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In 2006 the fourth accessories pack was released for the game the Sims 2. This package is totally devoted to the holidays. This expansion contains only new objects, so no new neighborhoods or careers. You get 60 new objects which all have something to do with the holidays and you get all sorts of fun items as Christmas presents underneath the Christmas tree and even Santa Claus comes along!
Plus you get objects to decorate your entire home and garden. For example you get the option to make a snowman in your yard, to put reindeer decorations and to decorate your entire house. You can now have a big bow on your door and snow on your window decorations and of course Christmas flowers. The package gives you Christmas items from around the world. You can also have Russian objects and such as a decorated cactus!
The holidays are not complete without .... the right outfits. Yes you can also dress your Sims in traditional old-fashioned clothes, but how they (apparently) dress in Japan, India and other countries.
This package is simply a joyous expansion in the sign of the holidays. It is also not too expensive and you have it for anything from five pounds. I always wonder whether these extensions are reallyworth something and I actually think that they should offered this just free via their website. But nevertheless just a nice extension. Unfortunately the objects are not interactive and you can for example not pick up the presents under the Christmas tree! Three stars.
The Sims 2 Festive Holiday Stuff pack is an expansion pack game for the original sims 2 game. Without the sims 2 original game this expansion pack doesn't work. This is just one of many other expansion packs which are there to improve the game The Sims 2.
This pack is called Festive Holiday Stuff and it essentially does what it says on the packet; it adds a more festive feel to the Sims 2 game. With this expansion pack you are able to add doors and windows with Christmas decorations on them, along with decorations for both the inside and the outside of your Sims 2 home. Some examples of things which are added for decorating the home include Christmas trees, a reindeer ornament, a reindeer light up ornament (like those you sometimes see in garden centres made of wire), speakers with snowmen on them and strings of lights to decorate both the inside and the outside of their homes with. In general, the decoration side of things is pretty good.
Something which I found to be a bit of a let down however was the lack of festive clothing. There is a full santa's outfit, some elf clothing and a santa's hat and beard to be used to design your sims with but you can't change the hairstyle you have with the hats which is a bit annoying and they're only available for male characters. This means that female characters can't really look very festive at all because they're not really given any new clothing or even a hat that they can wear in order to add a festive feel to them.
Quite a few new wallpapers and flooring however are made available when you add this pack, usually in red and green, to add a festive feel to the game but when they're used together they dont tend to look particularly good unfortunately. I feel that if there was more options such as snowflake wallpaper this would look better. Unfortunately it appears only the red and green ones are added with this pack.
With the addition of the seasons pack and the christmas party pack, the Sims 2 certainly feels more festive along with this one. Only one of these three packs never seems very good for the game unless the others are accompanying it though because it seems incomplete otherwise.
This was one of the first expansion packs that I bought when I used to play the Sims, and I have to say, before I bought the "Seasons" Expansion Pack, I was pretty dissapointed with it and didn't really see the need for it. However, after you've bought the Seasons expansion pack and combine it with this one, it becomes a lot easier to see why you may want it (all will be explained...).
The Festive holiday stuff pack consists of many different things.
Furniture and decorations are given to make sure that your house looks festive (things such as Christmas trees, christmas lights, stockings to put on your fireplace and even a glowing reindeer to put on the front lawn. Clothes are added to the game and you can now dress up as Santa or Mrs Claus and dress children and toddlers up in little elf outfits. Santa also visits if you cook the new addition to your cooking menu "santa cookies". This is quite a fun feature and if you make friends with Santa he even leaves you a little present!
This is all good, and the new features of this pack are fun but it's much easier to appreciate them as I said when you have the seasons expansion pack. This is because with the seasons pack, IT SNOWS! What is the point of having santa come and having a christmas tree if it isn't even snowing or cold outside? It looks a bit weird in my opinion - but maybe thats an ethnocentric view because I'm so used to it being cold and snowy in south england during the christmas period! I just think that with season the new features are made much more realistic - but obviously this is only my opinion.
Overall, the new features on their own are great fun, but with seasons I believe they are made even better. You can get this pack quite cheap now that sims 3 has been released, but I still think if you're still playing the sims 2 that it's worth buying - it's fun and adds more realistic aspects to your game during the winter months!
Hope this was helpful :)