The Sims 2

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The Sims 2
The Sims 2.jpg
Game general and emulation properties:
ESRB rating: T (Crude Humor, Sexual Themes, Violence)
PEGI rating: 12+ (Violence, Sex)
OFLC rating: M (Moderate Sexual References)
Game supports EyeToy
Widescreen patch available
Supports up to two local players
Languages supported:
English: SLES-53718 & SLUS-21265 & SLUS-29173 & SLUS-21265GH & SLED-53770
German: SLES-53718 & SLED-53770
French: SLES-53718 & SLED-53770
Spanish: SLES-53718 & SLED-53770
Dutch: SLES-53718 & SLED-53770
Italian: SLES-53718 & SLED-53770
Swedish: SLES-53718 & SLED-53770
Danish: SLES-53718 & SLED-53770
Finnish: SLES-53718 & SLED-53770
Norwegian: SLES-53718 & SLED-53770
Region NTSC-U:
Serial numbers: SLUS-21265
SLUS-29173 (Demo)
SLUS-21265GH (Greatest Hits)
Release date: October 24, 2005
2006 (Greatest Hits)
CRCs: B67577F3
Windows Status: Playable
Linux Status: ?
Mac Status: ?
Region PAL:
Serial numbers: SLES-53718
SLED-53770 (Demo)
Release date: November 4, 2005
2006 (Platinum)
August 12, 2010 (Platinum, Australia)
CRCs: E626181E
Windows Status: Playable
Linux Status: ?
Mac Status: ?

Developer(s): Maxis
Publisher(s): Electronic Arts
Genre: Simulation
Wikipedia: Link
Game review links: GameRankings77/100, Metacritic75/100
Game description: In The Sims 2, you can control your Sims over an entire lifetime for the first time. With the addition of genetics, the game lets your Sims pass their DNA down through generations. Every life choice you make has a relevant and dramatic effect on the lifetime of your Sim. Now it's up to you to take your Sims from the cradle to the grave, while fulfilling their dreams and pushing them to extremes.
The Sims 2 is the 2nd generation of the Sims series. It is the first sims game that allows you to have direct movement control over your sim.

Winlogo.png Test configurations on Windows:

Environment Configurations Comments Tester
Region OS CPU/GPU Revision Graphics Sound/Pad
NTSC-U Windows 7
  • AMD FX-8350 @ 4.00 GHz
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750
1.2.1 (r5875) GSdx (r5875)
  • SPU2-X (r5875)
  • ?
Game runs very smoothly. 60 FPS throughout the entire game with some drops to 40~50 while looking at certain backgrounds. Combatheros
NTSC-U Windows
  • Intel Core i5-3330
  • AMD Radeon HD 6850
1.3.0 (svn r5932) GSdx
  • SPU2-X
  • ?
USA v02.20(10/02/2006)
PAL Windows
  • AMD FX-8350
  • AMD Radeon R9 270X
1.3.0 (svn r5932) GSdx SSE41 (r5875)
  • SPU2-X (r5830)
  • ?
Game crashes before Create-A-Sim menu. Tried in both Hardware and Software mode, with and without MTVU. IvanSantosPT
PAL Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
  • Intel i5-3570 3.40~3.80GHz
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB
1.5.0 GSdx 1.1.0
  • SPU2-X 2.0.0
  • LilyPad 0.12.1
BIOS: USA v02.00, the PAL version no longer crashes, I have EE and VU turned down to 0 with minimal slow downs. Played through CDROM. TommyGun
PAL Windows 10 x64 2004
  • Intel Core i5-7300HQ 2.50GHz
  • (NVIDIA) DELL GeForce GTX 1050 4GB
1.5.0-dev-3379-g9fd8d5c58 GSdx
  • SPU2-X
BIOS: Europe v02.20, OpenGL HW, upscaled 4K, using workaround settings (see "Known Issues") to allow The Sims 2 go ingame and be fully playable with the best possible expierience for now. mavethee
PAL Windows 10
  • AMD Ryzen 7 3700X
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super
1.6.0 GSdx 1.2.0
  • SPU2-X 2.0.0
  • LilyPad 0.12.1
BIOS: Europe v02.20. Menus work fine but the game crashes when loading the Create-A-Sim menu. Tried in both Hardware and Software mode. With and without MTVU made no difference. Played via a disc copy. Tendy

Known Issues

PAL version freezes in Create-A-Sim menu

  • Status: Active
  • Type: Major
  • Description: The game will freeze upon reaching the CAS menu screen. This seems to only affect the PAL version.
  • Workaround: None

Broken/missing menu items

  • Status: Active
  • Type: Minor
  • Description: Some user interface items are missing or broken.
  • Workaround: Go to Config > Video (GS) > Plugin Settings, set Renderer to "OpenGL (Hardware)" and set the Blending Unity Accuracy to "Basic" or higher. Or switch to Software mode by setting Renderer to any of the "(Software)" options.

Lines/gaps between textures and menu items

  • Status: Active
  • Type: Minor
  • Description: Many textures and menu items are surrounded by gaps or lines.
  • Workaround: Go to Config > Video (GS) > Plugin Settings, turn on "Enable HW Hacks", go to Configure Hacks and set "Half-pixel Offset" to "Normal (Vertex)". Alternatively set Internal Resolution to "Native", or switch to Software mode by setting Renderer to any of the "(Software)" options.

Public compatibility forum links