This game is a terrific addition to the ps2 Sims library. The graphics are the best yet, and gameplay is as addictive as ever. One reviewer complained that the game was inappropriate for young children because of the sims' use of bathrooms in the game. Well, hmm, all I can say is this latest installment of the Sims is more toned down than any of the previous Sims games, in terms of adult type behaviours, and probably the most appropriate of them yet (nothing graphic is shown anyway). So, be your own judge of that. My advise is play it yourself to "check" it out, you know, make sure it is "ok" for the kiddies, and when you are done with it, a year or so down the road, let them play with it, knowing you have done all you can as a parent to "screen" it... *grin*
My only wish is that they included more types of pets besides dogs and cats, namely horses, which I am happily addicted to. Would have been fun... sigh... but that's OK... the dogs and cats they include as pets are terrific, with very lifelike appearance and movements/mechanics. And the "genetic" variations and possibilities are huge, giving a vast array of choices.
You still get to develop your human sims as before, with jobs and various talents. Architectural choices are great and the game lets you build up each building lot almost unlimitedly before raising a fire hazard (more so than in previous games, by far), which is fun since I enjoy the "building up and buying stuff" part. So, on the whole, definitely a 5 star game in my opinion. Can't wait for what they come up with next!