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  • Summary: If the world was a blank canvas, how would you fill it in? Create a cast of characters and tell your own stories in The Sims 2. Create Sims, give them personalities, and directly control every move they make. Then customize their world, building their homes, creating their food, andIf the world was a blank canvas, how would you fill it in? Create a cast of characters and tell your own stories in The Sims 2. Create Sims, give them personalities, and directly control every move they make. Then customize their world, building their homes, creating their food, and designing their fashions. Help them in their careers and aspirations as they build a network of friends and avoid their enemies. Enjoy the peaks of pleasure and the trials of pain in your Sims' lives. Immerse yourself in a world created, customized, and controlled by you. Develop a master plan for your Sim's social life, career, and pathway to greatness...or live in chaos! Genuine console controls let you directly control every move your Sims make. Create thousands of your own food recipes and clothing designs from items you acquire throughout your Sims' world. Sims now have memories, adding a new dimension to managing your Sims' relationships. Play copperatively with a friend for double the fun with new split-screen 2-player mode. Experience endless possibilities! There's a surprise around every corner ... and in the couch ... and on the toilet. Investigate your Sim's world to find hidden opportunities that can help (or hurt) in achieving your Sim's goals. [Electronic Arts] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. PSM Magazine
    90
    Every bit as addictive and charming as "The Sims" ever were. Degg-degg! [Dec 2005, p.91]
  2. It may not be as deep as the PC version but compared to most console games, this one is a bottomless pit.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 87
  2. Negative: 49 out of 87
  1. Aug 4, 2020
    10
    To the people that didn't rate it as a 10, who do you think you are? This game represents my childhood. It's amazing. The first game I ever played.
  2. MatttMayo
    Nov 2, 2005
    9
    This game is cool but i really need some cheats of some sort!!
  3. babyGallost
    Oct 20, 2007
    7
    Can't your sims have babies on this game and plus timmy wants to meet an alien but he won't I'm not liking this game to much Can't your sims have babies on this game and plus timmy wants to meet an alien but he won't I'm not liking this game to much because the closest I can get my sim to having a baby is by having sex so now its sex sex sex sex & SEX. Expand
  4. SammyN.
    Mar 7, 2006
    4
    this game is really cool but i am having troble having children and that REALLY NOT COOL!! but other than that it is coool
  5. amyn.
    Jun 6, 2006
    2
    i know i hate the sims 2 it sucks coz you cany getr the sim to have a baby i spent since christmas
    trying for my si but no they didnt i
    i know i hate the sims 2 it sucks coz you cany getr the sim to have a baby i spent since christmas
    trying for my si but no they didnt i thought that i would be able to get my sim to have a baby im discusted with this game f***
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  6. CharylouG.
    Dec 17, 2006
    1
    I give it a one because you can't get pregnant and you can't age. This game really sucks. All I wanted to do in this game is to I give it a one because you can't get pregnant and you can't age. This game really sucks. All I wanted to do in this game is to have a family! But NO! this really,really SUCKS! Expand
  7. MatthewP.
    Nov 5, 2005
    0
    The p.c version is amazing but all i wanted was exactly the same put on to the playstation 2......the ps2 version is worser than the sims 1!!The p.c version is amazing but all i wanted was exactly the same put on to the playstation 2......the ps2 version is worser than the sims 1!! it has no conventions of the p.c version....you cant get pregnant or even have kids, u dont age andyou cant get engaged! the sims is all about being realistic and this game isnt. Expand

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