LGR – The Sims 4 Seasons Review

As we approach the fourth year of The Sims
4’s existence, finally we have long-awaited Seasons pack for the game, being the fifth
full expansion pack released so far. It arrives at the expected retail price of
40 US dollars and provides pretty much everything I’d hoped for. I’ll admit, I was growing a bit concerned
that they might leave out a lot of stuff like they did with Cats & Dogs, or even release each season individually through smaller packs or something. But nope, I’m happy to say that this is
a proper expansion pack worthy of the long-running Seasons name, with only a few disappointing
caveats here and there but more on that later. For now, holy crap we’ve got seasons! And the first thing you’ll be doing is selecting
your starting season when you load a game from a list of the usual suspects: spring,
summer, fall, and winter. And while there is no new world provided in
this pack, every one of the existing worlds will be augmented and affected by each of
these four seasons in some way. Yep, even desert and tropical worlds have
winter, but the temperature and weather experienced in those locations will affect the weather,
so you won’t get random snowfall in Oasis Springs or anything like that. As hoped, the weather is on-point in The Sims
4 Seasons and is a true improvement to the overall experience. Rain, snow, lightning, wind, clouds, and sunlight
all play an immediate and impactful role to make each passing day more distinct and every
fleeting moment feel more alive. Yeah I know it’s a virtual world of pixelated
people who need to pee a lot, but dang it if this stuff doesn’t put a big happy grin
on my face. It just feels nice. Atmospheric effects like mist and fog, and
ground effects like puddles and snowfall go a long way towards making The Sims 4 a more
immersive experience. Yes there was a bit of an online howl when
it was revealed that the snow no longer accumulates with varying degrees of depth in this iteration,
the way it did in previous Seasons packs. That does suck, it would be nice if it was
more than just a white texture plopped onto the environment. But in practice, it’s not something that
I felt notably detracted from the overall experience, because for me having dynamic
weather patterns at all is what makes the biggest difference here. But thankfully, The Sims Studio did their
part to make sure that it’s worthwhile by including much more. For one thing there are hundreds of new hairstyles,
clothing items, and accessories across every one of the in-game ages and fashion style
preferences. This is one of the more substantial Create-A-Sim additions to The Sims 4 thus far, with over two hundred new items. And this makes sense seeing as there are new
outerwear outfit types you’ll need to create for each sim, in the form of both hot and
cold weather outfits, which your sims will change into automatically depending on the
current temperature. And while I initially found it a bit strange
that there are no new traits to pick here, that’s only because they decided to include
them as aspiration unlockables instead, largely consisting of buffs to sims’ abilities to
tolerate or prefer certain types of weather. Once you’ve gotten a sim decked out in seasonal
apparel, they’re free to live their virtual lives among whatever atmospheric conditions
are thrown at them. Speaking of which, it seems appropriate to
explore the rest of the content through the lens of each season individually, so let’s
begin with spring. This brings about mild temperatures ranging
from decently cool to decently warm, as well as plenty of potential for rain and thunderstorms. The latter of which can be a bit of a problem,
not only scaring certain sims and pets into hiding, but also potentially striking close
by. Sure, you can play and even shower in the
rain, but is it worth the chance of being struck by lightning? [LIGHTNING STRIKE, SCREAMING] Apparently it is since there’s a chance
of gaining some kind of lightning powers, but that’s quite rare and you might just
fry instead. While your sims are very much affected by
all this weather, they’re certainly not restricted to mother nature’s whims exclusively. Much like the Weathernaught and the Climatron
in past Seasons packs, here you’re provided a machine to control the weather yourself, in this case Dr. June’s Weather Control Device. It requires a bit of luck and high handiness
skill to make the most of, but when it works you can rework the world’s weather at will,
and even change the current season entirely. It isn’t the only way to manage weather
and seasons though, since the options menu provides several layers of customization to
cut down or prolong various features relating to the sky and environment. Another thing you have at your disposal at
all times is the calendar, a much-appreciated interface that not only reveals the weather
forecast, but a list of upcoming events, work days, and holidays for your current household. And yes, holidays make a return in Seasons. Love Day is the spring holiday, and it’s
very much a valentine’s day kinda thing where sims are encouraged to exchange flowers,
give gifts, go on dates, and generally get their freak on. This works the same way as other temporary
events in-game, with a little box at the top-left providing a list of tasks to perform so that
your sims arbitrarily have a good time. But the best part about holidays to me is
the ability to roll your own day of celebration by using the new holiday creation tool. Ahh, the potential for silliness here, this
