About The Sims 2: FreeTime
This expansion pack features a new neighborhood named Desiderata Valley. The expansion also adds new secret lots and adds a special character, a Genie. A gypsy will come to the player’s Sim house if the Sim is enthusiastic over a hobby or has high Lifetime Aspiration and will drop off the lamp on the player’s property. The Genie will grant the Sim three wishes though the wishes have a chance of backfiring. Once the Sim uses the three wishes, the Genie will disappear.
FreeTime includes several new computer games the Sims can purchase and play on a gaming station or computer, including the sequel to the game itself, The Sims 3. The televisions now also feature movies that Sims can watch, which are movie clips featured in “How Do You Play?” ad campaign.
There are ten hobbies in The Sims 2: FreeTime. Each offers different unlockable benefits or new activities and also a pass to enter into secret lots. Doing an activity which is related to the specific hobby increases enthusiasm to that hobby. Enthusiasm can even briefly be gained as a Sim sleeps and dreams about a hobby activity. As enthusiasm increases for each hobby, there are a number of new actions introduced to the Sim in that area, this includes reading about the hobby in the paper, jogging, hiking and getting protein shakes from the fridge, blogging about the Sim’s hobby, teaching about the hobby and more. These rewards and benefits will stay constant for the Sim provided the hobby enthusiasm is kept high enough to warrant them. The highest reward is to be in ‘The Zone’ (as described above).
The Arts & Crafts hobby centers around activities that are related to creating and discussing artwork, such as painting, and introduces two new Talent Badges: Pottery and Sewing. In addition, an activity table is available allowing toddlers and children to paint and play with blocks (playing with blocks supports tinkering hobbies while drawing supports arts and crafts).
Cooking, watching cooking shows and having meals are activities related to culinary. Cuisine hobby allows Sims to unlock new foods: chips, cheese and appetizers. Moreover, Sims may now enter a food contest by submitting a dish to be judged. Finally, a new nectar table is available in buy mode.
The novel writing system on the computer has been revamped allowing players to choose the cover, title and plot. Players may now choose which book for their Sim to read instead of reading a single generic book. Sims can also discuss books they have read, and a variety of films can now be viewed on the television.
Other than working out, swimming or performing Yoga, Sims with a high enough interest in Fitness can go jogging, get protein drinks out of their fridge, and can use an exercise bike. In addition, athletic outfits have been given a greater selection from more than just sweatsuits and children are also given athletic wear.
A variety of digital games can now be purchased and are playable on Sims’ computers and consoles. All of these games are actual EA games, namely Spore, MySims, FIFA 08, The Sims 3 and Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars. Other games such as pool and chess also contribute to the hobby enthusiasm. Sims can also challenge each other in a video game competition in community lots.
Sims can now play the violin and the synthesizer as well as the piano (and guitar, bass and drums if University is installed). They can also practice ballet on the ballet barre, enter dance contests and also teach their toddlers nursery rhymes. A new soundtrack features the Natasha Bedingfield song “Pocketful of Sunshine”, and also includes artists They Might Be Giants, and Datarock. Finally, players can create custom radio stations for their Sims stereos (though all songs added to custom stations must be in MP3 format).
Nature-loving Sims find gardening, fishing, bug collecting and birdwatching interesting. If the Sim goes hiking there is a chance they will find an unusual bug which will start a bug collection. This can be hung on a wall or put on a table. When a Sim goes hiking he also runs the risk of being followed home by angry swarms of bees.
Science hobby items gained with FreeTime include an ant farm and new telescope interactions. Sims can now choose to search for planets, constellations and UFOs. Sims can also choose to summon aliens. When they use this interaction as an adult or teen, they get abducted, regardless of their gender, but only adult male Sims will become impregnated with an alien child.
Tinkering allows Sims to tinker various electronic devices in the house and also restoring a car to sell it for profit. The restored car can also be used as the family car with the ability to paint it a different color. There is also a new train set which a Sim can decorate and design.
The Sims 2: FreeTime System Requirements
- 32 MB of video RAM
- 800 MHz processor or better
- 256 MB RAM if Windows XP, Windows ME, Windows 98 or Windows 2000
- At least 3.5 GB of hard drive space
- Mac OS X v10.3.4 or later
- G4/1GHz or faster
- 256MB RAM
- 4.2GB free hard disk space
- TI Radeon 8500 or Nvidia GeForce2 MX or better 3D graphics
- 32MB VRAM
- DVD drive
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