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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that The Sims 3: Master Suite Stuff is what the game's publisher calls a "Stuff Pack." Players must have the computer game The Sims 3 to be able to play. There are no new gameplay modes or features; this pack simply contains a large amount of new items. The theme of this expansion is to help players build the ultimate bedroom, with luxury beds, romantic ambience, and evening wear all part of the set. The experience of the game remains unchanged as this is not a full-blown "Expansion Pack;" there are no new modes that significantly change The Sims 3 experience.
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What's it about?
THE SIMS 3: MASTER SUITE STUFF, like all the \"stuff packs\" before it, has a specific theme and delivers items that focus exclusively on that theme. In this pack, the scope is rather limited, as the items are designed mainly for use in the bedroom and bathroom, as opposed to the entire house. Among the items available are luxury beds and bathtubs, candles, vases, rose petals, and lingerie. They are all designed to create a romantic experience for the virtual Sims characters.
Is it any good?
The Sims 3: Master Suite Stuff does its job as an expansion pack, allowing the base game to remain fresh. However, The Sims 3 has been out for two and a half years now, and this is the 11th expansion pack. It is starting to feel as though the publisher has reached a saturation point of new content. This pack is quite limited compared to other stuff packs, with only a couple dozen new items and a very narrow scope. Its timing obviously corresponds to Valentine's Day, which makes it timely and appropriate for now, but in comparison to the other expansion packs that have delivered droves of new content, this one seems to fall flat.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the importance of balancing their real and virtual social lives. Why is it important to set computer limits?
How important is it to always have the newest and coolest things? How do you manage this philosophy in real life?
Does your Sim character do anything that you would like to do in real life? Do you let it do things you would never do? Why or why not?
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