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Title: The Sims 2-3-4 (including expansions)
Post by: gec05 on July 27, 2006, 10:31:38 am
The expansion pack was finally announced today on the official website.

Check it out! (http://thesims2.ea.com/pets/index.php)

They're also porting this to the Gamecube, PS2, PSP, DS, and Advance. Anyone else looking forward to this?
Title: Re: The Sims 2: Pets
Post by: PatMan33 on July 27, 2006, 10:39:16 am
Heh... I am burnt out on The Sims from the first game...

But I still play these anyway!


I think I have a problem.
Title: Re: The Sims 2: Pets
Post by: Vivec on July 27, 2006, 12:09:13 pm
The expansion pack was finally announced today on the official website.

Check it out! (http://thesims2.ea.com/pets/index.php)

They're also porting this to the Gamecube, PS2, PSP, DS, and Advance. Anyone else looking forward to this?

Damn, it's about freaking time!
Title: Re: The Sims 2: Pets
Post by: CandyCane1084 on July 27, 2006, 12:32:59 pm
Ehhh...I'm kind of worried about it. It looks so much like unleashed (from TS1), which amused me for a mere 2 weeks before I found it dreadfully boring. It looks like it has potential, though. I'm just upset because, a while back, they said that pets would be part of an expansion, not a whole one to itself. Maybe pets was too big to add anything to it, I don't know. I'm still kind of iffy on whether or not I'm going to buy it. I'm going to have to keep an eye on what they release about the game. Who knows? It could turn out amazing. Maybe I'm just being pessimistic today  :P
Title: Re: The Sims 2: Pets
Post by: Vivec on July 27, 2006, 12:51:22 pm
Ehhh...I'm kind of worried about it. It looks so much like unleashed (from TS1), which amused me for a mere 2 weeks before I found it dreadfully boring. It looks like it has potential, though. I'm just upset because, a while back, they said that pets would be part of an expansion, not a whole one to itself. Maybe pets was too big to add anything to it, I don't know. I'm still kind of iffy on whether or not I'm going to buy it. I'm going to have to keep an eye on what they release about the game. Who knows? It could turn out amazing. Maybe I'm just being pessimistic today  :P

Oh, c'mon, like you aren't an expansion-buying-crazy-person like the rest of us?
Title: Re: The Sims 2: Pets
Post by: Fink on July 27, 2006, 12:58:25 pm
My pets always died in the last one...
Title: Re: The Sims 2: Pets
Post by: Lualmoba on July 27, 2006, 01:10:56 pm
I never really got how to train them.
Title: Re: The Sims 2: Pets
Post by: Vivec on July 27, 2006, 01:12:26 pm
I never really got how to train them.

Hitting "Teach" usually worked.
Title: Re: The Sims 2: Pets
Post by: Lualmoba on July 27, 2006, 01:23:11 pm
I never really got how to train them.

Hitting "Teach" usually worked.

I did, but they didn't want to train most of the time.
Title: Re: The Sims 2: Pets
Post by: Piloteer on July 28, 2006, 02:04:42 pm
We're all suckers for Sims expansion packs. I think this is the one we've all been waiting for though.

Did anyone else really like Makin' Magic? I was skeptical at first, but that was probably my favorite one from the original game. I really hope they make a remake of it!
Title: Re: The Sims 2: Pets
Post by: Mjavabean on July 28, 2006, 02:06:45 pm
If there's a thread every time a new Sims expansion is made, the website would crash.
Title: Re: The Sims 2: Pets
Post by: CandyCane1084 on July 28, 2006, 06:24:51 pm
Did anyone else really like Makin' Magic? I was skeptical at first, but that was probably my favorite one from the original game. I really hope they make a remake of it!

I adored Makin' Magic. It was probably my favorite, save vacation. Though, I have a feeling that Makin' Magic would have been my absolute favorite if Vacation had not been my first ever expansion. ::)

Oh, c'mon, like you aren't an expansion-buying-crazy-person like the rest of us?

Haha, I am. But I never bought OFB, frankly it didn't appeal to me, and I'm not a huge fan of the fun stuff packs. That's why I am hoping that Pets will be better than Unleashed was.
Title: Re: The Sims 2: Pets
Post by: Aybraus on July 28, 2006, 06:36:37 pm
I intend to get it.  I need all the bug fixes that OFB offered, and I think controlling pets would be fun.
Title: Re: The Sims 2: Pets
Post by: SBD on July 29, 2006, 03:43:17 am
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It was probably my favorite, save vacation.

Really? IMO Vacation was the most useless one. by the end of a vacation most of my sims' bars were always in the red. once i made a guy play in the arcade for tickets for a day and night, which caused him to pee himself, get unbearably uncomfortable and nearly starve to death. i also missed the check-out time so i had to pay for another night, all so i could win a little skull to put on the trophy cabinet. So i win the damn skull, go home only to find that the skull is no longer in my freakin' inventory! Hot Date was my favorite, followed by Makin Magic.
Title: Re: The Sims 2: Pets
Post by: CandyCane1084 on July 29, 2006, 08:07:37 pm
I just liked vacation because it gave you the opportunity to take your sims out of the house and go on vacation, which is personally my favorite part of life itself  ;D. I wasn't allowed to buy Hot Date, so I never played it. I'm sure that, if I had been able to buy it, it would have been my all time favorite. Makin' Magic was one of my favorites as well. Looking back on it now, I think that I would not enjoy vacation as much as I did before. I can't remember why I loved it so much; there was just something about it...probably the fact that you could take your sims away from the daily routine of home life.

My personal opinion is that Maxis could really make an amazing TS2 version of Vacation. Maybe one day they will.
Title: Re: The Sims 2: Pets
Post by: darkstar on August 01, 2006, 06:53:53 am
well it was bound to happen sooner or later and its good that they are getting it out before spore (i mean who would buy something for create a pet when u could have a practically limitless creature editor) I'm sure it will sell well.
Title: Re: The Sims 2: Pets
Post by: gec05 on August 02, 2006, 10:06:13 pm
Obviously. All the forum members at the official site have gone ga-ga for pets ever since before the Sims 2 was released.
Title: Re: The Sims 2: Pets
Post by: Bastardman on August 03, 2006, 07:36:47 am
(i mean who would buy something for create a pet when u could have a practically limitless creature editor)
A lot of people, that's who.

Do you honestly think 90% of the people who play the Sims are going to be interested in Spore? When people see Spore, they're not going to be thinking OMGLOOKATALLTHECUTEPUPPIESANDKITTYCATS!!!111! ~^_^~ ^^^^^^^ <3333333333333 the way they will when they see this Pets expansion.
Title: Re: The Sims 2: Pets
Post by: KillerTom on August 07, 2006, 12:53:56 pm
It's a sightly constant lack of ideas, u all know... night life (ts2) is just like hot date (ts1), if you can remember. And, pets (ts2) is the same as unleashed(ts1)!!  :-\ I had all the expansions since now, however i'll do without this one.
Title: Re: The Sims 2: Pets
Post by: Lualmoba on August 07, 2006, 01:00:20 pm
It's a sightly constant lack of ideas, u all know... night life (ts2) is just like hot date (ts1), if you can remember. And, pets (ts2) is the same as unleashed(ts1)!!  :-\ I had all the expansions since now, however i'll do without this one.

They said they give the people what they want (which actually means they repeat the EPs) on the autumn EP and they try something new on the Spring EP.
Title: Re: The Sims 2: Pets
Post by: Bonemouse on August 09, 2006, 03:18:47 pm
I share your skepticism for this x-pack. Unleashed was the breaking point for me and the original series. (Although, now I kinda wish I had tried Making Magic.) Still, so far with TS2 every expansian pack so far has included new features other then the main one. Up to this point they've added something that makes the packs worthwhile. For example, I'm not a huge fan of the "university experience" but I love the new career reward objects (even if I have to use a cheat code to unlock them) and the ability to force NPC teens to "grow up" so I don't have to have a teen sim build a new relationship when they become adults. Cars, vampires and building tools for NL (the dating mini-game is fun every once in awhile too.) I totally dig OFB's main feature, but it'd still be worth it for crafting tables, elevators and Servo.

And these features are always the ones that you don't really find out about until after the game is released. So as per my usual plan, I'll wait a couple of weeks after release, read the reviews and Sims fansites to find out all the hidden goodies and then decide wether or not it's worth the money.
Title: Re: The Sims 2: Pets
Post by: gec05 on September 16, 2006, 09:58:51 pm
Sorry for bumping an old topic but I found some interesting news. Maxis announced a full list of songs to be "Simlished" in this upcoming Expansion Pack.

Artist/Song/Console
Aly & AJ / "Chemicals React" / PC and Console
Brazil / "Candles Cast Long Shadows" / PC and Console
Cowboy Troy / "I Play Chicken With a Train" / PC and Console
Cut Copy / "Future" / Console*
Dena Deadly / "Fortuzala" / PC and Console
The Flaming Lips / "Free Radicals" / PC and Console
Hot Chip / "Colours" / Console*
Hot Chip / "So Glad to See You" / Console*
Isabelle Huang / "Hit It" / PC and Console
Jessi Malay / "Topsy Turvy" / PC and Console
Joanna J / "Unthinkable" / PC and Console
Kristen Dex / "Come On Come On" / PC and Console
New Amsterdams / "Turn Out the Light" / PC and Console
Prescott / "Dixie Dixie Where Have You Been All My Life" / PC and Console
Prescott / "Hurt Nobody" / PC and Console
Ralph Myerz and the Jack Herren Band / "Boombox Breakdown" / Console*
Saving Jane / "Girl Next Door" / PC and Console
Skye Sweetnam / "Boyhunter" / PC and Console
Something for Rockets / "I Never Know" / PC and Console
Tanaila / "Wow Wow Wow" / PC and Console
The Films / "Black Shoes" / PC and Console
The Format / "The Compromise" / PC and Console
The Netw0rk / "Topy Apa Ty" / PC and Console
*****cat Dolls / "Don't Cha" / PC and Console
Touchstone / "Simpatico" / PC and Console
W of P3 / "Aff Wubbas Doo" / PC and Console

* Songs with (*) will be on the console versions only.


Quote from article:
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"We've always been known to jump at opportunities that challenge us to do something totally fresh that we've never done. Needless to say, recording 'Free Radicals' in Simlish allowed us to do just that," said Flaming Lips front man Wayne Coyne.

Full article from Gamespot here. (http://www.gamespot.com/pc/strategy/thesims2pets/news.html?sid=6157570)

It's interesting because it's funny to listen to real-world songs sung in Simlish. :D
Title: Re: The Sims 2: Pets
Post by: Lualmoba on September 17, 2006, 03:47:21 pm
How many songs do they usually change?
Title: Re: The Sims 2: Pets
Post by: gec05 on September 18, 2006, 10:42:47 am
The article says they have done this for some time but they've only made 3 songs in the last EP. This is going to be their second time doing it.
Title: Re: The Sims 2: Pets
Post by: SBD on October 08, 2006, 06:02:22 am
Wouldn't be awsome if you could import your spore creatures into The Sims, and use them as pets?
Title: Re: The Sims 2: Pets
Post by: Null on October 11, 2006, 08:11:58 am
That would be interesting
Title: Re: The Sims 2: Pets
Post by: Hydromancerx on October 20, 2006, 03:04:14 am
I made my first pet and it is a raccoon (or racoon dog)!!!

Raccoon
http://thesims2.ea.com/exchange/pet_detail.php?asset_id=1036

(http://thesims2.ea.com/sims2_exchange/pet/36/1036/full.jpg)

You can find more here

http://www.gamingsteve.com/blab/index.php?topic=7388.0
Title: Re: The Sims 2: Pets
Post by: Interitus on October 23, 2006, 11:58:04 am
Does it bother anyone else how much more customizeable the pets are then humans?
Title: Re: The Sims 2: Pets
Post by: Danger Mouse on October 24, 2006, 07:00:28 am
I thought it was the other way around personally
Title: Re: The Sims 2: Pets
Post by: Interitus on October 24, 2006, 03:57:30 pm
Are you kidding? Especially the PC version. Humans have 4 skin tones.. pets get at least a dozen basic ones.. all of which can be blended. Humans get.. 5? basic eye colours. Dogs not only get at least twice that, they can also individually make each eye a different colour. (this can actually happen in humans, my friend Wade has it).  I guess humans probably have more facial features. But as for the rest of the body, The Sims are all just carbon copies. Where as pets have countless (almost to the point of needless) numbers of different ways to change their body.
Title: Re: The Sims 2: Pets
Post by: Bastardman on October 24, 2006, 04:53:05 pm
Yeah, I have to say, it did always piss me off how you had to fire up bodyshop to do any real customisation for your Sims. It would have been nice if they'd made the in-game Sim editor at least match up with the pet editor.
Title: Re: The Sims 2: Pets
Post by: Danger Mouse on October 26, 2006, 03:35:26 am
Are you kidding? Especially the PC version. Humans have 4 skin tones.. pets get at least a dozen basic ones.. all of which can be blended. Humans get.. 5? basic eye colours. Dogs not only get at least twice that, they can also individually make each eye a different colour. (this can actually happen in humans, my friend Wade has it). I guess humans probably have more facial features. But as for the rest of the body, The Sims are all just carbon copies. Where as pets have countless (almost to the point of needless) numbers of different ways to change their body.

