Following the previous version’s success, developer Maxis Redwood Shores continued to release The Sims 2 in 2004. The game marked the great success of The Sims game series with 13 million copies which were available on many platforms after 8 years. It is ranked as one of the best selling Console PC games.
The Game contents
The Sims 2’s context is a neighborhood with many people living together. There are two options to build their house or choose an existing house and arrange furniture. Each will bring them new challenges. After successfully building the house, the main character begins to appear. There are a male character and a female character. The biggest difference from this version compared to its previous is that humans develop according to the life cycle from babies, children, adolescents, and adults. The female character is responsible for giving birth within 24 minutes with a maximum of three births. Meanwhile, the other will talk to the neighborhood’s people and build many constructions.
Players receive rewards for completing the project within the specified time. They can open birthday parties to mark important milestones. Babies who spend a short time indoors will be taken to school instead of studying at home. The character’s personality is formed and trained from the beginning of walking. Players have to adjust their actions according to an existing regulation. After studying and working, their popularity will increase if the children have much success in the learning process. A child will learn through many levels such as elementary, secondary, and tertiary. Players make money by trading items or working in the office to shop and decorate their whereabouts. In addition, their families will participate in many social activities to create bonds with the people around them.
In terms of graphics, the game expands the city context with beautiful and detailed 3D graphics. The character’s life cycle lasts for seven stages and ends at the end of the 7th stage. This creates authenticity and new to many games. The sound is complete with many popular songs in community events for an enjoyable experience with the player.