customization (Again, disregard if the PC version couldn't do this either)
    >Do you want your sim to be an adult or an adult ghost? Disclaimer: To create an adult ghost sim, kill an adult sim

    In conclusion, The Sims 2 Console Version is undoubtedly in my Top 5 PS2 Games of All Time, and near-certainly in my Top 15 Games of All Time.
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