A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What 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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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?
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.
Talk to your kids 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?
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