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If The Sims 2: Seasons is installed, the seasonal progression of the sub-neighborhood is; Summer, Autumn, Winter, Spring.
Downtown does not come with any families ready to play, either in the town or in the Sim Bin. However, there is a family of ghosts that can be resurrected and played, the Tricou family as well as the Tricou family victim, Rainelle Neengia. Most of the Tricou family are buried in Gothier Green Lawns, the graveyard next to the family mansion. Across the road from the water tower there is a crashed UFO site which is a significantly smaller crater than Strangetown's, this may be a reference to the SimCity games, and their infamous UFO attacks.
Downtown has a wide variety of townies and also introduces Grand Vampires. Townies will spawn as normal, while Grand Vampires only appear at night. Going downtown is free of charge, as is going from one lot to another.
Sims may dine at restaurants. Sims can buy all food that can be prepared by a Sim with maxed Cooking skill, except for instant meals and snacks. Players who want a Sim to eat for free have two options:
- Skip out on the bill, which involves getting out of the restaurant before being seen by the host/ess.
- A Sim who eats at many restaurants may get coupons for a free meal in the mail.
Downtown offers many community lots, and these lots are the main attraction of Downtown and The Sims 2: Nightlife itself. There are various kinds of lots, including nightclubs, restaurants, karaokes, bars, hangouts, bowling alleys, boutiques, groceries, and so on. These lots contain many elements that reflect nightlife lots. If The Sims 2: University is installed, some lots will feature objects from that expansion pack as well, such as the Sellafone Gadget Kiosk, bubble blower, pool table, and many University decors.
A common misconception is that many think that it is not possible to live Downtown. However this is not the case, as Downtown features its own selection of residential lots. Some of these houses are starter homes, and all of them contain a driveway, and possibly a garage attached to it. Most of these houses are remodeled version of the pre-made houses in the Lots and Houses bin that were shipped with Nightlife.
Residential lots Edit
Community lots Edit
Deceased Sims Edit