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The Sims 2: Nightlife
The Sims 2: Nightlife
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The Sims 2: Nightlife
The Sims 2 Nightlife Cover
Send Your Sims on an Epic Night Out
Developer(s) Maxis Emeryville
Publisher(s) EA Games (PC)
Aspyr Media (Mac)
Ratings ESRB: T
PEGI: 12+
Series The Sims
Release date(s) Windows
NA September 13, 2005
Mac OS X
NA March 27, 2006
Technical information
Mode(s) Single-player
Media 2 CD's
System requirements Windows
  • Windows XP, ME, 2000 or 98
  • 1 GHz processor or faster
  • 256 MB or higher Ram
  • T&L-capable video card with 32 MB Ram


  • Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later
  • 1.2 GHz or faster PowerPC G4/G5
  • 256 MB or higher RAM
  • 32 MB of Video Ram
Input methods Keyboard, mouse
Game features
Genres Life simulation game, God game
Themes Night life, dating, clubbing, pleasure lifestyle
Creatures Vampire
Neighborhoods Downtown
Related pages
Patches and updates
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The Sims 2: Nightlife, or NL, is the second expansion pack published for The Sims 2. it is based on the previous expansion for The Sims, The Sims: Hot Date. It was released for Windows on September 13, 2005 (North America) and September 16, 2005 (European Union, Australia and New Zealand), and for Mac OS X on March 27, 2006. This expansion serves as the inspiration for The Sims 3: Late Night and The Sims 4: Get Together.

Nightlife centers on the new Downtown area, which has various activities, such as bowling, karaoke, dining and dancing, as well as a photo booth, and includes a dating mini-game which allows the player to engage in their Sim's relationships in greater depth.

Official description[]

The Sims 2 Nightlife Logo (Original)

Your Sims are on the town hitting all the swanky hot spots. Whether they're dancing until dawn, romancing that special someone, or striking out at the bowling alley, it'll be an unforgettable night! Let your Sims loose to enjoy their favorite after-dark activities as they pursue a life of pleasure. Determine their love lives as you discover the chemistry between Sims. Will their life aspirations and personalities click or clash? It could be the beginning of a stormy affair or a dating disaster? Ready for fun and romance? Bring on the night!


The game is reminiscent of The Sims: Hot Date and The Sims: House Party, which were expansion packs for the original The Sims game, and which focused on new social interactions and locations for Sims to visit, such as a romantic restaurant and Night Club. Nightlife follows in a similar theme.

New Features[]

New additions include inventories, new interactions, and over 125 new objects. NPCs that a player's Sim dates can now leave gifts or hate letters at the Sim's home, depending on the success of particular dates. Some of the new NPCs include party DJs, a Gypsy matchmaker, Mrs. Crumplebottom, and grand vampires.

New Aspirations[]

Nightlife also adds a new aspiration. The Pleasure seeking aspiration is assigned in exactly the same way as any of the other 5 aspirations. Sims with the Pleasure Seeking aspiration crave enjoyment in many different ways, whilst they fear embarrassment. Pleasure Sims may receive wants such as "juggle" and "jump on lounge." Nightlife has also introduced a new reward object titled the ReNuYu-Senso-Orb which will enable any Sim to have their aspiration changed at any time. However, this object can fail, like all other aspiration reward objects. If that happens, the Sim using it at the time will then have the Grilled Cheese aspiration, and normal wants will be superseded with the urge to eat grilled cheese sandwiches.

Drivable Cars[]

In Nightlife, Sims can own their own cars instead of relying on the carpool. There are several models and colors available. In addition, driveways (mandatory for any residential lot to accommodate a car) and garages can be built into the Sim's lot.

New Swimming Pool[]

It is now possible to design new, more customized swimming pools. Included is a new diagonal shaped swimming pool tool, which can be used to create extensive shapes not previously possible. However, the pool ladder and diving board may only be attached to pool tiles square on to the lot.

New Neighborhood Features[]

The lot mode has been expanded in Nightlife, so that it is possible to view the neighborhood from a lot. Players may leave one lot to play another without having to go back to the neighborhood mode. It is still impossible, however, for a Sim to invite themselves to another lot.

New Build Mode Feature[]

It also allows the user to adjust roof angles through the game's console.

