Last week, EA announced it would discontinue support for The Sims 2 but as a nice going away present, offered the Ultimate Edition of the game to anyone who had owned any of the previous Sims 2 titles. However, due to some complications in redeeming the codes for the game, EA is offering The Sims 2 Ultimate Edition free for EVERYONE.
All that you need to get this free game is have an Origin account. If you don't have one now, you can still go to EA's site and create an account for free. The Ultimate Edition will not be free for too long, the deal is only good through the 31st of July.
The Sims 2 Ultimate Edition includes the base game, the 8 major expansions, (University, Pets, Free Time, etc.) as well as the "Stuff" expansions that mostly contain furniture and other themed items.
Although The Sims 2 is almost 10 years old, this is still a great deal. Even with The Sims 4 releasing in a couple of months, I'm sure this offer might entice many to go back and give the second game in the series some time again. It's certainly a good way to generate a little interest into the forthcoming Sims 4. A deal this good doesn't come around very often.
To download The Sims 2: Ultimate Edition, please visit EA's Official Website.