This The Sims 2 version is a life simulator for console platforms allowing players to create incredibly deep characters with unique looks, clothes, aspirations, and personalities before taking them through all the intricacies of life. From taking out the trash to building a romance, the Sims 2 is the ideal alternate life.
At its core this version is a reinvention of the PC game of the same name that adds many new features including direct control of your character, a new food creation system, a custom story mode, a new social mode, and extensive character creation options while integrating a number of the new PC elements including wants and fears, more in depth autonomous character behaviors and more.
If your Sim uses the metal detector in the yard, he can find games made by EA games that were a flop. You can find Goldeneye: Rogue Agent and Urbz: Sims in the City, both commercial flops. If he finds them, your Sim will throw them on the ground and stomp on them, showing how terrible the designers thought the games were.