I understand what you mean now, I guess you are right in a way, but you do have the options to do re-colours to the skins, eyes and hair with your sims, not sure about Pets yet as I havent got a copy of it. Also you do have more options with sims to do with their face customisation in bodyshop, you dont have that with Pets.
Title: Re: The Sims 2: Pets
Post by: Lualmoba on October 26, 2006, 04:20:45 pm
I heard Bodyshop wasn't updated with Pets. Is that true? :-\
Title: Re: The Sims 2: Pets
Post by: Bonemouse on October 28, 2006, 12:16:58 pm
I heard Bodyshop wasn't updated with Pets. Is that true? :-\

As far as I can tell, there hasn't been any significant changes to Bodyshop. At first I was disappointed that I couldn't edit my pets in BS. But now I'm disappointed that I can't fully edit my sims in game.

This is by far the weakest EP to date. Don't get me wrong, I've been enjoying making pets and having them in my game but other then that, there's just not much here. If you take away the pets and the related objects all you have left of any significance are diagonal roofs, the sledge hammer tool and the flatten lot tool.

The pets themselves kind of add a new layer to the gameplay, but not really. They are just like normal sims except you can't control them and they can only really help boost social/fun bars and bring in a modest income. I think after the novelty of climbing the pet career track is gone, most people will go back to concentrating on the sims themselves. Because, really, your sims will benefit far more from adopting a hobo off the street.

If anyone is interested I have a few dog and cat breeds available for download.

(http://www.bonemouse.com/pets/rowlf-1.jpg)
Rowlf (http://www.mmo-town.com/smf/index.php?topic=1115.0) from the Muppets

(http://www.bonemouse.com/pets/panthor-cringer.jpg)
Cringer and Panthor (http://www.mmo-town.com/smf/index.php?topic=1112.0) from He-Man.
Title: Re: The Sims 2: Pets
Post by: Hydromancerx on October 28, 2006, 06:35:20 pm
Nice bonemouse :D
Title: Re: The Sims 2: Pets
Post by: Interitus on October 29, 2006, 11:06:45 am
Also you do have more options with sims to do with their face customisation in bodyshop, you dont have that with Pets.

Actually I find that very frustrating. In The Sims 2 for PC there is no Asian skin tone, Middle East, Aboriginal or dark dark black. (The "black personally looks more boderline Indian then African).  And with the way the skins work, if I used a custom deep Black and Caucasian (that came with the game) the child would be either or. It wouldn't use any of the other colours because it only recognizes that it is a skin tone, not where the skin tone falls in the range of colours.  The same thing happens with custom hair colour or eye.
Title: Re: The Sims 2: Pets
Post by: Sylvos on November 05, 2006, 04:18:12 am
Has anyone else got the flyer that promotes the next expansion pack? I've got one that says:

"Give your Sims a break and get them out of the house! This upcoming expansion pack for the Sims 2 lets you to take your Sims outside where they can engage in fun seasonal activities including snowball fights, playing pool games like Marco Polo, and more. They can frolic in Spring showers, fish in their own ponds, and grow seasonal fruits with unexpected consequences. Whether you build them a small Winter chalet or a Summer cabin, your Sims will enjoy every season - but watch out for unpredictable weather! Available Early 2007.

There was also a word of it on October 17, 2006 in The Sims 2 official website. Apparently it is called, The Sims 2: In Seasons. Seasons has been something that I always wanted in Sims series. This one should be fab.
Title: Re: The Sims 2: Pets
Post by: Bastardman on November 05, 2006, 05:26:11 am
The Sims 2: Vacation?
Title: Re: The Sims 2: Pets
Post by: Lualmoba on November 05, 2006, 01:41:08 pm
That's what I thought when I started reading what he said, but no, it doesn't sound that similar to Vacation.

I also would like for there to be seasons.
Title: Re: The Sims 2: Pets
Post by: Sylvos on November 05, 2006, 03:13:43 pm
Nah, it can't be Vacation. Maxis already said that even odd numbered expansion packs will contain new features so this one should be something we haven't seen yet.

I'd love to see Vacation to be added to Sims 2 though. It could be the the 6th expansion pack anyway. After all We're already told that EA will release at least seven expansion packs for Sims 2 before Spring 2009 release of Sims 3.
Title: Re: The Sims 2: Pets
Post by: Lualmoba on November 05, 2006, 03:27:34 pm
Vacation was the EP I liked the least. :-\
Title: Re: The Sims 2: Pets
Post by: Sylvos on November 05, 2006, 03:45:05 pm
Really? Why?

Well as for me, I didn't like it that much but it was kindda new in gaming experience for me to actually take a family that I've created to vacation, to hotels and all that. The idea of mini-games were not quite appealing really and the game had this sloppy performance on Windows XP where it would take to switch between neighborhoods. But the actual Hotel idea was fab and probably what really kept me messing with this game. I spent most of my time in Sims: Vacation building hotels actually ;D

Anyway, I'm sure if they're to use this idea in Sims 2, they'll deffintly re-design it or polish it (if I'm using the right phrase), just like they did for Pets. In fact... I dunno... Maybe this Sims 2: In Seasons is going to have some Vacation elements after all. We'll see!
Title: Re: The Sims 2: Pets
Post by: Lualmoba on November 05, 2006, 03:52:04 pm
Well, I guess it was mostly because I didn't get to do much most of the time because they were constantly in a bad mood and their motives were always slow to fill...

Title: Re: The Sims 2: Pets
Post by: Sylvos on November 05, 2006, 03:54:19 pm
Yeah, that's very true. :-\
Title: Re: The Sims 2: Pets
Post by: Lualmoba on November 05, 2006, 03:59:03 pm
But my favorite was definitely Making Magic. Did you try that one?
Title: Re: The Sims 2: Pets
Post by: Khaz-Rhoz-Zek on November 05, 2006, 04:16:56 pm
The Sims would be a far better game if the needs of the sims weren't such a constant factor. As it is, it is impossible to accomplish anything without mindless hours of tedious work involving clicking on a toilet, shower, bed, and fridge.  :(
Title: Re: The Sims 2: Pets
Post by: Interitus on November 05, 2006, 10:07:46 pm
The Sims would be a far better game if the needs of the sims weren't such a constant factor. As it is, it is impossible to accomplish anything without mindless hours of tedious work involving clicking on a toilet, shower, bed, and fridge. :(
hold down ctrl-alt-c

type "motivedecay off" then "maxmotives"

you might need to type exit to clear the cheat screen. That  will stop their needs from decreasing so you can actually do other things besides have them running around filling needs all day. This works for everyone on the lot. It's really nice if your running a business you can keep using that and your empoyees will work for days.

  As for expansions, personally I'm getting real tired of new locations. I never go downtown because it feels like more of an annoyance then anything.  I want a "house design" expansion. something which lets me make better houses, bigger houses, anything.  I'd much rather have an expansion that adds nothing but new furniture, house accesories (carpet, door, wallpaper etc..) and new ways of building houses. That's something I would use much more then say a vacation expansion.
Title: Re: The Sims 2: Pets
Post by: Lualmoba on November 05, 2006, 10:14:45 pm
Well, different things are good for different people. That might be something you would like, but other people would probably like other things, too. They are trying to please as many people as they can, so they need to mix things.
Title: Re: The Sims 2: Pets
Post by: Interitus on November 06, 2006, 12:00:35 am
Yes but they already have university, downtown, and the shopping district to already visit. It's not like there is a shortage of places to go.  In fact the one single place I've ever wanted to go has never been put in either game -- the ability to visit other houses.  But honestly, I wish they would cut down on the "new areas" Like you said yourself, different things for different people. Well those who want to go places already have three expansions devoted to them, how about something.. different?



 But in the end it's all pointless anyway, they are already cranking out a third game, and when that comes out, The Sims 2 will be left behind (for me anyway).  I should just hold off buying any more expansions until The Sims 3 :p 
Title: Re: The Sims 2: Pets
Post by: Sylvos on November 06, 2006, 02:39:04 am
They said the idea of visiting other houses have always been in thoughts but since each house in The Sims games is a saved game, it's not really possible to do so.

Well, they've been singing the same song for having sims owning cars of their own but now we have this feature from Sims 2: Nightlife. I assume Visiting other Houses will be included in Sims games at some point. If not for Sims 2, it will certainly be a part of Sims 3. After all this has been something all fans have been requesting since the first game.

Back to you Lualmoba, Yes I tried all Sims 1 and 2 expansion sets. 'Makin' Magic' and 'Livin' Large' however were not on top of my fav-list because while I like fantasy, magic and all that, I don't really like to see it as a part of a life simulation game. I mostly welcome ideas that are based on real life. Of course as long as these features are not the main perspectives of the game, they're fun to be included but deffinitly not as the main idea. 'Makin' Magic' to me was like a dose of 'Harry Potter' and 'Sims'... weird!!

Like you said, "different things are good for different people" and what I just said above is an example of how true this statement is! ;)
Title: Re: The Sims 2: Pets
Post by: Lualmoba on November 06, 2006, 12:38:08 pm
Well, first of all. The new areas were not the only things those expansions added. For example, they all added more objects, actions, and options for building, which is what you wanted (they weren't the focus of the EPs, though). University added a new life stage and well, the university with everything that comes with it. Nightlife added chemistry and the dating mini-game, as well as a new aspiration and the ability to see other buildings in the neighborhood. And Open for Business added the ability to buy community lots and all the things that come with businesses. Also, they all added new 'creatures' like zombies, aliens, vampires, robots, werewolves, and well, pets which are probably used mostly by storytellers. Also, since not everyone will buy all the EPs, it's good that they add new places.

So, I think that's a pretty good variety.

But yeah, everyone wants something different, so it's unlikely that they will be able to please everyone all the time.
Title: Re: The Sims 2: Pets
Post by: Interitus on November 06, 2006, 10:34:41 pm
As much as I enjoy my point wizzing by your head, I'll just move on...


So why were there no medium sized dogs?
Title: Re: The Sims 2: Pets
Post by: Sylvos on November 07, 2006, 02:54:12 am
The Sims would be a far better game if the needs of the sims weren't such a constant factor. As it is, it is impossible to accomplish anything without mindless hours of tedious work involving clicking on a toilet, shower, bed, and fridge. :(

Hehehe... well, what can I say, I never bother myself about that. I always use what Interitus has said in his post and man that's fab! The guys at Maxis have made it even easier by writting all cheat codes in the game's read-me file since the first expansion pack. That makes things even easier for the likes of me! ;D
Title: Re: The Sims 2: Pets
Post by: Aybraus on December 27, 2006, 09:37:38 pm
I find it easy to manage my Sims by using that little thing called the pause button.
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: gec05 on December 28, 2006, 02:58:48 pm
I changed the thread title to open up the discussion topic a little.

Also, something new recently came out of the works. Clicky! (http://thesims2.ea.com/about/ep5_index.php)

(http://thesims2.ea.com/images/about/ep5_screenshots/screenshot_1.jpg)
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: Bastardman on December 28, 2006, 03:01:51 pm
Haha, sunburn?

How many expansions is that now?
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: gec05 on December 28, 2006, 03:12:04 pm
Five... ... ...

Also, they're coming out with a new series of situational spin-offs known as the Sims: Stories.

Clicky again (http://thesims2.ea.com/about/sims_stories/index.php)

These stand-alone games of the Sims 2 require you to play the game by completeing goals in any way you choose to get there. The whole point is to introduce people into playing the Sims while giving them purpose to play the game. Not meant for the hardcore Simmer in general but it gives you goals and missions unlike the Sims 2. Again, these games are stand-alone and do not add extra content to your already existing installation of the Sims 2 nor do they receive anything from the expansion packs. These games are also designed to run on laptop computers so that they are capable of being played in a windowed mode so you can IM and whatnot. Once you complete the stories, you can continue playing the families in sandbox mode.
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: Aybraus on December 28, 2006, 10:31:21 pm
Sounds like...

...a GOOD IDEA, actually.  I know a lot of people who are afraid to jump into the Sims right now.  This looks perfect for them, especially if they make it downloadable.
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: Cobra on December 28, 2006, 10:53:39 pm
I decided to download the sim creator I dont know if I'll make it as a housemate maybe I'll be an intruder down the road or what ever LadyM has instore for the extras if I can be a house mate cool. Although LadyM will probably have to fix my skin colour from what I understand I dont know what you can do but I'm sure you have seen pics of me in other forum topics or even my south park character but at the very least general caucasian skin.
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: Bastardman on December 29, 2006, 12:37:27 am
I decided to download the sim creator I dont know if I'll make it as a housemate maybe I'll be an intruder down the road or what ever LadyM has instore for the extras if I can be a house mate cool. Although LadyM will probably have to fix my skin colour from what I understand I dont know what you can do but I'm sure you have seen pics of me in other forum topics or even my south park character but at the very least general caucasian skin.
You want this (http://www.gamingsteve.com/blab/index.php?topic=5937.0) thread.
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: gec05 on January 12, 2007, 08:27:20 pm
New screenies!

