The Sims 2: Open for Business
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Hi, I'm Steve, the Ninja of Pleasantville, and I had a business idea so ingenious, so amazingly original and fantastically arousing that I risked my financial security just to make it a reality. Picture this, a place where you can shop for toilets, showers, baths and bins but then, when you get tired, you can relax and watch TV on a comfortable couch, or dance to 80s pop! But here's the clincher, here's the gimmick: all of my employees will dress in full medieval armour. I'll call it 'Bath Knights', and it will revolutionise the bathroom industry.
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It's been a while since I've played The Sims and been reminded of what makes it such a great game. It's been even longer since the game has made me want to dive right in and create my own character and design my own buildings. In fact, it's been so long since I've been impressed by anything Sims-related that it was a pleasant surprise to find that Open For Business is easily the best Sims expansion yet. Allowing your Sims to start their own businesses, either from home or by buying real estate, or even by building a store from scratch, the expansion adds new gameplay aspects which go so far as to transform the core ethos of the Sims universe from a life simulator to a business tycoon game. It's a highly polished and impressively detailed expansion too, with a massive amount of complexity on offer such as hiring employees, assigning them tasks, creating uniforms and levelling up your business skills to include things like popularity increases and reductions in wholesale prices.
Amazingly it all still works via the standard Sims interface, and the depth and intricacies of the many commands (from firing employees to forcing hard sells on punters) are neither intimidating nor confusing, and businesses range from piling a load of old crap on a rickety table in the back garden to the likes of multilevel supermarkets and gyms. In short, even though it feels so very wrong to say this, Open For Business is a Sims expansion worth buying.