second-life
Metacritic: 88/100
Release: Jun 2003
Reviewed on: PC

Second Life

Site Score
9.0
Good: Free - Can make money while playing - Endless possibilities
Bad: Learning curve
User Score
8.4
(176 votes)
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Second Life is a free to play online life simulation game that will appeal to fans of the virtual world genre. The game is developed by Linden Lab and has been online since 2003 for both PC and Mac. With endless possibilities and the ability to make real money while playing Second Life continues to grow in a saturated market.

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The game is intended for an older audience (late teenagers and above) with a large portion of users falling into older demographic categories. In Second Life players will interact with other users (known as Residents) while they explore a vast game world, participate in a huge number of activities and create virtual items.

These virtual items are one of the more unique features of Second Life and allow players to earn real life money as they create and trade their virtual products with other users. From real estate to items and even services there is a market for everything in Second Life. Residents of Second Life can create these virtual objects with the 3D model tool that is provided and use Linden’s scripting language to add functionality to these objectives. Second Life is unique in that users retain all the rights to their content which means they can use Second Life to distribute and sell their content creations.

For users that simply won’t to play Second Life for the social elements you’ll find no shortage of people, clubs and activities to help break the ice as you meet other Residents.

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The economy of Second Life revolves around the Linden dollar (L$) which is used for all transactions in the Second Life universe. This L$ can then be converted into US dollars (or other currencies) at a varying exchange rate. This has enabled many users to make small amounts of money in the Second Life universe or pay for a premium membership without spending money out of their pocket. There are even a small but growing number of online users making sizable amounts of money from their Second Life activities.

Whichever path you choose to take in Second Life you’ll find the amount of content and the size of the community to be unmatched.

Summary:

  • Free to play.
  • Convert your in game currency into real world dollars.
  • Endless activities and places to explore.
  • Meet new people from around the world.
  • Create virtual places and items with ease.

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Second Life, 8.4 out of 10 based on 176 ratings

11 Comments

  1. Mizana
    February 20, 2014

    The only reason I still have a second life account is cause it makes me enough RL money once in maybe 6 months to buy another game or something :P

    You know how real life has stress and problems? Second Life is a second life full of stress and problems. Play at the risk of your mental health!


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  2. Anonymous
    March 3, 2014

    I had Second Life, I enjoyed it very much. I role-played often, and had a lot of fun. There are some glitches, but I’m not so sure if I should download it. I want to, but I don’t want any viruses, can someone reassure or assure me?


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    • Joe Quya
      March 3, 2014

      Second Life comes from Linden Labs which is a hugely reputable company, I’ve never had any issues with anything from them and I’ve played nearly every game/virtual world they have produced over the years. Just make sure you’re downloading it from the official website and you won’t have any problems whatsoever.


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  3. Tom
    July 5, 2014

    This is a good game, but the bad it is hard to get:
    -Good Stuffs
    -L$
    -Many Places or more natures (should need 3 cities wich are New york, London or Berlin.

    Good things:
    -A lot of people and more social!


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  4. cache
    July 26, 2014

    and that I like this game and that it is fun


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  5. Lotus
    December 14, 2015

    This game s just…I DUNNO WHATTA SAY ITA SO GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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  6. Vulcan Viper
    January 24, 2016

    One more thing:
    You may find people who agree with the creator of SL, Philip Rosedale, in not seeing SL as a game.


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  7. Katrina
    April 12, 2016

    I have an account but I can’t download anything to play so I won’t use Second Life anytime soon. Still, it sounds interesting!


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  8. KattyMeow
    June 13, 2016

    this game is fun and all but they need to fix how they walk its weird and there faces are creepy I liked IMVU a little more then this game sorry to say


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    • Sharon
      October 22, 2016

      KattyMeow, there are things you can get (some free, some not) that change how you look and walk. It’s been a couple years since I’ve played so the name of the thing that you use to make your avi walk “normal” eludes me.


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  9. Sarah
    February 9, 2017

    Second life has been dead since like 2012. I used to play before the 2010’s ad it was BOOMING! Now it feels very stagnant, with a lot of the users being middle age people, and a lot of places being abandoned. I’ve had my account for 3 years and have never made a friend there, everyone there has been playig the game since like 2012, and aren’t so welcoming to outsiders. However, if you like exploration games or walking simulators, and have a beefy computer this is a great game. Everything is user created, and there is nothing that doesn’t exist in this game. NOTHING. You know, I was wrong, it’s not completely stagnant. There is a very inappropriate NSFW side to tumblr that is very popular, and very hard to get away from if you’re not interested in that kid of thing.


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