The Sims 2 Open For Business Review
The Sims 2 puts you in charge of just about every aspect of your sims’ lives, including such basic things as when to go to the bathroom. When it comes to their careers though, you can pick a career path for them but that’s about it. When it comes time for work a sim will disappear from the game for eight hours and then return with a paycheck. For all you know they could be spending the day at the track. The Sims 2: Open for Business changes all of this, not by allowing you to follow your sim to work but by letting you bring the work home. Open for Business is for sim entrepreneurs who want to set up their own shop, or work from home, and escape that mysterious sim rat race for good.
|The entrepreneur at work.|
Open for business is very flexible when it comes to giving you the freedom to choose your entrepreneurial venture. You can build a gym, a beauty shop, or a bar, for example, or go into retail by buying objects at special wholesale prices and marking them up for sale to your friends and neighbors. You can even mix and match business related items to create a unique business, like a toy store with a bar to give the bored parents something to do. There are also items available for sale that you won’t find in the object list. If you want to sell these items you’ll need to make them yourself using one of the game’s workstation objects. The more time spent at the workstation, the better your sim will become with it, allowing him or her to build more and more expensive items for sale.
Opening a business is no guarantee that you’ll soon be rolling in simoleons. You will need to develop new work-related skills such as running the cash register, sales, and keeping the shelves stocked. You’ll need to hire enough employees to keep your business running, but not so many that their salaries will bleed you dry. You’ll also need to make sure that they are treating your customers right and that you didn’t hire any slackers, otherwise you’d better fire them quickly.