The Sims 3: Seasons - PC

Release Date:

November 13, 2012

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As the eighth expansion of The Sims 3, The Sims 3 Seasons, 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.

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Maxis has a very bad habit when it comes to the Sims series. Every time that they release a new sequel in the series, the features start over once again. For example, The Sims 2 Seasons added weather mechanics and the four seasons five years ago, but when The Sims 3 finally came out, these features were not included in the base game, and were left for inevitable expansion. This expansion has finally come in the form of The Sims 3 Seasons, but is it worth the asking price?

Obviously, the main conceit in The Sims 3 Seasons are the seasons themselves. Each of these seasons has its own weather patterns, their own holiday, and a holiday that coincides with a real world holiday, even if it is not called by the same name. spring has Valentine's Day, autumn has Halloween, winter has Christmas, and summer has a holiday they just made up. Each season has its own festival that hangs out in your town for the length of the season and offers unique parlor games and activities for your sims to engage in.

Out of all four seasons, the most fleshed out and interesting is by far the winter season. The windows of your home fog up, everything gets buried in snow, and you can build snowmen and igloos. Lakes freeze over, allowing you to ice skate on them, and your town seems to get much calmer, like snow does in real life. Unlike the other seasons, all of these activities are a ton of fun, and are helped out by the fact that the snow looks absolutely incredible. Even better, any children you have in The Sims 3 will get a massive amount of time off due to the snow, giving them plenty of time to play around in it.

In addition to the seasons themselves, this expansion also adds another feature of The Sims 2, aliens. Aliens in this game cannot be created by default, and will just show up whenever they feel like it. They will then abduct your Sim and often impregnate them regardless of their gender. If you make an alien a part of your household, you'll get access to an awesome new vehicle, their UFO. This vehicle allows you to fly around town and abduct Sims yourself. You can also use it to travel to other planets, though it works like the time machine, not letting you see anything and simply describing it a text blurb.

As the eighth expansion of The Sims 3, Seasons really manages to nail it. There are a massive amount of new features here that quickly become a core part of your Sims 3 experience. I can't even imagine missing out on Winter in a new game anymore, and when a Sims expansion manages to become such an inextricable part of the core experience, it's a huge success. More than any other expansion, Seasons is absolutely worth the $40 asking price if you enjoy playing The Sims 3.

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