Written by: Adam Christianson
The SIMS 2 USD $49.95
Ok, before you say, “A game on my Mac, you can’t be serious!” Well my friend I am serious. Yeah working with your digital music, pictures, and videos is great but under the hood of that Mac is gaming power that has been unleashed for your pleasure. I am a big supporter of gaming on the Mac. Ever since switching from my PC to the Mac I have found that games just look better on the Mac. The computing power whether it’s a Power PC or Intel based Mac, you will find Mac bliss.
If you are asking yourself, “Will it run on my Mac?”. You will be pleased to know that it runs very smooth on my iMac G5. If you are not sure, Aspyr has a game agent which will tell you if the game will play on your Mac. You can pick it up for free at www.aspyr.com.
The Sims 2 is like crack to the PC gaming world and the folks at Aspyr have ported it to the Mac. It’s been a big hit for EA on the PC and this reproduction for the Mac has been faithfully executed and does not disappoint. The sequel completely blows the original away(as it should). The graphics are phenomenal. You get extra neighborhoods, places to visit, and houses that would make Frank Lloyd Wright drool.
Putting together your character is like making a virtual you by controlling the characters traits, personality, you name it, it’s all up to you. You can live in posh surroundings or the Nevada dessert where the neighbors resemble failed projects from Area 51. Move wherever you want.
The best part is that if you get bored with all the goodies, there are expansion packs available to add more content, the game is very addictive. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. This game is well worth it, you will not be disappointed. If you like to control people or make life and death situations for your little virtual world, get it.
Only more games will be coming out for the Mac.
Yeah, there are a ton of games out there, it’s amazing!
How does it play on Intel Macs? Is it universal yet?
I have a macbook core 2 duo? I heard it plays, but that well. What have you heard?
Right now it is only on the Power PC. I played it on a G5, and it plays really smooth. I am sure it will play using Rosetta. Here are the tech specs:
Operating System: Mac OS X 10.3.8 or later
CPU Processor: PowerPC G4/G5
CPU Speed: 1.2GHz or faster
Memory: 256 MB or higher
Hard Disk Space: 3GB free disk space
Video Card (ATI): Radeon 9000 or better
Video Card (NVidia): GeForce FX5200 or better
Video Memory (VRam): 32 MB or higher
Media Required: DVD Drive
Looks like there is an update for Sims 2 that brings Universal capability.