(http://thesims2.ea.com/images/about/ep5_screenshots/screenshot_8.jpg)
(http://thesims2.ea.com/images/about/ep5_screenshots/screenshot_9.jpg)
(http://thesims2.ea.com/images/about/ep5_screenshots/screenshot_10.jpg)
(http://thesims2.ea.com/images/about/ep5_screenshots/screenshot_11.jpg)
(http://thesims2.ea.com/images/about/ep5_screenshots/screenshot_12.jpg)
(http://thesims2.ea.com/images/about/ep5_screenshots/screenshot_13.jpg)
(http://thesims2.ea.com/images/about/ep5_screenshots/screenshot_14.jpg)
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: Piloteer on January 12, 2007, 09:06:13 pm
This reminds me--I need to go pick up Pets.

The skating rink looks nice.

Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: Danger Mouse on January 13, 2007, 02:51:04 am
Im looking forward to this one :) my sims can have some snow ;D nice!
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: Hydromancerx on January 13, 2007, 12:45:30 pm
Man I cannot wait for this! It's going to be so cool! These expansions are much better than the Sims 1's expansions were.
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: Celdur on January 13, 2007, 01:02:19 pm
why they only show 1 season?
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: gec05 on January 13, 2007, 01:04:57 pm
Because they already had screenies of summer, fall and spring. I'm pretty sure they'll release a different season of screen shots in the next wave.
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: PatMan33 on January 18, 2007, 07:28:50 pm
New Seasons trailer!

http://www.gametrailers.com/gamepage.php?id=4144


Anyone who has played The Sims Vacation will recognize some of this stuff...


You don't think this is just The Sims Vacation with... extras... do you?


NO! EA Would never do that!!!
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: Hydromancerx on January 19, 2007, 03:07:30 am
I saw this earlier today. They also have nice new pictures too.

Well Patman you have a point but look at the other ones ...

Sims 2: Seasons = Sims 1: Vacation

Sims 2: Night Life = Sims 1: Hot Date

Sims 2: Pets = Sims 1: Unleashed

(http://thesims2.ea.com/images/about/ep5_screenshots/screenshot_16_big.jpg)

(http://thesims2.ea.com/images/about/ep5_screenshots/screenshot_15_big.jpg)
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: PatMan33 on January 19, 2007, 03:10:45 am
<_<
>_>

That... that's what I was getting at I think.

 :-[
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: Danger Mouse on January 19, 2007, 03:19:06 am
Yeah, its them but with much more and it comes with a twist ;) new creatures and challenges
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: emmet on January 19, 2007, 10:53:23 am
I need this one, it looks like the best yet.

The picture at the top of the page with the sim at the well looks real!
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: gec05 on February 02, 2007, 05:48:36 pm
Hey! Check out this Sim's mad shoveling skillz!

http://thesims2.ea.com/getcoolstuff/Mad_Shovel_Skillz.avi (http://thesims2.ea.com/getcoolstuff/Mad_Shovel_Skillz.avi)
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: emmet on February 04, 2007, 11:34:06 am
That's weird...
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: gec05 on February 06, 2007, 10:18:35 am
I found out that there are two new stuff packs on the way.

One is called Celebration Stuff and the other H&M Stuff. Both are supposedly coming out April 19th and June 21st respectively. Note: These have yet to be officially announced.

I also found some unofficial screenies from seasons that came from this site.
http://spzone.simparool.nl/seasonseventpreview_06.php (http://spzone.simparool.nl/seasonseventpreview_06.php)

(http://spzone.simparool.nl/gallerij/d/6095-3/seizoen+kiezer.jpg)
(http://spzone.simparool.nl/gallerij/d/6094-3/seizoen+kiezer+2.jpg)

It appears that you can customize the sequence of seasons that pass in your neighborhood. Each season lasts 6 days.

(http://spzone.simparool.nl/gallerij/d/6079-3/nieuwe+buurt.jpg)

A new neigborhood?

(http://spzone.simparool.nl/gallerij/d/6063-3/familie+greenman.jpg)
(http://spzone.simparool.nl/gallerij/d/6055-3/bruine+bloemenvrouw.jpg)

It seems that the new monster for this EP are female plant people.

I also found this other site with many more screens.
http://spzone.simparool.nl/gallerij/d/6055-3/bruine+bloemenvrouw.jpg (http://spzone.simparool.nl/gallerij/d/6055-3/bruine+bloemenvrouw.jpg)
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: Bastardman on February 06, 2007, 10:26:41 am
Quote from: Bottom screenshot
Needs

Sunlight
Water
Love
Hahaha, cool.
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: Malt on February 06, 2007, 10:28:44 am
Is Sims 2 worth buying without an expansion? Because I don't feel like wasting $40 on half a game.
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: Bastardman on February 06, 2007, 10:47:45 am
Frankly, without expansions, it'll keep you entertained for maybe a month before you've figured out the best ways to get things done.

The exception is if you're really into creating stories and custom content, which is what keeps people hooked.

EDIT: And that's if you haven't played the Sims 1.
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: gec05 on February 06, 2007, 10:58:39 am
Is Sims 2 worth buying without an expansion? Because I don't feel like wasting $40 on half a game.

I'd say just get the standalone and see how you like it. It would have been best if you started collecting EPs since the first one came out being that now there are 5+ to choose from. It just makes it harder if you barely start now.
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: emmet on March 01, 2007, 12:44:11 pm
People with seasons tell us everything and more and other stuff and then some more again!
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: Hydromancerx on March 01, 2007, 12:50:57 pm
I plan on getting it soon. :D
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: PatMan33 on March 01, 2007, 12:54:35 pm
The release slipped my mind...


It's a shame my Sims 2 cycle played itself out about a week ago... otherwise I'd have considered it. I'll grab it next time The Sims 2 rolls around.
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: Hydromancerx on March 02, 2007, 04:19:35 am
I got Season and played a little bit. So far i experanced the end of summer and the beginning of fall. I made a nice green house and planted tomatos. They are doing well so far and have lamps, ladybugs and a sprinkler system. My servo is the one who is the gardener while the husband works at a job and the wife stays at home (going to have her raise kids soon). They also have a dog. But the dog seems to be falling though the ground and cannot move!  :o I have not had this happen before. And seem to be from the expansion. You can only interact with the dog of you call him to you. And after your done he falls back into the ground. The dog also has a job and will leave for work with no problem. Raking leaves was cool and even used them for composted for my garden. I can't wait for winter with the snow. :D  I will post more as i play it. And so far its very cool :D
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: Huckbuck on March 02, 2007, 04:25:52 am
They also have a dog. But the dog seems to be falling though the ground and cannot move!  :o I have not had this happen before. And seem to be from the expansion.

This happened for me to, but I dont have Seasons. I thought it was cause I downloa... I mean bought it... uhm like... however it was easy fixed with Move_objects on
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: emmet on March 02, 2007, 07:02:19 am
One step closer to getting this! Dell just dropped my laptops price 60 euros (about 70 dollars) and as a bonus, added 20 more GB to the built in hard drive (for some reason Dell's 60 GB and 80 GB hard drives are the same price).

Once I buy my laptop I am saving up for this EP, then open for business!
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: Interitus on March 02, 2007, 03:02:13 pm
I got seasons, I've only experienced from summer to fall so far. The only thing of interst is it storms often in the fall with no less then three fires already caused by trees being hit by lightning. I built a greenhouse an filled it with tomatos (the only one you can plant when you have no badges) They take a lot of work, even with the gardener helping me it's quite a job, I hope the plants I've unlocked don't need even more care then this. Like Hydro I seemed to be experiencing a bug. My thermometer didn't react much unless i put someone in the hot tub repeatedly, I tried to get him hit by lightning like was shown in a video before the The Sims 2 was ever relased, instead of electrocution though he caught fire ???. Although I don't think the fire thing is a bug..even if it doesn't make sense, the termometer should be more sensetive.

Also I had  sim who was on her final day of pregnancy when I installed seasons but it took her four more days to actually give birth. Everyday she would stop what she was doing and a window would show up as if she was about to have a child, but she didn't. Looking at The Sims 2 boards it seems other people are having varying bugs as well.

Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: Hydromancerx on March 02, 2007, 03:16:06 pm
I got up to winter but no snow yet for some reason. However in fall i did experance rain, and lots of it. I was able to grow some strawberries and use the compost bin for fertilizer. Also i built a lake and tried fishing. So far no fish yet. Also i harvested the tomatos and made some tomato juice with the juicer. It was just normal since i am not a very good gardener yet. Also even with moving the dog he still falls through the floor. I think i may need to move them to a new house since this one had a terrain cheat to get the garage to connect with the house. Oh i forgot to say last time a garden club lady come and can rate your garden as well as sell you super grow potion (which i did not buy). Als playing in the leaves is fun for sims, servos and pets :) Oh and i noticed a new play action... play catch. They throw a softball around outside. Its kinda fun. Its a great alternative to the hackysack.

Will tell ya more as i find a new house and experance winter.
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: gec05 on March 02, 2007, 08:13:42 pm
So what teaser did Maxis leave for the next EP inside this recent one?
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: Interitus on March 02, 2007, 09:15:57 pm
It's just a stuff's pack

"The Sims 2: Celebration! Stuff"

clothes and furniture for weddings, fiestas or elegant evenings.  Doesn't sound like anything too special, I enjoyed the previous Stuff packages more, but we'll see what this one has.
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: gec05 on March 02, 2007, 09:47:47 pm
Ah, the rumors were correct. Now we just need to find out what that other rumored H&M Stuff Pack is.
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: Hydromancerx on March 03, 2007, 01:36:03 am
After rebuilding my house on a new lot the dog did not fall through the floor again. but when I moved it set me back to summer. Thus i cheated and used the weather machine to make it snow. But the 1st time i tried it have a firestorm!!  :o Thing went on fire everywhere and i had to put it out with a fire extinguisher since i had no smoke detectors outside.

The 2nd try made snow and it was very fun. Snow landed everywhere and each day grew bigger. The neatest thing was snow even fell on my custom content objects like a seesaw. I was not sure if they would work right but they did! I built a snow man and made snow angles and even had a snowball fight. I had one of my sims go out in a bathing suit and swim and the  temperature on him went down to blue but he never froze solid :( Also it seems that servos and pets are immune to the cold even though the server has a temperature gauge. Perhaps he can get to hot but not too cold. They even have little thing such as steam from the pool from people breath when they are walking around. The nice part is sims are smart enough to put on warm clothes before going out without you telling them :D

I did not save them and will go and build more of the house again. While building though i found out there are cool objects like lighting rods and during a storm they go crazy if mounted on the top of your roof :D Also puddles all over form when it rains, even in the street. And i discovered i caught a bass last time, perhaps i will cook it up :D

More later and perhaps once i finish this house i will take some screenshots. :D
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: LadyM on March 03, 2007, 08:07:50 am
Screen shots would be nice, it sounds like there is alot to this expansion.
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: Fink on March 03, 2007, 02:57:00 pm
Hi all, I'm not sure if I'm going to get Sim seasons, but I would like to see that new Heavy Metal guitar.

If someone could post a picture that would be great  :)

Or, maybe just PM it to me. I supposed that could count as a spoiler
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: emmet on March 03, 2007, 03:36:37 pm
Tell me all the new career rewards!
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: Hydromancerx on March 03, 2007, 04:04:29 pm
Tell me all the new career rewards!

Education = A Special Bookshelf (can study FASTER at all skills including ones like body and charisma)

Music = "The Rock Hammer" Rock God Guitar. (makes you money from tips just like university instruments)

Law = Objection Podium (makes you money as you speak)

Adventure = Giant Golden Tiki (Sims close to the Idol get a burst of Comfort, Energy, Sociality, Fun, and Hygiene)

Gamer = Tiki Island Pinball Game (makes you money as you play)


Journalism = Golden Quill Pen Award. (same effect as the tiki idol... i think)
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: Bastardman on March 03, 2007, 04:09:37 pm
There's a Gamer career?  :-\

They could've come up with a cooler career reward... Like Polybius (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polybius_%28game%29).
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: Hydromancerx on March 03, 2007, 10:09:23 pm
I found the penguin today. It came into my house and wanted my mounted fish. So i have it an extra i had in my inventory. It is cute, but a scavenger none the less who begs for fish. The eyes on it are a bit too cartoony for me and looks more intelligent than a pet.

Also i tried ice skating which was fun as well as changed the entire season to spring with the weather machine. I also made my hair match each outfit. So now they have normal hair, formal hair, messy hair for swimming and sleep and outer wear hat and ear muffs.

I have not tried the leftovers yet but it looks useful. Also i will have to try out the weather channel. Oh and talking to you plants makes them grow better. :D
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: gec05 on March 03, 2007, 10:11:24 pm
I'll get this as soon as I have enough money to buy all the expansion packs again. :P
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: emmet on March 04, 2007, 03:26:12 am
This looks like the best EP yet!
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: Danger Mouse on March 04, 2007, 03:36:09 am
Anyone made plant people yet?
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: emmet on March 04, 2007, 05:05:24 am
Yes! Yes!! YES! THANK YOU TECH SUPPORT!

It is installing!
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: Interitus on March 05, 2007, 06:22:53 pm
I found a funny easter egg with the plantsims. The plantsims are asexual (although they still look male or female) so they can produce a plantbaby whenever they want. After having a plantbaby the 'mother' will have a memory saying "produced spore".  :D
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: PatMan33 on March 05, 2007, 06:24:26 pm
Win.

I require pics.
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: emmet on March 09, 2007, 12:40:16 pm
OMG! My sisters friend gave us Glamour Life, Pets and OFB. We already have university.

