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"The Sims 4: Seasons" Expansion Pack Review

Kenzie needed a quick escape from real-life pressures, and found "The Sims 4." She now enjoys playing, writing, and YouTubing the game.

"The Sims 4: Seasons" Expansion Pack

Two of my favorite things in life are the changing of the seasons and celebrating holidays. I revel in the cycle of the seasons and the changing weather, and my calendar year revolves around my favorite holidays (some of which are not even my own!). For this reason, I had high hopes for The Sims 4: Seasons expansion pack.

I'll admit, this expansion pack can be a little frustrating, but overall the creators delivered on this game expansion.

For a More Realistic Game

"The Sims 4: Seasons" expansion pack came out in June of 2018, and gets my vote for the most game-changing pack yet.

"The Sims 4: Seasons" expansion pack came out in June of 2018, and gets my vote for the most game-changing pack yet.

Seasons Changes Everything

The Sims 4: Seasons does not boast a new world of its own; however, this expansion pack will have an impact in all Sims cities in your universe.

Gone are the days in which your Sims lived in what feels like a biosphere. The Sims 4: Seasons brings weather to your Sims' universe, and that weather continuously operates as a backdrop no matter where your Sim lives or where he goes.

Seasonal Fun Has Just Begun

Get your Sims outdoors in all four seasons, because they all offer different fun things to do.

Get your Sims outdoors in all four seasons, because they all offer different fun things to do.

Weather Pros and Cons in a Nutshell

Pros:

  • It's pretty to see the seasons change; some of the scenery is gorgeous.
  • Weather adds realism and variety to the game.
  • The addition of weather requires seasonally appropriate clothing, so the pack has some beautiful new wardrobe items.
  • Each Sim world has its unique weather patterns. For example, tropical and desert areas don't get very cold and rarely get snow.
  • New seasons bring new fun activities (see below).
  • There are ways to control the weather if it isn't to your liking. You can buy a thermostat to heat/cool your Sim's home, use aspiration reward traits to change how weather affects your Sim, or use a device to change the weather.

Cons:

  • Weather can be unpredictable and might ruin your SIms plans.
  • Changing the weather can be time-consuming and a hassle, so it may not always be a convenient option.
  • Bad weather can make Sims tense and put them on edge. They may not be willing to cooperate when you instruct them to do things.
  • Weather can be dangerous, even to toddlers and children. Sims can freeze to death, die from over-heating or be struck by lightning.
  • While there are some warm-weather paradises, there are no winter wonderlands where it is snowy all the time.

Shocking Discovery

I paused my game, only to realize that I caught this unfortunate NPC Sim getting struck by lightning right outside my Sim's house!

I paused my game, only to realize that I caught this unfortunate NPC Sim getting struck by lightning right outside my Sim's house!

Seasonal Activities

ice skating

making snow angels

making snow pals

snowball fights

reacting to first snow

shoveling snow

splashing in puddles

kissing in the rain

playing in the rain

improved gardening

playing in sprinklers

water balloon fights

flower arranging

seasonal decorating

seasonal artwork (children)

raking leaves

playing in leaf piles

woohooing in leaf piles

Oops!

Caution-- slippery when wet.

Caution-- slippery when wet.

Frustrating but Realistc

Yes, it is so frustrating that with the Seasons expansion pack, it can rain on your Sim's parade—literally. There are times when it rains every single day, making all your Sims tense and unwilling to cooperate.

Weather can even be life-threatening for your Sims to go outside. I witnessed a blizzard claimed the lives of eight Sims within minutes. One went out underdressed for the weather and froze to death. The rest went out to mourn her and started freezing to death, too. They were dropping like flies. I struggled to keep my Sim from going out to join the mourning. The Grim Reaper had a field day, though.

It's not fun to think that weather can inconvenience—or kill—your Sim. But that's life, right? In this way, it makes the game much more realistic.

Besides, your Sims can thoroughly enjoy the weather as well. Let him kiss his sweetheart in the rain or build a snow pal with a friend, and you'll get some priceless moments.

Keep a Calendar

The Seasons expansion pack provides you with a customizable calendar. The calendar marks when seasons change, birthdays for household members, and holidays. You can set the calendar on short (each season lasts one week), medium (each season lasts two weeks) or long (each season lasts a full four weeks).

A Heartwarming Scene

A family stands around the holiday tree at Winterfest singing "Fwingle Zibbs" together.

A family stands around the holiday tree at Winterfest singing "Fwingle Zibbs" together.

Holiday Pros and Cons in a Nutshell

Pros:

  • For those who love holidays, it can be very nice to celebrate them in the Sims universe.
  • Your Sims will celebrate holidays communally with families and neighbors, as everyone in the game (including NPCs) will recognize the holidays on the calendar.
  • There are a lot of heartwarming holiday traditions in which Sims can engage, like decorating, holiday meals, singing holiday songs together and more.
  • You can customize the holiday calendar and can remove the standard ones that annoy you. You can also add your own holidays.

Cons:

  • Some of the holidays on the calendar are odd, such as "Neighborhood Brawl Day," prompting Sims to get into physical fights.
  • Some of the holidays have annoying elements, such as angry gnomes that wreak havoc in your home and can electrocute your Sims.
  • If your Sim doesn't do enough holiday activities, it will make them sad, and they will have negative moodlets for the next day.
  • Most holidays automatically give kids the day off from school. If you were trying to get their grades up to age them up, this could set you back.
  • Adults will automatically get holidays off from work. They will be paid; however, they will not be able to work towards promotions.

Official Holiday Calendar of "The Sims 4"

Holiday

Season

Activities

Love Day

Spring

Go on a date, give flowers, share romantic spirit

Harvestfest

Fall

Have grand meal, decorate, appease gnomes, share harvest spirit

Winterfest

Winter

Have grand meal, decorate, open presents, festive spirit, get a visit from Father Winter

New Year's Eve

Winter

decorate, party spirit, count down to midnight, make resolutions

Neighborhood Brawl

Random

fight

New Skill Day

Random

learn a new skill or improve a skill

Night on the Town

Random

Go out for free food and drinks

Prank Day

Random

do mischief

Rebate Day

Random

Buy stuff, get a rebate

Talk Like A Pirate Day

Random

Click on and perform interactions in Pirate-ese

The Lottery

Random

purchase a lottery ticket through the phone

TV Season Premier

Random

Watch the premier of a new show

Summer Fun

Even toddlers can get in on some of the seasonal fun, such as enjoying a dip in the kiddie pool when it's hot.

Even toddlers can get in on some of the seasonal fun, such as enjoying a dip in the kiddie pool when it's hot.

New Career, New Skills

Gardening is a great career track in the Sims that allows you to go to work or work from home. Once reaching level four, Sims can choose the botanist career track (which involves studying specimens and writing grant proposals) or the florist track (which involves making floral arrangements).

Sims don't have to go into the gardening career, however, to enjoy or profit from gardening or floral arranging. They can plant seeds that they harvest or purchase and must care for them by watering, weeding, and fertilizing the plants. If well-cared for, the plants will evolve. Harvested plants can be sold for a tidy profit.

Sims can also make their own floral designs and sell them.

"The Sims 4: Seasons" Expansion Pack Is a Game-Changer Worth the Money

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2019 Kenzie Cartwright