The Sims 3 Seasons – Sound familiar?
Surprise! EA has announced a new expansion for their popular franchise The Sims 3: Seasons!
You’re not surprised? Neither am I, since EA has been systematically releasing expansions which have previously been seen accompanying The Sims 2. The difference now is of course improved graphics, some added new items, activities and instalments and perhaps a few new areas to visit in town. But other than that? It looks pretty much the same.
As seen in Seasons for The Sims 2, Seasons for The Sims 3 is all about, well, seasons! Your sims will experience the cold in winter, where they can warm themselves with snowboarding and hot chocolate; they will experience butterflies and spring flings in spring; trips to the beach where they can swim in the ocean during summer and falling leaves and rain during fall. And with seasons come of course also the seasonal festivities.
Despite being a die-hard The Sims fan and having enjoyed the series in my childhood and into my adulthood, I can’t help being a tad annoyed with EA. Although the expansions are fun, they are usually quickly explored. More new items to put in your sim’s home and more new clothes than what is usually presented would be nice, especially since EA is basically attempting to get people to pay for a game expansion they technically already have for The Sims 2. I was for instance thoroughly disappointed in Pets, which had next to no new features unless you count being able to ride a horse, which wasn’t majorly eventful when it came down to it.
If what we are paying for is little more than improved graphics and a few new activities, then I dare say that EA is exploiting the fan base. Which wouldn’t be a surprise. It’s already annoying that EA takes its good time with getting out expansions that have been available for The Sims 2, and even in some cases the original The Sims, for years, and then all they have to present can be described best as improved details. It’s just not good enough. Why not get the expansions out earlier? Where is for instance University and Open For Business, which were some of the really fun expansions? Instead we recently got a small expansion featuring Katy Perry. I have to say that I’d rather see EA using energy bringing some of the older ones back. The whole concept and many of the activities are already thought up. It was already disappointing when The Sims 3 came out that all the activities you had in The Sims 2 in form of expansions were gone, and even though The Sims 3 had much better social activities between sims, it felt very “vanilla” and empty.
The only answer to this question must be: money. But although Seasons was in fact one of my favourite expansion of all times in The Sims 2, I am not going to go out and buy Seasons for The Sims 3 when it gets released November 13th this year. But I know that a lot of The Sims fans will, because The Sims 3 is just more polished and it’s not fun to be forced to play The Sims 2 just for the expansions. Fans will rather invest in the new ones, and then EA will earn a lot of money. Twice.
In the long run, I probably will buy Seasons for The Sims 3. It is one of my favourite games, and I would lie if I said that it isn’t well executed, entertaining and just amazing in general. I just don’t like to pay twice for basically the same product, and I will hence direct this to EA and say: If you’re gonna charge us twice, lower the price! Or at least include more items and get those expansions out earlier.
If you are still keen on Seasons for The Sims 3 after this rant, the expansion will be released on November 13th 2012.
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