EA Showcase 08: The Sims 2: Apartment Life

Take a guess how many expansion packs there have been since Electronic Arts released The Sims 2 some four years ago? Go on, guess. I’ll wait. 

Answer: seven. There have been seven expansion packs available at retail for The Sims 2. EA is a huge fan of even numbers, and will be releasing the eighth and final expansion pack for the series, The Sims 2: Apartment Life, on August 26. EA were showing off the game at their software showcase yesterday in San Francisco and well … we didn’t really stop to look at it. 

But the expansion is exactly what it sounds like, adding a new pre-made neighborhood to the game that includes a bunch of apartments, taking The Sims‘ daily interaction to a whole new level. Trust me, I live in an apartment, and neighbors that live so close to you are the pits. Additionally, some new social interactions including high fives, kisses, and hugs have been added … and I have no intention of doing any of that stuff to my neighbors in real life. I hate them all. 

Randomly, Apartment Life also adds “witches” and magic — both good and evil — to The Sims 2. While on the surface it may not be apparent why, I think I have a good idea. There have been many times when I thought the b**tch cackling at her television programs downstairs was familiar with eye of newt and dragon scales. 

I really need to move.

Nick Chester