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The Sims 3 Seasons Expansion Pack

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The Sims 3 Seasons Expansion Pack
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Release Info:

  • Developer: The Sims Studio
  • Publisher: Electronic Arts
  • Platform: PC, Mac
  • Format: DVD-ROM, Digital Download
  • ESRB Rating: Teen
  • Release Date: November 2012

Description:

The Sims 3 Seasons Expansion Pack offers Sims the chance to experience dynamic weather and new activities associated with the changes in climate. Sims can finally swim in the ocean and use diving boards in the summer, participate in sports such as soccer, set off fireworks, carve pumpkins and build igloos.

Annual Festivals for Each Season

There's a dance and a kissing booth in the spring, face-painting during a summer festival, and a fall festival where Sims can bob for apples and pick pumpkins. As fall changes to winter, Sims will be able to bundle up and engage each other in snowball fights during the annual winter festival, or test their snowboarding skills on a half-pipe.

New Items

As with other expansions, a number of new foods, clothing options, and décor items are available. Sims can prepare for fun in the sun by getting a tan in a tanning booth, don a wetsuit before heading out to the ocean, sneak a smooch under the mistletoe, use raincoats and umbrellas to catch a reprieve from the rain, and trudge through the snow with snowsuits and boots. New Halloween costumes are included as well, and Sims will be able to personalize their homes with new lights and themed decorations.

The Truth is Out There

Sims will also be affected by the weather in different ways. It's possible for Sims to catch a cold, get an uneven tan from the sun, or even be struck by lightning during a storm. In addition to the festivals and dynamic weather, The Sims 3 Seasons Expansion Pack will introduce alien visitors that will appear in UFOs. Take the time to befriend an extra-terrestrial, and you'll be able to use its UFO to abduct a neighbor or two, take a trip across the cosmos, or invade a community lot.

Limited Edition Details

The Sims 3 Seasons will be available in two versions: a limited edition and standard edition. Those who pre-order the game before its November release date will automatically receive the limited edition version of the game, which offers additional items as part of an "ice lounge." Sims can entertain their friends and neighbors with an ice bar, bar stool, and pub table, while homes can be decorated with a dining table, dining chairs, coffee table, sofa and loveseat made out of ice. Architectural elements will also be included to complete the frosty theme, ranging from an ice column and double door arch to a chandelier and wall sconce.

PC System Requirements

  • Operating System: Windows XP SP2, Vista SP1, Windows 7
  • CPU: 2.0 GHz P4 processor or equivalent for XP; 2.4 GHz P4 processor or equivalent for Vista and Windows 7
  • RAM: 1 GB RAM (XP), 1.5 GB RAM (Vista and 7), 2 GB RAM for NVIDIA Ion computers
  • Disc Drive: DVD-ROM
  • Hard Drive: 3.5 GB of free hard drive space with at least 1 GB additional space for custom content and saved games
  • Video: 128 MB video card with support for Pixel Shader 2.0

Supported Video Cards: NVIDIA GeForce 6 series or better, and all NVIDIA G, GT, GTS, and GTX video cards. ATI Radeon series card 9500 series or better, and all ATI X, X1, and HD video cards; Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA): GMA 3-Series, GMA 4-Series.

Mac System Requirements

  • Operating System : Mac OS X 10.5.7 Leopard or higher
  • CPU: Intel Core Duo Processor
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Disc Drive: DVD-ROM
  • Hard Drive: 3.5 GB of free hard drive space with at least 1 GB additional space for custom content and saved games
  • Video: ATI X1600 or NVIDIA 7300 GT with 128 MB of Video RAM
  • Input: Keyboard, mouse

Supported Video Cards: NVIDIA GeForce 6 series or better, and all NVIDIA G, GT, GTS, and GTX video cards. ATI Radeon series card 9500 series or better, and all ATI X, X1, and HD video cards. GeForce 6100 and 7100 cards are not supported. NVIDIA GeForce 7300 series is unsupported under Snow Leopard. Will not run on PowerPC (G3/G4/G5) based Mac systems or the GMA 950 class of integrated video cards.

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