The Sims 2 Mac is the Mac edition of the sequel to the smash-hit game that puts the player in charge of a virtual community. It takes the concept of the original title and adds new elements that will enhance the experience all around.
Like the original, the gameplay is straightforward but at the same time has the depth that will keep players coming back for more. First, the user chooses which virtual neighbourhood their session will take place in; here, they will be able to follow the life of a Sim from birth to eventual death. The player's job is to guide these lives by building relationships and careers for the Sims.
As well as enhanced graphics and full 3D, The Sims 2 introduces radical new concepts into its gameplay. The whole process of Sims being born and ageing is a new addition to the series, as is the presence of personal aspirations for each individual Sim. Other elements, such as Sims altering their body sizes through exercise and dieting, are also new.
The create-a-Sim feature allows the user to fine-tune the elements of a Sim's appearance through a simple set of menus. This feature is more sophisticated than its counterpart in the original game, where users had to choose from complete faces: this time, it is possible to build a face (and the rest of the body) from smaller details.
The Sims 2 has since been superseded by The Sims 3 and The Sims 4. These games introduced new additions such as storylines for individual Sims and an emotion function. By comparison, The Sims 2 is simpler, but some players may prefer its more straightforward approach.
Mac-compatible add-ons for The Sims 2 include University, Nightlife (adding a dating function), Open for Business, Pets, Seasons, Bon Voyage (adding vacations to new areas) and a range of Stuff Packs adding objects, NPCs and so forth. Unlike the Windows release, the Mac edition never received the FreeTime or Apartment Life expansions.
The game is rated T for Teen by ESRB, for crude humour, sexual themes and violence. While all of these elements are portrayed in a light-hearted manner, they may still be unsuitable for younger players.
No. While Sims can appear naked, they are obscured with pixelated blurs in a humorous fashion. Although the game inspired an urban legend that it was possible to remove the pixilation and see full-frontal nudity, the truth is that the Sims' models contain no genitals.
The game was originally designed for Windows but given a comprehensive Mac port, meaning that there is little substantial difference. However, as noted above, some of the add-on features for the Windows version were not made available for Mac.
This patch fixes a number of issues with The Sims 2 Mac, including cursor glitches, language problems, crashes and colour issues; in addition, it improves frame rates.