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Cheat Code Central (Nov 07, 2005)
There's nothing not to like in The Sims 2. Since it's all up to you the only thing you can complain about is how you played the game. If this is your cup of tea then you can expect weeks and months of game play. For the right consumer this game will provide unrivaled replay value.
Armchair Empire, The (Feb 23, 2005)
While Sims 2 PC players will be able to notice what’s missing from the game’s PC inspiration, console-only Simmers will find The Sims 2 to be the best console rendition of the series yet. Better graphics, animations and gameplay (both free-roam and story-driven single-player and split-screen two-player) combine with the usual Sims God game goodness for a respectable console version of a very good PC game.
IGN (Oct 27, 2005)
In summary, the console edition of The Sims 2 marks a definite improvement over the Urbz: Sims in the City in terms of visual presentation, sound and gameplay. It tweaks the PC formula enough to attract the console crowd, yet keeps enough of the traditional Sims formula to warrant a look from fans of the original. It's a fun, funny and truly engrossing entry in the series.
PGNx Media (Nov 02, 2005)
The Sims 2 is 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. If you want to experience The Sims 2, you’d be best served by playing the PC version. Nonetheless, the console versions are good and gripping just not as much.
GameZone (Nov 09, 2005)
The Sims 2 is, by far, the best console version of a PC great. It doesn’t quite capture the overall beauty of its older brother but then again there are improvements for those who have enjoyed past console versions of The Sims. If you’re a returning fan you might want to consider this one right away but if you’re a loyal fan of the PC games this one isn’t bad at all. Either way, you’re going to like this game.
XBox Front (Dec 02, 2005)
Die Sims sind wie eine Soap. Nicht jeder mag sie. Doch wer einmal dran Gefallen gefunden hat, kommt so schnell nicht mehr davon los. Trotz kleinerer Performance-Schwächen hat Sims Vater Will Whright wieder ganze Arbeit geleistet und beschert euch so manche unterhaltsame Stunden mit euren Lieblingen und beweist zugleich, dass das Leben komplexer sein kann, als man denkt...
The Sims 2 is a vastly improved game over previous Xbox Sims games and represents one of the deepest titles around. For those like action in there games The Sims 2 may be a title worth avoiding, as it takes quite a bit of time and effort to see the games best parts. The only issue really with the Xbox version is not being able to have or play as kids in the game but it makes up for that loss with the new story mode and it stands up pretty well otherwise.
TeamXbox (Oct 27, 2005)
While the game still can’t stand up to its big brother on the PC, the console version is making leeway in closing the gap between the two. The Sims 2 brings all of the depth and fun that we’ve come to expect from the series, and delivers it in a fairly succinct package to the Xbox. The advent of two separate control schemes may be perplexing at first, but players will soon realize that there’s no other way to stay true to both the PC and the console audience without splitting the controller options into separate groups. The list of accessible items is as expansive as ever, and now that the Sims have the ability to travel to different locations, there’s no telling how long or how deep The Sims 2 truly is. For those who don’t have the processing power to handle The Sims 2 on their PC, the console rendition is finally a viable replacement. But for those who have already ventured into the latest installment, you needn’t shell out the dough for a second trip around the neighborhood.
X-Power (Nov 25, 2005)
Ik geef het toe, ik had zo mijn twijfels bij de consoleversie van The Sims 2. Na het zwaar tegenvallende The Urbz, fronste ik mijn wenkbrauwen wel eens bij het horen van het vierletterwoord S-i-m-s. Eenmaal de game echter een uurtje in de dvd-lade zat, was er geen houden meer aan. Vooral de gedetailleerde features, zoals bijvoorbeeld het samenstellen van eigen gerechten, vielen bij mij in de smaak. Kortom, The Sims 2 is een amusante game voor jong en oud, die tijdens de komende wintermaanden wel eens een leuke tijdsbesteding kan zijn.
The Xbox version in particular looks amazing and the speedy play is a great achievement for a series historically known as having a high learning curve.
The Sims 2 isn't solely comprised of used components; the new cooking mechanic is fun once you figure it out and there are some truly hilarious new object interactions (more games need a "fart on the phone" prank call option). Even with these elements, the game isnt' as dynamic or addictive as others in the series, but it does manage to find some identity amid its more familiar features that Sims fans will certainly appreciate.
X-Box Gamer (Nov 27, 2005)
Plus beau que son prédécesseur, les Sims 2 n’amène malheureusement qu’un nombre très limité de nouveautés. Malgré cela, la recette fonctionne plutôt bien et les amateurs de simulations de vie risquent bien d’y rester scotchés durant bon nombre d’heures. Vous hésitez encore ?
