the walking writer

With the unexpected release of the Sims 2: Ultimate Collection, custom content for the game has suddenly reached a new level of demand, despite the game being 10 years old at this point. I played the Sims 2 obsessively back when the game first came out. I also loved to collect custom content. Most of the stuff I downloaded was nice, but it didn’t really fit the look of the game. After the Ultimate Collection came out, I discovered the world of “Maxis match” content.

Maxis match is a type of custom content in the Sims 2 that is meant to seamlessly blend into the Sims 2 world. Some custom content creators, especially those who create clothing, prefer to make outfits that look realistic. These clothes tend to be shiny or have volume and texture. Although these clothes look quite lovely and are well-made, some players prefer to stick to custom content that looks like it came with the game. The illustrations below should help explain what I mean:

Example of non-Maxis match clothing and hair:

Example of non-Maxis match hair and clothing

(Clothing featured in this screenshot is from All About Style and hair is from XMSims.)

Example of Maxis match clothing and hair:

Example of Maxis match hair and clothing

(Clothing featured in this screenshot is from Mod the Sims and hair is by Eatfishcustard.)

Finding Maxis match content is a little challenging, but I hope to put together a post of resources soon. In the meantime, did you know that you can easily replace the default hair/skin tones/faces/clothes/etc with Maxis match sets? This website offers a huge collection of content to replace ugly default clothes and more. Some sections are separated by realistic and Maxis match options to make your search easier. The clothes, as far as I can tell, are pretty much all of the Maxis match flavor.