Sims 2 finds FreeTime

Seventh expansion to EA's virtual-life simulator adds focus on hobbies and leisure activities to original game on February 26.

With EA busting out the Sims franchise into its own label as part of the restructuring the publisher underwent in June, sequels to its flagship franchise aren't likely to dwindle out anytime soon. And while virtual-life fans might have to wait until April 2009 for The Sims 3, EA continues to keep the channel fresh with expansions and items packs for The Sims 2.

FreeTime is the seventh and latest fully fledged addition to The Sims 2 family, and carries a due date of February 26 in North America and February 22 in Europe. As with other expansion packs to the Sims 2, FreeTime carries with it a host of new additions, this time centered upon edifying new hobbies and leisure activities.

In addition to the expected array of new outfits and items, FreeTime will open up new ways for players pursue the interests of their sims, as well as open up five new career paths: oceanographer, entertainer, architect, dancer, and intelligence agent. Sims will also be able to pursue new leisure activities, including reading books or becoming a food connoisseur, as well as quantify exactly how happy they are through a new life aspiration meter.

As with other Sims 2 expansions, FreeTime will require the full Sims 2 game.

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56 comments
jeff003
jeff003

The dual aspiration lets your sims have 2 aspirations example family and romance.What I'm looking foward to in this game is the new location,new neighbors,new hairstyles,the new customible train set,the genie and of course the double aspirations.

zoe256
zoe256

There are so many Sims expansions about, I wish I wasn't a sucker, I've got them all! I wonder what this new aspiration meter thing is about...guess we'll see soon enough! I think this expansion will go well with 'teen style stuff', as your girly teens can do ballet etc.

smadiso1
smadiso1

This expansion is sounding to be even more game changing then Seasons was. That dual liftime aspiration and new aspiration meter really has me wondering how player's gameplay styles are going to change. At least I have a month of time to convince my wife that we need to buy it; I'm still getting the "evil eye" from her for buying that PS3 last weekend. :?

Patous
Patous

Always getting better. Though I think I'll have to hold off, if The Sims 3 is coming out in a year.

TallicaFan2005
TallicaFan2005

Sweet, just wish I had some free time to play The Sims :)

TallicaFan2005
TallicaFan2005

Sweet, just wish I had some free time to play The Sims :)

TallicaFan2005
TallicaFan2005

Sweet, just wish I had some free time to play The Sims :)

Chief_Kuuni
Chief_Kuuni

not bad at all, might have to pick it up

latchol1Sim
latchol1Sim

Hmm...Most of the EPs sound good, but this one DOES seem to have a lot of stuff in it. Hopefully whoever it is that's managing the business end of The Sims gets fired or something so they don't try to remove almost ALL of the EP content for The Sims 3 like they did last time...stingy economists...

MrsGeldrich666
MrsGeldrich666

This game expansion for the sims 2 looks awesome! I've been playing sims games since Simtown came out for Mac. I love the sims games and I love cars so being able to restore an old car in my sims game is going to be soo much fun! I look forward to this expansion coming out since it will be six days after my birthday. Happy Birthday to me!

iamkwazywabbit
iamkwazywabbit

Hope EA and Maxis have'nt mucked the code around too much with this one. Sends the modders wild trying to make their stuff compatible every time a new EP is released. You've gotta' laugh!

Nxss-effa-sim
Nxss-effa-sim

You know, if you don't like the series don't add a comment here. I hate the Halo series with a passion and I can't comprehend why people play it, but you don't see me trolling their boards or articles about it.........grow up, especially those who thing leaving a witty comment makes them "cool".

aposgr
aposgr

I agree with chipmunk_11

Poshkidney
Poshkidney

instead of this why don't they use the resouse of making this pile of bore into making the third,

Slashgibber
Slashgibber

"I enjoy playing it once in a while...ONCE IN A WHILE..." As in "once in a lifetime" while? :P

Strike_Zer0
Strike_Zer0

Hopefully when Sims 3 comes out it'll have most of the Sims 2 expansions' additions within the game rather than leaving holes to fill in with legions of expansions as we lead on to the inevitable Sims 4.

hitomo
hitomo

man... finally you are able to spend and fill your free time, with... freetime... you dont need to performe relaxing and kreative tasks anymore yourself, you can just watch your sim, repaering the car, driving AC-cars and doing all the funny stuff you miss... cause you are looking in your screen, watching a SIM having free.time... woohooo ... its like x-mas and b-day together...

techpunk
techpunk

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brain20035
brain20035

I enjoy playing it once in a while...ONCE IN A WHILE...

creep93
creep93

Not another friggin' expansion!

tatu2004
tatu2004

i'm getting alittle bord with the add on so i will wait for The Sims 3..

Suuji
Suuji

I want online =( You dont have to make it like an online game, but I would like to pay a visit to my friends' neighborhood.

Agulf
Agulf

Exactly... Will be the same with Sims 3. They release a bunch of expansions of stuff that should have been in the game in the first place. Not really interested.

twiztdmike
twiztdmike

now just 2 more expansions and sims2 will be, what it should have been onrelease

gameboy10m
gameboy10m

With the amount of EP's my friend gets me (he works at Wal-Mart), My computer's going to just crash with all that data...and just in case you really want a magic EP, or the closest thing to it, check out ModTheSims2.com, and enter Magic in the search box. PS- You need to be a member, but it's free PPS- I am not giving them props or advertising for them...just trying to help

chipmunk_11
chipmunk_11

I wish they would redo "Makin' Magic" :'(

Pete5506
Pete5506

wow more, I didnt know people still played this game

Sypher213
Sypher213

Christ. They churn out expansion packs faster than a baby factory.

nickythenewt21
nickythenewt21

Sounds like fun, but they could've found a better thing to do then just freetime.

NarutoChic
NarutoChic

awsome a new game I have all of them.

sean-carsner
sean-carsner

finally, i can have something more to do besides just gaining friends and skill points for my sims jobs.

peeweeshift
peeweeshift

lol another expansion. it wont sell that well but once the 3rd comes out expect a grand stupa platinum edition of sims 2, and then a sims trilogy pack. trsut ea on that fo sho

ctmab
ctmab

gah this and Vaction or whatever it is seam pointless to me.

Triton
Triton

Just wait till they have the Sims 3 gold edition with all of them in it.

IKKF
IKKF

What ev.

gnbfd
gnbfd

only seven? I thought there were about 10

Mullies
Mullies

QualityJeverage 'So now we can play a video game in which we watch people play video games. Awesome.' Jesus christ that made me laugh.

QualityJeverage
QualityJeverage

So now we can play a video game in which we watch people play video games. Awesome.

CommanderShiro
CommanderShiro

I still have yet to get a Sims 2 expansion pack. I really need one, because I love the Sims.

catsimboy
catsimboy

Too bad when The Sims 3 comes out nothing from The Sims 2 expansions will be in there just so they can sell it to you again.

iAkuma
iAkuma

Sounds awesome, maybe i'll check it out.

Elk
Elk

Sweet, it's been practically months since the last expansion pack