Well if you had The Sims 1 series, you will know how much we enjoyed all the aspects of that, BUT!! The Sims 2 gives us all we love about playing The Sims, plus everything we wanted to have in the original game & more! Game play is So much closer now, so you can pan right in to your sim. You can make a baby, go through 3 days of pregnancy, (if only!) LOL! then name the baby when it arrives. You can also teach it to talk, walk, learn skills, right through to having birthdays, being able to blow out candles on the cake and watch your sim grow up! Your sim will eventually grow old and die in this version, which hasn't been done before, so you can either age gracefully or get the green juice reward & live longer! You also get wants & needs now, & you are rewarded for giving your sims what they want. They also get aspirations too, so they seem much more real. You can choose if they are family orientated or others like studying,partying etc. You can also pan in closer to every object/lot so its so much more fun when your building, lots more tools to build with too, so now your building skills are only limited to your imagination!