The Sims 3: Seasons

Common Sense Media says

Expansion pack encourages outdoor activities all year long.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

This expansion pack presents the message that players can have fun no matter what time of year it is, or even what the weather is like outside. From participating in a snowball fights to walking through the park on a sunny spring day, to heading to the beach in the dog days of summer, the game shows players that going outside is a fun and rewarding experience. Although there is no explicit encouragement to go outside and get some fresh air, the realistic depictions of real-world outdoor activities may inspire some players to go outside and get active.

Positive role models

As with other expansion packs as well as the base game The Sims 3, this expansion pack does not contain any specific narrative or character personas. Instead, the game evolves based on how the players interact with it. Some characters can be friendly and nice, or mean and spiteful. That is up for the players to decide. The game does implicitly push players in the right direction, though, as building up a town and lifestyle based on negative actions results in poor consequences.

Ease of play

Although there are some new features and changes to the way the Sims characters are presented, the core gameplay is identical to The Sims 3.

Violence

Sims can taunt, argue, and get into physical fights with each other. Sims with nasty personality traits may actually feel better after beating up another Sim. This expansion pack does not include any other forms of violence.

Sex

The expansion doesn't emphasize sex specifically, but all of the behaviors possible in The Sims 3 are possible in the expansion pack as well, including the ability to kiss and engage in "Who-hoo" (the game's term) with other Sims, but nothing is seen.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

This is an expansion pack for The Sims 3As is common with this series, players need to continue buying add-ons like this one to keep the game new and interesting.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Privacy & safety
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Sims 3: Seasons is an expansion pack for The Sims 3. Players must have a copy of the Sims 3 game in order to use this product. With this expansion, players can engage in several themed activities based on the time of year that it is in the virtual world. For example, during fall, they can carve a jack-o-lantern. There are also different "festivals" to attend for each season. The expansion pack also provides players with a slew of new items with which to decorate their virtual houses and new outfits and costumes for the player's Sim characters as well. This base game contains some examples of violence and sexuality, but this expansion does not add to those types of content.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Hobbies

  • gardening
  • sports

Skills

Self-Direction

  • personal growth
  • time management
  • work to achieve goals

Responsibility & Ethics

  • learning from consequences
  • making wise decisions

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

By design, players must be fully engaged with the game because it requires significant micromanagement skills.

Learning Approach

Players learn how to manage their time and resources simply by playing the game and keeping track of their characters' wants and needs. They will master the art of multitasking, juggling multiple objectives at the same time.

Support

Players are mostly encouraged to figure out things for themselves.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Hobbies

  • gardening
  • sports

Skills

Self-Direction

  • personal growth
  • time management
  • work to achieve goals

Responsibility & Ethics

  • learning from consequences
  • making wise decisions

Kids can learn how to manage their time and resources effectively as they live a virtual life and all that it entails -- from keeping their personal hygiene intact to participating in seasonal activities. The Seasons expansion pack exposes kids to the idea that they should engage in outdoor activities, and that there are different activities to engage in no matter what time of year. By exploring the different seasonal activities and adjusting their virtual lives accordingly, kids learn time management, how to use resources, and that it's important to spend some time just having fun.

This Learning Rating review was written by Mark Raby

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

The expansion pack THE SIMS 3: SEASONS adds to The Sims 3 realism by providing players with new areas to explore and new activities to engage in during different times of the year. Because time within the virtual Sims world flows by much more quickly than in real life, players can participate in all the different activities within the same day. In the spring, they can go to a park and see the bright flowers blooming, in summer it is all about the beach, in fall there are jack-o-lanters galore, and in winter the snowy terrain provides fodder for snowball fights. Each season also has a festival for players to visit, filled with limited-time activities and special visual effects (like fireworks on the 4th of July). Players also get new outfits and new items to decorate their homes, including Christmas lights, tanning booths, etc.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

The Sims 3: Seasons fulfills its duty as an expansion pack. It provides a new layer to the game, it gives players something that did not exist in the base game, and it offers enough new stuff to justify the purchase. All the new elements in the game are very well crafted, from the spring dance to the ability of Sim characters to learn the recipe for pumpkin pie. However, it does not fundamentally change the dynamic of the game in the way other expansion packs do. The greatest aspect of this title is that it helps to break up the monotony of a day-to-day virtual life. The fact that players can participate in different activities at different times helps to provide a more dynamic experience.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about what they can do during the different seasons. What activities in the game would you like to try in real life?

