That's Life and That's Life 2
"You made some awesome stuff for your favourite game and released it for free, only to have it snatched up and sold without your permission by a shameless shovelware publisher? Well, that's life!"— LGR
That's Life and That's Life 2 are unofficial expansion packs for The Sims made by German studio X Media Publishing, released in 2001 and 2002 respectively.
Why They Suck
- The expansion packs contain stolen fanmade items from fansites like 7 Deadly Sims, The Sims Resource, Sim Freaks and so on.
- While this was pretty common for unofficial expansions for games that were released in the mid-late 90s, The Sims was a game that encouraged custom content, and the mods in That's Life were used without consent of the original modders.
- The packs full of stolen mods were sold in stores, whereas said items on the discs can already be found on the internet for free.
- The disc for That's Life 2 features an unskippable ominous logo of X Media that plays every time you start the autorun.
- The Simoleons (main currency of The Sims) in That's Life 2 are referred to as "Credits" for some unknown reason.
- Gambling mini-games in That's Life 2, like the slot machines and the shell game, are completely luck-based, especially since the shell game doesn't have proper animations.
- The 3D virtual store that came with That's Life 2 is incredibly buggy and unstable, sometimes causing the game to crash.
- At least the packs credit some of the original mod authors.
- The virtual store in That's Life 2 is kinda cool, since players can explore it in 3D, as the original Sims game is played from a 2D isometric perspective, and in a first-person view, years before The Sims 4 added an option to play in a first-person view with a free patch.
Both That's Life and That's Life 2 recieved negative feedback from the Sims community, to the point that they made a petition to have both mod packs removed from stores.