The Best Parts (4 out of 5)
The Sims 2: Open for Business creates new virtual avenues of fun with new job related skills and abilities to help you run your business in The Sims 2. This addition will help you to keep employees in line, and customers happy. Add in a healthy number of new items to implement in your fun new virtual business and you've got plenty of entertainment value from The Sims 2 expansion pack.
Self-employment is a lot more fun and flexible with The Sims 2: Open for Business than I remember a new business being without the expansion. This expansion pack adds in new business focused skills to help you improve your entrepreneurial experience in the game. The engaging gameplay keeps you satisfied and laughing, offering enough variety to keep you playing for hour upon hour.
The licensed music included the game is first rate entertainment that has been beautifully and skillfully designed to hype up the energy during the faster parts and slow down the pace with a slower tune during the quieter, more thoughtful moments of the game.
The Bad Parts (4 out of 5)
The Sims 2: Open for Business had a few technical issues associated with the pathfinding and the responsiveness of the game. Often there was a bit of a lag between input and execution of the actions requested.
Unfortunately, this isn't a stand alone game, it's actually one of the many expansion packs for the game. So, you will need to purchase the base game of The Sims 2 before you can install and play this game. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, because the constant content for The Sims series always gives their fans something to add to their gaming experience, and something to look forward to playing.
The Game Graphics (4 out of 5)
The graphics included with The Sims 2: Open for Business is as good as you saw in The Sims 2 and The Sims 2: Nightlife, but unfortunately, they didn't improve in this area in any way.
The buildings and new items introduced in order to help you run your own business are all easy to tell apart visually, the details and textures are pretty basic, but charming and satisfying to view in your town.
Sounds in the Game (4 out of 5)
The soundtrack included with The Sims 2: Open for Business is engaging and energetic: it keeps you involved in the action by helping to set the pace of the game.
The radio station in The Sims 2: Open for Business is a new one with a new wave animation and some licensed retro goodness. It includes bands like Depeche Mode, Kajagoogoo, Howard Jones and the Epoxies, in the game's soundtrack. Overall, great music for The Sims 2.
The Storyline (5 out of 5)
The Sims 2 has you taking your character through a minute by minute virtual simulation of their suburban lives. This includes going to the bathroom, choosing a bride to take home to mom, and of course productive and satisfying work to keep you engaged and entertained in your new life.
The Sims 2: Open for Business adds an entrepreneurial edge to the action by letting you start your own business. All you'll need to start is a phone, an open/close sign, and maybe a cash register, depending on your business choice. You can save money by starting your business out of your home using your computer or phone to start by hiring employees for your business and conducting a little wheeling and dealing. After you get enough cash you probably want to get your own commercial lot and do a little renovating to give it the personal touch customers love.
Playability (4 out of 5)
The Sims 2: Open for Business may seem like a black hole that you can't escape from after playing for a few days. Luckily, you can get filthy rich pretty easily, and the whole process is done for you for the most part.
The variety of available businesses was nice. You can choose from a number of entertaining, engaging and totally satisfying businesses to run. Selling items is intuitive and easy with the Buy mode, where you buy any item in the sim catalog at wholesale and then resell it with a nice markup.
The star system works pretty well for keeping an eye on your customers' satisfaction-level, giving you a quick and intuitive way to gauge the success of your business, besides money flow. Once you have built your business up you can even sell it and do something else: The gameplay options are endless.
You can even open a lemonade stand and make money if your sim is a kid , which was fun and added depth to the over all game play by engaging you at all ages. 125 new items have been added in The Sims 2: Open for Business to help you customize the look and feel of your business to your own tastes and your customers needs. The Sims 2: Open for Business actually has a pretty gentle learning curve; even gamers who are playing the Sims for the first time will find it easy to pick up and play.