is the kind of thing that I love in The Sims games. It’s pretty much an extension of the existing
club creation tool introduced in The Sims 4 Get Together, except this is a one day affair with a set of traditions to apply to your holiday. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to create my
desired Chair Appreciation Day since the “item appreciation” tradition here only works
with an ambiguous list of things like decorative items, artwork, and plants. Oh well, now it’s Clutter Object Day, a
hallowed event where everyone appreciates non-drinkable lemonade, cooks hot dogs, and
goes streaking. Let’s move right along to summertime though,
because while this is pretty much the default season that we’ve had in the game until
now, it’s also one that’s received several noteworthy additions. The first, and most amusing personally, is
the new radio station known as Summer Strut. I don’t know what I expected from this,
but I was pleasantly amused to find it was a bunch of covers of popular “summer-themed”
songs in Simlish… [Simlish “Walking On Sunshine” cover plays] Yeah this station is great, you get everything
from Katrina and the Waves to Nelly! [Simlish “Hot In Herre” cover plays] Hehe, I also never knew that I wanted simlish
Alice Cooper, but now I don’t know how I lived without it. EA, release an album of Simlish cover songs
already! [Simlish “School’s Out” cover plays] One summertime tradition is the fact that
it’s hot as balls outside, so make sure your sims are wearing their coolest attire
and not spending too much time outside or there’s a chance they’ll overheat to death,
especially during a heatwave. But also place a thermostat inside your house,
because otherwise it’ll be about as hot inside as it is outside, with sims growing
rather miserable without climate control. Another way to cool off is by playing in and
around water, whether it be the existing pools, prancing around under a sprinkler system,
or lounging in the new kiddie pools. There’s also a bucket of water balloons
for water balloon fights, and wait, did they seriously use the texture and model from the
infamous ball pit again? Kinda looks like it. And the fights themselves, eh they’re just okay,
with sims mostly standing around while a few animations loop between them. Ah well, at least they’re staying cool and
not burning alive in the sun. Speaking of which, you can no longer burn
alive in the sun! And by that I mean that sunburn is no longer
a thing, neither is tanning, so feel free to soak up all the UV without consequence. Yeah it’s a small feature and I can’t
say I’ll miss it, but I’m sure someone is curious and if that’s you then hello,
sunburn enthusiast. My apologies that you can’t cook your skin
to a crisp, but hey, at least you can dig in the dirt. That’s right, gardening has received a substantial
expansion in this expansion. It’s gone from green-thumbed hobby to full-blown
career in Seasons, with the potential to become a proper botanist or a professional floral
designer, depending on your ambitions. Researching plants, publishing papers, and
generally just role-playing a version of Carl Linnaeus with less fabulous hair has never
been so enjoyable. And crafting custom floral arrangements with
different vases, scents, and emotion-altering qualities can be shockingly lucrative. But even if you don’t plan to make plants
your full-time job, gardening is a far more streamlined and enjoyable pursuit now, with
improvements to plant maintenance, harvesting, and selling that make it a bit less of a chore
and more of a pleasant pastime. Not only that but BEES! [“Bees are comiiiinnnng!”] [meme continues] You get bees, you get bees, everyone gets
bees! Plop on a beekeeping suit and dive in to grab
some of that sweet, all-natural honey. You can even go in without protection, and
if you don’t get stung repeatedly you can bond with the critters to improve your relationship
to receive better honey and even get swarms of bees to do your bidding. [sim laughs maniacally as bees swarm to harass other sims] And in another nice addition, adults aren’t
the only ones with a fresh career option. Children and teens can complicate their lives
further by becoming a Scout, an after-school activity that works a lot like a job. They get their own outfit, attend meetings
at certain times of week, and climb the ladder of accomplishments by performing tasks like
exercising, cleaning, reading, and overall being a decent person. Badges are earned along the way, which can
be pinned on the scouting board and shown off for the rest of your life for no real
reason but hey you invested all that time so why the heck not. Let’s move onto autumn now, or fall as referred
to here, the season of colorful leaves and crispy evenings. And layers of leaves on the ground that demand
the attention of a rake, eventually leading to a big pile of leaves that makes a nice
impromptu woohoo location. Even if it’s rotten, doesn’t matter, had
woohoo. Fall also brings us to a thanksgiving-like
holiday known as Harvestfest. The main appeal of this holiday is to eat,
a lot, of absolutely everything. And to accomplish this sims can now prepare
Grand Meals in addition to the copious other types of food already on offer. These are sizable, dense, colorful portions
of foods like ham, fish, turkey, even tofu, all great things to put sims in a bloated
but thankful mood. But we have to talk about the gnomes. Yes, gnomes, the oft-forgotten but nonetheless
