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Game Guys review - The Sims 3: Seasons

4:49 PM, Dec 16, 2012   |    comments
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  • 'The Sims 3 Seasons', an expansion for 'The Sims 3' from Electronic Arts.
  • 'The Sims 3 Seasons', an expansion for 'The Sims 3' from Electronic Arts.
    

Sims are spoiled.  Not only do they get to visit exotic locations, have an awesome nightlife, and get to party like Katy Perry, but they also never have to worry about the wind, rain, and snow.  Well, spoiled with perfectly static weather no more, Electronic Arts introduces seasonal weather and events with the new The Sims 3: Seasons expansion for its The Sims 3 casual computer game.

With Seasons, not only do players get to finally have their Sims experience the ups and downs of Spring, Summer, Winter, and Fall; but also have an adequate selection of new themed items and activities from which to select.  These items and activities include skis and skiing, bobbing for apples, and an igloo designed for some ice-cold "woohooing".

Sims also get to experience holidays.  For example, Sims can go trick-or-treating on Spooky Day or participate in gift exchanges on Snowflake Day.  Not only do these days give players something to look forward too in each one's season, but they also add an extra touch of personality to what is essentially playing "house" with digital dolls.

A really nice thing about the whole four seasons thing is that the player can control when each season hits, for how long, and in what order.  By default, each season lasts seven days.  They can, however, be extended to as much as 28 days.  This allows for players to better enjoy the ones they prefer and speed through the ones they'd rather not deal with -- if they choose to deal with them at all.  And, of course, each season brings with it the weather one might expect such as snow in the winter, rain in the springtime, and the changing of the leaves during autumn.  Unlike the past few expansions, which either added too little or simple too little of interest, the additions (both item and gameplay-wise) do well to make the game seem fresh for the first time in a while.

One major downside to be had with Seasons (and it may just be my aging gaming rig) is that the game froze/crashed two or three times while playing after the expansion's installation.  Again, the root of the problem may be that the computer we review computer games on is in dire need of an upgrade/replacement, but after perusing comments on the game on Amazon.com, it seems that a few others have experienced similar issues.  While this may ultimately be nothing more than an intermittent issue, it's still one worth noting.  Other bugs, such as Sims getting hung up in animations, pathfinding errors, save data mistakes, and other anomalies exist as well; but they're the same bugs that have been with The Sims 3 since day one.  It's a shame that, in the three-plus years the game has been out, these bugs still exist to the extent that they do.

Those (mostly) minor complaints aside, it's safe to say that after a couple of underwhelming expansions released in a row, Seasons more-or-less gets EA's The Sims 3 casual computer game franchise back towards the correct path.

Final Game Guys grade: B

(EA provided a copy of this game for review.)

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