After officially pulling the content generation plug on The Sims 2 last week, EA has announced that all official Sims 2 content is now free to grab by all Origin account-holders.
Even if you’ve never played the series at all or you’ve been the rare few still clinging and hoping to run The Sims 2 smoothly, this giant though fairly outmoded 12GB content dump should be mighty tempting.
The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection comprises of all eight expansions and all nine “item” packs, essentially thematic customisation options including furniture, architecture or clothing. To grab it, users must have a registered Origin account and simply redeem it within the Origin client with the code “I-LOVE-THE-SIMS” before 31 July.
Oldie but goodie
With The Sims 2 being officially taken off Origin and Steam, this could be your last chance at getting a hold of all Sims 2 content cheaply and efficiently. The alternative is to pay the US$10 to US$15 for each HARD COPY. If you’ve been even a remote fan of the series or been vaguely curious of The Sims experience, go grab it now.
Returning to this outdated behemoth, this writer can attest to how easily it propagates this Sims experience. Like a fickle Origin client stupefying me by refusing the download without telling me outright I’m out of hard drive space. Then, when installed, it refused to load the game in any resolution other than a claustrophobic 800x600. Why, you ask? Apparently the game is so old it isn’t programmed to recognize newer graphics cards.
Regardless, it’s a smart and extremely cheap way to try and reach the ends of their vast user base coming up to the launch of the newest Sims 4 in September. There’s no better introduction to the series than The Sims 2, that’s had a decade’s worth of user support as well as official and end-user content generation, to represent the sprawling, involved dollhouse simulation that is the series overall.
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