Only using OFB and glamour life though, don't wanna destroy our crap 'puter.
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: Neoadept on March 09, 2007, 12:42:59 pm
Is anyone else who got Seasons having a noticeable slow-down in the neighborhood view?  Or is that just what happens when you load four expansions onto one machine?
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: Kaze on March 09, 2007, 01:06:29 pm
I got all the expansions in one torrent with a little text file that explained what order to install them. It was painlessly quick and easy. Not to mention I didn't have to spend, what would it be? 200 bucks? For what is ultimately the same game. Things definitely take longer to load now. In the main house I'm fooling around with, I have 15 sims and a dog. The game uses 800+ mb RAM. Pretty resource intensive. Runs lag free though, at least on the default game speed. I like that they added an education career path finally.
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: PatMan33 on March 09, 2007, 04:48:39 pm
Kaze, I used a torrent very similar to that.

*High five*
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: gec05 on March 09, 2007, 05:19:06 pm
The only thing that really bites me about the Sims (even the first one did this) is that the more EPs you add, the more painfully you computer laggs.
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: Bastardman on March 09, 2007, 05:25:44 pm
I got all the expansions in one torrent with a little text file that explained what order to install them. It was painlessly quick and easy. Not to mention I didn't have to spend, what would it be? 200 bucks? For what is ultimately the same game. Things definitely take longer to load now. In the main house I'm fooling around with, I have 15 sims and a dog. The game uses 800+ mb RAM. Pretty resource intensive. Runs lag free though, at least on the default game speed. I like that they added an education career path finally.
Kaze, I used a torrent very similar to that.

*High five*
You are both suspended.
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: PatMan33 on March 09, 2007, 06:00:55 pm
If I got suspended every time I talked about using BitTorrent I'd have been banned a year and a half ago.
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: emmet on March 10, 2007, 09:23:53 am
What exactly is a BitTorrent?
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: Neoadept on March 10, 2007, 09:28:11 am
It's a download service that uses the users computers instead of servers to distribute data, making it much faster and capable of handling more traffic than server based services.  It's also almost impossible to nail down a source for a file and difficult to track, so is often used to spread pirated material, i.e. episodes of South Park and free expansions.
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: Didero on March 10, 2007, 09:31:12 am
What exactly is a BitTorrent?
Wikipedia article (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BitTorrent)
It's a peer-to-peer file sharing protocol, which means that you send the data you download from other people, to more people wanting that data. It's useful for reducing the load on a server, and to keep a download available longer. It's mostly used to share illegal downloads.

EDIT: Neoadept beat me to it, but he didn't mention the Wikipedia article, so I'm going to post my post anyway :)
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: emmet on March 10, 2007, 03:25:07 pm
Thank you both!

So a bit like Limewire then?
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: Didero on March 11, 2007, 03:16:38 am
Thank you both!

So a bit like Limewire then?
You're welcome :)

With Limewire you download from one other person, right? If so, then it's not similar. Maybe this picture will make it more clear how BitTorrent works:
(http://wiki.bitcomet.com/wiki/images/1/1d/Concept_bittorrent.gif)
You download part of the file(s) you want from every other person that's downloading too, instead of downloading from one location.
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: Slartibartfast on March 22, 2007, 01:29:19 am
Art imitates video games (http://www.businessweek.com/ap/financialnews/D8O0QLIG0.htm)
Quote
Students at Parsons The New School for Design in New York, Academy of Art University in San Francisco and Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles are teaming up with Redwood City-based Electronic Arts Inc. to produce exhibitions that celebrate "The Sims."
Quote
Judges will award $36,000 in prizes.



Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: gec05 on April 15, 2007, 08:50:47 pm
This one flew past me but I think I wont be getting it anytime soon. First I need a new computer before I add any more longer load times... :P

The Sims 2: Celebration Stuff (http://thesims2.ea.com/about/sp4_index.php)

Also, looky... (http://thesims2.ea.com/exchange/object_detail.php?asset_id=376&loginRequireMsg=true&asset_type=object&pid=Exchange_objects&hideFramework=&languageCode=)
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: Hydromancerx on April 15, 2007, 10:04:23 pm
Oh nice car :D
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: LadyM on April 16, 2007, 05:35:46 am
I downloaded that the other day. Too bad no one wants to get the house a car.  ;)
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: emmet on April 16, 2007, 01:22:57 pm
And now you can also download the garage without nightlife! I misplaced my nightlife but now I get to relive the glory of cars.

EDIT - Maxis unofficially named the next EP Bon Voyage. Its scheduled for October.
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: Xenomorph on May 03, 2007, 02:38:21 am
the sims: h&m fashion stuff is coming. watch the trialer here:

http://thesims2.ea.com/about/sp5_videos.php?movieID=0&play=hi

i mean, what the hell? :-\
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: Hydromancerx on May 03, 2007, 04:10:34 am
the sims: h&m fashion stuff is coming. watch the trialer here:

http://thesims2.ea.com/about/sp5_videos.php?movieID=0&play=hi

i mean, what the hell? :-\

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H&M

What the hell is right.
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: Fink on June 03, 2007, 05:02:40 pm
So me and my friend bought Seasons.


[One small spoiler]










I'm having a blast, although I almost died.

I was building a snowman when my body temp got too low and I keeled over into 2 feet of snow.
I couldn't do anything, I was stuck.

It sucks that I was about to die because a friendly penguin came up and started talking to my snowman. I wanted to pet it  :'(

Luckily it was the last day of winter and I survived long enough for the snow to melt and the temp warm up.

I hope I get to see that penguin agian.



















Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: emmet on June 05, 2007, 05:39:34 am
The Sims 2: Bon Voyage. It's official, the vacation EP will be reborn.

Discuss.
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: Didero on June 05, 2007, 06:45:45 am
Sounds interesting. More things to do with your sims. It would be cool if you could take your pets along :)
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: gec05 on June 06, 2007, 03:56:35 pm
That makes the 6th EP to date. I hope they remake Superstar by the 7th expansion or else this generation of the Sims is worthless to me. :P

I've just noticed something in the first screenshots. I think turning objects on a 45 degree angle will be official now. I was getting sick and tired of entering the boolprop cheat to do that.
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: Piloteer on June 06, 2007, 04:28:37 pm
Vacation in the original game was fun. I'm happy to see that they're remaking it for Sims 2.

And I'm with Eligecos on this one: they must remake SuperStar!

And Makin' Magic, for that matter.

Gosh...it'd been several months since I'd played any Sims games, but I've just gotten sucked back into Sims 2 and SimCity 4.
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: gec05 on June 06, 2007, 07:21:43 pm
And I'm with Eligecos on this one: they must remake SuperStar!

And Makin' Magic, for that matter.

It's either one or the other, take your pick. The makers will only make 7 EPs, which leaves space for just one more left.
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: Hydromancerx on June 06, 2007, 07:23:25 pm
(http://thesims2.ea.com/images/about/ep6_screenshots/screenshot_3_big.jpg)

This kind of stuff would have made sim caveman a lot easier. :P

And I'm with Eligecos on this one: they must remake SuperStar!

And Makin' Magic, for that matter.

It's either one or the other, take your pick. The makers will only make 7 EPs, which leaves space for just one more left.

I pick "Sims 2: Spore" where i can import objects and creatures from Spore into the sims 2 :P
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: gec05 on June 06, 2007, 07:27:50 pm
I hope you're joking Hydro. Otherwise, No.... :(
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: Piloteer on June 06, 2007, 08:36:25 pm
And I'm with Eligecos on this one: they must remake SuperStar!

And Makin' Magic, for that matter.

It's either one or the other, take your pick. The makers will only make 7 EPs, which leaves space for just one more left.

They did that with the original game.

With Maxis currently bogged down with Spore and no further mention of Sims 3, maybe Sims 2 will have a longer life.

As long as expansion packs for Sims 2 sell (which they are) there's no reason for Maxis to ailienate their base by releasing a sequel.
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: Cow on June 11, 2007, 10:28:41 am
I still haven't even brought the sims 2 yet. But there is still hope for me! I've got 30$ to spend!
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: gec05 on June 11, 2007, 10:33:12 am
you just need 250$ more to get all the other expansion/stuff packs. ;D
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: Bona Fide Supraman on June 11, 2007, 10:33:49 am
I dunno. I never liked Makin Magic. It was kinda lame.
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: gec05 on June 11, 2007, 10:36:54 am
I'm telling you. SUPERSTAR! No question about it. :)
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: Bona Fide Supraman on June 11, 2007, 10:37:48 am
If I'm gonna get a stuff pack, which is the best?
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: gec05 on June 11, 2007, 10:41:48 am
IDK, they're all the same as far as what's better. I haven't gotten celebration but out of the first two I liked glamour more than family.
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: Interitus on June 11, 2007, 11:13:15 am
I'd say Glamour also.

As for Bon Voyage. Yeah, I think I'll skip this one. We are at the point now where all we're getting is redone expansions from the previous Sims to keep us entertained while they work on The Sims 3 where .. you guessed it we'll be buying the same expansions all over again.
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: Didero on June 11, 2007, 11:44:01 am
I've never played the last few Sims 1 expansions, Vacation was my last. So I don't know about Superstar, but Making Magic sounds a bit too unrealistic for a game like The Sims.
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: Interitus on June 11, 2007, 12:01:55 pm
Making Magic was there simply to profit off of Harry Potter
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: Fink on June 18, 2007, 08:28:35 am
I heard that they made "Making Magic" just for fun. It was just a bunch of stuff that developer's wanted to add that didn't really fit into any other expansion pack, or stuff that would break the game.

Something like that.
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: Person21 on June 18, 2007, 09:10:51 am
I've never played the last few Sims 1 expansions, Vacation was my last. So I don't know about Superstar, but Making Magic sounds a bit too unrealistic for a game like The Sims.

Because men getting abducted by aliens and ending up pregnant, making genetically engineered cow/plant hybrids and have it eat your neighbours so that you can drink them, turning the pizza man into a vampire, having a zombie talk to you about how much they like brains, being turned into a plant by pesticides, begging Death to spare a loved one, or paying him to resurrect them, growing money on tree's,  buying a machine which can change the weather, stealing other people skills, and drinking antiaging potion which are actually antiaging are all very realistic???  :-\
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: Didero on June 18, 2007, 11:04:28 am
Well, that's the Sims 2, and I was talking about the Sims 1...

:P
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: Fink on June 18, 2007, 09:21:17 pm
Man I suck at... wait a sec...

....turning the pizza man into a vampire...

Wait, how do you do that!?  :o

ANYWAY,
I just got the Open for Business pack and it isn't going well.

One, my very 1st costumer was the review guy, and he ended up giving me a poor rating. I didn't even know what I was doing yet  :'(

And then when I was closing shop and ringing up the last customer, some one came in and I think he stole one of my robots!  >:(
Sigh  :(

Anyway, does anyone have any tips for OfB? Like what business perks should I get?
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: Piloteer on June 18, 2007, 10:00:42 pm
Hmm...I really should go back to playing this.

Anyways, I always get the discounts on merchandise perks first. It'll save you some good money in the beginning, which will make it easier to make a profit as you move on.
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: Fink on June 21, 2007, 07:46:46 am
lol, I'm like 40k in the hole  :P

Anyway, I'll add a spoiler here just in case someone hasn't gotten "Open for Business" yet

*Spoiler*













So I built a robot. They are more fun then humans  :P

Anyway, I want a robot that looks like Zeke from CAD (http://www.ctrlaltdel-online.com/index.php/bios)
I haven't found anything let though  :-\



















*/Spoiler*
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: SBD on June 22, 2007, 05:24:41 am
Does it concern anyone else that after the EA reformation they devoted an entire quarter of their company to Sims expansions?
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: gec05 on June 22, 2007, 08:04:47 am
I don't think it wil affect Spore any, but as far as how much they're putting into the Sims franchise I don't know how long can they expect to keep it alive. Do you think the Sims devision would make something original at some point?
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: Oviraptor on June 22, 2007, 06:39:18 pm
Does it concern anyone else that after the EA reformation they devoted an entire quarter of their company to Sims expansions?

Just because one of the divisions of the company is just for the Sims, doesn't mean it is an entire quarter of the company. And I think the logic behind this is that they plan to make very very many spin-offs... this could get ugly...
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: SBD on June 22, 2007, 10:08:21 pm
well by quarter i mean division.  they've got EA sports, EA games, EA [random stuff] and...the sims.
Quote
they plan to make very very many spin-offs... this could get ugly...
my thoughts exactly.
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: Interitus on June 24, 2007, 02:02:15 pm
well by quarter i mean division.  they've got EA sports, EA games, EA [random stuff] and...the sims.
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they plan to make very very many spin-offs... this could get ugly...
my thoughts exactly.

Persoanlly I would have loved this if this meant pre-EA Maxis. Where they would make Sim titles worrying less about sales and just doing something no one has done before. I loved Sim Ant, Sim Farm, Sim Tower, Sim Earth. But it doesn't look like we're seeing those games anymore, now it looks more like squeezing every penny out of The Sims as humanly possible. I thought Life Stories was a low blow, looks like we'll just be getting more of that.
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: Hydromancerx on July 23, 2007, 02:51:52 pm
Have you seen these for Bon Voyage?! They are so cool. And yes the Yeti will be the new monster.

