Flashback Friday: Sims 2

Double Jump Kris Mii It’s another Friday! Yay!
We’ve been going back and forth between playing our Switch Games and living out perfect lives on the Sims 4. This month I thought we’d go back to when Rachel and I had first gotten hooked onto the Sims series with Sims 2. 

The Sims 2, first published in 2004, is the second installment of the Sims franchise published by EA Games and developed by Maxis. Like the original Sims, the Sims 2 is a real life simulator where the player controls the characters and aids them in living their lives day to day.

The game itself was released on a plethora of platforms, most notably the PC but also the Xbox, the Playstation 2, and Nintendo’s GameCube, Gameboy Advance, and DS. It was a commercial success, smashing records with its release, and sold over 13 million copies over all platforms by March 2012.

The Sims 2 allows the characters — the Sims — to age through life cycles, such as child, teen, and adult, with a 3D game engine. Players customize the Sims’ looks and personalities before throwing them into a world where they can get jobs, develop relationships, and grow old or die unfortunate premature deaths. The game allows the players to play the role of a god, choosing and manipulating every aspect of the Sims’ lives, or just letting the Sims choose their own fate however their personality dictates they would act.

Besides the base game, the Sims 2 had expansion packs to greatly expand the gameplay. For example, Pets included dogs and cats, Nightlife boasted clubs and a dating system, and Seasons brought weather to the Sims’ world. Expansions tended to bring new life forms for the Sims, such as PlantSims, Vampires, and Witches. Stuff Packs were also developed and sold separately, bringing new items to decorate the Sims’ world with.

Since then, the franchise has evolved to The Sims 3 and most recently The Sims 4, each bringing new content to the franchise. Despite initial glitches and problems with the games’ releases, the Sims franchise continues to be a success.

Have you ever played the Sims 2? What did you think of it?

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  1. Ah, what I consider to be the pinnacle of The Sims! So many additions and improvements on the first. I think the charm started to slip away in The Sims 3, personally, but keep in mind I played the original Sims when I was about 12. Aging myself up here! All great games in their own right.

    1. It definitely took me a while to get used to Sims 3 with its open world since I was a bit of a control freak when it came to playing all my Sims houses, haha! I did enjoy the improvements of Sims 3, though, but the simplicity of Sims 2 is missed. We play the Sims 4 often enough now, and I’m enjoying it while very impatiently waiting for a Pets pack.

  2. Sims 2 is the first game I modded, the first game I passed so many hours (as much as pokemon did when I was younger). I love this game, even to this day and I had almost every expansion packs! XD

    1. I love the Sims franchise, and Sims 2 was my first foray into it. I got Rachel to play it, and I believe she still has the game and half a dozen expansion packs installed in her laptop!

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