Generally favorable reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. It may not be as deep as the PC version but compared to most console games, this one is a bottomless pit.
  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. Every bit as addictive and charming as "The Sims" ever were. Degg-degg! [Dec 2005, p.91]
  4. 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]
User Score

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 146 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 80
  2. Negative: 48 out of 80
  1. 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) Full Review »
  2. ERB
    Aug 1, 2013
    It is a good game but because of the game bugs It ruined it all. Full Review »
  3. Jun 18, 2013
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. A few years ago, I bought a used copy of this game for about $12.00, only to find out that this game was $12.00 too much. The graphics are mediocre, the gameplay is slow and choppy, and takes too long to load. The Sim customization feature is blase and ugly. The soundtrack may be passable, but that isn't saying much. I've heard much better music in the soundtrack for The Sims 1. The game's AI unresponsive most of the time and are a real pain in the ass to deal with. The Sims that you can control in Story Mode (other than your main Sim; this includes Sims such as Farah, Don, Partrizio, Isabella, Betty, Victor, etc.) have as much depth as stale, unbuttered toast. There is nothing interesting about any of them, unlike some other characters in previous installments of Sims games. You don't care if they become depressed from lack of socialization, get fired from their job, or even "die". The "Story Mode" in this game is also very bland and feels like nothing but a boring chore, as well as the "Free Mode" option. But the nail that seals the coffin is the lack of features that are offered in this game, unlike what the Sims 2 on the PC brought us. You can't build houses with stairs, have children, or die for good in this game. Nope-you just become a ghost and screw around until you decide to be revived by the Grim Reaper by either winning a challenge to a fiddling contest or paying up some simoleons. Overall, this game is nothing but a waste of time and money. If you are a hardcore Simmer as much as I am and just have to own every Sims game in your collection, do yourself a favor and stay away from this terrible game. Don't even buy it for a cent, because would still be too much to buy this piece of goat dung that is The Sims 2 on the PS2. If you happen to own the PC version of the Sims 2, please just stick with that. Full Review »