Publisher: EA Games

Developer: Maxis

ESRB: T

Category: Simulation

Release Dates

N Amer - 06/05/2007

Intl - 06/01/2007

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The Sims 2 H&M Fashion Stuff Review

It’s all about stuff, and then more stuff. Since the release of the Sims 2 and its five expansions, Maxis and EA occasionally release content packages. The last one – Celebration Stuff – dealt with the items one would need to make rather festive.

H&M Fashion Stuff deals content on two fronts – new clothes for your Sims and new items for your stores. From a two-story column to mannequins, neon signs, clothing booths and banners through to new clothing meshes and clothes for males and females. Miniskirts and cargo pants, from separates to complete outfits, you will find a nice variety here.

As always, before you install any Sims 2 product, it is wise to make a backup of your existing download folder to protect any content you may have downloaded or created with the Sims 2 Body Shop.

For those not in the know, H&M Fashion Stuff is one of the content packages (which includes Glamour Life Stuff, Happy Holiday Stuff, and Celebration! Stuff) that serves as an addendum to The Sims 2 and its regular expansions – University, Nightlife, Open for Business, Pets and Seasons. It does not alter the gameplay mechanics or change the look of the game interface, AI, environments or characters, aside from adding new objects that you can place in your world.

This is not an expansion pack – it is a collection of objects that players can call into the game.

The program itself requires the original Sims 2 game to play. A pre-existing camera hack did not, initially seem to be changed, which is a good thing. Global hacks seems to be working as well after the installation of this content pack. And there was a problem with the game installation concerning the Seasons expansion and updating that program. The game stated that Seasons had to be uninstalled and then reinstalled. That meant all downloaded content was erased. Not a good thing, but that is why a backup of the downloads folder and such is always made before installing any Maxis/EA Sims 2 product. And yes, there was a conflict that required Seasons to be uninstalled and then reinstalled before H&M would install. Once that was done, both programs worked and all the content was available.

The content contained in this pack is good stuff and serves as a nice adjunct to content that is inclusive to the base game and its expansions. It is not anything you cannot live without, but if you like the game and do not trust the downloaded materials from fan sites, then this is a program you will want to have.

H&M Fashion Stuff is a content pack. You can find content based on the meshes in this title at online fan sites, but this is still a nice collection of items that will spice up your Sims world. If you have not downloaded fan-created content from the Web, this is a nice way to really add to the base game, or expansions, and create a festive atmosphere in your game.

Review Scoring Details for The Sims 2 H&M Fashion Stuff

Gameplay: 7.0
This is a content pack. You can’t find this stuff online in the form provided, and the meshes themselves prove invaluable. The content pack does not change gameplay in and of itself with new gameplay or interface elements.

Graphics: 7.7
Going to attach the same rating as for the Seasons expansion and the Celebration content pack. The new objects are nice though and add a nice selection of content to the game.

Sound: 7.0
Nothing has changed here.

Difficulty: Easy
This has nothing to do with game difficulty mechanics. You just buy the objects and insert them into your Sim household or business (if you have the Open For Business expansion).

Concept: 7.0
More stuff for your retailers and a few new fashions for your Sims to sport.

Overall: 6.5
New fashions and new items for your retail stores. This is decent stuff but not exactly groundbreaking for the franchise.

GamingPolo Reviews

6.5

GP Rating

Gameplay7
Graphics7.7
Sound7
DifficultyEasy
Concept7
Overall6.5

The Sims 2 H&M Fashion Stuff offers a nice selection of content for the base game and expansions

Reviewer: Michael Lafferty

Review Date: 06/27/2007


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6.5

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