Seasons and Holidays are Finally Here for Your Sims
As any Sims fan will know, the addition of weather and seasons into a Sims game is always one of the most welcome Sims 4 updates and one that Sims 4 fans have been eagerly awaiting. Four years after the release of The Sims 4 base game The Sims Studio have finally gotten around to bringing us the weather – and a whole lot more. Typical Sims 4 expansions see the addition of clothing, objects and game play interactions, but having seasons and weather always brings a whole new game play element and joy to the Sims, since most of us can relate to seasonal weather and the changes each season brings whether it’s the calm anxiety of watching a Spring lightning storm or the serene feeling of seeing the first brown Autumn leaves begin to fall from the trees. Seasons are the greatest parts of nature each with their own unique qualities, something which The Sims games always capture so well when they release a Seasons based expansion.
The Sims 4: Seasons – In All their Sim Glory
The four seasons; Winter, Spring Summer and Fall are set to seven days by default however this can be adjusted up to twenty-eight days for each season. Each season brings new activities such as new pop-up stalls relevant to the season and ice or skating rinks.
Seasonally relevant weather also comes with each season whether it be calm Spring showers, a Summer heatwave or a Winter blizzard the weather is wide-ranging and will affect Sims accordingly for better or for worse. The weather changes the way the game looks and feels and really does make the game feel different depending on the season, something which The Sims Studio has captured very well.
Based upon the current weather the temperature is also affected. New hot weather and cold weather clothing options allow Sims to stay warm or cool down depending upon which is worn when they are outside. Sims can also be kept warm or cooled indoors with the thermostat which can be set to cool or warm a home. This can affect a Sim’s household bills however.
The all new calendar option displays a schedule for the coming weeks and months, providing information on things such as upcoming birthdays, work/school days, festivals and holidays and more. Custom holidays for just about anything can also be created using the calendar, and events such as wedding and birthday parties can also be planned here for specific dates in advance.
Holidays can have up to five traditions which can be set using the calendar. The traditions are things that Sims like to do on these special days and can get special bonuses such as free food and drink at food outlets or a money rebate day, but there are also familiar holidays such as Winterfest, Harvestfest, Spooky day and New Year’s Eve all of which come with the usual traditions and Sims will be rewarded with satisfaction points for taking part in traditions that they enjoy. Resolutions can also be made which upon completion will also reward Sims with satisfaction points. Holidays come with unique decorations which Sims can hang up on the inside and the outside of their homes.
Other activities include but are not limited to:
- Bee keeping
- Weather channel
- Skating rinks (roller and ice)
- Water balloons
- Season based food stands
Spring is a great time to plant your garden to take advantage of Spring showers but watch out for those mud puddles!
Spring in The Sims 4 Seasons typically brings cloudy and showery weather with the odd bits of sunshine and unexpected warm days. Sims can play in the showers and have all kind of fun while they look forward to Love Day, egg hunts and the Flower Bunny.
Planting seeds is best done in Spring as the gardening system has been overhauled to include seasonal produce such as better apples in Autumn and juicy berries in Summer.
Temperatures are climbing, so beat the heat with water balloons and sprinklers. Watch out for thunderstorms, they can be electrifying!
The Summer heat brings new opportunities for outdoor fun for your Sims such as water balloon fights and relaxing in the toddler pools. Plants will thrive in the Summer as long as you water them or purchase a sprinkler. Don’t forget though, its not only plants that can benefit from the sprinkler system. Or for the more adventurous Sim, the new skating rinks are open late with the Summer Sun.
While there are no traditional holidays set for Summer, event days such as free dining or water fun days can be set and enjoyed by everybody.
Gather your garden produce to make a Harvestfest feast to celebrate with your friends and family. Enjoy the changing leaves (and leaf piles) before things get chilly.
Fall is the best time to reap the rewards from most plants such as apples which can be used for a Harvestfest meal. Outdoor fun can be had playing in some freshly fallen leaves while adult and child Sims alike can also look forward to Spooky Spirit day which comes with unique decorations and costume.
