A small, local grocery store has a small consignment section, mostly used by neighborhood members and the family who owns the place to sell books and the like (I found a rare set of old ministerial books from the 1820s, which had been owned by a prominent British politician; and had been given to the widow of a friend of his, who, presumably emigrated to the United States in the 1840s, which despite my insistence to pay something, cost me nothing. I plan to donate them to a museum or educational institution that can store and preserve them properly--while I'd love to read them, the books are very, very fragile). OK, back on topic.
Among those items has been a copy of The Sims 2: Double Deluxe for about a year. I'd balked at the price, as I'd kept reading the price as being $15. I was not really crazy about paying that, since well, you know what happens with old PC games. They, quite often, don't work on newer machines. Well, I looked a lot closer than normal today and noticed the price was only $5 (turns out, the dollar sign was written pretty sloppy, throwing me off). Guess I need new glasses...
First of all, I put the CD Rom in my disk drive. Wouldn't run automatically. Minor panic... Then, I found the directory in my files for the CD, clicked on the file, and AutoRun started. Then, it asked for a code. Panic again, as I'd had issues out of an old copy of Sim City 4, leading me to repurchase the game on Origin. Looked through the documentation (thankfully, the former owner was careful; and kept everything), and there the code was, on the back of the manual. Then, it installed.
Load times are pretty short, actually a little shorter than TS4 on my mid-level consumer PC. At least it's not TS3, where I can go make a snack, and eat it, with the game still loading.
Sims seems to be more in-depth and smarter than either TS3 or TS4. CAS or "Body Shop" as it's called in TS2, is simple, but a little too simple, and kinda limiting. At least it's not TS3 or TS4 CAS difficult. The game is also harder, so far. I actually just killed my first Sim unintentionally, as I didn't watch the needs too carefully! I have never unintentionally killed a Sim in either TS3 or TS4--and in TS4, I only killed Sims playing around with some of the options in MCCC. I guess it's more difficult, in that I don't have MCCC or UI Cheats as I do in TS4, or even NRass as I do in TS3.
My favorite feature is how I can start with a blank world. If I recall correctly, can't they be made from scratch in Sim City 4? Or am I thinking of another game here?
My plans are: buy all the EPs if I can find the disks in decent shape, with codes. Origin does not have TS2, and that's a shame. TS1 and TS2 really need to be brought back, with either all EPs bundled with the games or at least available as DLC.
So far, the "black squares under the feet" problem I need to go under the hood and fix. Apparently, it's a shadows issue. Annoying, but not a big deal right now. May even lengthen the lifespan a bit while I'm at it. I may add some mods, but my plan, right now, is to play TS2 fully vanilla--no mods at all.