Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
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  1. Practice makes perfect, and EA/Maxis have cooked up a godly tool that’ll get your feet wet in the dating pool without getting your face slapped.
  2. It sounds stupid, and in many ways it is, but it's pulled off with so much style and flair it's impossible not to be seduced by its charms.
  3. Computer Gaming World
    If you haven’t downloaded the nude patch yet, go and grab it off the Web right now. Hot Date, like most things, is better with a little nudity! [Mar 2002, p.80]
  4. If you're already a bona fide Sims addict, go out and buy this pack now. It's priced as low as $17 in some places and is definitely worth the money.
  5. Hot Date's real additions are its expanded social options and its new downtown area...[It] does an extremely good job of making The Sims a more interesting game.
  6. 87
    Hot Date breathes new life into a game that hasn't even come close to dying.
  7. 84
    This isn't the full-fledged leap that you're looking for -- you'll have to wait for "Sims Online" and the inevitable "Sims 2" for that -- but it's certainly the largest step that the game has taken over the course of its life.
  8. The real joy of this expansion rests in sowing the seeds of discontent among the residents of your Sim neighborhoods. Hot Date gives the gamer some great tools for creating angst-ridden relationships, as it introduces more than 40 new social interactions...The most worthy of the Sim expansions.
  9. Adds some needed worldly interaction into The Sims, which is a welcome addition to the game.
  10. By incorporating not only new things to do, but new ways to do them, this add-on raises the level of the whole game, in a manner far beyond that of earlier expansions.
  11. 80
    Hot Date adds an obscene amount of voyeuristic addiction to an already proven immersive experience.
  12. Game Informer
    The time-passage rate has always been much too high in all Sims releases, but it ends up being a big detractor in this offering. Aside from that, Hot Date is another solid release in this ever-growing franchise. [Jan 2002, p.95]
  13. PC Gamer
    It definitely adds more than the two preceding expansion packs, but it’s still a slave to the simplistic mechanics that, for many, start to get old after a few weeks of play. [Jan 2002, p.60]
  14. With the 40 plus new social interactions you have many options when it comes to making and maintaining friends both downtown and in your neighborhood.
  15. 80
    Certainly the best add-on to date (no pun intended).
  16. 80
    Not only adds more stuff to the Sims canon, it improves and more importantly expands the game in subtle but far-reaching ways.
  17. One of the best and most addictive sim-games available at present, and this expansion pack is definitely better value for your simoleans than any of the other add-ons have been.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 69 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 50 out of 69
  2. Negative: 11 out of 69
  1. Haha
    Sep 28, 2005
    This is a good game and is really fun you can do so much different stuff than on just the original one. I like the sex part.
  2. ChelsyF.
    Sep 28, 2005
    The Sims is an awesome game and with Hot Date it only makes it better. You can do so much more its really kewl. If i could i would play it The Sims is an awesome game and with Hot Date it only makes it better. You can do so much more its really kewl. If i could i would play it longer then i do. Full Review »
  3. Andrea
    Mar 12, 2005
    All the sims games rock. But this one isn't as good because c'mon HOT DATE! But the game is really well!!!...All the sims rock!!