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Although this is a nice addition to the Sims series it definitely does not have the exciting or revolutionary additions that came with the release of Hot Date. If you are a hardcore Sims fan and enjoy each and every new option, then this will be a fun, new way for you to play the game. For those of you who like to play, but roll your eyes at the idea of yet another new expansion, I have no words to wash away your skepticism this time - don't buy spend your time or money on the game.
All in all, The Sims: Vacation is one heck of an expansion pack. Any previous Sims fans should simply go out and buy Vacation right now. With its focus on group activities, spiff-o-rific carnival games, genuine vacation souvenirs and endless surprises, gamers will have plenty to do and see.
You can certainly live without The Sims Vacation, but why would you want to? While it doesn't run spectacularly, it's nevertheless an essential part of any Sims collection.
I might have received Vacation more warmly had it not followed Hot Date. It's at least as good as Livin' Large and certainly better than the pointless and dorky House Party, but it seems pale and tired in the wake of Hot Date. And now I'm seeing commercials for an expansion pack that brings pets into the mix. No doubt, that'll give us the pleasure of watching poodles jump through hoops and of cleaning messes off the living room floor. I'd almost rather have the resort entertainers juggling in my dining room.