(http://www.fantasymundo.com/galeria/imagenes/Videojuegos01/7954.jpg)
(http://www.fantasymundo.com/galeria/imagenes/Videojuegos01/7964.jpg)
(http://www.fantasymundo.com/galeria/imagenes/Videojuegos01/7963.jpg)
(http://www.fantasymundo.com/galeria/imagenes/Videojuegos01/7962.jpg)
(http://www.fantasymundo.com/galeria/imagenes/Videojuegos01/7961.jpg)
(http://www.fantasymundo.com/galeria/imagenes/Videojuegos01/7960.jpg)
(http://www.fantasymundo.com/galeria/imagenes/Videojuegos01/7959.jpg)
(http://www.fantasymundo.com/galeria/imagenes/Videojuegos01/7958.jpg)
(http://www.fantasymundo.com/galeria/imagenes/Videojuegos01/7957.jpg)
(http://www.fantasymundo.com/galeria/imagenes/Videojuegos01/7956.jpg)
(http://www.fantasymundo.com/galeria/imagenes/Videojuegos01/7955.jpg)
(http://www.fantasymundo.com/galeria/imagenes/Videojuegos01/7965.jpg)

Sims 2: Bon Voyage Trailer
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_QcKvYAaerU
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: Snake on July 23, 2007, 02:53:39 pm
Grr. Lame Yeti.
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: Hydromancerx on September 24, 2007, 06:48:16 am
Been playing over the past few days and I have good and bad news.

When working this game is awesome.The vacation destinations are great and very creative.

The bad part is its still very buggy and I almost lost my family and had to recover them via bool prop. However it now means i can't go to a hotel anymore. Apparently walking to other lots is very buggy so best you drive everywhere or risk the bug loosing your sims on the way to the next lot.

My favorite is Takemizu Village and has cool ninjas, hot springs, and even a secret hermit that will teach you like Yoda.

Only tired out Twiki Island a little but what i saw was cool. Need to go to the ruins, pirate ship and hidden lot next.

3 Lakes is ok. Camping is fun, i guess, but the slap dance is very funny. Also visiting bigfoot is great. Even took him home with me.

I also tried to go on vacation with a servo and it worked great since i could recharge while out exploring. However stay away from water such as the hot spring!!  ::) Also for some reason he cannot sleep in a tent but can sleep in a bed. What's up with that?

I wish i had the nice trees, hot springs, campfire and other such stuff when I did sim caveman. Perhaps I will do a new version with the new content since it might be fun to do another Sims RP again. However no promises I will not give up on it after a week or 2 :P

Also digging for treasure is fun. Jewelery i guess is ok for the girls, but i did not really care about this feature. The gesturing and new dances are cool but i wish they had more.

The most disappointing is you cannot make a hotel business by combining Bon Voyage with Open for Business. Also you can't take pets on vacation either :( I wanted to take my dog to the beach or camping in the woods.

Swimming in the ocean and doing things on the beach is extra fun. But you can fish still while on vacation so it was nice fishing at the lakes in the mountains as well as in a coy pond (hee hee).

I give it still a thumbs up despite these annoyances and bugs.
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: DarkDragon on September 29, 2007, 08:33:14 pm
I laughed so hard when I took my sims camping, made them do the woohoo deal inside the tent and like 4 sims came running and stood around the tent cheering and clapping... what... the... pervs?
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: Hydromancerx on October 06, 2007, 05:17:31 am
Have you tried woohoo in hammocks? Its crazy!!  :o
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: SBD on October 06, 2007, 05:31:46 am
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Have you tried woohoo in hammocks?

Wha???
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: gec05 on October 06, 2007, 03:53:24 pm
Eh, I gave up on buying these games now. The more I add, the less it's worth waiting hours in every loading screen just to play this game.
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: tomasgaquino on October 06, 2007, 03:56:06 pm
I stopped at Open for Business, got bored of it.  :-\
Didn't bother buying the other ones.
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: Hydromancerx on November 10, 2007, 05:08:12 am
Eh, I gave up on buying these games now. The more I add, the less it's worth waiting hours in every loading screen just to play this game.

Yeah why is it so damn slow!! Where is spore procedural technology when we need it?
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: Skyward on November 10, 2007, 10:51:40 am
Eh, I gave up on buying these games now. The more I add, the less it's worth waiting hours in every loading screen just to play this game.
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: 762 on November 10, 2007, 02:42:28 pm
Eh, I gave up on buying these games now. The more I add, the less it's worth waiting hours in every loading screen just to play this game.


very good! Now try adding something to the discussion!

have they announced a new one beyond bon voyage? It seems like it's getting to be about time. what was bon voyage released?
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: Legodragonxp on November 10, 2007, 04:38:05 pm
I'm holding out for The Sims2: Discovery Channel. (yes I'm dreaming) but imagine have Dirty Jobs, Mythbusters, FutureWeapons, I Shouldn't be alive all in the Sims2? :)

-Lego
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: emmet on November 11, 2007, 03:26:09 am
This is on the Sims 2 site.

(http://i8.tinypic.com/80v4vmg.jpg)

Sims 2: Hobbies?
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: Skyward on November 12, 2007, 12:06:21 pm
Eh, I gave up on buying these games now. The more I add, the less it's worth waiting hours in every loading screen just to play this game.


very good! Now try adding something to the discussion!

have they announced a new one beyond bon voyage? It seems like it's getting to be about time. what was bon voyage released?
i was just saying it was the exact same thing that happened to me calm down
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: gec05 on December 06, 2007, 06:10:08 pm
I just saw what would be their last EP for this game. I must say I'm very disappointed they did not revive Superstar. That is the most lamest, unimaginative, and uninspiring theme for an expansion. They've really run out of ideas.
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: Interitus on December 06, 2007, 06:29:19 pm
I don't see how they ran out of ideas. If it is actually hobbies, that is very lame. Hobbies is like something they should add in to an expansion. Like turn off's and turn on's. Dedicating a whole expansion to that seems like a waste to me. Although I've pretty much stopped buying expansions after the announcement of The Sims 3. I know I'll just do what I did with TS1 and stop palying TS2 when TS3 comes out. In the mean time I've got the expansions I have plus all the other games coming out in the mean time to entertain me.
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: SBD on December 06, 2007, 10:39:50 pm
Hobbies? geez, they're really scraping the bottom of the barrel now...
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: Hydromancerx on December 07, 2007, 02:00:47 am
I was hoping they would do some sports and hobbies in expansion packs. I still like it.
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: DarkDragon on December 07, 2007, 10:54:55 am
The fact is, although some people don't like it, some people do, and since it sells they won't stop until Sims 3.
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: Interitus on December 07, 2007, 12:06:45 pm
Yes but hobbies still could have been added in to another expansion like turn on's and turn off's were.

I would have liked a job expansion. Where you finally get to go with them to their jobs. You could chase after bad guys or aliens and for the more boring jobs maybe they could put in mini games like from The Sims Online.
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: emmet on December 07, 2007, 02:28:08 pm
Well, we got musical instruments now, plus some other cool stuff. It doesn't look bad.
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: eropS on December 07, 2007, 02:35:46 pm
Well, we got musical instruments now, plus some other cool stuff. It doesn't look bad.

Well, we got MORE musical instruments.... We already have a piano, bass, electric, and drums. But yeah, i like this new one, its seems like Seasons. Not ALOT of new stuff, but the new stuff adds so much more.
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: emmet on December 07, 2007, 02:36:44 pm
Oops, I meant instruments where sims have individual skills as opposed to depending on creativity.
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: eropS on December 07, 2007, 05:11:46 pm
you mean an instrument that upgrades mechanical? They have those in this one?!
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: emmet on December 08, 2007, 01:52:28 am
No, i mean an instrument where sims get their own seperate skill, like Violin playing skill.

In the form of those other thingys, the medals or whatever they're called.
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: SBD on December 11, 2007, 01:42:56 am
Hey people, is seasons worth getting?
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: Skyward on December 11, 2007, 12:35:43 pm
i thought so, it added some cool weather effects, but it wasnt my favorite expansion
its good though dont get me wrong
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: SBD on December 12, 2007, 04:50:19 am
What about Pets? I already have Uni and Nightlife.
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: emmet on December 12, 2007, 05:11:01 am
Seasons is better than Pets.
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: Skyward on December 12, 2007, 04:35:29 pm
pets was a huge let down in my opninion
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: Pinstar on December 12, 2007, 06:21:32 pm
If EA would only keep it to one EP a year and focus on more content I would be happier...but of course that means only half the money because nobody would buy a $99 game.

I just hobbies isn't the same game with different shaped skill bars.

Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: SBD on December 13, 2007, 01:34:45 am
Ok. On the off chance that I get any more exp packs for the sims, then I think I'll limit it to seasons.
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: Person21 on December 14, 2007, 02:41:24 pm
I personally liked OFB
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: gec05 on March 07, 2008, 11:26:30 am
Another junk and crap pack. (http://thesims2.ea.com/about/sp6_index.php)

Snazzy, but makes me wish they added all this stuff to begin with.
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: Plank of Wood on March 07, 2008, 11:36:53 am
*Shakes fist*

Darn EA Cash Cow Milkers!
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: emmet on March 07, 2008, 02:19:07 pm
That stuff pack has been out for a while now...
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: Arachoid on March 10, 2008, 11:56:12 am
My little sister's birthday is coming up soon, and she'll be ten years old. She 'casually' mentioned to me how much she wants The Sims 2 (she loved the first one), and I was wondering what expansions to get her... I was thinking I'd buy either the core game or Deluxe, then get Pets and Seasons for her, but I'm really not sure.

Any ideas?
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: Plank of Wood on March 10, 2008, 12:00:17 pm
Pets and Seasons are pretty much the only ones that realy make the game worthwhile, all the others are just add ons which you are crazy about for the first few days, but then you don't bother because it's too much hassle.
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: Skyward on March 10, 2008, 01:47:28 pm
Pets and Seasons are pretty much the only ones that don't realy make the game worthwhile, all the others are just add ons which you are crazy about for the first few days, but then you REMAIN CRAZY ABOUT THEM don't bother because it's too much hassle.

crudely fixed :D
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: emmet on March 10, 2008, 01:58:52 pm
Pets sucks, open for business is great.

However the Sims 2 Double Deluxe was relaease recently, so maybe that?
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: Plank of Wood on March 10, 2008, 02:00:57 pm
Why did EA skimp on the Celebrity XP anyway?
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: emmet on March 10, 2008, 02:05:19 pm
Cos they found out it was exactly what we wanted.
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: Arachoid on March 10, 2008, 09:03:48 pm
Wait, how does this game work? I bought the Sims 2 Free Time: Limited Collection, which includes The Sims 2: Deluxe and Free Time (obviously). After installing them both, there were links on my desktop to both games; do they each lead to the same game, or will I have to make a new family for each expansion? I'm so confused!  ???
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: 7 who ate 9 on March 10, 2008, 09:20:43 pm
They both lead to the same game.
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: Arachoid on March 11, 2008, 12:55:43 am
They both lead to the same game.

Thanks.

I just got done playing; this game is so much fun. I'm gonna have to get Pets and Seasons soon.
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: Gorman Conall on March 11, 2008, 01:55:06 pm
Do all the expansion packs run together seamlessly or can you only play one at a time?.

I ask because i have the sims 2 but no xpacks
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: Pixxel on March 11, 2008, 03:36:25 pm
They all run together
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: eropS on March 11, 2008, 03:50:32 pm
*cough*Seasons if you get one Conall*cough*
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: Pixxel on March 11, 2008, 04:08:50 pm
Freetime is quite nice too, but yeah Seasons is the best... weather effects really boosts the game experience
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: Gorman Conall on March 11, 2008, 05:37:17 pm
Yep  going to be Seasons for sure. Then i think university and free time.

Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: Fink on March 11, 2008, 08:14:42 pm
They both lead to the same game.

Thanks.

I just got done playing; this game is so much fun. I'm gonna have to get Pets and Seasons soon.

I like Seasons a lot. Especially the animal you meet (Too bad you can't make it a pet though  :P )
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: DarkDragon on March 11, 2008, 08:20:24 pm
I've bought all of them so far, to be honest it's getting quite annoying paying so much for 1 single game :P
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: Fink on March 11, 2008, 08:27:25 pm
I've bought all of them so far, to be honest it's getting quite annoying paying so much for 1 single game :P

And thus why they are making Sims 3
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: emmet on March 15, 2008, 08:10:09 am
Check out my house! (http://thesims2.ea.com/exchange/lot_detail.php?asset_id=671962)

Note - Not my actual house. I mean, you know. It's mine. I built it.
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: DarkDragon on April 16, 2008, 08:37:37 am
I just bought Kitchen & Bath Interior Design... I'm now the proud owner of:
http://img175.imageshack.us/img175/7006/simsmy7.jpg

+ The 2 Christmas CD packs and the Stories series which are not on that folder... gawd I feel rich, and violated by EA :X
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: emmet on April 16, 2008, 11:04:51 am
Wait, I thought FreeTime was the last EP?

Apparently not. There is gonna be one based around apartments and new kinds of housing, and it also focuses on normal community lots.

I wish I could say I wasn't excited, but, as long as the apartments aren't laggy as hell, then I'm a-okay!
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: DarkDragon on April 16, 2008, 11:16:26 am
Wait, I thought FreeTime was the last EP?

Apparently not. There is gonna be one based around apartments and new kinds of housing, and it also focuses on normal community lots.

