The Sims 3: Supernatural

Game review by
Mark Raby, Common Sense Media
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Latest expansion pack lets players create monsters.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn how to manage their time and resources effectively as they live a virtual life and all that it entails -- from keeping their personal hygiene intact to building a house and getting a job. The Supernatural expansion pack exposes kids to the idea that because someone may look different that doesn't mean they can't do everything that the rest of society can. By living a virtual life filled with monsters, kids learn time management, how to use resources, and acceptance of others.

Positive Messages

This expansion pack furthers the ability of users to explore their creative side in the game The Sims 3. This add-on allows players to create much more unique and mythical creatures to inhabit their virtual world, such as witches, werewolves, and fairies. As with everything else in the game and other expansion packs, the game experience mostly depends on the players' actions. With this expansion, it's possible to create more havoc in the virtual Sims town by unleashing scary monsters; but it's also possible to create an environment where humans and monsters live peacefully together.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The game does not present any role model figures to the players, but based on their actions in the game, it's possible to create a world where characters embody positive characteristics and show off their full potential. It is, of course, also possible to create the opposite effect. It's up to the players, although generally speaking it's usually to their advantage to make everything as nice and problem-free as possible.

Ease of Play

Although there are some new features and changes to the way the Sims characters are presented, the core gameplay is identical to The Sims 3.

Violence

With this new expansion pack, there is the potential for new depictions of violence. While the actual extent of violent activity is still the same, some players may find it scarier to see zombies or vampires in the fray. 

Sex

The expansion doesn't emphasize sex specifically, but all of the behaviors possible in The Sims 3 are possible in the expansion pack as well, including the ability to kiss and engage in "Woo-hoo" (the game's term) with other Sims. In the latter, nothing is seen.

Language
Consumerism

This is an expansion pack for The Sims 3As is common with this series, players need to continue buying add-ons like this one to keep the game new and interesting.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Sims 3: Supernatural is an expansion pack for The Sims 3. Players must have a copy of the Sims 3 game in order to use this product. In addition to providing new items for players to use to decorate their virtual houses, this expansion focuses mainly on expanding the kind of characters that can be created in the game. Instead of just customizing a male or female character, players can now opt to fill their virtual town with werewolves, zombies, witches, and wizards. This expansion also gives players the ability to create potions, which can affect other characters in the game. These potions, or "elixirs," can either have a positive or harmful effect. It's up to the players to decide how to use their new powers.

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Kid, 12 years old May 2, 2014

The sims 3 supernatural review

It's just like the sims 3, only you can choose new life forms such as "werewolf, fairy, vampire, witch or ghost." the only violent things with w... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old October 31, 2013

Be responsible

This game is rated 13 & up for sex and language. But the game is fine as long as you don't click woo hoo nothing bad happens and if you don't... Continue reading

What's it about?

In THE SIMS 3: SUPERNATURAL, players are given the ability to fill their virtual Sims community with monsters and creatures, such as vampires, fairies, etc. The expansion pack also provides players with a slew of new items with which to decorate their virtual houses, including secret lairs and trap doors. One of the main changes to the gameplay is the addition of elixirs, which can be used on other Sim characters with a variety of different effects including turning those characters into zombies.

Is it any good?

Unlike other The Sims 3 expansion packs, The Sims 3: Supernatural focuses on the customization of Sims characters. While other expansion packs may give players a handful of new outfits or costumes, this one actually allows players to choose from human and non-human characters. This leads to an entirely new kind of virtual life for players to live out, as instead of getting a 9-to-5 job, they are now tasked with learning new magic skills or honing their psychic abilities. While it is somewhat antithetical to the game's goal of creating a realistic simulation of life, it adds a brand new element to the game that will no doubt grab the attention of new and long-term players alike.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the different kind of choices that players make in this game. Is it more fun to build up your town or wreak havoc? Why?

  • How do you think society should treat people who are different? Have you ever been treated unfairly just because of the way you look?

  • Discuss whether Sims 3 expansions do a good job of keeping the experience fresh. Was the expansion pack worth the extra money?

Game details

  • Platforms: Mac, Windows
  • Subjects: Hobbies: building, collecting, fashion
  • Skills: Responsibility & Ethics: embracing differences, fiscal responsibility, learning from consequences
    Self-Direction: self-reflection, time management, work to achieve goals
  • Price: $29.99
  • Available online? Not available online
  • Developer: Electronic Arts
  • Release date: September 4, 2012
  • Genre: Simulation
  • ESRB rating: T for Crude Humor, Sexual Themes, Violence

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