  • Discuss whether Sims 3 expansions do a good job of keeping the experience fresh. Was the expansion pack worth the extra money?

Game details

Platforms:Windows, Mac
Price:$39.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Electronic Arts
Release date:November 13, 2012
Genre:Simulation
ESRB rating:T for Crude Humor, Sexual Themes, Violence (Mac, Windows)

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Parent of an infant, 2, 5, and 10 year old Written byAG Fan Parent January 29, 2013
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10
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LEARNING

Amazing, NOT 15-and-up except for the base game!

The Sims 3 is a game both me and my ten-year-old daughter love. If you think I'm a bad mom, trust me when I say my daughter's Sims are forbidden to "Woohoo," and without that, the game works out nicely, even for fourth graders. I have to admit, I'm a bit irritated at Common Sense for not providing a better review of the expansion pack itself. The problem with their reviews is they're all fifteen and up, because of the sex, when that doesn't even have anything to do with said expansion pack. While The Sims 3 overall might be a 14-and-up, the truth is by limiting your kid to certain interactions -- or just figuring they've either heard it all before or don't necessarily know what going on anyway -- this game can be fairly harmless and a whole lot of fun. Seasons specifically is me and my daughter's second favourite (Generations is first) expansion pack, and it brings a lot of new things into gameplay. Winter is our favourite season, but loading the snow does often take the game a lot of extra power and increase slowness. We love the holidays (though we would have liked if you could had Christmas trees and menorahs and such) and love how there are many different opportunities for each -- you can stay home, throw generally one-two different kinds of parties (some overlap, such as feast parties fit in winter and fall, but costume parties also fit in fall and gift-giving parties also fit in winter), or attend a party at a non-active sim's house! The new clothes are nice, but they're mostly outerwear and jackets and the like. There is some new hair, but it's mostly winter caps, with just two new hair for women (one is very cute, the other VERY horrendous with curls at the bottom and not the top? It's weird.....). Anyway, overall, this expansion is really great! Don't listen to the 15-and-up, that's just the overall game, NOT this expansion. Come on, Common Sense, you can do better with that!
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much consumerism
Parent of a 7 and 12 year old Written byStephen the great December 27, 2012
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10
QUALITY
 
LEARNING

Ok for kids

Great game though you can have sex but it is super mild!!!
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much consumerism
Teen, 13 years old Written bySwimmingWithTheSims December 8, 2012
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12
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LEARNING

SEASONS REVIEW: OVERLOOK ON EVERYTHING

I think The Sims franchise is the best. for myself. Kids 11 and under should not play this. The Sims 3 Seasons represent the different times of the year including dramatic weather effects. It still have the infamous "woohoo" and "try for baby" interaction. But hey, They need to know at one point :). But off topic, They have themed festivals for each seasons (summer,fall,winter,spring). Seasonal celebrations such as Leisure day (summer); sorta of an 4th of July celebration. Spooky day (fall) they called it spooky day because not everybody celebrates halloween. Snowflake day (Winter); a christmas because again, some people dont celebrate christmas. Love day (spring); Valentines day. A new interaction was added into the game, and it involves around love. Writing a love letter to your soul mate, but can't find anybody to love? there's the online dating accessed by the computer. So in conclusions, The Sims 3 Seasons is Worth buying since its $39.99 U.S. dollars. If you think your children are responsible for this game, go ahead and buy it for them. Thank you, SwimmingWithTheSims :)
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much sex
Too much consumerism

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