The appeal of playing The Sims 2 is that the game is what you make it! The gameplay experience follows the day-to-day life of the Sims characters that you create and control, over an entire lifetime. Players enjoy participating in all the ups and downs of their Sims' lives, from the big things like falling in love or building and decorating their house to the memorable things like putting up their family's first Christmas tree and hosting a Christmas dinner even mundane details like ordering a pizza or fixing the toilet are humorous and fun. The Sims 2 is designed to make even the ordinary extraordinarily entertaining!
The Create-a-Sim feature allows you to combine your choices from a vast selection of facial features, hairstyles and outfits, to create the Sims you most want to play, make your own family and friends or invent someone extraordinary you can even create your own celebrity look-alikes! Help your Sims fulfill their lifelong aspirations, they can seek popularity, fortune, romance, family, or knowledge their choices are in your hands. Mix their genes, fulfill their dreams, and push them to extremes. Your Sims aren't the only things you can create and customise! Build dream homes and design neighborhoods with the easy to use building, design and home furnishing options. It's so easy!
Now, with Christmas-themed bonus content from The Sims 2 Christmas Party Pack, you can even hang a stocking over the fireplace!
With this disc you get a stack of new items, a few new Body Shop items and the option to throw a New Year's Bash should the mood take you. Also a few other amusing interations with objects that I have yet to try but have heard a few funny things about.
For less than £10 I don't think that this is a bad add-on pack at all, at least if you only expect it to be an add-on pack and not a full-blown expansion set like University, Nightlife or Open for Business. If you are looking for content to change and zest your Sims lives up then this probably would not be the best choice, if you are looking for some new items and don't have the internet connection to download (or just don't like custom content) then this is more for you.
.. Or you could be like me and be a collector nut that has to have everything :D This would be good for you too!
When you first install Christmas Party Pack you are given a few new objects to play around with your Sims to celebrate Christmas. However there is no new gameplay or cutscenes and so i am a little disappointed at what Maxis have given us. I dont really think this is worth the money, especially considering half of the objects are available for FREE download on the Sims 2 OFFICIAL website.
However, it does spice up your Sims for christmas time and does carry a large novelty value... even if it is only for a few days.
My advice: wait till it comes down in price a bit.
At first it's good but then it does get boring and you hardly notice that you have added an extra Sim's game. When you are playing the game you do get a visit from Santa and he does leave you a present by the Christmas tree. You can also decorate you house with lights outdoor trees and dancing snowmen.