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Nov 25, 2012

The Sims 3 Seasons Review

This EP is one that will take time to appreciate. You won't find a bunch of new objects, clothes, hairstyles or socials, but what this EP does is dramatically change the way you'll play your game. I think Simmers can all agree that we've been waiting for a Seasons EP for quite some time. It was the best in Sims 2, and I have to say that it's the best in Sims 3. Of course, I was hoping for new clothes, more objects and a town, but Sims 3 expansion packs are definitely more streamlined than they used to be.

Nevertheless, Sims 3 Seasons is definitely worth buying. I've played all four seasons, and it's amazing to see the detail in the weather. The summer is hot, there are festivals to attend and tans to get. It's not all that different from traditional Sim 3 weather, but when it's combined with the other four seasons, there's a new life to summer. You also get thunderstorms, hail and dark, rainy days. Fall and winter are the best. The leaves change colors and fall off the trees, and then the snowy weather sets in, which is just amazing! There are plenty of sound effects from the thunder, the wind and the snow, and the weather for once will dictate what you do - and want to do - around town.

There are festivals for each season, and each festival is different. For fall for example, there is a Haunted House. For winter, you can take a greeting card photo of your family. Another aspect that I love is the way the seasons progress. Just because the season switches over doesn't mean the weather automatically changes. There will still be light snow in the spring and wet, falling leaves in the winter. When it snows lightly, tire tracks show up in the streets. This makes the seasons seem all the more realistic and builds on each season.

I am now in spring, and even though I thought I'd want to the winter to last forever, it's nice to have some green grass back and the ability to plant flowers and enjoy the sun again. That's how Seasons has the ability to change the way you play. Yes, you can set the length of the seasons or skip one all together. The days are longer in the summer and shorter in the winter. There are tons of new activities, such as snowboarding, ice skating, building igloos and playing in puddles. But the real gem lies in the excitement that awaits each day as your Sim wakes up and experiences a new day of unpredictable weather. 100/100

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