The Sims 2 (PSP)

 
Bad behavior, long loads -- patient teens only.

What parents need to know

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
Not applicable
Consumerism

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

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

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.

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?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk 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 (PSP)

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Kid, 12 years old September 7, 2014
age 18+
 

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 just that blurr part like you see on a show when they cuss. No violence, this game is appropriate, get it!!!Although, sometimes when you want to do something, it takes forever.
Parent of a 18 year old Written bySuperStarzSingerz August 29, 2013
age 13+
 

Great Game!

I am a big fan of the Sims (PC and PSP version) my parents got this when I was 15. sure it has some flirting and kissing scenes BUT it's nothing like the PC version. This version you go along with the story. of course you can always disobey the story and find out secrets from your friends. This story actually has a problem that problem is that Dr. Dominon is trying to ruin sim lives and it's up to you to stop it.
What other families should know
Great messages
Kid, 11 years old April 13, 2012
age 9+
 

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. The pc game is better but this one is awesome too. There is only some kissing and things like that. It is educational as it teaches you about life. Eg. How to spend money properly, solving puzzles, being kind to others etc. The positive messages are that when you are kind and helpful you get friends , have a happy life and other. You can experiment with lots of things and also there are cheats to help you if you are stuck. Just look online. I think this is a great game, imaginative, original and I reccomend it!
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Too much sex

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