The Sims for PS2 is an awesome game where the goal is simply to get rich and retire. OK, maybe that’s a little too simply stated, so I guess you have to read the whole review! This game has been out since 2003, so you can probably find a good deal on it now. It’s definitely worth it.
Step 1: Creating Sims
To begin playing this game, you must first create your sims. Whether you are playing the “Neighborhood” mode or the “Get a Life” mode (both explained later), you need to know how to create a sim. You can create sims in your own image or the image of your friends and family. You can choose things like male or female, adult or child, skin color, hair color and clothing.
You can also choose certain attributes for your sim such as neatness, personality traits, etc. You can do this by choosing your sims zodiac sign OR you can just choose a sign and then edit it to fit your needs. For example, you may prefer your sim has more neatness points b/c the more points the sim has, the more he/she will clean up after himself without your manipulation.
NOTE: Once you design your sim, you can change it’s appearance DURING the game by purchasing the VANITY TABLE.
Step 2: Learn how to care for your sim
Once you start playing, you will quickly learn that you must tell your sim to do almost EVERYTHING. Go to the bathroom, clean the dishes, fix the tv, sleep, EVERYTHING. If you turn on “Free will” in the options menu, your sim will sometimes do these things on your own.
Problems occur with Free Will b/c sometimes the sims will “forget” what you have selected him/her to do next. Once you learn to keep your sims relatively healthy and happy, you can focus on winning the game.
Step 3: Get a Life
I believe that when I first started this game, they make you play Get a Life for a while before you can play the Neighborhoods.
“Get a Life” mode was new to this sim games (so I’ve been told). In this mode, you start out living with your mother, and you have to accomplish certain goals in order to get to the next level. Goals in level 1 are things like get a job, learn to cook, and borrow money from your mom. You’ll learn that the goals are not always as simple as they seem. For instance, your mom has to be in a good mood before she’ll lend you money, and this takes work. Second of all, in this level, your mom refuses to clean or fix anything, which also leaves your sim with a lot of work.
You have to figure out how to get your sim to accomplish her goals and still stay healthy. You’ll find that just like real life, your sim won’t perform well if she is not happy. She will not study if she’s having a bad day.
Note: This bugged me b/c I myself have had bad days and still studied b/c I knew I have to. In real life people do things even when they are not in the mood.
The overall goal of the “Get a Life” mode is to get your sim to a point where she is rich and can retire, but of course there are many things she must accomplish to get there. I will not explain everything since I think it’s more fun to not know what’s coming with each level.
Step 4: The neighborhood
Once you’ve played the above mode for awhile, you should be able to play the Neighborhood mode. In this mode, the only goal is to keep your sims alive. Here you can create families based on your own family, or your friends. You move them into houses in the neighborhood. Now you can really manipulate all your friends and family. It is really fun to make my sims sister clean the house while my sim just watches tv. Or to make certain friends flirt and fall in love. Again, it is somewhat like real life in that you can make friends with other sims, throw parties, and marry sims.
You can also redesign each sims house. You can start with an old house or create a completely new house. I created my dream house and it took me until I was a famous star before I could afford to move in. In building your house you choose the wallpaper, floor, rooms, lighting, everything, just as if you really were building a house.
When entering the Neighborhood mode, you can choose to turn hints on. These can be VERY HELPFUL, and tell you a lot of tips about how to best help your sim.
Note: There are some families in the neighborhood already, but most of them suck as far as I’m concerned. It’s more fun to evict them and create your own families
My issues with this game are the following:
–If you are in Sim A’s house, you cannot make Sim A leave the house and show up at Sim B’s house. In real life friends stop by unexpectedly.
–If you call Sim B to invite him over, it might say he is working. BUT if then choose to “Throw a Party”, Sim B might show up now. How rude!
–They only let you buy so much to create your house. Even in my dream house, where my sims can afford everything there is to buy, they won’t even let me put in another light bulb b/c I’ve reached my limit.
–People just follow you into the bathroom when you really really have to go! That is really stupid, especially when you can’t get them to leave. They should have an option like “lock the door”.
–Sometimes you can have ALL your Skills, go to work in an excellent mood everyday, and never get promoted! Oh wait, that is exactly like real life for some people so I guess I shouldn’t complain.
–You can have babies w/out even kissing your husband! And then if they cry for more than a few minutes someone comes and takes them away!
–There are no pets. I wish I could have a simulated puppy! (but there is a very expensive monkey that will clean your house).
Buying, Building, and other fun extras
The most fun for me is to buy stuff for my sims. You can purchase things that you would never be able to afford in real life. I put a pool in my house, a heart shaped hot tub, and a piano. My sim gets more practice at the piano then me! Oh well.
When building a new house, you always need to put in the basics for their health, toilet, fridge, bed, bathtub. You also need the basics for their skills, bookcase, treadmill. Read the info on things in buy mode to see how it will improve your sims skills.
In the category of other fun extras, I place things like Maids, gardeners and repairmen. If you get sick of cleaning, and you have enough cash, you can hire a maid to show up every day. You can also plant some flowers and higher a gardener to care for them. Flowers keep sims happy so this is really an expense worth paying for.
The 2 player modes are unlocked when you complete things in the get a life mode. These are simulated competitions. The screen is split diagonally (I don’t like that!!) You and your friend both have the same goal. For example: borrow as much money as possible in the time limit. Then you run around the house trying to borrow money. You are both in the same house with the same people. When time is up, the person with the most money wins.
This is pretty fun EXCEPT that it is split diagonally which is quite annoying. Should be horizontal/vertical like all other games.
For the Eyes and Ears
From what I’ve heard the graphics are not as good as other games, however, I think they are GREAT! I mean, you can’t make them look exactly like people w/out sacrificing game speed. One thing that bugs me is that sometimes I wish I could zoom in more. I can usually see what is going on but sometimes my eyesight fools me and I want to get closer to the house.
One more issue is that the screen gets really dark at night unless you have A LOT of lights. If you can’t afford all these lights, just adjust the brightness on your tv. It helps a bunch. As for sounds, the sound effects are lots of fun. If your sim plays the piano, she’ll start off with chopsticks and end up playing Beethoven as her skills improve.
Also, sims have their own language (I believe it’s called simolean). It’s kind of fun to try and pick up what they are saying. I read an article from the creators that said they didn’t want them to say nothing b/c that would be boring, and they didn’t want them to speak English b/c that would get repetitive. I think they made a good choice in inventing a language. (Although I swear I heard my sim say “Gross” after eating old food!)
This game is definitely addicting, and it may even help you learn something about how to run your own life. You cannot leave your house like you can in other sim games. This leaves you with less options for what to do all day when you are home.
The good thing about this game is the lack of stress when you play. There is no running and jumping before the monster gets you, and no time limits on how long you can stay in one level. I was in the same level for months b/c I was having fun with the level, and yet a friend of mine got through the whole game in just a few weeks. Of course, the neighborhood mode is never-ending. Sims do not grow old (unless they are children or babies) and you can always change situations, break up couples and friends, cause jealous love triangles. All kinds of fun stuff. So buy the sims for PS2, it’s better than sitting at a computer.
The game is mostly for an individual, but others might watch b/c it’s like watching a tv show sometimes. (or a soap opera!). If you have friends who would rather play with you then play there own game from scratch, do this: Create a neighborhood, and fill the houses with friends that might wanna play. When your friends are around, they can play as themselves! And they won’t have to do any work to get it all set up.