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Sim dates are timed minigames. Come to think of it, it's not that much different than reality.
Nightlife, the latest expansion pack to the Sims 2 series, is all about being a social butterfly. It adds a booming downtown area with tons of destinations, including bowling alleys, restaurants, art museums, and nightclubs. There's plenty to keep you occupied; you can enjoy a long dinner, find a poker game, sing karaoke, or even take over DJ duty at the local disco.
You know how you like to call your friends for Friday-night outings? You can do the same in Nightlife using call groups; this lets you quickly phone up a set of people - well, Sims - to hit the town. There are also new social interactions, such as a slow dance and a longing gaze. And now you have chemistry (based on personality and aspiration) with certain Sims, which determines how well your interactions go. All are welcome features that give the game more depth.
Dating is a new part of The Sims 2. If you ask a Sim on a date, a timer automatically starts. If you do things that satisfy both you and your date (such as getting something to eat, going to particular places, and so on), you get more time to achieve dream-date status. If the date's a bust, your escort leaves in a hurry and may end up doing uncouth things such as leaving a flaming bag of poo on your porch. You can even pay a matchmaker to find someone for you to date.
One awesome addition: You can now buy yourself a sweet set of wheels. Build a driveway for your car, and head downtown (no more waiting for taxis!) or drive to work.
The bottom line. Nightlife doesn't necessarily add an integral new dimension to the game, but it brings enough fun and substance to the franchise that hardcore Sims fans won't want to miss it.
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REQUIREMENTS: Mac 1.2GHz G4, Mac OS 10.3.9 or later, 256MB RAM, 2GB disk space, full version of The Sims 2
Tons of fun, new going-out locales. Improved social interactions. Cars!
Doesn't drastically alter gameplay. A touch sluggish in public areas.