The Sims 3: Katy Perry Sweet Treats PC User Review
Super Gamer Dude
The Sims 3: Katy Perry's Sweet Treats for PC is one of the most interesting Stuff Packs The Sims 3 Collection has seen. Every item in the Stuff Pack is inspired by Katy Perry herself, a pop artist who is most famous for songs like "Hot and Cold" and "Last Friday Night," which is a song that can be played in game on a stereo system in Simlish, the Sim language.
The items that are available to the player in Katy Perry's Sweet Treats, of course, look delicious. There are sweet-looking hairstyles, along with tasty pieces that can be gained in Buy Mode, not to mention the clothing line. The bathing suit tops/bras for Sweet Treats look like sparkling ice cream. There are glittery dresses with lollipops and other candies going down the sides that come in three colors, but of course, the colors can be altered or completely changed in Create-A-Style Mode.
Sweet Treats allows for many new things that couldn't be done before. For instance, players can now make a gingerbread house with candy canes as decoration on the outside and a fence to go around the house that is in the shape of delicious cupcakes. For the inside, cupcake chairs can be placed next to the lollipop light and sweet guitar underneath a chandelier with light bulbs that look like something to sink teeth into instead.
The Stuff Pack also comes with new venues, hang out locations, and even a local pool that is decked out in Katy Perry's Sweet Treats. These locations and possibilities makes the player feel like their sims are in a Sims 3 version of a game from their childhood, like Candyland. The entire environment can be manipulated and turned into a place where sweet things are everywhere: waffle cones, cupcakes, lollipops, chocolate, gumdrops, candy canes, and more.
Katy Perry's Sweet Treats is one of the boldest and most successful moves of Electronic Arts. EA tends to try to follow in the footsteps of the previous collection, The Sims 2, which also had many successful expansion packs and stuff packs. They went off script and created an entire stuff pack solely inspired by Katy Perry. It was bold, but wildly successful. Not only will players who are fans of Katy Perry enjoy it, but so will players that enjoy different things in their simulation game. When Electronic Arts introduced aliens into The Sims 2, it was a big and wild hit, and people asked for more in The Sims 3. If EA ever created a Sims 4, there will be a lot of requests and demands, one of them being to create a stuff pack that is inspired by another popular icon, whoever that will be at the time.
Katy Perry's Sweet Stuff was a massive hit. Simmers loved it and still love it. The items in this stuff pack are pleasing and most of all were inspired by things that Katy Perry owns. Players could even create Katy Perry themselves if they wanted to. They probably would, too. They probably have.
Super Gamer Dude
The Sims games have always been known for their endless streams of expansions and additional content, but with The Sims 3, Maxis took this to the next level with an never-ending supply of expansions and what they call "stuff packs". While the expansions often add new features and game mechanics, stuff packs contain exactly what their name night imply, stuff. One would think that by this point, with five stuff packs to date, we would have all the stuff we need, but Maxis seems to think differently, and has released The Sims 3: Katy Perry Sweet Treats for the PC.
While Maxis is not explicitly calling this a stuff pack, there is nothing in the game that makes it an expansion, making it easily to categorize as a stuff pack. The major theme in this pack is, as its name might suggest, candy. And oh boy, do the new items it introduces overdo it. Everything is a sickeningly bright shade of pink or light blue that relentless assaults your senses. If you build a house out of the new items, your home will start to look like it belongs in Candyland instead of The Sims. Practically everything in the games from bicycles to playground equipment and mirrors has been made to look like candy.
Even if you're into the candy aesthetic for some reason, many of the items this pack introduces don't have much if any effort put into them at all, with the candy theme barely there if present at all. I'm sorry, but just because you made this chair bright pink does not make it like candy.
Of course if you don't want to make your own home look like it came straight out of the Willy Wonka chocolate factory, there are also a few pre-made lots that let you experience the insane aesthetic that Sweet Treats brings to the table without having to taint anything that your Sim actually owns.
Granted, there is more than enough stuff to make the pack seem like it might be worth the usual stuff price pack of $20, but due to some weird contractual obligation with Katy Perry or something, this pack costs $30 for a massive amount of candy-themed item that don't feel in place in anyone's game of The Sims 3.
With a game that already has enough trouble finding a dedicated audience to release such a niche product to market seems absolutely absurd to me, and I honestly cannot recommend Katy Perry Sweet Treats to anyone in good conscience. Even if you are a rabid Katy Perry fan, it is hard to justify the $30 sticker price or making your home and Sims look like they belong in one of her music videos. More importantly, if you are a huge Katy Perry/The Sims 3 fan, you really should pick up the Katy Perry branded version of showtime instead. Not only will you get the Katy Perry stuff, but you will also get an expansion that isn't terrible.