|Downtown has everything you are looking for, from dancing, to dining, to dating and so much more. Come visit our Downtown and find out what the NightLife has to offer.|
|Game||The Sims 2: Nightlife|
Downtown is a sub-neighborhood shipped with The Sims 2: Nightlife. There are residential lots for sale as well as community lots. When viewed in the neighborhood view, by default it is nighttime as opposed to the usual daytime for other neighborhoods and sub-neighborhoods. The player can toggle daytime/nighttime view in the bottom-left corner of the screen. Going downtown is free of charge, as is going from one lot to another.
If Seasons is installed, the seasonal progression of the sub-neighborhood is: Summer, Autumn, Winter, Spring.
Downtown does not come with any families ready to play, either in the town or in the Sim Bin. However, there is a family of ghosts that can be resurrected and played, the Tricou family as well as the Tricou family victim, Rainelle Neengia. Most of the Tricou family are buried in Gothier Green Lawns, the graveyard next to the family mansion. Across the road from the water tower there is a crashed UFO site which is a significantly smaller crater than Strangetown's, this may be a reference to the SimCity games, and their infamous UFO attacks.
Downtown offers many community lots, and these lots are the main attraction of the neighborhood and The Sims 2: Nightlife itself. There are various kinds of lots, including nightclubs, restaurants, karaokes, bars, hangouts, bowling alleys, boutiques, groceries, and so on. These lots contain many elements that reflect nightlife lots. If The Sims 2: University is installed, some lots will feature objects from that expansion pack as well, such as the Sellafone Gadget Kiosk, bubble blower, pool table, and many University decors. Townies and Non-playable characters will appear on these lots like on normal community lots. It is also the only place where Grand Vampires can appear wandering, and they will only appear at night.
- Skip out on the bill, which involves getting out of the restaurant before being seen by the host/ess.
- A Sim who eats at many restaurants may get coupons for a free meal in the mail.
If The Sims 2: Open for Business is installed, Sims can start a business in the downtown, if it's on a community lot. Special NPCs such as grand vampires can visit the lot.
Living in Downtown
It is completely possible to live in Downtown, as it allows to build and place residential lots, and also includes its own selection of residential lots. Some of these houses are starter homes and all of them contain a driveway, and some have a garage attached to them. Most of these houses are remodeled versions of the pre-made houses in the lots and houses bin that were shipped with Nightlife.
When a group of neighbors appear to welcome a new family, they'll be randomly chosen playable Sims from the main town, unless there is already a family living in Downtown. The call invite for an outing will be exactly the same, and will also request to visit the community lot in the downtown.
There are three references to lots in Downtown's files that do not exist in the final game:
- Vampiric Eden
- Liliflower - Why settle for less when you can come to the Liliflower where elegance can be felt across the dance floors as you enjoy a cold beverage with your date or get down to to the beats as our DJ spins to your likings!
- N3rD Pad - We’ve determined that 77.8% of Sims have 33.3% (repeating of course) more fun at this n3rd Pad! Meet Sims with impressive degrees, no social or dancing skills, cool gadgets and full wallets.