The Sims 3 - Generations PC User Review
Super Gamer Dude
As the fourth installment in The Sims 3 game series, The Sims 3: Generations on the PC is an expansion pack that enhances game play in the way that fans will appreciate.
The Sims 3 games are known for opening up the world in new and unique ways that players do not expect. The features that each expansion pack brings to the game allow players to further immerse themselves in the world of The Sims. The Sims 3: Generations is no different. Generations adds goals, interactions and items that enhance the family and household dynamics of the game. While there are not any major changes to game play, here are some of the things that have been added that give The Sims 3 : Generations players a different experience.
While wedding and house parties have been available since the very first The Sims game, in Generations your Sims are able to throw themed parties that give them more personality. Sims are now able to throw and attend bachelor and bachelorette parties that come with party dancers and perhaps some adult entertainment. Teenage Sims can also throw parties at their house. They are also now able to attend school dances.
New Family-Centered Items
Every new expansion pack in The Sims 3 game adds some new items to play around with. The Sims 3: Generations is no different. Some of the items are more centered to younger Sims but most people can have fun on them. Some items include:-
There is also a video camera feature that allows your Sim to record any event while it is happening. They then have the option of replaying the video on any television available.
New Interactions and Personalities
Some of the new interactions available depend on family relationships. For example, mischievous children can receive harsher punishments (such as time-outs or being grounded) for their bad behavior.
There is a new rebellious character trait that gives positive points for pulling pranks successfully. Being able to pull pranks on other Sims is another thing that has been added. Pranks such as doorbell ditch, whoopee cushions and throwing eggs at houses can be just as much fun for the players as it is for the Sim.
As in real life, your philandering Sim can earn a not-so-flattering reputation for being a player. That means that Sims who like to whoo-hoo with many different people become known for their promiscuous reputation. This can prevent them from hooking up with other Sims who may not find their reputation very appealing.
These are some of the things that make The Sims :3 Generations a nice addition to your collection. However, if you are looking to add a whole new experience to your Sims experience, this game may not be what you are looking for. While it does add new features, the features enhance the things that are already there. Unfortunately, not many new experiences are brought to the table.
Super Gamer Dude
Fans all over the world of this highly rated life-simulation video game will surely be in their toes with this latest expansion pack for The Sims 3. The Generations add-on pack has been the widely awaited pack for the franchise since the success of the previous add-ons. However, The Sims 3: Generations has fallen short of being what was expected from the developers after a fairly long break from the last add-on which was fairly a big success. Normally, Electronic Arts are coming up with their expansion packs for the franchise in two categories; one is the Stuff where they would simply integrate some new stuff into the game such as accessories, furniture, toys, gadgets, etc. These types of expansion such as Pets do not necessarily change the overall gameplay as much as it introduces new stuff for decoration and design purposes only. On the other hand, the other type of expansion is what is known to be the Core Game Changer, expansion packs such as; World Adventures and Ambitions sets to change the core gameplay and experience of Sims 3.
The issue with Generations is that it seems to be not with one category at all. It smacked in the middle of those two as it poses some new stuff, with slight configuration to the core gameplay that is mostly not that noticeable. These facts have made this new expansion somewhat confusing to the fans in how it would fair in their books. Sims 3 Generations do add is some nifty cool stuff to the gameplay with new equipments, a bunch of new stuff and tendencies from all age ranges, a single new creature The Imaginary Friend and a new career. When you come to think about it, the changes are vast, with numerous gameplay improvements and lots of new tendencies. As you may have guessed from the title, The Sims 3 Generations mainly focuses in enhancing and broadening each sims' various stages in their lives. From toddlers, adolescence, teens, young adults, adults to oldies; Generations packs some nifty stuff that deepens how each sim acts and lives their lives that coincides in the stages of their lives. Toddlers learn to dress up and play princess, dinosaurs, or astronauts and have the ability to come up with the new creature The Imaginary Friend. Generations have also ramped it up for the teens, with various social events and parties teen sims can attend to, even the enraged teen hormones are realistically being integrated into the game. Adults can experience mid-life crisis and oldies; well they just wave around their canes to scare people away.
The new additions are something fans could really have fun exploring. The new video camera will give you the ability to record certain moments in your sims life and play it on the TV set. The new career in daycare can certainly be something worth trying out. However, when you talk about it in overall, there is a lot of confusion as to where this expansion pack stands and raises the question if it is ever worth the money.
Super Gamer Dude
Sims 3 Generations has arrived for a variety of game-playing consoles. Each has its own special benefits and drawbacks, but the Sims game hasnt changed it style or its substance since its inception several years ago. The game play has advanced a bit and the graphics have certainly become more impressive, but the main concept of the game stays the same and Sims 3 brings lot to the table that still is incredibly fun to play with. Perfect for all ages and people with imagination.
If you arent familiar with the World of Sims you will find that it is very simple. Its a game that lets you create an environment, not much unlike the one we already live in, and gives your simulated character (hence, Sim) the ability to grow as a person. Just like real people however, Sims have daily needs. They need to eat, need to use the bathroom, need to have a job, need to pay bills and need to have friends and relationships. Sounds kind of mundane, but the fun is in the details. You can manage their development step-by-step, or choose to have them move swiftly on their own. Theres not a lot of fun in that, however. The real fun it taking it step by step, and seeing what they like and dislike. Remember, you are essentially in charge of their every move. Experiment. See what they can handle and like, and try to cater the actions to garner the reaction you want.
There is a vast amount of re-playability with Sims 3 and the Generations expansion certainly adds more. Whenever you are bored with living the life in a normal way, you can mix things up for your created universe. The basic idea of the game is to create a Sim and design its life like that of a real one. You can give it a house, a job, relationships and a family. Have them do ordinary things with ordinary results. If you have basically tapped your interest in that game play, you can get creative, and sometimes evil.
One of the ways you can mix things up is to try and mess around at your Sims job. Maybe not go to work a few days in a row. See what happens. Perhaps your Sim is getting a bit randy and their significant other isnt around, you can play digital adultery with the neighbor. Or, you can create a room without any doors or bathrooms and feed your Sim and watch them squirm. Sounds terrible, but its something can be cone on Sims 3 if you have an evil way of entertaining yourself.
Overall Sims Generations is a welcome addition to the Sims series and has further helped the series evolve into a pretty impressive game set with year upon year improvements and additions. The game play is still really fun, as is the variety of things you can make your Sim do. The computer I played it on is a few years old, but the graphics and overall playing was smooth and faced no hiccups. If you are looking for a fun game to keep your busy for hours, or even weeks at a time, Sims 3 Generations will definitely impress and add to the entertainment that the Sims offer.