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The Sims 3: Fast Lane Stuff (PC)
Advantages: A lot of good new content, keeps the original Sims 3 gameplay.
Disadvantages: Doesn't have great value for money.
As a massive fan of The Sims, I went out and bought the Fast Lane Stuff expansion to The Sims 3 straight away. Of course, it's not too hard to guess what it features. The pack contains loads of new speedy cars and fancy car-related objects for your Sim's home. Disappointingly for me, my computer got a virus and it's disc drive broke straight after buying the game. When I got it working after a few weeks, I wasn't disappointed but had the slightly high price in my mind at the same time.
I'll give you a quick overview of The Sims 3 before going onto the pack. You first make your Sims in Create-A-Sim. Using this, you change your Sim's features, clothes and traits as well as life goals. Your traits determine how your Sim acts in the game. For example, if you choose Heavy Sleeper, your Sim isn't very good at getting out of bed in the morning. You can create multiple Sims for your house.
You either build or choose a house to move into and get going. Starting off with a few thousand 'Simleons' in your inventory, you have plenty to make your house quite good-looking. Controlling any of the Sims you created, look around the town and strive to achieve their life goal. Your Sim's path ahead is up to you.
You get loads of items from the pack, and you may want to use the book inside the pack's case to see everything that you get. There are plenty of items, including fancy car paintings, decorative traffic cones, garage items, a neon car sign and a fake petrol pumps and much more. In addition to all of these items, you get loads of cars from a 50's style muscle car to a retro, old-fashioned truck to a speedy sports car.
Fast Lane Stuff is rated 12+ by PEGI (Pan European Game Information). The game contains some comical violence. The main reason for the 12+ rating, though, is sex. This is shown in quite a funny way, as two of your Sims can go under their bed covers and the bed violently shakes! I'm sure it will be suitable for most ages, as younger audiences may not understand.
Fast Lane Stuff is a good expansion to The Sims 3, overall. There are loads of new items for your house and some cool new cars. The £8-£10 price is a bit steep though, in my opinion. After all, you are only really getting a small expansion for The Sims 3. But if you're obsessed with the latest main addition in the extremely popular life simulator series, it's just about worth buying.
Developer: The Sims Studio
Release: September 10, 2010
This review is also posted on Ciao under my name YoshiCheesePuff.
Summary: Contains lots of great content, but is it really worth £8?