What's not to love about the Sims 2? It has amazing expansion packs, like Open for Business and Apartment life, which hasn't really been redone for the later editions of The Sims.
Although Sims 3 Island Paradise is something I have got my sights on.
Instead of ruining the lives of virtual people by forging multiple affairs and killing them all off with the Biotech created, 'Mysterious Illness', I decided to create a huge mega mall (or shopping centre).
One of the things that sucks about the Sims 2, is that lack lustre community lots and I usually find myself spending hours editing most of the places before getting down to actual gameplay.
So this prompted me to create this.
(No mods for used. Just all the expansion packs).
Okay, I will admit, the exterior is still a little dull and it's something that I need work on.
Firstly, I decided to put in a H&M.
This expansion pack is rather good- the clothes you get in the CAS isn't entirely expansive, however you can actually get to run your own H&M store when you have Open for Business installed.
Although some stores are already pre-made, I thought I'd just make my own from scratch.
Upon entering the shopping centre is the entrance to the H&M, which is the women's department on the ground floor- but on the right (which you can't see), is some stairs which leads to Men's department- which happens to be on the first floor.
It's a shame that Sushi wasn't invented until the Sims 3. I really wanted to create a sushi bar.
(I'm not an overall fan of modding, whenever I have used them in the past, it messes with my game a lot).
But all is not lost, with the expansive oriental decor to hand, I created a Chinese 'restaurant' on the ground floor.
A bit random, but I thought that I'd pop in a pet store.
It was mainly to use up some small space and I didn't know that you can make a walk-in adoption centre, until seeing it on the Sim Supply's channel.
At first, I wanted to create an arcade-bowling alley combo, taking inspiration from a place near me, however I ran out of room so I just created a a three lane bowling alley with a somewhat fifties flair.
What shopping centre isn't completed without a coffee shop? Or bakery?
I have decided to dub with as the Bella Bakery due to a couple of pictures planted on the walls and I thought it was very fitting due to the fact that this is set in Pleasantview.
Last but not least, I decided on a little toy shop. It's one of the first shops I had opened up in Open For Business
Plus I could really go crazy on the decor.
What do you guys think?
What do you do when you proper geek-out? :)