The Sims 3: Seasons
What parents need to know
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
- personal growth
- time management
- work to achieve goals
Responsibility & Ethics
- learning from consequences
- making wise decisions
Engagement, Approach, Support
By design, players must be fully engaged with the game because it requires significant micromanagement skills.
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.
Players are mostly encouraged to figure out things for themselves.
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.
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?