The Sims 3: Seasons
By Mark Raby,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Expansion pack encourages outdoor activities all year long.
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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 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 & Scariness
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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.
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Products & Purchases
This is an expansion pack for The Sims 3. As is common with this series, players need to continue buying add-ons like this one to keep the game new and interesting.
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.
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The Sims 3: Seasons
Based on 3 parent reviews
Good but slow
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Amazing, NOT 15-and-up except for the base game!
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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?
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.
Talk to Your Kids 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?
- Platforms: Mac, Windows
- Subjects: Hobbies: gardening, sports
- Skills: Responsibility & Ethics: learning from consequences, making wise decisions, Self-Direction: personal growth, time management, work to achieve goals
- Available online?: Not available online
- Publisher: Electronic Arts
- Release date: November 13, 2012
- Genre: Simulation
- ESRB rating: T for Crude Humor, Sexual Themes, Violence
- Last updated: August 26, 2016
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