The Sims 2 is now shipping in the UK.

Developed for the Mac by Aspyr, The Sims 2 lets players control Sims throughout their entire lifetime and pass DNA down through the generations, passing on physical and personality traits.

The Sims 2 also includes new movie-making feature so players can make their own sim films, controlling the camera and zooming in close to capturing the action.

The Sims 2, which launched on the PC last autumn, had the "strongest PC launch in EA's history," according to Electronic Arts CEO Larry Probst.