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Generally favorable reviews- based on 975 Ratings

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  • Summary: The Sims 2 is the first entirely-new generation of The Sims, the ground-breaking game that allowed players to create and control people. The Sims 2 challenges you to direct the journey of your Sims' lives as they grow from infancy through childhood, teenage life and adulthood. Starting withThe Sims 2 is the first entirely-new generation of The Sims, the ground-breaking game that allowed players to create and control people. The Sims 2 challenges you to direct the journey of your Sims' lives as they grow from infancy through childhood, teenage life and adulthood. Starting with a personality that you give them (or that they inherit from their parents), your Sims will develop in unique ways based on your choices and influence. As they progress through life, your Sims will collect memories which shape who they are, what options they have and how they behave. These experiences can have a short or long-term effect on relationships between family members and friends. Experiences between Sims when they are children can affect their relationships as teens and adults. Your Sims can have casual friendships or make life-long enemies. [Electronic Arts] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 61 out of 61
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  1. 100
    Far more than the original, this truly is a game that can be enjoyed by anyone, and should be tried by everyone.
  2. Computer Games Magazine
    100
    A phenomenal game that deserves every penny of its inevitable commercial success. In fact, it's far too big for the simple word "game." [Dec 2004, p.90]
  3. As much fun as the original game and its family of expansion packs were, Sims 2’s gameplay is an incredible leap forward that veteran Sims players and newcomers alike will thoroughly enjoy.
  4. It's the circle of virtual life -- and it's insanely addictive.
  5. Cheat Code Central
    90
    Whatever magic that was used to create the original Sims, the most popular computer game of all time, has not only been recaptured but the dosage has been cranked to lethal proportions...It's better than the original and all of the expansion packs combined.
  6. PC Gamer
    85
    May not be the most ambitious follow-up ever, but it does fix most of what was broken in the first game while introducing an attractive, badly needed, 3D makeover. [Dec 2004, p.108]
  7. A game sequel done right, with only the blatant and unabashed commercialism working against it...or for it, depending on how you look at the game.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 9 out of 176
  1. Aug 9, 2011
    10
    Amazing , This game is one of THE BEST P.C Games out. Far more enjoyable then Sims 3. Its simple to play and the options are endless ! Im gladAmazing , This game is one of THE BEST P.C Games out. Far more enjoyable then Sims 3. Its simple to play and the options are endless ! Im glad with how fast the sims grow up , if it was any longer ide be forwarding . I actually wished the 'teen' stage was shorter . But eh , What the hell :) Expand
  2. JamalF.
    Nov 17, 2005
    10
    This game is fun and addicting. once i played for 28 hours straight
  3. Emily
    Sep 24, 2004
    10
    This game rocks out loud!!! I've never seen something so realistic!!!
  4. Dec 20, 2016
    10
    I absolutly love this game. It is one of the alll time best PC games of all time. In my other revew i accidently clicked on five instead ofI absolutly love this game. It is one of the alll time best PC games of all time. In my other revew i accidently clicked on five instead of ten, so if this says five, it was a mistke. I wholeheartedly recommend this game for anyone who has a computer. My only advice is to get the expansions, they add so much. Expand
  5. F.D.
    Dec 26, 2004
    9
    I'd prefer if i had more cheats but thats just me being lazy! other than that it rocks well and truly!
  6. Dec 31, 2019
    9
    I had a lot of fun with the Sims 2, it's really a shame that it doesn't run on newer PCs that well. You can create, build, and act outI had a lot of fun with the Sims 2, it's really a shame that it doesn't run on newer PCs that well. You can create, build, and act out basically any story you want and the gameplay is much more open-ended than in the following Sims titles. If you can get it to run, this is the Sims game I regard as the best one of the series. Expand
  7. [Anonymous]
    Nov 6, 2004
    0
    I hate it... it really has bad graphics and the big speaker stereo thingy wouldnt click on next song...

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