February 2, 2013

Review of “The Sims 3: Seasons”

 “The Sims 3: Seasons” is the expansion pack that is all about the changing seasons and different weather to expect during each one. Now your Sims will be able to experience the different holidays and activities that each season brings with it. If you love “The Sims 3” games, this is definitely an expansion pack you don’t want to skip!

Game Description
Let your Sims swim in the ocean on a hot summer day, bob for apples in the autumn leaves, test their snowboarding skill on the half pipe, or welcome spring showers with a walk in the rain and a colorful umbrella. All-new activities, like soccer, and big seasonal festivals and celebrations bring the spirit of each season to life. Your Sims can pucker up at the kissing booth at the spring festival, or see what Halloween surprises await in the haunted house. Dress for the weather with seasonal fashions from sun dresses to raincoats and snow gear. With new foods, décor and weather effects, your Sims can enjoy the bounty and beauty of the ever-changing seasons and play with life like never before!

Key Features
o     Delight your Sims with new activities for every season: Whether building an intimate igloo, carving a scary Jack o’ lantern, taking a plunge off the diving board, or setting off all-new fireworks, your Sim can always find new things to do throughout the year.
o     Join the fun with seasonal festivals: Sims can get in a snowball fight at the annual winter festival, get their faces painted at the summer festival, whoop it up at the spring dance, or bob for apples during the fall festival.
o     Experience the joy and challenge of changing weather: New weather effects and Sim reactions capture the power and beauty of nature! Sims can get a tan, be struck by lightning, or catch a cold!
o     Bring the outdoors inside: Your Sim can now learn the recipe for pumpkin pie or style their home with new furniture and décor. There are a host of new items to ring in each season. Get a tanning booth in time for summer, or ring in the holiday spirit with house lights and decorations.
o     Dress for the weather: Outfit your Sim in new styles for the season, including snow gear, wetsuits, raincoats and umbrellas, and new Halloween costumes!
o     Welcome mysterious visitors: New weather patterns aren’t the only things appearing in the sky! Befriend an alien visitor and use their UFO to abduct a neighbor, invade a community lot, or travel to the stars.” – The Sims 3: Seasons

My Thoughts
As a very serious Sims player, I have been waiting for a long time to be able to change the weather or seasons in the game. When I first heard that we’d have that option with this new expansion pack, I was thrilled! Thankfully, after playing it for about a month now, I can honestly say that I am continually surprised by it and still love having it be a part of my gaming experience. This is not an expansion pack that can get boring or overused because it is integrated so well within your neighborhoods. I really enjoy it, and if you are a Sims player, I think that you will too.

The weather added to the game includes: sunny, rain, lightning, hail, snow, and fog. Sims can experience many of the things that we can experience when dealing with the weather. They can get stuck in the snow, have visible mist from their mouth when it is cold, get struck by lightning, splash in puddles, and even get sunburns if out in the sun for too long. Sims can also get sick now, so be sure that they are in good health! If your Sim town is hit with an epidemic of the flu, don’t worry, they can be cured with a vaccine.

One of the additions I really like is that Sims can now swim in the oceans in the game. I always wondered why they couldn’t before, but finally they can! If you have pets though, they can’t swim out there with you. Probably for the best, you wouldn’t want them to be some tasty shark bait, would you?

I really enjoy all of the winter activities, so the snow addition is my favorite. My Sims enjoy snowboarding on the half pipes, which can also be used year round thanks to artificial snow. Sims can also build snowmen and igloos, which is really fun for Sims of all ages to do. Sims can freeze, so don’t leave them outside for too long.

There is also a new lifestate that was added in “The Sims 3: Seasons” for aliens. I love this addition, and am very glad that they added this lifestate again. I haven’t had too much time to devote to this lifestate, but I hope to get to make a whole alien colony in a neighborhood one day.

The only thing I was a little bit disappointed about was the new clothing for the Sims. Not very much was added for this expansion pack, but what was added is all quite nice for seasonal wear. I could always use more clothing in the game, so this is probably something only certain types of players would want more of.

Overall, I really enjoy this expansion pack and think that it is one that everyone who plays “The Sims 3” will enjoy. I highly recommend it.

* Thank you to the publisher of The Sims 3: Seasons, Electronic Arts, and Gamers Gate for providing me with a digital copy of this game and allowing me to review it. All experiences and opinions expressed are my own.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I love me some Sims games!