I have played the original game before, (The Sims) and found it pretty good. So when I heard of the release of this game, I immediately purchased it. The graphics have improved amazingly, and there are much more items and accessories that you could use to customize your character (s). This game has a feature that allows your sim to explore the neighborhood, creating an entirely new experience you couldn't have in the first of this series. Traits, such as Brave, Mean-Spirited, and Frugal, can be given to your character, giving them a more realistic touch. There are pre-made families with their own look and set of traits that you could play when first starting. Once you have created a family or chose one from the selection of premade families, you can either buy a house fully furnished, or start your own house from scratch. From there, you take control of their life, either helping them succeed, or watching them suffer.