The Sims 2: Nightlife Review

Developer: Maxis Publisher: Electronic Arts
Release Date: September 13, 2005 Also On: None

I’ve always been a fan of The Sims, primarily because I could do stupid stuff and get away with it. I could get into fights with people just because I don’t like what color they are wearing (all Sims beware, I don’t like pink). The Sims 2 was a 3D version of the original Sims, plus all the expansion packs except for The Sims: Hot Date and The Sims: Vacation. One of the biggest problems with The Sims 2 was that there was no dating simulation. With Sims 2: Nightlife (the second expansion pack for Sims 2), EA promises to give Sims fans a Sims 2 version of Hot Date and more, but it doesn’t really work.

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Meet Simon Sam. Not me, but my Sims 2 character. He’s single and wants some fun. He looks just like me. Also like me, on the dance floor, he is a god. Simon spends most of his time simply trying to get chicks. The only difference is that when he is at a club, he gets around 10 women, as opposed to my significantly lower number. One of the biggest problems I have found with the game was that it was simply too easy to get girls (or guys!). If a girl has the least bit of interest in you, all you have to do is take out a girl to the dance floor, “flirtâ€? with them, and they like you. The “goalâ€? of the game is to get her feeling level very high so you’re a happy guy at the end of the day. The part about real life that makes dating so interesting to some is that it takes skill, while in this expansion pack, it doesn’t.

You have to note that Nightlife isn’t all about the dating (while it is the biggest part). The expansion pack is about what you can do at night. You could go bowling, go to the club, or just sleep. Another problem is that the game really doesn’t have any interesting features other than dating. But not all is bad in this game. The group outing feature (as in group dates) is pretty awesome. Another interesting feature is the ability to be a vampire (though being a werewolf would be probably ten times better).

The graphics are slightly improved, but Sims 2: Nightlife is beginning to show its age. The audio is getting better, surprisingly, with interesting tunes and great comical noises. The expansion’s length isn’t that high. I’d say you could get a good 10 hours out of this game (as opposed to The Sims 2: University’s 25 hours). Dating got boring, and the lack of anything to do killed the length.

In retrospect, when looking back on this game, I really felt bored. Dating is supposed to be fun, but this expansion pack fails at that. It’s too short, too easy, and the lack of any real content makes me suggest that you pass on this expansion pack unless you’re an unbelievably big Sims fan.

Graphics: 8
Sound: 9.5
Gameplay: 6
Creativity: 7
Replay Value/Game Length: 6
Final: 7.4
Written by Simon Review Guide

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