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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