Bringing season change to The Sims.
The Sims 3 Seasons is the eighth expansion pack for The Sims 3 and one expansion you can’t afford to miss out on. This new expansion allows you to control different elements of the seasons within your Sim town, such as altering the length of the various seasons, to including the occurrence of fog, hail, snow and rain.
During the course of each of these seasons, the climate and temperature can change from day to day, affecting your Sim and the world around them. The effects on your Sim town can change rapidly, from leaves falling from trees to snow piling high up on vehicles. These weather changes can allow your Sim to be involved in a number of activities, dependent on the season. So for instance, in the Summer time you can go rolling skating in the park and for the very first time go swimming in the sea.
With each new season, it’s a good idea to keep your sim comfortably clothed for the changing weather conditions and with the new selection of outside attire, there’s a great deal to choose from such as winter jackets and seasonal jumpers for the colder months and a number of nice bikinis and swimsuits for the summer.
In the winter months, while the snow is falling hard and fast, the town you once knew is glazed over with ice and snow, and this is a good opportunity to have some fun ice-skating on the frozen ponds and lakes, or laying down on the ground making snow angels with your Sim friends. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can build yourself an igloo and have a quick sleep, and you can even try our hand at snowboarding.
The different seasons bring a series of festivals to your town, allowing your Sim to spend their spare time enjoying some fun activities. The Summer Festival is filled with different things to do, from launching fireworks, taking photos with other sims in the photo booths, or making snowcones. If that doesn’t catch your fancy you can enjoy a penalty shout out, or line up and get some festival tickets, and take part in some pie eating competitions. Beware though, an overfilled Sim with hotdogs pouring out of their mouth is not a good look. There are various festival stands to grab yourself a hot dog or make your very snowcone if your Sim is feeling peckish.
During the winter months you can engage in snowball fights, or in the summer be soaked by water balloons, so either way you’re going to get wet. It is important to look after your Sim in Seasons. In the harsh Winter months your Sim can catch a cold, making them feel miserable and unable to enjoy activities. It’s best to keep them inside for at least some of the time, as if they are left outside for too long they will become frozen and can die. The same goes for taking care of Sims during the hot periods of summer. Your sim may find sunbathing and relaxing in the sunshine very enjoyable, but if you leave them outside for too long, they can get burnt to a crisp or spontaneously combust. Yes, it’s not a good way for Sims to go.
Sending sims into the sea during the winter months will cause their temperature to rapidly deteriorate and they will become ill, so keep them warm. Sims can suffer from allergies as well, causing them to sneeze and blow their noses, but luckily the hospital can tend to any ailments they suffer with. If you can’t wait for the Summer months to arrive, you can explore the possibility of paying out for a fake tan via the tanning booth. You’ll come out a lovely shade of brown, but you’ll be down quite a few Simoleons for the price of vanity.
In the fall, when the leaves fall off the trees and the rainy season begins, Sims can bag themselves a special umbrella from the festival, which will come in handy when the rain becomes torrential. Sims enjoy jumping in puddles, so keep that in mind when you get them suited and booted in rain macs. Your Sims will also be able to enjoy a good lightning storm or two, with impressive cracks of thunder and the howling of the wind.
Each season brings a different festival and special activities, from going on an egg hunt, exchanging gifts, carving a pumpkin, exploring a haunted house or bobbing for apples. Weather updates and information is available through the weather channel and your Sims’ PC or laptop, so you will always be aware of the changing weather conditions and can plan the day accordingly.
All of the weather conditions set their own inevitable consequences for the Sims and their environment, and this is why I’m enjoying this expansion so much. The sims 3 Seasons brings with it a nice mixture of gameplay elements and it is one of the best expansions I’ve seen in quite a while. While the vast majority of the gameplay remains the same, the fact that Sims are affected by different environmental factors adds a new dynamic to the game, and the new festivals bring activities that change with the seasons. The Sims 3 Seasons is a ‘must buy’ expansion for the evergrowing series and will change the life of your Sim.