The Sims 3: Ambitions

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Expansion lets players dive into Sims’ professional lives.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The goal of Sims games is always to simulate life. In the case of this expansion, the focus is on work life. There are no overt messages, no explicit attempts to force players’ into engaging in either good or unsavory activities. That said, both types are there for players to find should they look for them. Sims can be good or slothful workers. They can design and build up their neighborhoods or steal from the places they visit. They can try to invent wonderful new machines that will make life easier or become mad scientists and blow things up. Put simply, players will extract from this game what they want. Shopping for newer, better items for your home can become a big part of the game, though it's not the focus of this expansion.

Positive role models

Our Sims have a wide range of potential emotions and actions. They can be perfectly good little virtual people, striving for the good of their families and neighborhood, or evil and mean, hurting others verbally and physically. It’s all up to the player.

Ease of play

Assuming you’ve played The Sims 3 -- which is likely since this is an expansion and the original game is required in order to play -- you won’t find many stumbling blocks here. The interface is identical; all you need do is learn how the new professions and hobbies work.

Violence

Sims can get electrocuted, drown, and die of old age. They can also get into fights with one another, though these conflicts don’t result in death or serious injury.

Sex

Players can dress up their Sims in sexy and revealing outfits, from skimpy underwear to little dresses. Players also have the ability to make their Sims flirt, make out, and jump into bed to have sex (under the covers -- it’s not explicit; there’s just some moaning and laughing). When Sims go to the bathroom or have a shower their midsections are obscured by a blur effect.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Sims 3: Ambitions is an expansion pack to The Sims 3 (the original game is required to play), and that it contains the same sort of violence, sexuality, and questionable behavior as its forebear. New professions provide fresh opportunities for getting into fights, stealing, and flirting, but the depictions of these activities are no more graphic than they were in the original game. As usual, players have the freedom to mold their Sims however they like, which means they can turn them into good little la- abiding creatures or lead them towards a more devious life of evil or crime.

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Kids say

What's it about?

SIMS 3: AMBITIONS, an expansion to the popular life simulation game (the original game is necessary in order to play), focuses on letting players experience more of their Sims’ work lives. Rather than having them hop in a car and disappear for hours to earn a living, players can now head out on the job with their avatars to complete work-related tasks. You can save people from blazes as a firefighter, bust some ghosts as a ghost hunter, ruin and enhance your client's appearance as a stylist, and bribe or beat people up for information as a private investigator. Players can explore new hobbies as well, such as sculpting models of other Sims and crafting new inventions. As usual, players can guide their Sims however they like, turning them into model workers or making them duty-shirking sloths. As an expansion, the rest of The Sims 3’s features remain available, which means players can dabble in these new tasks as much or as little as they like.

Is it any good?

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As Sims expansions go, Ambitions offers a fair bit of content. The ability to fully explore, take part in, and direct your Sims’ careers fills a pretty big void in previous games, and the extra hobbies and skills provide interesting new ways to fill our Sims’ leisure time.

However, it may not be for people who enjoy working with large households or big families of Sims. The professions we explore are involved enough that it can make trying to effectively and successfully manage multiple Sims difficult. But that’s a fairly small tradeoff for the ability to head out into the world and have a more meaningful career. There's no question that Ambitions is one of the better expansions to the world’s most popular PC game franchise.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about gender equality in the Sims games. In this expansion, women and men are both capable of entering the same professions and being paid equally. Are there any professions in this game that you think women or men would have a difficult time entering as an equal in the real world?

  • Families can also discuss our Sims' ability to goof off on the job. Are the penalties in the game realistic? Do you think that real workers could get away with what our Sims can get away with?

Game details

Platforms:Windows
Price:$39.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Electronic Arts
Release date:June 2, 2010
Genre:Simulation
ESRB rating:T for Teen – Crude Humor, Sexual Themes, Violence (Windows)

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Teen, 15 years old Written bylizzaaay July 12, 2010
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Great and Educational for Kids of any Age.

In my opinion, this game is fantastic - it does not promote bad messages, whoever said it does they're wrong because sex and all the other bits are natural and your kids are going to have to learn about it sooner or later, so it might as well be in game form. Plus, they go under the covers so you honestly don't see any of it. Also, it promotes good messages, kids will learn to make the links: if you don't treat people nicely then they won't be nice to you etc. and so they learn to be responsable and nice even though its in a game form. Thinking about it its a brilliant game for any kids.

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Parent of a 7 and 10 year old Written byTheAmazingEm June 30, 2010
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A safe way for children to mimic life... but be careful of MODS

I have been playing The sims since I was in jr. high and I still enjoy playing now that I'm an adult. (when I have time) My younger brother (7) and sister (10) play the game now and love it. Many parents are concerned because you can die or "Woohoo" in the game but honestly my siblings have yet to discover both of these things. I study child and adolescent development in school and in my opinion this game is a great way to expose your youngsters to being able to mimic life. For example, my little brother always makes his sim children go to school. He says "you have to go to school so you can have a good life"... he is 7 and is learning to manage daily tasks thru the game, its a good thing.

One thing you might want to watch out for is downloading mods. Many mods involve things like adult/teen marriage and woo-hoo. Many mods always involve nudity and even more "real life" sexual acts. However as long as you monitor what your child downloads or disallow downloading mods all together you'll be fine and safe!

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Great role models
Kid, 11 years old Written byNikko Thinks ... July 6, 2010
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Well I've Played it only Once but my friend has the game she loves it. She says IT'S BAD IF YOU MAKE IT BAD which i totaly agree you can't have sex on that without you wanting to. its a lot like real life so in a way its educational messages are positive if you have sex you get married later it's easy to play and scence its not online its safe. But scence it's around the sex thing it might be bad

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