The Sims 2 PlayStation 2

Metascore
75

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. The Sims 2 loses something in translation from PC to consoles. Namely, its addictive, entertaining gameplay.
  2. It’s a marked improvement over the original Sims port, and "Urbz: Sims in the City," and you might find it to be right up your alley.
  3. 70
    There's still something addictive about this game once you get past the initially slow start. There are dozens and dozens of things to unlock, and charting your progress through the title really sucks you in.
  4. Choose to ignore these (and other) oversights, persevere with the drudgery of the maintenance aspect (the bit where, in a more conventional RPG/god game, you'd actually get to do stuff, like solve puzzles or kill things), and there's a lengthy itinerary of tasks to discover and perform - something that still appeals to my completist urges.
  5. 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.
  6. 60
    Sims 2 for consoles is definitely not on par with the depth and ingenuity that its PC sibling offers but it's refreshing to play a relaxed version of the game that doesn't require as much surveying and emotional input.
  7. AceGamez
    70
    The type of player who will enjoy this game is the one who plays to unlock things. This is your type of game, because there are hundreds of items to unlock and use, which you will have to work for.
  8. I'm ready for this series to advance its gameplay, rather than just continuing to add new objects and locations to interact with.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. The basic formula hasn't changed, and for some of you (including me), it's probably getting old. [Dec 2005, p.124]
  12. Computer Games Magazine
    50
    Left unattended, they are pale shadows of their more vibrant PC counterparts. They seem more vacant and literally dispossessed. [Feb 2006, p.91]
  13. PC players shouldn't give up that version of the game for this one, that's for sure, but if you have a hankering to control the lives of fake people in front of your TV, then The Sims 2 for PS2 should fulfill that need.
  14. The replay in any of these titles is much less than what you would find with the PC version. The linear storyline, and structured game flow really cut down on the nearly limitless options that are at your disposal in the computer version of the Sims games.
  15. You’ll notice such things removed from the game as the ability to create a child Sim, while new things like a partially locked catalogue and cooperative play were added.

Awards & Rankings

#6 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2005
#94 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2005
User Score
4.4

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 166 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 84
  2. Negative: 48 out of 84
  1. MatttMayo
    Nov 2, 2005
    9
    This game is cool but i really need some cheats of some sort!!
  2. Oct 31, 2016
    9
    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.
    Pros:
    >Control ghosts
    >Easy resurrection
    >No permadeath
    >Fun items and gameplay
    >Story mode
    Cons:
    >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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  3. Aug 23, 2016
    10
    O melhor the sims, the sims 2 , engraçado e divertido, graficos bons para o ps2, e muita mais muita coisa para se fazer durante o jogo, aO melhor the sims, the sims 2 , engraçado e divertido, graficos bons para o ps2, e muita mais muita coisa para se fazer durante o jogo, a crianção esta muito legal Full Review »