The Sims...what to say about the Sims...well, I have never played the Sims 2, but as far as I can tell, the animation was better, the story was better, the drawings were better, and I cannot understand the reasoning behind this other than a worse product for more money spent.
The Sims 3 lets you take control of much of the lives of people you either create or choose. I am going to get down to why I think only older kids should play this.
You can have sex with multiple people (yes, it is hidden). Some of the noises during romance are questionable, if not flat-out realistic. The scenes can get steamy, despite it being between animated characters. There is a good message, though: If you cheat, there are consequences.
You can choose to have protected or unprotected sex. The unprotected sex may also just be oral sex. I do not believe Sims 3 has ever clarified this. A child may put two and two together and realize "WooHoo" is the same as "Try for Baby".
There is a lot of reason to buy things. Better things cost more money.
You can place electronics wherever you want and do not need to place plugs. You do not need to pay for paintbrushes, or gas, or dry off from the bath. There are many other examples such as this, which make the Sims a pseudo-utopia. You can use this to show how hard it is to raise a family. I raised 2 toddlers recently. It's so hard. I had to stop playing the game for a while to rest. Yes, this game can tire you out! It shows how much a baby can tax even a family of adults for 2 kids.
This game is very addictive. I do wish I had never given into curiosity, but I also don't regret it. If you know your child has an addictive personality, do not get this. But they may also find ways to play it. So know your child; know this game and you should make a good decision.
If your kid can't play this, I would worry. This is very easy. Now in the 2010s, this game offers online posting ability. Be wary of your child and whether or not they are doing this. It's very easy to not to do, but also easy, as well.
All in all, I'd say this game in full would cost about 290 dollars? Many expansions. If you are going to be buying other small packs online, I'd say it can go up to 1,500 dollars, but that is a sheer guess. I do not purchase things other than official expansion packs, and I have not purchased all of them.
You can earn points online by going to the Sims site and clicking on the appropriate video icon. You earn about 5 points per view and sometimes you can view a video many, many times! Sometimes videos are available in an icon via the Sims 3 starter window. Clicking on that, you are taken to Internet Explorer/Safari and then the Sims page. It should be self-explanatory when you see it. But that is how you can get random cool things for the game for free.
Despite being worse than Sims 2, this is an amazing game and it rightfully deserves the 5 stars I bestowed upon it!