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: 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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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?
- 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