I wish I could say I wasn't excited, but, as long as the apartments aren't laggy as hell, then I'm a-okay!

Yeah, I've been waiting for apartments forever now, and Hotels/Motels :x
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: Celtic Tiger on April 17, 2008, 07:54:41 am
They'll never stop making these Expansion packs... That is until the Sims 3 comes out.
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: gec05 on April 19, 2008, 01:58:16 pm
So they broke their original pattern.

They said the 7th EP would be the last EP but I guess they're really milking it for what its worth.
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: Fink on April 19, 2008, 10:45:04 pm
So they broke their original pattern.

They said the 7th EP would be the last EP but I guess they're really milking it for what its worth.

And 7 expansions isn't?
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: DarkDragon on April 19, 2008, 11:34:49 pm
They won't stop until Sims 3 is released, so expect at least 2 more EPs after apartments and 1 more Sims 2 Stories game.
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: Fink on April 19, 2008, 11:38:19 pm
They won't stop until Sims 3 is released, so expect at least 2 more EPs after apartments and 1 more Sims 2 Stories game.

I can't wait for the equivalent of making magic, that just breaks the game.  :D
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: DarkDragon on April 19, 2008, 11:50:10 pm
They won't stop until Sims 3 is released, so expect at least 2 more EPs after apartments and 1 more Sims 2 Stories game.

I can't wait for the equivalent of making magic, that just breaks the game.  :D

Making Magic was fun, I owned all of The Sims (1) series too, but since The Sims 2 came out I left my old game + expansions in Germany, at my parents house.
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: DarkDragon on May 17, 2008, 06:58:07 am
Sorry for the bump, in case you guys haven't noticed they are gonna release another stuff pack called IKEA Home Stuff next month. Just a heads up.
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: Interitus on May 17, 2008, 10:07:25 am
I saw that, at first I thought it was a joke. I was really hoping the H&M stuff was only a once over thing. It's things like this that really make me feel Maxis really doesn't care about the players anymore and it's all about squeezing as much money out of the game as possible.
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: SBD on May 18, 2008, 05:05:25 am
No, EA are squeezing as much money as they can out of this thing.
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: Interitus on May 18, 2008, 10:32:21 am
No, EA are squeezing as much money as they can out of this thing.

I find it hard to believe that Maxis, the company that brought EA the best-selling PC game of all time, doesn't have enough influence to say 'NO'. If that is really the case we may as well say EA is making the games, not Maxis. It means Maxis comes up with all the big decisions and Maxis simply codes. Since I doubt that is the case, I blame Maxis.   
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: The Time Traveller on May 18, 2008, 10:47:36 am
They won't stop until Sims 3 is released, so expect at least 2 more EPs after apartments and 1 more Sims 2 Stories game.

I can't wait for the equivalent of making magic, that just breaks the game.  :D
The Sims 2:Boredom!

Are you worried that your sims do to much?  Buy The Sims 2:Boredom, for these excellent features!

Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: Fink on May 20, 2008, 01:23:07 pm
Sorry for the bump, in case you guys haven't noticed they are gonna release another stuff pack called IKEA Home Stuff next month. Just a heads up.

Does it realistically fall apart as soon as you sit on it like in real life?

And does your Sim have to put it all together with a tiny allen wrench

"I need tungsten to live. TUUNNGSTEENNN!"

(Couldn't find a picture  :( )
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: Ramphastos on May 20, 2008, 01:43:09 pm
Personally I stopped buying sims stuff after the pets expansion.  I will buy the sims 3 though, it will be good to get a fresh sims experience again.


I find it hard to believe that Maxis, the company that brought EA the best-selling PC game of all time, doesn't have enough influence to say 'NO'. If that is really the case we may as well say EA is making the games, not Maxis. It means Maxis comes up with all the big decisions and Maxis simply codes. Since I doubt that is the case, I blame Maxis.   

EA bought Maxis, so they only do what EA says.  That's why maxis games only have an EA logo on them now.  The spirit of maxis remains, but it is really EA.
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: The Time Traveller on May 20, 2008, 01:59:39 pm
Actually, the most recent Spore ads have Maxis there, and in bigger letters than EA.
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: Interitus on May 20, 2008, 10:57:04 pm
EA bought Maxis, so they only do what EA says.  That's why maxis games only have an EA logo on them now.  The spirit of maxis remains, but it is really EA.

Don't mince words. Maxis is part of EA, I didn't think I had to make that distinction for people. But the studios owned by EA still work on their own projects. Maxis is gone in name, but it's still Maxis that is making Spore, The Sims 3 and The Sims: Ikea stuff.  Through the sheer volume of money "Maxis" has brought to EA, it's hard to believe EA doesn't give them more flexibility then most other studios. And I find it very hard to believe Maxis couldn't argue their way out of this if they truely didn't want to do it. EA would rather take the hit and not do Ikea stuff if there was the possibility of too many Maxis people leaving. 
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: The Time Traveller on May 21, 2008, 08:22:39 am
Maxis is gone in name, but it's still Maxis that is making Spore, The Sims 3 and The Sims: Ikea stuff.
Huh?  Didn't you hear the news?  They made a new department that doesn't have any Maxis employees that only makes The Sims.
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: gec05 on May 21, 2008, 10:32:17 am
And I think it was Maxis' decision to put this out. I don't think EA made them do it.

And yeah, HW has a point. The Sims is a franchise that the original Maxis left behind to a team built for it so you can blame that team for listening to their hardcore TS2 fans that still play this game.
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: DarkDragon on May 21, 2008, 02:31:16 pm
I play it occasionally but I never suggest anything... also, freetime is damn full of bugs <_<
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: pfellah on May 23, 2008, 08:59:50 am
I saw that, at first I thought it was a joke. I was really hoping the H&M stuff was only a once over thing. It's things like this that really make me feel Maxis really doesn't care about the players anymore and it's all about squeezing as much money out of the game as possible.

Different strokes for different folks. Some Sims players are really in to trying to duplicate reality in the game as closely as possible, and having real branded options in the game probably appeals to some. I can't imagine pumping out a few new skins is pulling that many resources away from other projects, and one can always choose not to buy. (I think I only ever bought one Stuff Pack, though I do have all the expansions...)
Title: Re: The Sims 2: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: Interitus on May 23, 2008, 11:59:45 pm

Different strokes for different folks. Some Sims players are really in to trying to duplicate reality in the game as closely as possible, and having real branded options in the game probably appeals to some.


Which is what there is a massive online community that makes custom content for practically everyones desires.  And if we are talking duplicating reality, where is my dirty laundry, why hasn't my basement flooded. Why can't I put a pool on the roof. If they were in fact trying to duplicate reality they could ease rstrictions on the game, or add countless other features that wouldn't need brand names stamped on them. And I don't have the numbers, but I'm sure having the exact same clothes and bad furniture one has in real life as in the game is more of a niche market. Not one that deserves two stuffs packs. This is not catering to what people want, this is simply business. And while I can appreciate a business such as Maxis folowing practices to make money. It still forces me to wonder if they really need to. I'm sure Maxis isn't strapped for cash, at this part they are milking it while the sims 3 comes out.

Quote
I can't imagine pumping out a few new skins is pulling that many resources away from other projects, and one can always choose not to buy. (I think I only ever bought one Stuff Pack, though I do have all the expansions...)

And no, I'm sure it didn't take long to do. After all they didn't have to even be creative for this process they could copy it out of the magazines.  And no, now one is forcing me to buy them, which is why I didn't. But I would have much rather the time and effort gone into a stuffs pack with original content then see them count how many different places they can tap for money.

Title: Re: The Sims 2/3: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: gec05 on August 03, 2009, 03:17:27 pm
Ahem... (http://www.thesims3.com/community/news.html?selMonth=7&selYear=2009#-1095445728)

And so it begins as expected.

(http://img193.imageshack.us/img193/5295/screen3cto.jpg)

(http://img199.imageshack.us/img199/5084/screen2eem.jpg)

(http://img199.imageshack.us/img199/6558/screen1gdm.jpg)
Title: Re: The Sims 2/3: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: Summoner on August 03, 2009, 03:22:27 pm
Now all we need is some rolling stones and traps and indiana jones music :p
Title: Re: The Sims 2/3: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: emmet on August 03, 2009, 03:26:05 pm
I'm surprisingly uninterested.

But then again, I also hated Bon Voyage.
Title: Re: The Sims 2/3: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: Pixxel on August 03, 2009, 04:03:00 pm
I hope you can live in those areas and not just visit them for vacation, or atleast use those themes as ordinary neighborhoods.

P.S Yarr  ::)
Title: Re: The Sims 2/3: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: Raz on August 03, 2009, 04:59:46 pm
Eh... I already uninstalled Sims 3, and replaced with Sims 2, which is truer to the spirit of the Sims.
Title: Re: The Sims 2/3: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: LadyM on August 03, 2009, 05:33:07 pm
SIMdiana Jones, I hear Harrison Ford might do some voice work for an NPC.
Title: Re: The Sims 2/3: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: Pixxel on August 04, 2009, 02:29:25 am
Even if he did some voiceacting I don't think anyone would notice. :S
Title: Re: The Sims 2/3: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: Hydromancerx on August 05, 2009, 05:14:57 pm
Even if he did some voiceacting I don't think anyone would notice. :S

It would come out something like this ...

Simlish: "SNOOGA! Da'ja ne zama ne ko snooga??"
English: "SNAKES! Why'd it have to be snakes??"

Title: Re: The Sims 2/3: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: Fink on August 22, 2009, 05:30:48 am
Ok, so I'm remaking my Sims costume from last year. If you didn't see it, here it is:

(http://img35.imageshack.us/img35/2333/mesim.jpg)

I did that in one night with poster board, a coat hanger, and duct tape.

(Long story)

Anyway, I want to do it right this time, I'm going full out.
With 4 different LED lights (Green, Yellow, Red, and White)
The green one will even pulse a little, and the white one will pulse a lot.

I have two friends helping me. One is a electrical engineer with like 6 years of school. The other builds Warhammer 40K models for table top gaming.
So I have no doubt that we can pull this off, but there is one snag...

(/long Story)

I need someone to turn me into a sim. I know it's kind of cheating, making the costume out of something you can control, but oh well.

So, if I give one of you a picture of me, could you turn me into a Sim, outfit and all?
You could use ether Sims 2 or 3, which ever is easyer (But Sims 3 would be best)

I'm going to enter the costume contest since I'm putting so much work into this. I doubt I'll win anything, but I'll credit you if you like  :)

Let me know. Thanks guys.
Title: Re: The Sims 2/3: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: Pixxel on August 22, 2009, 05:38:19 am
btw for you who haven't seen it yet.
http://www.gametrailers.com/video/gc-09-the-sims-3/54381

They kinda ripped-off the GLA soundtrack from Generals.
Title: Re: The Sims 2/3: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: Plank of Wood on August 22, 2009, 09:24:22 am
SIMdiana Jones

Bad-um Dsch
Title: Re: The Sims 2/3: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: Yokto on August 22, 2009, 10:32:18 am
Wow they really did rip of the GLA sound track. Well EA owns Generals so i guess they have the right to do that the cheep bastards! :P
(But i do like the GLA soundtrack)



And nice costume btw. Will be interesting to see the improved one.
Title: Re: The Sims 2/3: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: Darth Grievi on October 06, 2009, 05:20:05 pm
My sister and I have been concidering getting the Sims 2 and Pets for the Mac, but I've got a few questions about mods.

1. Can you still install mods on the Mac version? I'm not familiar with modding games that come for more than one operating system. Basically, if I go and randomly download something from ModTheSims, will it work on a Mac?

2. I'd love to do something like the GamingSteve Sim House. Are there any mods I need to download to let me put whatever Sims I want on a certain lot, without making them all a part of the same "family"?
Title: Re: The Sims 2/3: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: Rysworld on October 06, 2009, 05:47:21 pm
Well, modding on a mac works with Spore, so I don't see why not.
Title: Re: The Sims 2/3: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: Flisch on November 14, 2010, 03:48:04 am
Warning: this topic has not been posted in for at least 120 days.
Unless you're sure you want to reply, please consider starting a new topic.

Well, I can't post Sims 2 related questions in the sims 3 thread, can I? :3

Anyway, so I am having a problem with Sims 2. After a long time of not playing sims, I decided to install the games again. Since the original game by itself is so bland I also decided to install the add-ons, but there's the problem. While the original game works ok, as soon as I install any of the add ons, I get an error message as soon as I run the game. The worst thing is, that error message doesn't give me any information, because it is blank. See fig. 1 for reference.

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c390/Flisch/sims2campuscrash.jpg)
Fig. 1

I knew that Sims 2 somehow required you to play a bit and save a game before installing the next expansion, so I did just that. I went into the original game, played a bit and then saved, but when I tried to install the expasion pack after that, I got the exact same message. I also looked in the internet for a patch or something, but there's nothing and apparently nobody else is having this problem. Can anyone of you help me? D:

Oh and also I am using windows XP.
Title: Re: The Sims 2/3: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: Didero on December 28, 2012, 08:13:03 am
RISE FROM THE ASHES
WE SHALL DISCUSS CONTROLLING PEOPLE ONCE MORE

So I went to the local thrift store today, since they sometimes have old games I played as a kid. (They had Lego Island, which hit me right in the nostalgia, but I still own it myself too).
Apparently somebody got tired of their The Sims collection, since they had donated The Sims 2 and a few expansion packs, and even some The Sims 1 expansions.
I'm kinda tempted to buy TS2, just for a bit of nostalgia. Or should I just stick to The Sims 3, which is ostensibly better (even though I don't play it too much)?
Title: Re: The Sims 2/3: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: LadyM on December 28, 2012, 08:54:42 am
The Sims 2 was good, you can do more with it and if it doesn't cost much, go for it.
Title: Re: The Sims 2/3: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: PatMan33 on December 28, 2012, 09:40:20 am
Agreed.

