The Sims 2 Nightlife is the second expansion pack to the award-winning PC game, The Sims 2. The expansion adds an all-new "pleasure-seeking" life goal, as well as dating mechanics and an "attraction system" that will give the original game's quirky, gibberish-speaking characters even more ways to interact with each other and more. Find out more in this short review.
Here's quick list for everything this second expansion adds to The Sims 2:
Downtown - Downtown is a whole new neighborhood (just like the
campuses in The Sims 2 University). Each neighborhood has its own downtown. You
can either create a downtown using the template, or if you prefer, you can build
one from scratch. Sims can also move to the downtown as well, so if you prefer
to tell the story of your sims living a more metropolitan life, you can. The
downtown has over 20 different lots that sims can visit, with all the variety
you can think of - restaurants, bars, bowling alleys, diners, poker clubs,
etc. There are also karaoke lounges, nightclubs, card rooms, and, my personal
favorite, there is even a cemetery - a great place for dates with vampires.
Your Sims Own Cars - Your Sims will be able to buy their own cars
(though they're not drivable so don't expect you will drive your car) and ditch
the carpool to get to work or head downtown. They range in price from the
introductory hatchback all the way to the sports car. They save so much time in
a career, because they give you an extra hour to get to work. But they are also
so convenient for going out, as there's no need to waste time waiting for the
cab. You can also use the car to make out with other sim or even WhooWhoo in it!
There are five cars that are shipping with the pack
Pleasure Seeker life aspiration - The new "Pleasure Seeker" Aspiration
brings the total Aspiration count to six. Pleasure Seekers want parties, fast
cars, steamy dates, and expensive toys. Yeah, these guys want nothing more than
to have fun. The more active they are, the more successful they'll probably be.
Be aware that pleasure seeking Sims fear anything that is painful, embarrassing
or an effort.
Dating - Probably the most important addition to many players. It
allows sims to really spend time with each other in a more private setting while
opening up new actions like asking "What do you want?" which will allow the
other sim to let you know what will make them happier. There are plenty of new
ways to heat up your date - there're new romantic social interactions including
a longing gaze, slow dance or a dramatic dip kiss. Depending if the date
succeeds or fails, your Sims might be surprised with a romantic gift or receive
the ultimate hate letter.
Visible Neighbors - You can now toggle an option to view neighbors'
houses, although this will tax your processor and video card a bit.
Vampires - Vampirism is a fully fleshed-out idea with its own pros and
cons. If your Sim is bitten, you're in for a whole new game. Once you see what
vampirism gets you, you'll be more than tempted to get a few undead running
around your streets. Vampire Sims instantly get pale skin, fangs, and eerie red
eyes. None of a Vampire's needs decay, so they don't have to worry about eating
or sleeping. They do not age. However, Vampires become highly susceptible during
daylight. Even if they're in a room with windows, their meters will absolutely
plummet. It only takes a few Sim-hours in the sun for a vampire to die. If you
become tired of being a vampire you can buy a potion to cure yourself.
Goodies - over 125 New objects and items including a DJ station, photo
booth, karaoke machine and more.
All in all, The Sims 2 Nightlife is a decent expansion of the original game,
although it has a couple of annoying bugs. It is great fun for any Sims fan, but
if you aren't, there is no point in spending your money.
The Sims 2: Nightlife CDROM
System requirements: 1GHz CPU, 256MB RAM, a T&L-capable video card
with at least 32 MB of video RAM, at least 1.5 GB of additional hard drive space
(5.0 GB total is required if installing both The Sims 2 and The Sims 2 Nightlife
at the same time)
Supported video cards: ATI Radeon(TM) series (8500 or better), 8500,
All-In-Wonder 8500, 9000, 9200, 9500, 9600, 9700, 9800, X300, X600, x700, X800,
x850, NVIDIA(R) Quadro(TM) series, Quadro, Quadro2, Quadro4, NVIDIA GeForce
series (GeForce2 GTS and better), GeForce 2, 2 GTS, GeForce 3, 3 Ti
GeForce 4, 4 Ti, 4200, 4600, 4800, MX 420, 440, 460, GeForce FX 5200, 5500,
5600, 5700, 5800, 5900, 5950, GeForce PCX 5300, 5900, GeForce 6200, 6600, 6800,
Intel Extreme Graphics (a T&L-capable video card with at least 32 MB of video
RAM), 82865, 82915 and above