When you’re not bundled up in-doors, have some fun in the snow or on the ice. Don’t forget to decorate for Winterfest and plan your New Year’s resolutions!
With Winter comes harsh weather. Sims can wake up to a blizzard, gardening becomes a chore and Sims need to make sure they wear outdoor clothing or risk a fatal mistake. It’s not all doom and gloom though as everyone’s favourite holiday Winterfest arrives. Sims can now gift each other with inventory items, occasion specific gifts or simoleons. Gift giving is not limited to Winterfest and can be done at any time.
Winterfest is also the best time to break out the new Grand Meal cooking interaction which allows the creation of delicious and traditional family holiday meals such as a turkey dinner, ham roast or a grand breakfast.
New Sim Related Features
As with all new Sims expansions there are the usual additional careers, opportunities and items to effect a Sim’s simology.
A new gardening career comes with The Sims 4 Seasons which has two branches; botanist and floral designer. This career also has the work from home option which allows you to focus on specific tasks related to the career without Sims having to leave the lot.
The botanist career is more science based while floral designer is better suited to creative Sims and makes use of the flower arranging skill via the table.
Flower arranging is a new skill which can be done using the Flower Arranging Table. Arrangements get better with skill and eventually allow the scenting of arrangements which can cause powerful moodlets such as flirty or focused.
Scouting Career (Children and Teens)
Children and teens can become scouts in The Sims 4 Seasons. Sims must perform deeds and actions to earn scout badges, the progress of which can be tracked with the scout board.
There are eight new traits available for your Sims in The Sims 4 Seasons. Six of these can be purchased from the Rewards Store and two are earned:
- Heat acclimation; Sims do not get effected by heat as much
- Waterproof; being out in the rain won’t bother these Sims
- Cold acclimation; these Sims can stay out in the cold
- Storm chaser; these Sims are happy when the lightning strikes
- Ice proof; these Sims won’t get any negative effects from the cold
- Scouting Aptitude; boosts skill learning (complete Scouting career)
- Father Winter’s Baby; a child of Father Winter. New supernatural element.
The addition of seasons and weather to the world of The Sims 4 is an absolute delight and really changes the look and feel of the game. Taking part in Seasonal activities gives the seasons a much more authentic feel rather than simply changing weather patterns and the holidays add even more substance to this. It’s hard not to feel nostalgic when you see toddlers and children opening Winterfest gifts or feeling a sense of inner calm when Autumn leaves begin to fall against the sienna hue of the Fall sky.
In addition, random events such as pop up food stalls on community lots adds a sense of authenticity like a group of Sims enjoying some ice cream on a bench while their children are splashing around in the new inflatable pools. The Sims Studio has done a wonderful job of capturing the spirit of all seasons and holidays without leaving much room for improvement. There is something distinctly and wonderfully warming when watching Sim families sit down to a grand meal turkey dinner together in the Winter.
That being said there are a few things I still would have liked to see; there is no sunbathing option, Sims still cannot swim in the ocean, a new world with dedicated season based areas would have been great and I think there was a missed opportunity for some new Summer items, something I have no doubt though will come in a future Stuff Pack.
All in all this is an excellent expansion pack and probably the best so far. If you are new to The Sims 4 then I would actually recommend picking up this expansion pack first ahead of Cats & Dogs, Get to Work and City Living.
The Sims 4: Seasons is out now for Windows PC and Mac so grab your copy today and set those Sims loose to have some Summer fun.
- Beautiful and well crafted weather effects
- Calendar and holidays are an amazing feature
- Overhauled and simplified gardening system
- A new career is always welcome
- Works well with other expansions content packs
- Distinct lack of Summer features
- No new world
Thank you for reading and happy Simming, Michael – Editor/Owner – ChartX Games
Sims 4 Seasons Gallery
Need even more seasonally appropriate things for your Sims? Check out our Sims 4 Custom Content Seasons guide here:
- The Sims 4 Custom Content – Sims 4 Seasons Part 1: Clothing and Accessories
- The Sims 4 Custom Content – Sims 4 Seasons Part 2: Furniture and Items
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