The Sims 3: Fast Lane Stuff

Game review by
Erin Bell, Common Sense Media
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Add-on pack with vehicles and the like for car enthusiasts.

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 6 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

The expansion encourages car enthusiasts to play out their fantasies by purchasing the car of their dreams and the accessories to go along with it.

Positive Role Models & Representations

This expansion introduces the Vehicle Enthusiast character trait, which allows Sims to have a special affinity for their vehicles (i.e. give them names, repair them, and so on).

Ease of Play

Gameplay is the same as The Sims 3. The new items automatically appear in the shop when the Stuff Pack is installed.

Violence

Although the expansion itself introduces no new violence into The Sims 3, the core game does include some. Sims can taunt, argue, and get into physical fights with each other. Sims with nasty personality traits may actually feel better after beating up another Sim.

Sex

There's no sexually explicit content introduced in the Stuff Pack itself (unless you count the pin-up girl outfits and accessories), but courtship and romance do play a big part in the core The Sims 3 game. Sims with the Romance trait will aspire to a life of having as many lovers and make-out sessions as possible, and if married, will be inclined to cheat on their spouses. Sims can have both heterosexual and same-sex relationships and can be seen jumping under the sheets in bed to make "woohoo" (the game's term) -- which is accompanied by groans and giggles.

Language
Consumerism

This game is an expansion pack for the popular The Sims 3 game and is a way to renew interest in the game. The prices of the vehicles and accessories are average when compared to the other items in the game, with the exception of a few luxury vehicles. The F-1 firesuits are plastered with sponsor logos like in real life, but the ads are for fake companies.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this is an expansion pack for The Sims 3, and players must already have a copy of The Sims 3 installed on their computer for the expansion pack to work. The expansion introduces new vehicles and vehicle-related clothing and accessories, plus the new Vehicle Enthusiast character trait.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 8, 11, and 12 year old Written bymnemother March 20, 2011

Do not buy this game for your children!!!

Very inappropriate for children. My kids (ages 8, 11 and 12) played it with a friend before i realized how terrible it was.
Adult Written byTom_Gamer_Tom September 11, 2010

Its the game that is mature, Not the DLC.

Here we have some really expensive DLC which is not the bad thing, The game is the mature bit. Sexual content is the main concern as in all sims games where the... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byshelby21 October 12, 2010

If you're OK with the base game, this is FINE!

I'm just rating the stuff pack- it just introduces new vehicles and clothes and decorations and etc etc etc.
Teen, 15 years old Written bykelsea_rhea October 26, 2010

PERFECT FOR TEENS

well to me its not a bad game infact im about to play it now but to some parents it can be super sexual violent and very poorly uses of drinking...but in my cas... Continue reading

What's it about?

THE SIMS 3: FAST LANE STUFF is the second "stuff pack" expansion for EA's The Sims 3 life simulation game that introduces the new Vehicle Enthusiast character trait, 12 new vehicles, and dozens of new furnishings and clothing that relate to four car-themed lifestyles: 50's style rebel hotrods, F1 racecars, James Bond-style classic vintage automobiles, and luxury convertibles. Prices range from the $950 "Sloppy Jalopy" to premium-priced rides like the $175,000 "Velocity" racecar.

Is it any good?

Fast Lane Stuff is a big improvement over High-End Loft Stuff in terms of what the expansion pack has to offer. Whereas High-End Loft Stuff only catered to rich, materialistic Sims, Fast Lane Stuff allows players to create four distinct types of car enthusiast. And it's not just about the car either; thanks to dozens of new accessories and clothing - from F-1 firesuits, riding helmets, and hotrod flame shirts to road signs and toolboxes - players can outfit their Sims to look the part and create garages and showrooms to make the vehicles front and center.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about which of the four themes (Intrigue, Luxury, Hotrod, F-1) did you enjoy the most?

  • What things are most important to you in a car? For example, do you prefer cool-looking fast cars or sensible safe ones?

  • Do families today need to own a car?

Game details

  • Platforms: Windows
  • Price: $19.99
  • Available online? Not available online
  • Developer: Electronic Arts
  • Release date: September 8, 2010
  • Genre: Simulation
  • ESRB rating: T for Crude Humor, Sexual Themes, Violence

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