Strangetown's storyline is based on the supernatural, and is loosely connected with Pleasantview.
Veronaville's characters are based on Shakespearean characters.
It is also possible to import neighborhood terrains from Sim City 4.
All Sims age, and can live to 90 sim days depending on the degree to which their aspirations are fulfilled.
The Sims 2 builds on its predecessor by allowing Sims to age through six stages of life and incorporating a 3D graphics engine.
Babies, toddlers, children, teens, and adults can be advanced to their next life stage at any time during the 24 Sim hours before they will grow up automatically. Toddlers, children, teens, and adults can use the "Grow Up" self-interaction.
If the University expansion pack is installed, teens have the option to go to college, where they will be young adults for approximately 24 days. Players will need to build up talent badges, skills and relationships with other people, so that they can be successful in their career.
The Sims 2 was first released on September 14, 2004 for Microsoft Windows. Eight expansion packs and nine stuff packs were subsequently released.