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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 allows Sims to take vacations, and introduces new character traits, skills, items to purchase, and other add-ons.
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What's it about?
THE SIMS 3: WORLD ADVENTURES is the first expansion pack for EA's The Sims 3 life simulation, and allows players to take their characters (known as "Sims") on vacation to destinations in Egypt, China, and France. Each new location offers adventures, new people to meet, new items and decor to purchase, and new skills to master. For example, Sims can practice martial arts and meditation in a Chinese martial arts academy , explore ancient Egyptian tombs for treasure, learn the fine art of "nectar making" in France, and take pictures with the new photography skill. With World Adventures installed, players will be able to access a new Travel option from within the main game of The Sims 3 to book a vacation. Vacations only last a few days to begin with, but Sims can earn Visa points that allow them to book longer and longer vacations, up to 15 days.
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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