Just when I thought Maxis couldn’t get anymore sleazy when it came to their ‘stuff’ packs, they went and plunged into the land of sleaze, so deeply there will be no return.
You see ‘stuff’ packs are far from what expansion packs are. They are basically just ‘stuff’. There is no other way to put it. For $19.99 you too can buy ‘stuff’ packs and get ripped off like me! Bah!
Stuff packs are filled with new items for the Sim home, however none of the included items have Sim actions. Which in Sim land terms means: they just sit there looking pretty.
Alright so all of you seem fans, buckle up, I’m going to take you for a ride and give you a little insiders information on just what kind of stuff you will be getting. Obviously it is going to be stuff involving celebrations. Sound fun right? Some balloons, party favors maybe a pinata? Hahah… let’s see.
You will be getting two new gowns. They are like bridesmaids gowns, so I guess it is appropriate to fit in with a ‘celebration’. Throw a wedding party and throw on your 2 new gowns. The problem with that is, the lack of assortment is going to make things look bland. I mean how many Sims do you want at your wedding wearing the exact same dress. It’s cool for the bridesmaids, but what if you invite a Sim from the neighborhood and they too are wearing the same dress.
This has always been an issue in the Sims. The lack of original content. Repeats are getting old!
The guys are also going to get some new suits, but it’s nothing I haven’t seen before. All of the suits look like mock ups of the suits from The Sims 2 Glamour Life Stuff.
Well I must clap and say yay! Finally some lawn furniture. I was so sick of having a wooden sofa in my garden. But the assortment is minimal. A new chair, lounger, and an umbrella.
Phooey! It’s nice and all, but I don’t want to dress the neighborhood up in the exact same furniture. It would not of been hard to take this texture and turn it into something else. Plastic chairs, or metal ones, maybe wooden ones with new colors. Come on Maxis! Hear me!
I must say I was grateful to finally see some new plants up in the hood. I was so sick of those ugly green weed hanging baskets that all of my Sim homes in town were filled with.
Now I got some fancy dancy flowers, a wedding arch with flowers in assorted colors, plants on columns, plants in pots. Plants! Nice too. This is probably the best thing this stuff pack has going for it.
One minor flaw though, the colors of the plants are too vibrant. They sort of stick out like a sore thumb compared to the rest of the Sims colors and graphics. However I will take what I can get. Anything is better than the hanging weeds.
ARCH’S AND TRELLIS’:
Yep a new wedding arch, or walkway what have you. Its bulky looking, but a bit of an improvement compared to the original one. You can also choose the color roses you want on it.
There is also balloon arch’s in happy birthday themes, wedding themes, and anniversary themes.
There is also a plant trellis with rose vines growing up it. It is nice and all, but too large and quirky looking, which makes it look very out of place within the game.
Just like the serving buffet you fill up when you have a large party, that is basically what these tables are. However they are covered in tacky paper. It adds a realistic touch, but honestly I would of liked something a little more adult like. Most of the tables look like cheap tacky tissue paper, and these tables are for the most part designed for children’s party’s.
Sigh. No pinata!
There is a new assortment of balloons. They are exactly the same as the balloons that came with the Sims 2 game itself, only recolored. There are some new helium balloons in cute celebration themes, however they still pop and make a mess.
There is a rug that is designed to be placed before the wedding arch. It is supposed to look like a rose pathway. But unless you are playing this game from a 50 inch monitor it is going to look like newspaper, or cat litter thrown all over the place. Hideous!
A pig roaster. Only there are o pigs to roast. Its a gigantic grill that comes in 4 colors. It takes up a lot of space, and satisfies just as much hunger as the stove. Honestly it is pointless to purchase this one. It looks like something a hillbilly would have in their yard, and you can even customize it to contain a pig drawing on its base. Lame nonetheless, but I feel it would make an excellent addition to Sim fans who have a farm like theme going on.
With every stuff pack, comes a flood of ridiculous wall art. I find all wall art pointless seeing how the items disappear as soon as you put set the wall to invisible. You cant play the game fully without the wall being down. So wall art is a waste of time.
However for those weird ones out there who enjoy this nonsense, I will say that in The Sims 2 Celebration Stuff you will be getting some wedding theme garland, birthday garland, and some lanterns.
New lights include tea lights, that are too small to even give some sort of glow, wall lights, globe lights, and some candles. I can say that this one remains in the middle. Its good, and bad. Half the lights you get in this pack are cute, and the other half a waste.
There are a few new cakes. One is designed for a wedding, and another for a birthday. They were supposed to look better than the original cake that came with the game, only for me, they look like shiny wax, or plastic. My Sims don’t seem to notice, and they’ll eat it anyway.
Another huge tacky mess Maxis presented to us. I wish I could delete these from my game completely. Most carpets have a ‘celebration’ theme. Basically the carpets look as if someone threw up confetti onto a neon orange, green or yellow carpet. Nothing pleasing, and I certainly can’t see anyone laying this one down in their home.
What would be the point to decorate your home in an all out party theme if Sim party’s only last about 5 hours in Sim time?
Finally, something neat. This pack comes with quite a few decent amount of new lawn coverings. You can spray your lawn with grass with multi colored flowers, and new grassy textures. I was glad they finally did something new with ground covers.
This has to be one of the better of packs, but that does not mean it is a good stuff pack, because it surely is not. But compared to what Maxis has been releasing, it’s a step; wincy teensy step in the right direction.
I enjoyed about half of the content given to me, and the other half just seemed like junk Maxis threw in for the hell of it. They tend to do that often.
All I have to say is that Maxis knows this crap is only worth about $5, yet are robbing people by slapping a $20 price tag on it knowing their loyal (and stupid) fans will buy it.
HOW THEY GET YOU SUCKED IN:
Maxis does the sneak a peek, and will place very convincing photos on their site at www.thesims2.com to get fans interested and hyped up about the stuff pack that will soon be released. Every other day they will throw in another teaser photo, until finally you break down and purchase the pack.
The photos are also much nicer looking than what you are really getting. Things look new, fun, and exciting, yet when you have them for yourself, its like…hey, what went wrong!
Like I mentioned above, about half of the items match the game. The rest is either plastic looking, large in size, and too vibrant in colors. If it matched the graphics in the game everything would have been kosher. But Maxis has this matching problem going on when it comes to colors and textures.
Nothing new. The original chime that we always got from The Sims 2.
OS: Windows Vista, XP, Me, 2000, or 98
-Installed: The Sims 2 for Windows
-CPU: 1.0 GHz or faster
-RAM: 256 MB or more
-Disc Drive: 8x or faster CD/DVD drive
-Hard Drive: At least 350 MB of free space
-Sound: DirectX 9.0 compatible
-Video: DirectX 9.0 compatible Video card must have 32 MB or more memory and one of these T&L capable chipsets:
ATI Radeon 8500 or greater; NVIDIA GeForce2 GTS or greater;