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The Sims 2

Discussion in 'PC Gaming & Rigs' started by Chanser, Sep 18, 2004.

  1. Chanser

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    Just got this game, it's much better than the original Sims. Can apply the nude patch on it too :D.
    Some screenies...
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    I just brought this too for the kids.

    I have a major problem with the display, probable because the video requirements seem quite stringent. When it loads up i have a multi vision picture, split three ways to be precise. Much like severe ghosting on a bad tv reception.

    Is this just a case of the graphics card not being compatible with direct x9? I have an ATI Radeon, but not too sure which version.
     
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    Im picking up my copy tomorow. I have a pretty up to date system so it should work fine. Make sure you have all the most up to date drivers for your graphics card, sound card, monitor, chip set, bios and so forth. Some other people were having problems runin DX9C on their PC and this one guy fixed it by lowering his AGP from 8X to 4X.
    Try this it may work!

    Just make sure you have all your drivers updated first.
     
  4. dUnKle

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    Yep - that will be me :)

    Just need to work out how to throw a decent party - all mine have been rubbish
     
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    lol. so would u say its a good game? better than the 1st?

    I really enjoyed the first one as it was so original.

    How about online play?
     
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    No online play - I don't think that worked out very well for them with The Sims Online, which is a pay-per-month game (is it still going? I believe some Mafia types were becoming too dominant or something?).

    Sims 2 is The Sims with bells and whistles on - but very good bells and whistles, judging by my experience so far. Huge neighbourhoods, better characters with more depth due to their ambitions, more interactions, very good graphically (though a real system hog, my Athlon 2600/GeForce 6800GT/1GB RAM can struggle when there's alot going on at 1280x1024), and the fact characters can grow and die with proper families adds to the experience IMO. Deep and rewarding play so far, if you like that kind of thing.
     
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    how do you "woohoo" is what i want to know!
    two sims have been married for a while...
    one only has 10days left till they're elderly!
     
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    Got this and cant stop playing......Good God! Its 5:30am!!! :zonked:

    Anyway, Im actually a bit surprised at the lack of customizitaion of characters clothing???

    In the first game I could make my own clothes and i made my guy a starfleet uniform to go to work in!!!

    I cant seem to be able to do that here. :thumbsdow

    Also there seems to be a lack of choice for furnishings and decor.

    I think this game needs to be expanded. Although there seems to be room for that so im sure it wont be long before EA announce the first "add on pack".

    :rolleyes:
     
  9. Chanser

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    Have you checked the The Sims 2 Body Shop it's automatically installed when you install Sims 2. You can create and customize sims and clothes.
     
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    I noticed that there isn't too much depth in the game, and cynically noted that it seems deliberate so they can bring out another 30 add-ons for the sims 2 as well.

    What did we expect from an EA franchise? :rolleyes:
     
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    Ill check that body shop out! I guess i havent quite checked out all the functions properly yet!

    As for the add on packs, Im sure it wont be long!
     
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    AML, not quite the place to ask this, but , for fear of showing incredible ignorance, how do you do this? Is there an easy way to see if anything needs an update? If not, how do you find out?
     
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    Well game patches you can ususally download from web sites like EA.com or other game sites. As for drivers, well that depends on the makers. If you are using an ATi card then go to the ATi home page. Same with Nvidia.

    Sound card is the same, go to your sound card makers site (ie, creative.com)

    DX9C you will get free with the sims 2 game or go to Microsoft.com downloads.

    As for Bios and chipset go to your motherboards makers web site and check to see if your bios and chipset needs an update.

    Make sure you know your motherboard maker and model. also the chpset number (ie intel P4 875)

    The makers site will have a list of motherboards and chipssets, download the corresponding ones and install. You will have to restart after that.

    To see your hardware drivers go to:

    system properties, hardware, device manager.

    In the device manager you will see all your hardware thats in your PC.

    You can check each hardwares drivers. If the date on the driver is really old then you might be able to update those drivers.

    These arent as important as the Bios/chipset , DX9C, Sound card and Graphics card drivers. These need updating the most.

