I'm up to the 4th location. The luv boat.
The houses are much more versatile and the wall papers and floors have an attractive selection. My favorite part of the previous Sims PS2 game was designing the houses, so this new feature is a big plus for me. The house designing holds you back with fire codes. Can't spend too much simoleons in one house.
The default characters are hotter this go round. I think maybe the game mfg was looking to reach a Baywatch type audience. You can make same sex couples 'make out', which I get a big kick out of. I was able to get Felicity and Farrah to 'cuddle' and make 'woo hoo'.
New socializing options are added, but you have to get the Sim in the right mood, and you never know when you'll be rejected. "boo hoo".
I married Felicity, but she decided to be my best friend instead, the romance options stopped being available to make-out with her.
So, I started the whole game over and I'm not marrying Felicity this time, even though she keeps weeping around the house. I married Timmy this time. He's pretty easy going, so I'm happy in my new marriage. The first character you marry follows with you through all the locations. Timmy is in the Law Enforcement career track and he brings in a comfy simoleon paycheck.
The game gives the characters 'Aspirations' to achieve to unlock Buy objects and locations. I have an aspiration to 'Propose' to Ossie, but the option never comes up in the menu. The 'Aspiration' generator is somewhat aware of the choices you make. It keeps telling me to 'Hire' a maid, even though I've already hired her, so I have to Fire her to Hire her, or I could wait for the next location to open up. Keep the lass working. Though sometimes I catch her falling asleep on her feet. Work, maven, work!
The Buy catalog has interesting new 'fun' objects. I've gone through half of them, remember Air Hockey? The Jukebox has some trendy pop songs, sung in Sims language. "yoesh" "un shack boney"
My biggest complaint with this game is that there is a couple 'Bugs' in the program. Once I unlocked the second location my group meals disappear 80 percent of the time. I keep it on the screen to watch it and it still disappears. I don't know if it supposed to be a ghost stealing the food? But its soooo annoying. I want my cooking to be appreciated by my guests.
Preparing meals is greatly enhanced in this version. The better frigerators have more food options and you can buy plants to grow fruit and vegetables and you can now fish for dinner in the fish tank. Sometimes characters throw up and/or go running for the toilet. It's funny to see them do the pee pee walk.
So, far I've restarted the game 3 times, when the story line locked me in, supposedly you can get divorced, but I haven't managed to make it happen. I had a 100pt relationship with Torin, but then I was supposed to make him my arch enemy. I like Torin!
It takes much longer to build up skills. So, I started over to max out all my skills before getting a job.
Missing from this version: I miss Mom, in the last game I had her building Gnomes like crazy, they erected a statue in her honour. And I miss the Pizza delivery guy. I'm rather happy there are no kids this time. And I miss the swimming pool!
Is Maxis going to read this? Suggestion: add pets to the next game. What's a Sim without a doggy companion? apirations, sleep, eat, chew shoes.
A couple of new addendums (as of Dec 15 2006)
I'm married to Timmy and he was following me to all the locales. We were on the HMS Amore and Betty kicked him out. He no longer travels with me.
At the Mesa Canyon, Ossie was hanging out. I asked him to move in with me , so now he follows me through locations.
I've encountered a bug. Jasmine in Mesa Canyon has a gold want of gaining a Creativity Skill point, But; her Creative Skills are maxed out. I don't how to unlock the next location. I've tried calling the Therapist, it hasn't helped. What's a Sim to do now?