The popular life simulator, more customizable than ever
- Excellent 3D graphic engine
- A ton of new customization options
- Sims now grow old and evolve over time
- Impressive level of detail
- A bit outdated compared to The Sims 3
It may no longer be the number one in the top videogame charts, but when released back in 2004, The Sims 2 was a total blockbuster phenomenon that lived up to its predecessor.
The Sims 2 is the second installment in the popular life simulation saga. It features an improved, more powerful 3D graphics engine, more realistic and much more detailed characters and environments, and best of all, a ton of new customization and gameplaying options.
As with the previous Sims episode, the aim in The Sims 2 is not strictly defined. You're given the responsibility to create and lead the life of a sim (or family of sims) but whatever you decide to do with them is entirely up to you: buy a house, get a job, make friends, get married, have a kid... you name it. There's a big difference when compared to the first title in the saga, though: sims now grow old over time – with six different life stages – so the game is even more challenging.
The Sims 2 has an impressive amount of customization options when creating your sims. You can basically customize them to the smallest detail, including facial features such as nose, eyes or mouth. Moreover, your kids will inherit these characteristics, and your body's muscular tone can change over time depending on how much sport you practice.
Another important new feature in The Sims 2 are the so called life aspirations, wishes and fears. All the sim's actions should be focused on achieving whatever goals they aspire to, so that they gain aspiration points – which in turn make your sim happier.
It's never too late to try The Sims 2. Unless you've already move to The Sims 3, this second installment in the Sims saga remains an entertaining, highly addictive life simulator, perfect for all ages.
The Sims 2 is the perfect sequel to the original Sims game, with tons of new features, improvements and customization options that players were asking for.