The Sims 2

Common Sense Media says

Even more realistic, but not for kids and tweens.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Sims can be materialistic and can have affairs.

Violence

While it's never too graphic, Sims can argue and fight with one another. Plus, they can catch on fire, and they do die eventually.

Sex

Players can mega-make out and "WooHoo" under the covers (and in the hot tub). They can even try for a baby.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

The emphasis on this version is less about stuff, but material goods still matter.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Sims can buy bars for their homes.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this Sims is definitely for more mature teens. Sex, language, free-for-all behavior is easy to have, speak, or do. And these Sims now have driving aspirations, such as romance or fortune -- and corresponding wants and fears. As soon as a want is achieved, another one appears. It's pretty relentless and materialistic. Anything is possible from wanting a little "wooHoo" roll in the hay to being cool or cruel to fellow Sims. It's a bit of 'garbage-in, garbage-out.' If you want naughty, you get naughty. But once that thrill of acting out wears off, there are cool things to do, too.

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

In THE SIMS 2, a graphically detailed version of Sims, you can create characters that look just like you and other members of your family or circle of friends. And you can give them aspirations, such as romance, fortune or family -- each with its corresponding wants and fears: A Sim with family aspiration might want to have a baby, while his partner, who has romance aspiration, might just want some \"WooHoo.\" Or your Sim might want to buy a bar -- or a crib for the new baby. Sims who fulfill their wants (and avoid their fears) are happier -- and earn points to buy special products that can make their lives better.

Is it any good?

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Sims do much more stuff, now. They can interact with each other in more specific ways, telling dirty jokes, giving a tender kiss, or reading to a kid. They let out gassy burps, can be messy eaters -- and if they've got a baby in the house, you'll see the stink coming off those dirty diapers.

This is definitely not a game for younger players. Characters can have sex with limbs poking out under the covers -- and even their make-out sessions get pretty steamy. And the characters can be cruel or materialistic, too. Mature players, though, will surely spend many hours developing cleaning and cooking skills, attempting to win over the headmaster -- or luring a lover under the covers.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about whether this game is an accurate portrayal of people's aspirations and fears. Do people tend to continue wanting more and more? What can we do about that? This may be a good jumping off point for you to ask your kids about their own dreams for their lives: What do they hope to achieve? What does their dream future look like? What do they consider personal success: family, fortune, even popularity?

Game details

Platforms:Windows
Price:$49.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Electronic Arts
Release date:September 30, 2004
Genre:Simulation
ESRB rating:T for (Windows)

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Adult Written byashadoodle April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
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The Sims 2 has pros and cons. It is a fun game. There is a little sexual content (Rolling under the sheets, bubbly hot tubs.) Adult characters can drink at home bars. Sims have the ability to fight. If kids get bad grades, they may be sent to military school. On the positives, Sims do hold down jobs (adults and teens) to fund their lives. This game teaches life lessons, like grocery shopping, caring for babies, the impact of death, etc.
Teen, 14 years old Written byEmiEss March 12, 2011
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6
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This has been my favorite computer game since I was 5 or 6. Honestly, its not really that bad. There is no alcohol in the game, like this website makes it sound. While you CAN buy a bar, all the beverages are juice. Your sims do what you tell them, so they arent going to just randomly start sexing it up unless you tell them to. All of the violence it pretty cartoon-like, too. I think the most brutal would just be drowning. Theres no blood, cuts or bruises if they get in a fight, and theres not even any real fight scene. The whole game is full of little bits of humor and supernatural/sci-fi experiences and creatures and its just a bunch of fun.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Adult Written bybenbarbsmommy April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
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A lesson to be learned

I am sure some people think i am crazy to give this game such a rating. Well, it is very realistic about pregnancy, raising a child, peer pressure, keeping a house clean, eating right and exercising, hygene, having a job to get the things one wants, and getting the wants. This game doesn't instantly give you the best things first. You have to move your sim to everyday situations to move along with life. You have to earn what you get and there is no instant in the game which makes some players not liking it. I own "The Sims" and my husband disliked it because, you had a budget, you had to get a yucky job and had to keep your sims bar a happy green to move on to a new career or relationship. All you had to do in the first Sims was to keep that Sim in the green. Very easy concept.. Sims 2 is more developmental then the first because, you not only have to keep that Sim in the green but, you have to develop that sim at the same time by them experiancing more realistic challedges then the first game. I suggest if you are a teen or a parent of a older teen...get this game and I bet that teen will learn alot about responsablity in this game. With the Sexual Content in the game..No it isnt for younger kids or younger Teens. but, it is apart of most peoples lives. I dont believe it is over graphic and they do have that wonderful blur... Thanks

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