A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
The new character traits introduced in the expansion pack are actually all positive: Disciplined, Adventurous and Photographer's Eye. Sims are encouraged to go on vacation to relax and learn.There is a consumerism theme to the game as Sims can acquire artifacts from ruins they explore and sell them at the market. Foreign shops offer a variety of exotic items that Sims can buy for their house back home.
Positive Role Models
Like The Sims 3, the characters in the expansion pack represent a wide range of personality types, ranging from nasty to noble.
Ease of Play
Controls are fairly complicated, and there are a lot of menus and information to digest. Very young players will likey find it overwhelming and/or frustrating.
Violence & Scariness
Sims can learn martial arts in China, spar with other Sims, and participate in ranked matches and tournaments. The emphasis is placed on self-improvement and earning belts rather than beating up as many people as possible. Sims can encounter Mummies in tombs who will attack and infect them with a curse. If the curse is not cured quickly enough, the Sim will perish - or can even become a Mummy themselves.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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 have sexual relationships with other Sims.
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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 allows Sims to take vacations, and introduces new character traits, skills, items to purchase, and other add-ons.
Is It Any Good?
World Adventures is a worthy add-on that allows players to explore three distinctly different cultures. Each location boasts the same degree of nuance and attention to detail that has become a hallmark of The Sims franchise, so that the player really does feel immersed in these exotic places. Sims can also complete quests for the locals and explore ruins for treasure, which requires Sims to pull switches, disarm traps, and solve puzzles to open locked doors -- gameplay that is more typical of adventure games. The game's control scheme and camera angles are far from optimized for these kinds of tasks, but the occasional awkwardness and frustration don't dampen the overall experience too much. World Adventures adds even more depth to a game that already has virtually unlimited replay value.
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