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IGN recently posted a preview for the latest expansion pack for The Sims 2, Nightlife. Developed by Maxis and published by Aspyr Media, Nightlife updates the extremely popular Sims 2 series with new 'dating gameplay' and allows your sims to spend a night on the town. While suspiciously similar to the original Sims expansion, Hot Date, the game does promise some new twists. From the IGN article:

Dating is an interesting proposition. The guys at Maxis have made it much easier for the average Joe to score in Nightlife so that your lonely sims might finally have a chance at happiness. Dating is much like the Greek House experience from University. Once a date starts, sims will have a certain amount of time to reach as high a score as possible by impressing their heart's desire. A meter with several levels pops up when a date begins to show the progression without any embarrassing mixed signals. If your sims says or does something to make the date happy, the meter goes up. Say or do something bad, the meter goes down. However, if the meter goes up enough to reach a new level, more time is added to the date. Should the date reach "Perfect" status, your sim is likely in for a good night.

Making the dating easier is a new attraction system. Not only is it good for finding people to date, but it also works very well for hitting the right buttons when talking to them. A little lightning bolt will show up in any options that another sim would be likely to react well to.

The Sims 2: Nightlife has recently gone gold, and is scheduled for a September 13th PC release. While no official announcement has been made, Aspyr Media has already released The Sims 2 for the Mac and recently announced they will be releasing the first expansion, The Sims 2: University in November. And since The Sims 2 is such as successful franchise, Mac Sims fans can rest assured that a Mac release of Nightlife is very likely.

To view the article, or see The Sims 2: University announcement, click the links below.

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IGN Article - The Sims 2: Nightlife Preview
IMG Article - The Sims 2: University announced
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