The Sims 3 vanilla is better than The Sims 2, hands down. But The Sims 2 allows for extensive modding and with mods, The Sims 2 is far superior.
Title: Re: The Sims 2/3: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: Didero on December 28, 2012, 09:49:58 am
But there's a plethora of mods for TS 3 too. Can you do that much more in TS 2?
Title: Re: The Sims 2/3: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: PatMan33 on December 28, 2012, 09:59:27 am
Because The Sims 2 doesn't calculate the entire world in real time (or at least pretend that it does) TS2 mods are able to do more to the core aspects of the game.
Title: Re: The Sims 2/3: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: Hydromancerx on December 28, 2012, 02:03:25 pm
Agreed.

The Sims 3 vanilla is better than The Sims 2, hands down. But The Sims 2 allows for extensive modding and with mods, The Sims 2 is far superior.

I still play Sims 2 that is heavily modded. Even though I brought Sims 3 I soon uninstalled it and reinstalled all my Sims 2 stuff. And even if they have come out with Sims 3 expansions since then, I am perfectly happy with the Sims 2. On of my favorite places to get custom content is called the Plumb Bob Keep (http://www.medievalsims.com/) which makes Medieval Themed content. However they once and awhile do Ancient and even Prehistoric stuff too. They have lots of talented modders there.

In addition I have a sandbox like game going in the Sim Caveman style. Its been going on for months and have around 9 lots of related sims of around 6 generations. I use the custom content along with a mixture of dice and sandbox-like game inspiration such as Terraia, Haven & Hearth, etc. Thus everything I build in the game is worth material and or work points. For example an average pine tree gives 10 wood. And cost 10 work points to chop down. I use a hacked money machine to figure out work point. Every $100  make on it becomes 1 work point. Thus $1000 = Chopping down the tree. it may seem tedious but it really makes you feel like your accomplishing stuff rather than just making anything you want.

I also have rules about breeding, where you can trade a female from your tribe for a female of a neighboring hood's tribe. This solves inbreeding and keeps the population the same. I also have a flat custom map which fits together all 6x5 lots in a grid. So every lot is a number and a letter such as S16 or C7. I only have one community lot in the center which looks like stonehenge. I put the graves of sims there. Other than that all other lots are residential and to expand one must have sims to expand to them. Which means every sim has some home business and don't get jobs (or go to school).

They mainly survive on crops and fish but I have worked out some other methods for farm animals as well. Not to mention random encounters for simulated hunting when they go hiking. Since it takes a lot of work to run the game I do not take screenshots. Also I feel I might "jinx" it if I ever did. So just know that after a million Sim Cavemans on this forum I have actually made a successful game on my own.
Title: Re: The Sims 2/3: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: Gorman Conall on December 28, 2012, 03:06:43 pm
You shouldn't judge a games worth based on mods, the sims 3 is a superior game in its vanilla form, I own it and all the expansions, its great fun.
Title: Re: The Sims 2/3: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: eropS on December 28, 2012, 03:28:49 pm
Yeah I wish it wasn't 90$ for the game and expansions. The pirate black box version doesn't have seasons and supernatural so I cant much do that either. Idk, I'm hoping one day it will be cheap for all of them.

How is seasons? Does it make it about as good as it did for TS2, because it was a game changer if you ask me.
Title: Re: The Sims 2/3: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: PatMan33 on December 28, 2012, 10:38:07 pm
You shouldn't judge a games worth based on mods

I don't know about that. Mods are an integral part of PC gaming and simulation gaming in general. Sure, some games gain little merit by their modding community. But others definitely have additional desirability because of their mods! I will give you that you shouldn't detract from a game based on its mods or lack thereof. But if a game has a great mod community I'd definitely say that it adds to its overall worth.
Title: Re: The Sims 2/3: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: Hydromancerx on December 28, 2012, 11:52:08 pm
Yeah I wish it wasn't 90$ for the game and expansions. The pirate black box version doesn't have seasons and supernatural so I cant much do that either. Idk, I'm hoping one day it will be cheap for all of them.

Indeed. I already spent so much on every Sims 2 expansion and stuff pack. I might as well make the game last even if it a bit old now. Maybe I will jump back on the band wagon when Sims 4 comes out. I suspect you will have to just buy every expansion over again and again.
Title: Re: The Sims 2/3: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: PatMan33 on December 29, 2012, 12:32:43 am
That's my biggest gripe with The Sims as a franchise. A lot of the expansions are rehashes of expansions we got in the last iteration of the game... why would any sane person pay for the same expansion they already bought with a shinier facade? It'd be nice if they gave a deal to long-time fans of the series... you know, people like me that bought EVERY expansion for the last game or the last TWO games. :|
Title: Re: The Sims 2/3: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: Brandonazz on December 29, 2012, 02:32:12 am
How much money total have you spent on this franchise? o_o
Title: Re: The Sims 2/3: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: eropS on December 29, 2012, 02:39:48 am
I spent 50 + 7x30 for the Sims, then another 50 + 8x40 on TS2 plus 50 for the third.

So about 680$ over the course of a decade. I can now see why I subconsciously have shyed away from purchasing any of the third expansions...
Title: Re: The Sims 2/3: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: Didero on December 29, 2012, 05:00:52 am
Steam makes this easy, since the expansion packs are treated as DLC on there, and Steam gives a total for all the available DLC.
Even at the current 50% holiday discount it'll still cost almost 230 to get all the DLC. Even if you leave out the stuff packs, it'll still cost almost 150.
And that's excluding having to buy the base game. It's ridiculous, and it's one of the main reasons I haven't bought a Sims game since I got The Sims 1 and an expansion pack about a decade ago.

I just checked the prices in dollars, and now I'm pissed off. The base game is 22.50 euros, but 15 dollars. The DLC price difference is 20. The euro is worth MORE than the dollar, not the other way around, EA :|
Title: Re: The Sims 2/3: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: PatMan33 on December 29, 2012, 10:16:05 am
Money, right?
Title: Re: The Sims 2/3: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: Hydromancerx on December 29, 2012, 11:06:44 am
And that's excluding having to buy the base game. It's ridiculous, and it's one of the main reasons I haven't bought a Sims game since I got The Sims 1 and an expansion pack about a decade ago.

Yeah back in the day with the Sims 1 I bought up to Vacation (base + 4 expansions). It was a good game and I even enjoyed the custom content people made back then. But Sims 2 was a BIG upgrade which is why I bought it when it came out and kept buying the expansions. The Sims 3 did not seem like much of an upgrade and I actually like the look of the Sims of 2 better than 3. They have sort of an "uncanny valley" look to me (similar to Polar Express).

However in the Sims 3 I do like their personality trait system and the fact they don't need to pee all the time. However in my survival game, things like peeing are actually useful and make sense to the story. In fact I don't think I have played the sims in the way it was intended to be for years now.

Note I did buy Sims Medieval, and its a good game, but thanks to many modders they have extracted most of the content from that game into the Sims 2, so I really have not felt the need to play it. But they do have some fun quests in that game.
Title: Re: The Sims 2/3: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: Didero on December 31, 2012, 02:05:32 am
I've played a bit of Sims 3 yesterday evening. Nothing interesting, just designing a simple house. But it was just so damn relaxing. It was great.
I don't know if it's because of the fact that there were no virtual people around to whine they needed to pee, or if it was just the music (which I think is great), but I don't remember having as much fun in The Sims in a long time.
Title: Re: The Sims 2/3: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: Hydromancerx on May 06, 2013, 01:51:27 pm
So The Sims 4 was announced today. I still play the Sims 2 for goodness sakes.  :o

http://www.ea.com/news/maxis-unveils-the-sims-4
Title: Re: The Sims 2/3: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: PatMan33 on May 06, 2013, 02:10:29 pm
Oh look, another Sims game. I get to buy the same six expansion packs again!? SWEET!
Title: Re: The Sims 2/3: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: Raz on May 06, 2013, 04:28:43 pm
They'll have to have quite a few changes to convince me to buy it, and I've been playing Sims since forever, and have even tried again and again to love the Sims 3 with little success. :-\
Title: Re: The Sims 2/3: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: eropS on May 06, 2013, 04:56:26 pm
Shamelessly, if it's the Sims 3 with more depth and better graphics, I'll probably buy it.
Title: Re: The Sims 2/3: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: Raz on May 06, 2013, 06:28:39 pm
I was just unable to really get into the Sims 3 seriously. Just didn't have the charm of the Sims 2 for some reason.
Title: Re: The Sims 2/3: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: Huckbuck on May 07, 2013, 01:34:57 am
http://www.ea.com/news/the-sims-4-in-development-for-pc-and-mac

Quote
...giving players a deeper connection with the most expressive, surprising and charming Sims ever in this single-player offline experience.

He.  :)
Title: Re: The Sims 2/3: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: Legodragonxp on May 07, 2013, 05:33:07 am
I got around to buying Sims 3 when it was dirt cheap on Steam and was incredibly disappointed by how bad it ran. It was buggy as hell and hung constantly. While I eet that EA isn't known for 'getting it right the first time' I bought in to it so late I would have figured there was a bit more patch and polish on it than that.

Sims 2 was OK. I could not care less about anything EA makes anymore though, too many screw ups for me.

-Lego
Title: Re: The Sims 2/3: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: LadyM on May 07, 2013, 05:44:27 am
If Sims 4 was multiplayer, that would encourage me to get it. Sims 2 was my fav and the easiest to make sim stories from, I never could figure out how to do a sim game with 3. I guess I'll see what comes out and what it offers and go from there.
Title: Re: The Sims 2/3: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: PatMan33 on May 07, 2013, 10:02:32 am
The Sims 3 STILL crashes when running CrossfireX. It's ridiculous. EA and Maxis have known about the flaw in their game for YEARS. YEARS!! But they still haven't as much as written a warning on their storefront to let people know this. Yet another reason to never support the crooks at EA. I'm sorry if some of us have friends that work for that awful, awful company. But that's the rub.
Title: Re: The Sims 2/3: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: eropS on July 16, 2013, 01:24:38 pm
So i recently acquired the full set of the sims 3 and co. yo ho ho. I bought the first one...

When I'm in buy mode, the first items it lists are the ones I haven't paid for in the store, and by default it directs me to the purchasable 'theme packs' for each category of room every time I change rooms.

Is this serious? Are they serious? The tactic is paper thin and annoying. Wasn't in the original Sims 3, is there a way to remove the ****ing advertisements for **** in game while ****ing playing the game?
Title: Re: The Sims 2/3: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: Raz on July 16, 2013, 01:41:22 pm
Pretty sure you turn off store mode in the options menu or something similar along those lines.
Title: Re: The Sims 2/3: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: eropS on July 16, 2013, 02:08:11 pm
Raz I have never been so happy to read a reply of yours. Thank you.
Title: Re: The Sims 2/3: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: PatMan33 on July 16, 2013, 10:22:09 pm
Raz I have never been happy to read a reply of yours. Thank you.
Title: Re: The Sims 2/3: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: Flisch on July 26, 2014, 02:06:12 am
For anyone who is interested:

http://help.ea.com/en/article/how-to-get-the-sims-2-ultimate-collection/

Don't say no to free games.
Title: Re: The Sims 2/3: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: Brandonazz on July 26, 2014, 03:15:26 am
"We will let you play anything just use origin pls"
Title: Re: The Sims 2/3: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: Slinky on July 26, 2014, 08:52:21 am
"We will give you a blowjob in the car if you give us a ride"
Title: Re: The Sims 2/3: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: eropS on July 26, 2014, 09:48:08 am
The Sims 2 is more like a handy j.

Because its old fashioned



Yes I will be here all week.
Title: Re: The Sims 2/3: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: Inkling on July 26, 2014, 10:51:04 am
I don't think anyone answered me last time, is the Sims 2 worth letting Origin on my computer?  I've never played the Sims.
Title: Re: The Sims 2/3: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: Flisch on July 26, 2014, 11:05:07 am
"We will let you play anything just use origin pls"
Laughed harder than I should.
Title: Re: The Sims 2/3: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: eropS on July 26, 2014, 02:25:00 pm
I don't think anyone answered me last time, is the Sims 2 worth letting Origin on my computer?  I've never played the Sims.

If you've never played the Sims then I guess it all depends. You don't want to just pirate it? It'd be free in that case, too.

I think if you're coming in raw then absolutely, TS2 ultimate edition is an awesome way to jump in.
Title: Re: The Sims 2/3: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: Inkling on July 26, 2014, 03:51:55 pm
I don't want to pirate it, even from EA.
Title: Re: The Sims 2/3: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: eropS on July 26, 2014, 03:53:02 pm
I think if you're coming in raw then absolutely, TS2 ultimate edition is an awesome way to jump in.
Title: Re: The Sims 2/3: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: PatMan33 on July 26, 2014, 08:30:59 pm
Don't say no to free games.