    However, if you are using a say a Dell PC then go to Dells web site and check there!

    I built my own PC so all the parts I bought sepparately from different makers, therefore each part need updating sepparately.

    In a companies case like dell they may have package that allows u to do it all in one go. But to be honest, Dell arent well known for after sales support in this way.
     
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    where do you get your patches? :blush:
     
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    Hmm, there are several web sites but the best one that doesnt require you to "join up"
    is 3D gamers.

    http://www.3dgamers.com/

    They seem to have everything you need there. But there are other sites too. Just do a search!

    GL!
     
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    why did I buy this game : its not my cup of tea at all.
     
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    So why DID you buy it? Surely you can immagine what kind of game it is simply from looking at the box! :confused:

    Anyways, I still cant customize my clothes like I could in the first Sims game. Even in the body shop all I could do is change the clothes, not actually make them.

    However the body shop is good for making a detailed Sim. Even DNA can be played around with!

    I still find the ammount of furnishings extremely limited. I did however download the "Alienware" PC from the Sims 2 web site!

    Its cool to have a real Alienware PC in the game!!

    http://thesims2.ea.com/exchange/search.php?asset_type=object

    Scroll down and youl see the Alienware PC. You do have to register the game AND join EA.com in order to download any extras for the Sims 2 though. (pain)

    Still its worth it just for that Alienware PC!!!

    Bring on the Add on packs!!!
     
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    To do the "woohoo" you need to get the love tub, by fulfilling lots of desires, 20,000 points of desires, cuddle while in the tub, then click woohoo while cuddling.

    My characters had 2 kids already!
     
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    my wife is preggers! Dunno i f i can afford to have a kid though! Do you have to pay for school and stuff like that?
     
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    Please don't take ths the wrong way, but isn't this just a dolls house type of game ? Or am I missing something ? :confused:
     
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    yup that about somesit up. Sorry but I already have a family and social life and I don't really want to spend my time telling a bunch of sims to wash their dishes and take a shower regularly!

    To each their own ..personally I'd rather crawl down a corridor and shoot some terrorist/alien/demon in the head but thats just me!
     
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    :clap: Yep same here :thumbsup:

    Although my wife and daughter are sims mad :confused: :suicide:

    Adrenochrome.
     
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    I think it's basically a lasses game tbh. My better half was addicted to the first and now she's just discovered Sims 2! I've had a bash on it and it is strangely quite addictive though...it sounds like a tedious idea but somehow it does make a good game.

    I would rather be playing PES4 or a decent driving or FPS game though. :D
     
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    :D you all need to get in touch with your femenin side!

    My wife also loves it and its just about the only game we play together. Thats where the value is!
     
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    I must admit, I'm thinking about getting this as a way to get my wife more interested in games. Other than Eyetoy and the dance mat, she just doesn't get gaming....
     
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    Its definately a game designed for females - its basically dolls uprated to tamgotchi status in a computer generated enviroment ..... not many men find it entertaining managing and encouraging 'relationships' ;)
     
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    My mate bought it for his 2 little girls, because they wanted it.
     
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    Saying the Sims is for girls is like saying Nintendo is for kids. Exactly the same.
     
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    Not really, i'm not saying that some blokes will not enjoy it, just that the primary demographic for this game is female gamers. The Sims was actually designed to tap into this potentially lucrative market and it worked! It is a good game and I do see the appeal but i'd much rather play sports, driving or FPS games if given the choice.

    You could say that doll's houses are not just for girls and that statement would be factually correct but even in these days of sexual equality you will still find that not many young lads will own a dolls house.

    Saying Nintendo is for kids isn't really a fair comparison to the discussion surrounding the Sims. Many of the games that Nintendo release (Mario, Donkey Kong etc) are aimed at a younger demographic and they have become tarred with the 'kiddie' label, however there are many games on the system (eternal darkness, the resi evil games, metroid etc) that are aimed at an older demographic.
     
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    Next time I’m telling someone Nintendo is for kids I will have to substitute in it place Sims is for girls. :laugh: :devil:
     

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