Mac Sims 2 hits beta milestone

Aspyr Media Inc. on Tuesday announced that its Mac conversion of The Sims 2 has reached its beta development milestone. The game had been scheduled for a May release but that has been pushed back to June, according to the latest information from Aspyr. It's being developed in house by Aspyr Studios.

The Sims 2 is the continuation of Electronic Arts' and Maxis' hugely popular simulated life game in which you control the lives and times of "Sims," artificial people who live in their own world. In The Sims 2, you control Sims over their entire lives, and can even pass down DNA from one generation to the next. The choices you make affect what Sims do, how they interact with others and more.

Players can also play their own "virtual sitcom" by focusing attention on one of five different aspirations -- Popularity, Fortune, Family, Knowledge, and Romance. These aspirations change your Sims' desires, motivations and fears. And you can create your own "sim films" with a movie-making feature that lets you cast characters, set the stage and control the camera. A new detailed 3D engine lets you zoom in to see what's going on.

System requirements are still preliminary, but at this point Aspyr is targeting Mac OS X v10.3.4 or later, G4/1GHz or faster, 256MB RAM, 4.2GB available hard disk space, ATI Radeon 8500 or Nvidia GeForce2 MX or better with at 32MB VRAM and DVD drive. The Sims 2, rated T for Teen by the ESRB, is available for pre-order for US$49.99.

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