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Fun addition - but some features may frustrate,
This review is from: The Sims 3: Seasons Expansion Pack (PC DVD) (DVD-ROM)
This is a fun expansion to the popular Sims game. As the name suggests, it introduces seasons and weather. Players can control the length of seasons and disable certain types of weather in the options menu, much as you can control Sim lifespans. Each season has its own celebration day and there are new options for parties. The central park is replaced by the 'festival grounds' where Sims can engage in different seasonal activities, and can win 'festival tickets' that can be exchanged for special items. The game also introduces aliens, who randomly come to visit. You can interact with them as with normal Sims, and can marry them/move them in/have babies with them. They have a new range of interactions and come with their own space car that can be used to invade lots, abduct other Sims or visit space. For players who enjoy supernatural elements of the game this will probably be a welcome addition.
I enjoyed a lot of aspects of Seasons, there's plenty here to reinvigorate the game for players who are a getting a bit bored. There are also a lot of new achievements, many of which are relatively easy to achieve, which will please those who enjoy working towards these. However there are some negative aspects of the new features that players might want to consider before installing. Firstly the number of public holidays can greatly extend the length of time it takes for Sims to climb the career ladder. This might be particularly frustrating for players trying to achieve some of the tougher achievements or lifetime wishes that require Sims to reach the top of their career. This might also be a seen as a benefit for those who would rather their Sim was at home to work on skills, throw parties etc. Secondly, plants become 'dormant' for a large part of the year, meaning gardeners can't harvest plants and therefore can't earn a living or develop their gardens. Ponds freeze over in winter which may be an issue of Sims keen on fishing. Thirdly it is possible for Sims to die from cold or heat exposure, or to be struck by lightning, which makes outdoor activities a rather risky proposition and have the potential to spoil things for players who enjoy their Sims doing any kind of outdoor activity.
So overall this is a fun addition to the Sims collection but it's worth bearing in mind the points above.
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Initial post: 23 Jan 2013 09:56:37 GMT
As said in comment of the other post, you can garden inside if you buy planters: of course they do take lots of space, at one plant per planter, and it can get expensive. Otherwise, the Scrooges of EA have made a greenhouse. But you have to buy it with real money, meaning euros or dollars, not simoleons, at their online store. Shame on them! BOOOO!
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