Video Game Review: The Sims 2

Video Game Review The Sims 2
Written by Alyssia Walmsley

The Sims 2: Double Deluxe was originally released on the 14th of September, 2004. The game was developed by Maxis and published under EA Games. While the game initially only came out on PC, it was later released for other platforms such as Mac OS X, Game Boy Advance, Game Cube, Nintendo DS, Playstation 2, Playstation Portable, and Xbox.

The Sims 2: Double Deluxe is an upgraded version of the original Sims 2 Deluxe pack. This package includes the core game, a bonus DVD, and the Sims 2 Celebration Stuff expansion pack.

Gameplay

The Sims 2: Double Deluxe plays out just like its predecessor, The Sims. The game allows you to pick and design characters. You are allowed to pick everything from their appearance and clothing right down to their personalities. Once you have your Sims set up, you have to get them into a house. You choose from premade houses or choose an empty lot and start building from scratch. After your house is all set up, you can start adorning it with furniture, appliances, decorations, and necessities. Your Sims are now all set up to live their lives as you see fit.

Graphics

The graphics in the Sims 2: Double Deluxe have largely improved from the first game. All the textures for the Sims and the houses have been really touched up. Although the game is fairly old by now, it still holds up in terms of its striking visuals.

Sound

The soundtrack is made up of instrumental tracks during various stages of the game such as house construction and character creation. The songs featured in the game are dubbed in the Sims’ own Simlish language. There are notable appearances by bands such Paramore, Ryan Ferguson, Chiodios, and Trivium.

Features

There are a number of new features that set the game apart from its predecessor. Several different features have been included such as the new social system as well personal aspirations. These aspirations enable Sims to act out their goals and wishes, ultimately leading to their happiness.

Another great feature found in the Sims 2 is the ability to throw parties and social gatherings. You can have your Sims invite their friends, colleagues and relatives for activities such as birthday parties, pool parties, holiday parties, weddings and fiestas. There is also a new reputation system that allows you to build up your Sims’ reputation. This will help them gain things like a new job promotion or a free gift from other Sims.

Conclusion

The Sims 2 is one of the classic Sims games with great gameplay, features and presentation. It is widely regarded as one of the best Sims game out there.

About the author

Alyssia Walmsley

Alyssia is a Cornell University graduate of 2003 and a former lead technology development manager for Microsoft and Cisco Networking Systems. Between writing on her blog, SkyGone Inc, loves adventures and chocolate sprinkles!

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