Say no to Origin.

Really though, the only reason Sims 2 is free is because they want people to sign up for Origin.
Title: Re: The Sims 2/3: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: martyk on July 26, 2014, 10:55:24 pm
I honestly don't understand why Origin gets the bad rap it gets.  If I remember correctly it was pretty awful when it first came out, but over the last few years I've never had an issue with it.
Title: Re: The Sims 2/3: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: Yokto on July 27, 2014, 05:26:23 am
For me it a bit of a trust issue. I trust EA as far as I can throw them pretty much. But the other aspect is that I do not need one more stupid vendor/download service. I have to many of them already.
Title: Re: The Sims 2/3: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: Flisch on July 27, 2014, 06:49:14 am
It's the same for me. I don't trust EA enough to buy any more EA games, but if I get one for free, eh why pass that?
Title: Re: The Sims 2/3: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: PatMan33 on July 27, 2014, 07:43:00 am
Hate to be the parrot here, but my reasoning is also the same.

EA has given me no signs that they've changed whatsoever. Sim City is still fresh in my mind, how can I just ignore that debacle? And now The Sims 4 is sounding a lot like Sim City, what with corners cut and questionable business ethics. I do not trust EA, I refuse to give them money (I haven't bought an EA game in years, I'm serious about this) and I will not install Origin. It was a spyware tool at one point in time, monitoring outside processes unrelated to Origin or its companion software.

No. EA needs to build a lot of bridges before I start giving them money again. And then after that maybe I'll consider Origin. Getting something for free isn't worth compromising on what I believe in, especially a free video game that is absolutely meaningless in the grand scheme of things. EA are a cancer on my hobby and have actively made it more difficult to enjoy by completely ruining top-tier franchises for literally no reason other than greed.

No.


But I hope you have fun with it. I won't try to take it away from you, it's your decision and Sims 2 is a really great game. :)
Title: Re: The Sims 2/3: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: Inkling on July 27, 2014, 02:00:08 pm
I'm with you, Pat.  EA is horrible, but I can't decide if I hate them enough to turn down a free game.
Title: Re: The Sims 2/3: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: Cobra on July 27, 2014, 02:56:01 pm
As the saying goes "There is no such thing as a free lunch" and that goes double for EA.
Title: Re: The Sims 2/3: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: Slinky on July 27, 2014, 08:24:21 pm
I just ate a free lunch. It was so, so, good.
Title: Re: The Sims 2/3: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: Didero on July 28, 2014, 02:38:27 am
While I agree with the rest of your points, I felt I had to point this out:
It was a spyware tool at one point in time, monitoring outside processes unrelated to Origin or its companion software.
The screenshot that allegedly showed that, was just Origin scanning the disc to find any installed games that could be added to Origin. Steam does the same thing when you press 'Add non-Steam game', it scans your computer for executables.
Title: Re: The Sims 2/3: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: PatMan33 on July 28, 2014, 06:25:42 am
Spyware.

I don't trust EA but I do trust Valve. I don't care if Valve looks at my vital stats and program usage because they don't have a history of screwing me and being fast and loose with customer relations.
Title: Re: The Sims 2/3: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: Krakow Sam on July 28, 2014, 07:17:11 am
A STEAM ON EVERY COMPUTER AND TWO HATS ON EVERY HEAD.
Title: Re: The Sims 2/3: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: PatMan33 on July 28, 2014, 07:37:41 am
I want more hats. I need more hats!!
Title: Re: The Sims 2/3: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: LadyM on July 28, 2014, 01:32:12 pm
I've not had an issue with Origin though I don't use it much. I like having my Sim games backed up there. Sims2 was free and every Sim3 game I bought through steam and can put the code in Origin and it's listed there too. I would say do it but that's because I already did.
Title: Re: The Sims 2/3: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: Slinky on July 28, 2014, 01:45:55 pm
Oooh, Pat's gonna chew you out now.
Title: Re: The Sims 2/3: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: LadyM on July 29, 2014, 05:26:28 pm
He already knows.. I pushed the button long ago.
Title: Re: The Sims 2/3: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: PatMan33 on July 29, 2014, 08:03:00 pm
Yeah.

LadyM and I got all our fighting out years ago. <3
Title: Re: The Sims 2/3: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: Gec on July 31, 2014, 09:38:17 pm
Origin is fine. I don't trust EA as a genuine company that makes real video games, but Origin is adequate as a platform for the games I do have. If you are irrationally paranoid and conspiracy crazed as you are, I won't suggest it then. Not recommend.
Title: Re: The Sims 2/3: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: PatMan33 on August 01, 2014, 07:05:25 am
If you are irrationally paranoid and conspiracy crazed as you are, I won't suggest it then. Not recommend.

This is the part some people don't get. :P

You know I don't like it so stop trying to get me to use it, I don't trust them as a company so everything else stops there.
Title: Re: The Sims 2/3: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: Gec on August 01, 2014, 06:12:08 pm
You know I don't like it so stop trying to get me to use it, I don't trust them as a company so everything else stops there.

That was aimed at the discussion in general and not you Pat. But you prove my point regardless of the paranoid part...

D'aww we still love you though!
Title: Re: The Sims 2/3: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: Krakow Sam on August 02, 2014, 05:09:09 am
Gec here is a ladder to help you get off your horse.  ;)

(http://i.imgur.com/BzQ41aw.jpg)
Title: Re: The Sims 2/3: (Insert Expansion Pack Name Here...)
Post by: LadyM on September 15, 2014, 06:05:03 am
I caved, I pushed the button.. I have Sims 4 and.... I like it. I started a series if anyone is interested.

#Invalid YouTube Link#

I'm adding neighbors, Ovi is going to be there so if you have a sim in Sims 4, I can add you to the neighborhood. Not as a playable character but just a neighbor that might walk around.

*not sure why the you tube thing won't work
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yZUkD-HK3vs&list=UUage-DrGP1z5-bl4_XUAjpg
Title: Re: The Sims 2-3-4 (including expansions)
Post by: Inkling on September 15, 2014, 10:34:05 am
You have to take the s out of https.
Title: Re: The Sims 2-3-4 (including expansions)
Post by: Didero on September 15, 2014, 11:10:16 am
So how does Sims 4 compare to Sims 3?
Obviously a lot of stuff from the expansion packs is missing, but is this a better foundation than Sims 3? Or did they limit everything too much?
Title: Re: The Sims 2-3-4 (including expansions)
Post by: LadyM on September 28, 2014, 08:05:54 pm
Creating a Sim and a sim house reminds me of the building engine in Spore. Easier to use and snap together. There are more actions the Sims can do and more "moods". When they feel "flirty" for example they can do things they can't normally do. I'm enjoying the simple gameplay right now of no expansions.
Title: Re: The Sims 2-3-4 (including expansions)
Post by: Hydromancerx on October 06, 2014, 01:12:55 pm
Well for anyone who still plays The Sims 2 like me, the Plumbob Keep (http://www.medievalsims.com/forums/index.php) is a great forum for Sims 2 stuff. They are still very active and make some great Medieval themed stuff. I still play my own Sim Caveman stuff thanks to their awesome custom content. Note that they do cover other non-modern eras like Ancient Roman, Steampunk and even some Prehistoric (yay!)
Title: Re: The Sims 2-3-4 (including expansions)
Post by: PatMan33 on November 04, 2014, 11:31:22 am
Sims 4 has pools now.

>_>

Wut.
Title: Re: The Sims 2-3-4 (including expansions)
Post by: Inkling on November 04, 2014, 04:14:06 pm
Expansion packs already?
Title: Re: The Sims 2-3-4 (including expansions)
Post by: emmet on November 04, 2014, 04:29:35 pm
free dlc
Title: Re: The Sims 2-3-4 (including expansions)
Post by: Slinky on November 04, 2014, 04:56:57 pm
read that as "free dick" then realized that was an L
Title: Re: The Sims 2-3-4 (including expansions)
Post by: PatMan33 on November 04, 2014, 05:17:35 pm
Yeah but I could have sword adding pools to TS4 was going to be really difficult. They were making up tons of excuses about it earlier this year.

And what a surprise, everybody forgets that now and WOW POOLS! AWESOME GUYS THANK YOU SO MUCH.

**** them.
Title: Re: The Sims 2-3-4 (including expansions)
Post by: Slinky on November 04, 2014, 05:29:46 pm
Dude everyone bitched about no pools so they basically made a free pool patch. Why is that a problem they just fixed it and made it less ****ty.
Title: Re: The Sims 2-3-4 (including expansions)
Post by: PatMan33 on November 04, 2014, 05:32:47 pm
Yeah they made a pool patch after complaining about how difficult it was and how much work it would take. I don't have time for these jokers or their games.
Title: Re: The Sims 2-3-4 (including expansions)
Post by: emmet on November 04, 2014, 05:39:29 pm
Devil's advocate: I don't recall them ever saying it was too difficult or work-intensive. They said they didn't have the time before release.
Title: Re: The Sims 2-3-4 (including expansions)
Post by: PatMan33 on November 04, 2014, 06:14:41 pm
Quote from:  Graham Nardone, Producer
"It's easy to look at something and think, 'That looks pretty simple.' When you think about a feature like pools upfront, it looks like a square box on the ground and you put a shader on the top surface and have Sims jump in."

"But ultimately, it's more complexity in terms of what tech's there and what isn't there, what we have to build to support this. How do we cut down into the terrain, how do we get Sims going through portals across different levels of pools? There's so much that's going on in the background that you don't end up seeing just to have a Sim go swimming."

But I don't care that much. Don't own the game, if you like it, good for you I am happy that you are happy. :D

(http://i.imgur.com/FiV0tP8.jpg)
Title: Re: The Sims 2-3-4 (including expansions)
Post by: Slinky on November 04, 2014, 06:27:15 pm
Pat's just butthurt that we got pools.
Title: Re: The Sims 2-3-4 (including expansions)
Post by: PatMan33 on November 04, 2014, 07:06:40 pm
It's true.

I do not think EA deserves any praise over this. They hurt my butt hard.
Title: Re: The Sims 2-3-4 (including expansions)
Post by: Slinky on November 04, 2014, 09:23:50 pm
In the butt way?
Title: Re: The Sims 2-3-4 (including expansions)
Post by: emmet on November 05, 2014, 02:50:24 am
Quote from:  Graham Nardone, Producer
"It's easy to look at something and think, 'That looks pretty simple.' When you think about a feature like pools upfront, it looks like a square box on the ground and you put a shader on the top surface and have Sims jump in."

"But ultimately, it's more complexity in terms of what tech's there and what isn't there, what we have to build to support this. How do we cut down into the terrain, how do we get Sims going through portals across different levels of pools? There's so much that's going on in the background that you don't end up seeing just to have a Sim go swimming."

But I don't care that much. Don't own the game, if you like it, good for you I am happy that you are happy. :D

(http://i.imgur.com/FiV0tP8.jpg)

Eh. Still could have just been a matter of time.

I don't care either! I don't own the game and never plan on it! We should form our own little club.
Title: Re: The Sims 2-3-4 (including expansions)
Post by: Slinky on November 05, 2014, 09:41:49 am
I don't own it either and I don't think I ever will.
Title: Re: The Sims 2-3-4 (including expansions)
Post by: PatMan33 on December 17, 2014, 06:50:13 am
Hey EA. Nice try.

http://help.ea.com/en/article/the-sims-4-updates/

Screw you, though.
Title: Re: The Sims 2-3-4 (including expansions)
Post by: LadyM on December 17, 2014, 04:42:26 pm
Hey my EA stock has quadrupled, forgot I had it, I bought it when Spore came out. Now it's doing well :) I should sell quick.
Title: Re: The Sims 2-3-4 (including expansions)
Post by: Slinky on December 17, 2014, 05:00:17 pm
**** EA for fixing the problems its consumers complained about, right?

I mean for real, **** EA, but I don't get this particular gripe.
Title: Re: The Sims 2-3-4 (including expansions)
Post by: PatMan33 on August 11, 2015, 02:21:01 pm
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lPRBo2Gnwi4

LGR discusses a lot of the things I feel a lot of us were worried about when TS4 was being announced. I've been out of the loop with TS4, but a lot of what he says resonates with my worry from last year. His point about Train Simulator hits the nail on the head for me as well. I love the idea of Train Simulator but the sheer amount of DLC has made me not want that game at all, despite how good it looks.
Title: Re: The Sims 2-3-4 (including expansions)
Post by: Yokto on August 16, 2015, 03:10:26 pm
Yeah I think he might be right. I personally do not want to get in to The Sims 4 because of many features it lacks. Features that are very unlikely to be added with the help of expansion. Like holistic world or CAS system. The lack of CAS is really the nail in the coffin for me.

Oh well. I should get on making that The Sims clone I have had brewing in my mind...
Title: Re: The Sims 2-3-4 (including expansions)
Post by: Krakow Sam on August 17, 2015, 08:20:23 am
CAS?
Title: Re: The Sims 2-3-4 (including expansions)
Post by: PatMan33 on August 17, 2015, 08:34:25 am
Create a Sim!
Title: Re: The Sims 2-3-4 (including expansions)
Post by: Yokto on August 17, 2015, 11:17:16 am
Actually Create A Style. The generic name for being able to change things like textures on items.