Windows and Mac
ESRB rating: Teen
Review rating: 3.5 stars
I remember how much fun it was to assume the role of someone else while playing the "Life" board game, and "The Sims 3" video game takes this several steps further. This title lets players do everything from pursuing careers to meeting famous people to taking exotic vacations, and "The Sims 3: Seasons" expansion pack brings the game to life by adding realistic weather.
Thomas Frey wrote, "He who controls the weather, controls the world," and this idea definitely applies to "The Sims 3." Players have even more control over their custom world by lengthening or shortening the seasons or even disabling them altogether. It's also possible to activate or deactivate weather on the fly.
Fortunately, this expansion contains much more than just the ability to control weather. For example, large parks are transformed into festival grounds during each season that offer fun activities like kissing booths, snowball fights, face-painting and exploring haunted houses. Just like real life, seasonal holidays are a new addition that gives characters an excuse to miss work and have fun.
New recreational activities are available that add flair to the drudgery of everyday existence. For the first time, players can now have their characters swim in the salty ocean or snowboard in winter playgrounds. Additional activities include: lighting fireworks, building igloos, carving pumpkins and bobbing for apples.
Changing weather drastically affects people in "The Sims 3" just like it does in real life. It's a good idea to check the weather forecast before venturing outside or else characters can get sunburned, become sick, and even die! As a result, the new clothing included in this expansion becomes much more than mere window-dressing. Don't be surprised if you have to change clothes more than once a day.
I hate being constantly reminded to buy additional content in the online store, but anyone who can ... err ... weather this annoyance will surely enjoy playing "The Sims 3: Seasons."