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Gameplay 8.0
Graphics 7.9
Sound 7.8
Value 8.0
Developer: EA
Review Date:
February 2007
Reviewer:
Tory Favro
Classification: G

8.0


The Sims 2 Seasons

The gaming world has been strangely quite with the world of Sims and it appears that 2007 is the year of the Sims with two new "Sims" games being released on the PC entitled "The Sims: Life Stories" and also The Sims 2 Seasons. From pets to love life, the developers have always ensured that their current incarnation of this popular series always gives the gamer something new and unique and The Sims 2 Season is no exception to the rule. The latest version of the Sims adds a new twist to the saga by allowing gamers to experience the four seasons which is Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter and also create their own winter or summer wonderlands.  

The most noticeable difference in the game is an addition to the control panel that basically shows the gamer which season they are in with six sim days being equivalent to one season and with this added realism to the Sims universe, your Sims are greatly affected by these conditions.

EA have also done a wonderful job at recreating these real-world weather effects that simply look remarkable as the seasons interact with the gaming environment. The developers have ensured that this weather phenomena is not just a random event as one of the new aspiration awards is the ability to control the weather that does make for some extremely challenging and fun gameplay.  

With the addition of weather, it opens up a variety of new activities for your Sims such as snowball fights which can also lead to some bruised egos. Interestingly enough, if you have the Pets add-on installed, your pets can also interact with the weather for some hilarious anecdotes.

For those lovers of accessories, the Sims 2 Seasons also has a wide range of items and clothing available to your Sims to not only give them something to do but also ensure that they don't get sunburned or catch a nasty cold if they are incorrectly dressed.  

As this is an outdoor expansion, the seasons greatly effect their activities, for example, spring will give your Sims that romantic touch, whereas during Winter, your Sims are much more family oriented and there is even a new neighborhood called Riverblossom Hills that has a variety of new activities and shopping venues for your characters.

Another nifty feature of the Seasons is the ability to create your own gardens and ponds. The produce from these gardens such as fruit and fish can then be stored in your fridge (including other foods) to ensure that your families have the nourishment they need. As I have recently become a home owner, the introduction of pools in the Seasons allows for some exciting times that include waterslides to ice rinks.  

Graphically, The Seasons is almost a carbon copy of the previous games with those high resolution environments that appear almost too perfect. Match that with some great background environments and a variety of special effects and sound effects plus that ambient Sims tune and you have one good looking and great sounding game.  

In conclusion, Seasons is a worthy addition to the Sims franchise that Sims fan will simply adore and give them hours upon hours of Sims enjoyment. Beautiful weather affects, especially winter and a variety of new activities and objects for your Sims, there's little to complain about this add-on to the Sims. Highly Recommended

 






 
 



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