The Sims Stories (originally known as The Sims 2 Stories) is a product line of the laptop-friendly versions of the The Sims 2.
There were 3 titles prepared for The Sims Stories product line, they are The Sims Life Stories, The Sims Pet Stories and The Sims Castaway Stories. It is (along with The Sims 2) the last game to support Mac OS X 10.3/10.4 and PowerPC (But not PowerPC G3 Macs as The Sims 2 and The Sims Stories do not support them) Macs as The Sims 3 and The Sims Medieval only runs on Intel-based Macs.
The Windows version can be run on Windows 7 (Not officially supported however) and on an Intel-based Mac, it is possible to use Bootcamp to run the game.
Like other games on Windows and Mac OS X, the games are not region locked and can be played on any computer regardless of what country the game, Windows/Mac OS X copies or computer came from.
As of 2012, Electronic Arts discontinued distribution of The Sims Stories and stopped selling it. Searching The Sims Stories on Origin or the Origin application will not generate any results of Life Stories, Pet Stories or Castaway Stories. Similarly, no titles in the series prior to The Sims 3 are sold on Origin anymore. However, in December 2015, Aspyr Media revived the series for Mac OS X by releasing updated ports of the games, retooled for Mac OS X Mavericks or later.
The Sims 2: Get a Life or The Sims 2: Get a Life Edition was a rumored expansion pack, console game or stuff pack for The Sims 2. The rumor first appeared in August, 2006, posted on GameHead. On the page was stated that the release date was September 28, 2006, and that it would be priced at $67.40 Australian Dollars. It was confirmed to be fake then, until Take 2 listed the product. It was stated that it would be out on 6 Sep, 2007, and not as a console game.
It is now highly accepted that 'Get a Life' was a codename for The Sims: Life Stories.
It appeared on the registration website of TheSims2.com on November 1, 2006, and was mentioned by Snooty Sims as "gets an unusual high price of $39.99. The release date has been set to January 22, 2007." It also provided a link for pre-ordering, but it would redirect to the page for pre-ordering The Sims 2: Seasons.
- Stay connected by using your own IM and email while playing.
- In open-ended Classic mode, you create Sims and then choose how they'll fulfill their dreams through life's biggest moments.
- In the new and engaging directed Story Mode, you take your Sims through a unique and entertaining storyline full of romance, conflict and dramatic twists.
- The game doesn't require a video card and the controls have been designed specifically for the laptop with an auto-pause function where you can start and stop the action by opening and closing the lid.
- The Sims Stories games are standalone games and do not support expansion packs or stuff packs from The Sims or The Sims 2 collections.
Differences between The Sims 2 and The Sims Stories
- The Sims Stories does not support Windows 98, Windows 2000 or Windows Me while The Sims 2 did.
- However, the Mac OS X version retains 10.3 support and PowerPC (G4/G5)
- The Sims Stories does not support The Sims 2 expansion packs or stuff packs (although some custom content made for The Sims 2 will work)
- Although based on The Sims 2, The Sims Stories does not have a "2" after "The Sims". This is shared with The Sims Medieval, as there is no "3" after "The Sims". This does not apply to the Mac App Store re-releases of all 3 games, making them called The Sims 2 Stories.
- The Sims Stories official content isn't in Sims2Pack form, it is in SimsLSPack for The Sims Life Stories, SimsPSPack for The Sims Pet Stories and SimsCSPack for The Sims Castaway Stories.
- While The Sims 2 is open-ended, The Sims Stories includes role-playing elements.
Differences between The Sims console versions and The Sims Stories
- Unlike the console versions of The Sims 2 and The Sims 2 Pets, The Sims Stories (with the exception of The Sims Castaway Stories) does not feature rain.
- Unlike in the console versions of The Sims, you cannot enter build mode during story mode. (you can enter Buy Mode however)
- You do not need to unlock basic objects in The Sims Stories.
- There is no object limiter that limits the amount of objects that you can place in lots.
- The Sims Stories features a "Free Play" mode similar that of the console versions.
- It is interesting to note that the releases of The Sims Stories are similar to the console releases of The Sims 2, with The Sims 2, The Sims 2 Pets, and The Sims 2 Castaway being released. On Windows, The Sims Life Stories, The Sims Pet Stories and The Sims Castaway Stories are released in that same order.
- The Sims Pet Stories is one of the games that do not include elder life stage.