The Sims 2
This sequel to the very popular Mac game is totally but follows the same ground rules as the original: you must guide simulated people, called, unsurprisingly, sims, through their daily lives, helping them make decisions that will affect their careers, emotional well being, and relationships.
Version 2 adds the concept of Aspirations – your sims now come with dreams and goals that you must try to fulfil. The game also has a genetics component that lets sims pass their own traits down to their kids. You can even create custom sims that look like you.
All told, The Sims 2 is a technically impressive game that adds many new features to an already proven formula. And believe it or not, The Sims 2 uses some of the most sophisticated and demanding 3D-graphics effects ever seen in a Mac game.
It’s unfortunate that the expansion packs from the previous version won’t work with The Sims 2, but it is a completely new game. However, the formula that made the developers of the original Sims millions was fuelled mostly by expansion packs. So it’s fair to assume that a steady stream of add-ons will be heading your way soon.
A 1.2GHz or faster machine is absolutely mandatory. Owners of ATI graphics cards will want to update their cards with the latest drivers and firmware from ATI – this made a big difference on my X800 card.
The gaming experience is familiar but different, so will take some time to adjust to. However, once you get used to the new ways, it’s just as addictive and time consuming as all The Sims that came before.