A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
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 more than three dozen high-end furnishings, electronics, hairstyles, and clothing for purchase.
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What's it about?
THE SIMS 3: HIGH-END LOFT STUFF is a "stuff pack" expansion for EA's The Sims 3 life simulation game that introduces more than three dozen kinds of swanky new furniture pieces, electronics, outfits, and hairstyles all designed to give Sims a taste of the high life in a trendy loft-style dwelling. The goods are all high-end, cutting-edge, and expensive, from the $200 Lumina Technica wall lamp to the opulent three-sided Pythagoras corner bath tub for $2,600.
Is it any good?
While not as quirky or fun as the IKEA stuff pack that EA released for The Sims 2, High-End Loft Stuff will cater to rich Sims that are naturally materialistic and who want to surround themselves with expensive comforts. With only a few exceptions, the new items will be the most expensive things in their respective categories, in spite of the fact that the majority of them don't offer any additional mood boosts over the not-quite-as-high-end items that are already in the game. To acknowledge the tenth anniversary of The Sims franchise, this stuff pack also includes three popular items from past games: the Vibromatic LN3000 heart-shaped bed, the Das Kauker R86 electric guitar, and the All My Fishes home aquarium. This is one expansion pack that's strictly optional, depending on the player's aesthetic sensibilities.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about whether the expansion pack items were worth the extra money or seemed too expensive?
How did your Sims react to the new items?
If you could buy a few of these items in real life, which ones would you want?
Do you think having nicer things can make a person happier?