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The Sims 2: Free Time

Platform(s): PC
Genre: Simulation
Publisher: EA
Developer: Maxis

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'The Sims 2: Free Time' Gets Simlish Soundtrack

by Rainier on Feb. 11, 2008 @ 1:07 a.m. PST

EA announced yet another expansion pack for The Sims 2, Free Time, giving your Sims the ability to perform casual tasks, jobs around the house or all sort of hobbies.

Now your Sims can rediscover the joys of leisure time! Awaken your Sims' true passions in life as they discover and excel at all-new activities. Whether they're tossing a football with the family, practicing ballet, restoring cars with friends, or building train sets, your Sims now have more ways to build skills, enhance friendships, and make their lives more successful.

Craft new, unique items for your Sims to use in their daily lives including clothing, pottery, and more. Make your Sims even more unique as they discover secondary goals and expanded aspirations in life. Your Sims will even unlock secret rewards by mastering their hobbies and advancing all-new careers. Explore a wide variety of new hobbies that will change your Sims' lives!

The music for this expansion pack provides accompaniment for your Sims as they explore their creativity through a selection of all-new activities, hobbies and cool careers.

International pop star, Natasha Bedingfield, is featured on the soundtrack with her new single “Pocketful of Sunshine.” This song is taken from her newest album of the same name, which was released on January 22, 2008. Natasha learned and recorded this song in the unique language of The Sims, Simlish, especially for the in-game The Sims 2 FreeTime soundtrack.

Also on The Sims 2 FreeTime soundtrack are the bands Datarock from Norway I’m From Barcelona from Sweden, and the artist Lara from Spain. American bands, They Might Be Giants, Great Northern and Fire Flies also recorded songs which can be heard on this soundtrack.

“The Sims 2 FreeTime offers many ways for your Sims to express themselves creatively, including music,” said Steve Schnur, Worldwide Executive of Music and Music Marketing at EA. “This in-game soundtrack full of talented musicians from around the world, such as Natasha Bedingfield, is the perfect backdrop for your Sims to discover and develop their passions.”

“It was such a fun and delightful challenge to learn how to sing in Simlish,” Natasha Bedingfield added. “The language of The Sims captures a wonderful sense of beauty, creativity and humor, so my song ‘Pocketful of Sunshine’ translated well!”

In-Game Soundtrack Credits:

  • “Fa-Fa-Fa”Performed by Datarock
  • “It’s A Party”Performed by Fire Flies
  • “Into The Sun”Performed by Great Northern
  • “Britney”Performed by I'm From Barcelona
  • “La Otra Princesa”Performed by Lara
  • “Your Forgiveness”Performed by Lexington Bridge
  • “Pocket Full Of Sunshine” Performed by Natasha Bedingfield
  • “Take Out The Trash" Performed by They Might Be Giants

Discover your Sims' passion from a wide range of new activity types, from sports to science to arts and crafts. All-new hobbies include basketball, soccer, restoring cars, ballet, even searching for alien life in outer space! Hobbies offer lifetime rewards. As your Sims master new activities they'll unlock new aspirations, earn rewards, and uncover secret lots. Once your Sims build up their skills, they can sell their arts and crafts or see how they stack up against the competition by entering dance, food, and video game contests!

All-new group activities are a great way for Sims to spend time with family and friends. There are even special activities for kids and toddlers!

Hobbies can be full of unexpected moments, especially for Sims with low skill levels. Your newbie Sim might sew a bear with one eye, make a lopsided jar on the pottery wheel, get poison ivy while hiking, or who knows what?!

The Sims 2 FreeTime will ship Feb. 26, 2008 in the US and Feb. 22, 2008 in Europe.

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