omnipresent porcelain creatures in The Sims series. Well with this holiday tradition they’re
no longer content to let you just go about your day, oh no. Now they’re expecting things of you, like
gratitude and donations, otherwise bad things might happen. And if you kick them apart, well, they’ll
be back. In greater numbers. Things get a bit surreal. Another charming individual in Seasons is
this scarecrow, known as Patchy the Strawman. At first it’s just a happy-looking object
to place in your garden, but then, well… [Patchy chuckles unnervingly] So yeah why not, the scarecrow is alive. But instead of lamenting cranial tissue absence,
Patchy is content to hang around and chat. Turns out scarecrows are also quite helpful
when it comes to gardening, not only by providing tips and seeds, but also by straight-up tending
to the plants after leaping to life temporarily. Or for even longer if added to your household,
so if you’re into hitting the hay so to speak then well, you do you, Patchy will oblige. And finally, we have winter, the season filled
with cold days, colder nights, gentle snowfalls, and raging blizzards. And man, this is the good stuff. Winter is half the reason I enjoy these Seasons
packs so much, if I’m honest. The whole world feels more peaceful and serene,
many outdoor waterways freeze over, and you end up with a significant and welcome change
in aesthetic. Snow also provides the opportunity to do snowy
things, like making snow angels, having snowball fights, and building snowmen — now called
snowpals. They can be put together any time you have
snow now since there is no longer any varying snow accumulation. As always, they’ll be molded and dressed
up in various forms to be displayed throughout winter, or they can be smashed apart if you
need to release some frustration that came from yelling at game developers for not making
deep snow. You also have ice skating once again in Seasons,
and for that matter roller skating during the warmer months, whoops I almost forgot
that. But yeah, skating, it’s a thing in each
season, and the rinks will pop in certain areas or you can straight up buy them and
place them wherever you want to practice your routines any time. Unfortunately you cannot skate on the frozen-over
lakes and ponds, and pools stay liquid no matter what, but eh, truthfully I’d be surprised
if it went that far. It’s still The Sims 4. Winter also provides the opportunity to do
the most decorating of the seasons, with lights, trees, ornaments, stockings, wreaths and more. You can decorate any time of year as well,
but winter packs the most stuff, mixing in with all the rest of the new buy mode items
to culminate in a couple hundred new objects overall. And yes, four of those are chairs, one for
each season perhaps. But yeah, Winterfest, it’s just fun. Even though there were already a bunch of
holiday items added to The Sims 4 before this, having winter weather and a holiday celebration
alongside gives it some much-needed context. And it amuses me how relatable it is to have
giant nondescript bins of decorations to rummage through, that’s a nice touch. This bin will automatically place decorations
on the outside of your house, but indoor decorating is still performed manually, with you placing
each tacky plastic sculpture, greeting card, and gift box with care. When the holiday arrives so does Father Winter,
a new NPC that unnervingly breaks into your house on Winterfest and delivers gifted goods
of dubious origins. Oh and of course you can woohoo with him,
he’s quite fond of the mistletoe approach and Santa outfits I assume. Just be sure he wraps his candy cane because
otherwise you end up with a winter baby that may have weird wintry powers. Or even twins, and in that case you may as
well enlist the help of an alien dressed as a giant gnome and a living scarecrow and yeah
this game just gets friggin weird. Finally, there’s the New Years holiday at
the end of winter, and this is pretty self-explanatory. State a resolution, make toasts to friends
and family, and watch as the clock counts down to midnight on TV. I especially like the songs you can sing as
a group now, on this holiday and elsewhere. I dunno it just puts me in a good mood. [multiple sims sing a Simlish version of “Auld Land Syne”] And that is The Sims 4 Seasons expansion pack. Is it worth grabbing? Absolutely. If you’re still frequently playing The Sims
4 and want to flesh out the game with a bunch of features that fit in with practically every
style of gameplay, then this just makes sense. And even if you’re little bored with the
game like me, Seasons is the ideal kind of pack to revitalize the experience and bring
it back to life for a bit. I’m still not the most avid fan of this
particular entry in the series, but Seasons is the one type of pack that I’m pretty
much always guaranteed to enjoy the crap out of and this time is no exception. I love the look and feel of weather, I love
the holidays and seasonal changes, and I love the silly customization options and random
weirdness that comes with a pack like this one. So yeah, Seasons. It’s awesome, I like it, and I genuinely
hope that the rumored next few years of Sims 4 content is as enjoyable as this is. And if you found this review enjoyable then
awesome! Perhaps you’d like to see some of my others,
I’ve covered quite a bunch of Sims things at this point and there are new videos coming
every Monday and Friday. And as always thank you very much for watching!

