If all the games I bought my daughter had kept her interest as long as the Sims series then I'm sure I wouldn't be finding discarded game CD's laying around her room haphazardly.
The day the Sims 2 came out back in 2004 I got it for her. At that time she was 13 and just passed my age requirement for a T rated game. Now well over 4 years later my 17 year old daughter still LOVES this series and has since bought every Expansion Pack and several Stuff Packs.
I've watched her play several times and I find it amusing to watch this little virtual people but I saw not much else to it. She explained to me The Sims 2 and just why it was the best selling computer game in history.
“It's great. It's a very simple and easy to master. It's not one of those games you need a tutorial for. You have it down packed in a matter of minutes. It's basically a game of life that you repeat over and over and over again which I think so people would say is boring. But life's not boring! Just like life there is always something new to do, there is always something new to experience. You create family legacies and find yourself getting nostalgic as you start at a pixielated baby and think back on her late Grandfather. They almost take on a life of their own. You find yourself pinning clear personalities on them. Each time you start up the computer its like visiting friends...that you control. It's like having God Powers. You can make sure The Sims you like have fortune their way and you can make sure The Sims you dislike have bad luck. Having said that there are still some pretty big curve balls that appear in the game and catches even you by surprise. It doesn't get old. No matter how many years you play it.”
I think the fact that my daughter who is 17 years old has been playing this series for 4 years speaks for itself. This game is well worth the money.