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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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  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: 10 out of 182
  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. JewelB.
    Nov 23, 2005
    10
    I have been playing this game since the very first one was released and have every new expansion the old and the new I am addicted and I love it!
  3. PolishKid
    Sep 23, 2004
    10
    This game is awesome even tho i have a weak pc i enjoy playing this game.
  4. Jun 24, 2017
    10
    Top ten greatest PC game of all time for sure. So much production value, great story, great gameplay, great soundtrack. Looking back on itTop ten greatest PC game of all time for sure. So much production value, great story, great gameplay, great soundtrack. Looking back on it with the lens of having the Sims 3 and 4 released and how abysmal they are in comparison makes this game all the more nostalgic. Its still the best of the series despite being nearly 9 years old (with all expansions). If I could sum it up in one word, "Iconic!" Expand
  5. Neil"Frog"W.
    Jan 20, 2005
    9
    Addictive. maxis have kicked a goal by giving the sims aspirations, and all u wanna do is keep building the aspiration meter. still room forAddictive. maxis have kicked a goal by giving the sims aspirations, and all u wanna do is keep building the aspiration meter. still room for improvement. can't wait for the expansion pack. i like the fact u can be a teenager... i think there should be an R rated version.. hahaha.. u can incest.. but u can make twisted house holds... affairs are more fun.. easier to become friends with ppl. and also to "woohoo" or try for a baby this time.. its good, and just getting better! Expand
  6. Feb 9, 2020
    9
    It was best game of that time. On series normally sims 4 is better now but it is more fun than sims 3. Masterpiece.
  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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