Lawrence (Nov 08, 2005)
The Sims 2 comes at us as a solid sequel and one that most Sims fans will enjoy. Even if you are new, this is the perfect game to become familiarized with the series. The game does hurt from tedious repetition, but the end reward of incredible unlockables of items, buildings, locations, and friends is worth the effort. The two-player co-op also brings additional fun as you and a friend will be able to control separate Sims and go about your daily activities. So with high scores in longevity and unlockables, you’ll be enjoying this title for a while.
Games Master (Dec, 2005)
The Sims 2 goes one step further in its quest to be more console-friendly by introducing direct control. The option to use a cursor to select items for your Sims to use is still there if you want it, but direct control proves to be far easier. You can still flick control from one Sim to another. But instead of lining up things for them to do, you walk them to an item, press "A" and choose from a pop-up menu what you want them to do. Another bonus of this control method is that your Sims can multi-task. So you can get them to read a book while on the toilet to fill up their toilet and entertainment needs bars simultaneously. How handy.
AceGamez (Nov 26, 2005)
This version of The Sims 2 doesn't do the PC version any justice whatsoever; it really is a poor adaptation. The type of player who will enjoy this game is the one who plays to unlock things. This is your type of game, because there are hundreds of items to unlock and use, which you will have to work for. Other console Sims games are probably better than this, because they actually have a proper story - such as the quest to become a renowned celebrity, or to move out of your mother's house and to become a successful Sim.
70 (Nov 23, 2005)
The Sims 2 on consoles isn't for everyone. It does itself no favours with its incredibly dull first impression, but give it time and you'll start to see just why these virtual people have sold so many videogames. It's got its problems (which could have quite easily been ironed out before release), but if you can get past them you may well end up spending all of your free time trying to create some free time for virtual people. It's not sad. Honest.
GameSpy (Nov 16, 2005)
Two players can play simultaneously on the same console. Each one steps into the role of a Sim and you play together. (In story mode, only the main Sim has any game-advancing goals -- the other one is open season.) This mode can be slow-going, since both players have to hold down the fast-forward key in order to speed up time, but it is enjoyable to be able to share the same game space with a friend.
70 (Nov 03, 2005)
Fidèle à elle-même, la série des Sims continue d'enthousiasmer son public avec son concept sans équivalent et son atmosphère détendue. Les Sims 2 n'innove toutefois pas assez pour marquer une véritable évolution, mais ceux qui adhéraient déjà peuvent se laisser tenter une nouvelle fois.
Game Chronicles (Nov 20, 2005)
What kind of gamer does it take to find appealing a game about doing the mundane aspects of daily life among a set of simulated people? Perhaps this game is aiming for a more casual gaming market, and no one can deny the popularity of the Sims franchise. If you think you might be this kind of gamer, then I don't think there is anything terribly wrong about this version of the Sims that would turn you away, especially if you have a high-definition TV and HD cables for your Xbox. If you've already got this game for the PC or even have had your fill of the earlier games in this series, The Sims 2 might not offer enough new to really get you excited about it.
GameSpot (Oct 27, 2005)
You won't be distracted by much in the way of surprising and unique AI behavior along the way, because here The Sims 2's AI just isn't that great when left to its own devices. What's left is a game that offers a fairly good presentation and improved control, but it ultimately holds the most appeal for obsessive collectors with its many unlockable objects, unlockable clothing sets, and hidden cooking recipes. Unless you fit that fairly niche description, The Sims 2 on consoles probably isn't for you.
64 (Jan 23, 2006)
The Sims 2 may be a feel good game for some but it didn’t really give me a good feeling. My first gaming minutes couldn’t help but remind me of the first Sims game. Ten minutes later, when I fixed the sink and made out with my roommate, I started to feel a little better. A little later however I was already getting married so bye bye love and bye bye good feeling. You know what irritates me most in The Sims 2? Not the fact that you can marry faster than take a shit but the constant pressure of keeping your character happy.
1UP (Dec 13, 2005)
Maxis' sophomore debut of the Sims franchise is just now getting to the meaty part in the stage of expansions galore. Sims 2 for consoles is definitely not on par with the depth and ingenuity that its PC sibling offers but it's refreshing to play a relaxed version of the game that doesn't require as much surveying and emotional input. There's always going to be that one twin who's lower-maintenance than the other.