100 thoughts on “LGR – The Sims 4 Seasons Review

  1. I miss the smaller things from previous games. Such as memories because it would bother them later on. Or how the sim could be attracted to other sims more than others through picking what they were attracted to. Then of course, open world and personality traits. Combine the sims 3 and 2 game play with Sims 4 graphics and it would be amazing.

  2. I got the base game and cats and dogs in a bundle, but it also gave me the holiday celebration pack, which seems useless without the seasons pack.

  3. Does anybody know the name of the hymn sung at 14:47? It's on the tip of my tongue and it's seriously bothering me.

  4. On Amazon, you can buy this for £16 rather than £34. Though it is a code… but it's the same game altogether.

  5. I had the sims 3 seasons but I had problems with my computer so I didn't get to play it. I got a mind like a siv when it comes to conputers.

  6. The gnomes…. Ho ho ho ha ha, ho ho ho he ha. Hello there, old chum. I’m gnot an gnelf. I’m gnot a goblin. I’m a gnome. And you’ve been, GNOMED’*

  7. I think they should make a job for children in the winter so they can shovel driveways and walkways to make a little bit of money

  8. Hi, I really like your channel and I have a question: When I put my Sims to sing during Winterfest they look like they ara doing it but… I don't hear anything. They don't sing. The action is in process but they don't make a single sound. And you can hear anything else, like the fireplace, or Santa laughing, but I can't hear them singing. What should I do? Is this something that have happened to anyone else?

  9. they should have kept tanning option in I like the summer to be able to tan in real life and in game it makes it more realistic not sure why ea took that out for ?

  10. For a Simmer any expansion pack add something more to the game but especially the oldest expansions don't worth their full price anymore. I always waiting the 50% discount to buy them. I'm happy to spend 17 pounds for an expansion instead of 34. I would like see more playable careers and of course a schools or university expansion.

  11. Thank you thank you for the review! This is the one I have been debating on getting… Lol

  12. This looks like a decent expansion but I just cannot bring myself to spend almost £40 on content I think should have been included in the base game to begin with

  13. I'm here because I need honest reviews for the Origins half-off deals going on right now. I never heard of you before (I don't seek out Sims YTers, sorry) and I really appreciate your reviews because they are thorough, zany, honest. Liked all the vids so far, and I'm subbing on this one, #3. Thank you very much. 🙂

  14. I wish that we could reverse the seasons and holidays aka having the "christmas" holiday in summer. Maybe it's possible by creating custom holidays?

  15. Is sims 4 worth it? The travel thing is what bothers me the most. I'm a big sims fans and I've never hated on when sims 4 was announced. I honestly want anyone's opinion on if it's fun and addicting like sims 3 was. Thanks

  16. Uhh i have a problem, i wanted just to download get famous but then with get famous downloaded alien, vampire, pets, seasons, citys, uhh some more i think

  17. Seasons looks like the best TS4 EP yet. I think there will be a few more EPs before they end TS4 and start TS5.

  18. finally i can play as my polyamorous sim who raises the child they had with father winter while in a relationship with an alien dressed as a gnome and a sentient scarecrow.

  19. All those holidays and festivities are kinda annoying. I just don't want to spend a whole Sims day on fulfilling the traditions every two days or so just to avoid the EIGHT HOURS sad moodlet the next day.

  20. The last song is a Scottish folk song
    Ik this coz it inspired Rabindranath Tagore's "puranoshei diner kotha" a popular Bengali song

  21. when i saw the house i was like wait how did he get my house? when i realized its in the cats and dogs world ?

  22. I’m watching this while I’m downloading seasons, I’m pretty excited cause it looks like the best expansion pack

  23. Is nobody going to mention the fact that most of the "spooky"/Halloween decorations we got in Seasons were directly recycled from Spooky Stuff, just adding some simple recolors?

  24. Their thunderstorms are too realistic. I always think that it's actually pouring and thundering outside and I'm like damn I can't go to the store now… but it was sunny all along.

  25. This is so cool! It looks to be really cool. Gonna get this one next. I bought the sims vampires last night.

  26. I hate the Seasons. I had a lovely farm where the farmer and his wife just grew crops to sell, and played outside with their kids and dog. Now the crops are all seasonal; it looks terrible, they have nothing to do, and it's stormy or too hot so they just do nothing inside.

  27. If you get the sim limit remover and longer parties mods, you can have loads of sims come round and celebrate new years in your home…..it's quite nice. As in real life it's often down the social club or the pub.

  28. Thank you. I loved watching all your Sims 4 reviews. It helped me decide which expansions, game, and stuff packs to get.

  29. Wow thanks this really has convinced me to get it as i was torn between cats and dogs and season ! IM GETTING SEASONS NOW!!!!

  30. I just got the new pack and all it does is rain in the spring and summer. It's weird it's like my sims are living in my home town.

  31. mad bc i got the parenting pack and the toddler pack confused and bought the toddler one now i cant afford the parenting pack while it's on sale.

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