I strongly disagree that this game is bad, I've played this game since the first version of the game and the second also (The Sims, The Sims 2). But, I won't lie and say this game is for everyone, because it's not, it's rated T for a reason. There is some mild sexual content in this game but it can be easily avoided, mild violence such as name calling and fist fighting which is blurred out in a comical way.
There is death in this game: Teens + can die but anything below that just gets taken away by social worker and that’s only if Hunger (or social) “needs” drop to zero.
.>> You cannot kill others and there is no rape or incest.<< The game is rated "T" not "R"
There is Store Content which you can buy from the website's store, however it's not needed to play the game in any way. On the contrary, The Sims games has a huge community of gamers and “Modders” Free custom content that is created by regular people and is in fact highly supported by EA. Everything from new clothes to hair to even more advanced things such “mods” which can do anything from adding new interactions for your characters(Sims) to more complex things like changing how your sims walk or even eat.
Teen sims cannot woohoo by EA's default however, such is the case with a lot of things, that can be changed with a modder's mod.
When taking a shower or using the toilet the game blurs it out, woohooing is never shown out in the open except in the shower which is blurred. And unless you have custom skin all of EA's default skin is like a barbie doll. Babies can be born at the hospital or at home(if born at home the mother will wheeze in pain then spin around when the baby is born and the baby will suddenly appear in her arms).
The Sims uses gibberish when they speak so obviously no language.
The game is “slightly” suggestive and your sims can drink “nectar” as can teens.
EP s or Expansion Packs are a little costly but they further the game play with new interactions and objects and stuff for your sims.
I give an age rating of 12-15+ for the game with not for 11- but 12-13 with adult supervision.
Remember with this game you can do almost anything.
I would recommend to leery parents to enlist the help of the game's community gamers to decide if the game is right for their child, most (with an obvious exception of what there will be)are very helpful.
Internet is required for the game.
You cannot take The Sims games back to the store because of activation codes and copyrighting so choose carefully.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much consumerism