The Sims 2 (PSP)

Game review by
Aaron Lazenby, Common Sense Media
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Bad behavior, long loads -- patient teens only.
  • PSP
  • $49.95
  • 2005

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 10 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

Players can use social tactics ranging from flirting to intimidation to extract secrets from other characters.

Violence

While intimidating other Sims, you may punch or kick them to get your point across.

Sex

Naked, bathing bodies are obscured with blurry pixels, and the Sims kiss passionately or engage in implied sex in an off-screen "love cloud."

Language
Consumerism

Another entry in the expansive Sims empire. Tons of consumer items help players design and furnish their homes.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this portable installment features much of the same subject matter as its PC and console cousins. Players have to balance short-term needs with long-term goals to advance the story. Sims make barely obscured visits to the bathroom, which feature pixilated naked bathing bodies and toilet sounds. Flirting results in suggestive kissing and even a passionate cloud of love dust.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byGTAplaya April 9, 2008
Adult Written byliveonlife April 12, 2009

Good for kids over 10

There are some mild suggestive themes but nothing big.. I let my 9 year old child play and there is no problem. Violence and crude humor not an issue.
Kid, 12 years old September 7, 2014

Awesome!

Sims 2, is actually very good. Solve puzzles, solve mysteries, get girlfriends and customize your character and more! The S is not an issue, no nudity is shown... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old April 13, 2012

Actually...

This is a game from 12 years old but i think it should be from 9. Although i think it should be from 9, some children might find it hard to slove some puzzels.... Continue reading

What's it about?

THE SIMS 2 FOR PSP strands you in Strangetown, a desert city populated with ghosts, aliens, psychics, and mad scientists. When your car (and the auto shop it was in) suddenly disappears, you're forced to wander Strangetown's five neighborhoods in search of secrets and clues about what's really going on in this curious city -- and then get back on the road. Players customize their avatar, designing his or her face, hair, clothing, and aspirations before setting them loose to interact with Strangetown's bizarre residents. This version of The Sims 2 changes the social game: You build your relationship with other Sims -- and increase your influence over them -- by quickly matching an icon with one that represents your counterpart's conversation, maybe even getting them to share a secret.

Is it any good?

What the portable Sims trades in freedom (there are no jobs or families, no ability to write your own back story or let your Sim wander on its own) it makes up for in story. Strangetown is built on an amalgam of paranormal myths and feels like a lighthearted X-Files. Settings and graphics are nice enough, and the sound does an excellent job of setting the mood -- something along the lines of a campy 1950s B-movie.

The Sims 2 loads game features on an ongoing basis -- players spend as much time waiting for something to happen as they do playing. On top of that, success in the social game -- and in various Mini games -- comes down to well-timed button pushing. When the game hangs for several seconds as data loads, timing gets thrown off, Mini games are lost, and frustration ensues.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how a successful franchise is leveraged from one system to another. Is the success of The Sims 2 on the PC being used to motivate fans to buy a PSP? Families can also analyze the social tools at their disposal and discuss situations when chatting, flirting, and intimidation come into play. Do people use these tactics in real life to get what they want from others?

Game details

  • Platforms: PSP
  • Price: $49.95
  • Available online? Available online
  • Developer: Electronic Arts
  • Release date: November 16, 2005
  • Genre: Simulation
  • ESRB rating: T for Crude Humor, Sexual Themes, Violence

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