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I know this review for the Sims 3: Generations expansion pack is coming in a bit late, but it took me longer to get a feel for this one than the previous expansions packs have. The additions aren’t nearly as drastic as some of the previous expansion packs. While World Adventures offered trips to foreign lands, Ambitions offered new jobs and careers, and Late Night offered new ways to let loose and socialize, Generations’ additions are much closer to the base game, building on the general goal for Sims to grow up, start a family and live out their lives.
While you could certainly make an argument that EA is nickel-and-diming customers with constant Sims 3 expansion packs, they’ve typically been meaty additions that add interesting gameplay to the Sims experience. The Sims 3 Generations, unfortunately, adds a lot of content, but not a lot of substance. Generations focuses on adding elements to every stage of a sim’s life, with an emphasis on children and teenagers. A lot of these additions are really interesting, like how adults can now suffer a midlife crisis, during which they have particularly childish wishes that cannot be canceled (though you don’t have to accept them).
Child and Teen Sims get the biggest overhauls with the expansion installed, with children having the opportunity to embark on a quest to acquire an imaginary friend and make them real through a long and convoluted process involving relationship-building and chemistry. Teen Sims, conversely, have to contend with the more mundane realities of learning to drive, school prom and wild, hedonistic parties while their parents are away. Both children and teens can also set up booby traps and pranks around town, too, which are enormously satisfying if you can pull them off without running afoul of the new punishment system. Children and teens are both significantly more interesting and fun to play than they were previously, which is good — previously, Sims’ lives didn’t really get interesting until they reached Young Adult level.
The expansions that have come out for the Sims have always been very adult-oriented (by which I mean age not … y’know). For the Sims 2 there were titles such as Hot Date and House Party. For the Sims 3 there has been Late Night, which involves bars, hooking up with strangers, and sporting miniskirts, and Ambitions, which expands a player’s career choices and hobbies. Then there was Medieval Sims … Let’s just forget that mistake altogether. However, the new expansion pack released by EA heads in a different direction (and not ‘different’ like ‘Medieval different,’ thank god). Generations, which was released in the beginning of this month, focuses more on the actions and opportunities of kids and teenagers.
I’m so horrible at being in front of a camera, lol. I don’t know when I’ll ever get comfortable. I think it’d be much easier if I had someone else to carry a conversation with rather than just spouting out things. Anyhow, let’s get to the winner! And the winner is (yes, you’re going to have to watch the video):
The UK’s Channel 4 has a show called Comedy Gala, has hijacked the first Sims 3 for Console commercial and made some changes. It’s very funny. Check it out below! Thanks to SimsVIP for the find!
An interview at E3 with one of the producers of Generations. Thanks to SimsVIP for the find!
Internet comedy group Smosh Plays Generations during lunch. Not only is Smosh playing Generations, they are also giving away a copy! Thanks to TheSimsHub for the find.