The Sims 2: FreeTime
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God Damn. I was so certain FreeTime would be the worst Sims 2 expansion pack yet. I mean, with a name like FreeTime, how could it be anything other than day-scouringly dull tripe? So, with hopes soaring, I strode into the office, demanded to know if the atrocity had arrived yet and if I "could do a review of it please".
Our reviews editor did not reply, and instead used a single finger to slide the game box across his desk into my grasping monkey hands. I'd been waiting all week to shit all over a Sims expansion. I'd even prepared some new metaphors, like "a bull farted in my candy floss", which doesn't even mean anything when you take it out of context like that.
But FreeTime isn't bad. Actually, it's very good. If at any point you thought it would be an aimless scattering of new actions, you, like me, were stupid and wrong. FreeTime is about the pursuit of hobbies, rather than the simple act of carrying them out.
Take, for example, the food hobby path. Cook a meal and your Sim will gain enthusiasm for cuisine, pursue this and it'll become something he can talk about with his friends. Take it further again and you can subscribe to cookery magazines (subscribing to magazines - brilliant!), as well as gaining membership to cooking clubs, or entering cooking competitions to win prizes. This expansion appeals to the progress-bar fan inside us all.
There are 10 different hobbies, each with ladders to climb as your enthusiasm for that hobby grows. And as with every Sims expansion, a whole brigade of additional unrelated content comes with it - the Best Friends Forever status (which grants the 'inside joke' action), custom radio stations playing your own MP3s, a PC pre-installed with The Sims 3 and the Lifetime Aspiration Meter, which allows for a second aspiration. There's also an Unsavoury Charlatan who skulks about the public lots preying on women. Superb!
FreeTime reignites Sims 2 by adding an unexpected new depth to the game. So perhaps it's just the shattered remains of my cynical husk speaking here, but FreeTime is a Sims expansion pack I can definitely get behind.
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- PC compatible
- Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP