The Sims 2
Content at a glance:
Violence: Sims can get into cartoon-like fights.
Sexual Content: Sims can have romantic relationships with Sims of opposite & same gender, have sex under the covers. Sims are shown naked (but blurred out in private spots) when they bath and can go around in their underwear and wear bikinis.
Spiritual Overtones:When you create a Sim you have to choose a astrological sign that determines your Sims personality potential love interests. Grim reaper comes to take Sim away when they die. Sims can become an alien and in expansions Sims can become zombies, vampires, and werewolves, and witch/warlock (with spellcasting)
Other: Sims can be abducted by aliens, Sims are shown as materialistic.
Editor’s Note: This game was reviewed on the PC version of the game and may or may not apply to other versions.
I’ve played many simulations each with their own pull, and none have kept my attention like this one. The Sims 2 has no pre-set story, it falls to the player to tell them. It’s because of this and the fact the game never ends that The Sims 2 is more a virtual “toy” than a game. Think of it like Barbie and Ken for older people.
In The Sims 2, you begin by choosing one of three pre-made neighborhoods or create your own. After that, you can choose a pre-made house already inhabited by one of the many pre-made families or make your own custom family and send them through life. Your Sims have six stages of life (seven if you have the University expansion pack): baby, toddler, child, teenager, (young adult), adult, and elder. And it’s up to you to get them through these stages. Your Sim’s happiness is determined by basic needs like hunger, energy, and comfort. The higher these bars are, the happier your Sims. Also featured is an Aspiration Meter. This meter measures your Sim’s life satisfaction with goals determined by your Sim’s aspiration. For instance, a Sim with a family aspiration might have a goal to get married and start a family; while wealth Sims usually have goals involving earning a certain amount of money.
Gameplay is quite simple. You click on an usable object, a Sim, or the Sim you currently control, and it brings up a menu of basic commands. Selecting one of the basic commands brings up a menu of more specific commands. For instance, if you click on a refrigerator, you have the option to make a meal, breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert. Selecting one will bring up a menu displaying the different kinds of meals you can make, like pancakes, salads, sandwiches, and so on. It takes a little while to grow accustomed to this game, especially if you’re controlling more than one Sim. Trying to keep all your Sims happy and satisfied with life is quite a challenge, but one that will keep you hooked for hours.
Editor’s Note: This review only covers the official content included in the game. There is much more optional fan made content out there, some of which is very obscene (e.g. full nudity & sex). Caution is advised when searching for user made creations.
The Sims 2 is quite a controversial game. Some Christians, like myself aren’t too concerned with this material. Others however would likely list this game among the more potentially offensive material. I’ll let you read on and decide for yourself, but I’ll admit this is not a redeeming game.
This is where the game usually gets all the criticism. I can understand that however. When you direct a Sim to shower or bathe, they undress. They don’t show the Sim taking their clothes off, just one quick turn-a-round and they’re gone. So you do see Sims naked but their sensitive spots are blurred. Sims can also walk around the house in their underwear and wear bikinis. Sims can also gain boyfriends/girlfriends and everything that goes with it. There are interactions like Kiss, Hug, and Flirt. One of the kissing interactions is called Make Out and it causes Sims to kiss with more passion in it. The worst part is Sims can WooHoo, the game’s name for sex. It’s not incredibly graphic; Sims will duck under the covers and the bed will move and you might see a hand or foot stick out accompanied by steam rising from the covers and fireworks. This would be cause for concern for most. In addition, Sims can live with other Sims, have sex without marriage, or even have gay relationships. In the University expansion Sims can also go streaking (run around naked) but like mentioned before everything is blurred out.
The worst is having Sims pick fights, but it’s played like a cartoon-style fight. The combatants are covered by a dust cloud and you can hear blows being exchanged.
When you create a Sim, you have to choose a astrological sign that determines your Sims personality and who your Sims might be inclined to fall in love with. There’s no mention of horoscopes however, so that’s a plus. When a Sims dies, they’re visited by the Grim Reaper who, in a slightly humorous manner, transports your Sims to the afterlife. Sims can become aliens and in some of the expansion packs they can become creatures like zombies, vampires, and werewolves, but it’s not meant to be taken seriously In Apartment Life Sims can become witches/warlocks and cast good/evil spells. There is also no mention of God or any other religion whatsoever.
Sims can be abducted by aliens and the Sims seem to be largely materialistic. The more an item costs, the more it satisfies a certain need.
Nearly everything I’ve mentioned above is a question of choice. Your Sims can be only as good or bad as you wish. You can choose to have Sims get married and then start a family. I’d say you can learn a lot about yourself with situations like this. I can’t bring myself to do what I know is wrong.
In short, The Sims 2 is a very entertaining game, but also a very questionable and controversial one. However, for a mature Christian, I see no reason why they shouldn’t play. As I said, you can learn a lot about yourself in the game. It was once said that the true test of a man’s character was power. The Sims 2 gives you absolute power. What will your character be?
Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this Spotlight review are those of the reviewer (both ratings and recommendations), and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Eden Communications or the Christian Answers Network.
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