New gameplay objects[]

New gameplay mechanics[]

As with previous expansion packs, not only does The Sims 2: Nightlife come packed with more content, but also adds something to the overall gameplay of the original game. New aspects of gameplay that are added to Nightlife are:

  • Sims can now go out on dates
  • Sims can go on outings with friends
  • Sims can now form groups of close friends and can invite all of those friends out in one go.
  • Sims can now receive gifts after a good or bad date.
  • Sims can purchase their own drivable cars.

Dating mini game[]


Two women delivering poo bags after bad dates.

Main article: Dating

Sims can now ask someone that they are interested in on a date and if the person accepts then a meter will appear and the player needs to build it up unless you want a bad date (which can be done by getting caught cheating or by cheating using boolprop testingcheatsenabled true — shift-click on a Sim and click on set score).

The date can have a score from Dream Date to Horrible. This works off of each Sims wants so fulfilling wants of both daters causes the meter to climb higher. The more fears fulfilled the lower the meter. At the end, depending on how high the date meter is, the player's Sim may get a gift the next day of a bouquet of flowers or a note. If the date went horribly then they'll get a stinky letter or a flaming bag of poo, but then there's that small possibility where you don't get anything at all.

During the dating mini game, Mrs. CrumpleBottom is considered an obstacle for Sims. When Sims perform romantic interactions or WooHoo with Mrs. CrumpleBottom nearby, she will smack the Sims with her purse, lowering the date meter.


Main article: Fury

The Sims 2: Nightlife introduces the concept of fury. Of limited duration, this generally affects which social interactions are accepted. It is most likely to occur when a spouse is caught cheating with another Sim, though it can also occur in numerous other situations, such as when a Sim is stood up, has a drink thrown in their face, or gets into a fight. When one Sim becomes furious at another Sim, the target of their fury will be subjected to vandalism, such as having their newspaper stolen, or their trash can kicked over. Also, a furious Sim will be more likely to autonomously do irritate and fight social interactions. Fury can be resolved by waiting out the furious timer (which varies depending on the damage) or buying the Sim off. The Seasons expansion pack also introduces a third way to eliminate fury: by drinking strawberry juice.


Contacts are friends-of-friends that can call the player's Sim up wishing to establish contact. These contacts come predefined with both friendship and lifetime relationship points, making it easier to build a friendship with them. These predefined points are only available for a limited time, however.


Each teen, adult and elder Sim has two turn-ons and one turn-off. Turn-ons and turn-offs are designed to make relationships easier (or harder) to achieve. Sims with compatible chemistry will have lightning bolts in their relationship panels. Sims can use the action "Scope Room" to find those special Sims.


  • This is the last pack for The Sims 2 to be sold at EB Games Australia, with the remaining packs sold on clearance for 50 cents in the stores that still had stock in late 2014.


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The Sims 2: Nightlife Theme (Junkie XL mix)
The Sims 2: Nightlife Theme (Lemon Jelly mix)
The Sims 2: Nightlife Theme (Timo Maas mix)
The Sims 2: Nightlife Loading Screen
Arch of the Sim (Adam Freeland mix)
First Volley (General Midi mix)
Makeover (Adam Freeland mix)
Makeover (Lemon Jelly mix)
Arch of the Sim (Lemon Jelly mix)
Busy (Adam Freeland mix)
Shopping Spree (General Midi mix)
Stop and Sim (General Midi mix)
Sim The Builder (Hyper mix)
Sim Time (Lemon Jelly mix)
Sim Time Sim Place (Hyper mix)
Flute Quartet in A Major - 3rd Movement
Hungarian Dance No. 7 in A Major
Quintet in A Major "Stadler Quintet"
Serenade No. 5
Standchen (Serenade)
String Quartet Op. 1 No. 2 in E Flat - 2nd Movement
Onta Da Lupa
Wa Wa Wa
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Heartbeat Brazil, Czech Republic, Denmark, Norway, United Kingdom
Hubny Harb Czech Republic, Finland, Norway, United Kingdom
Jump Denmark, Finland, Germany, Spain, United Kingdom
What It Takes United Kingdom
Chewing Gum Germany, Norway
Cry Brazil, Czech Republic, Finland
Madre Spain
Mi Barrio Brazil, Czech Republic, Germany, Spain
O Blay Wobba Zoon Denmark
Run with Me Brazil, Germany
Summer Lovin' Denmark, Finland, Norway, Spain

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