Aspyr releases Sims 2 Body Shop for free

Aspyr Media Inc. on Friday announced the free release of The Sims 2 Body Shop, a standalone character creation tool designed to work with the company’s forthcoming Mac release of The Sims 2.

The Sims 2 is the latest iteration of the smash hit simulation game that puts you in control of Sims, simulated people who you’ll help live, love, have careers and experience fulfilling lives with. It’s hitting the Mac later this month.

The Sims Body Shop lets you custom-design your own Sims. complete with tattoos, custom hair styles, clothing, and facial expressions that can be edited 50 different ways. You can select skin tone, eye color, hair style, facial hair, makeup and more. The tool even allows you to fine-tune features like nose length, eyebrow thickness, lip curl and chin shape.

Once you’re done customizing your Sim, you can share it with friends and colleagues using iDisk, if you have a .Mac account. A “Save to iDisk” feature is built right in to the Body Shop.

The Sims 2 Body Shop works independently of The Sims 2 — you don’t need the game to use the utility. Though obviously, it’s a lot more fun if you have both. Specific system requirements for the Body Shop weren’t available as MacCentral posted this article, but are presumed to be the same as the game’s system requirements: Mac OS X v10.3.8 or later, G4/1.2GHz or faster, 256MB RAM, ATI Radeon 9000 or Nvidia GeForce FX5200 or better 3D graphics with at least 32MB VRAM.

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