Product Type: Electronic Arts PC games
Embrace the supernatural
The Sims 3 Supernatural (PC)
Member Name: carlz2001uk
The Sims 3 Supernatural (PC)
Date: 28/09/12, updated on 28/09/12 (34 review reads)
Advantages: Magic, lots to explore, Collectables Journal, zombies!
Disadvantages: Needs sims 3 to play
The Sims, as most of us know, has a market all of its own. There is something about The Sims that gamers of all ages love, and I'm one of them. It took me years and years to jump on the band wagon, but when I did, I realised what I had been missing, and I always look out for new releases. EA games are certainly on to a winner, with The Sims and Fifa. To play on this expansion pack, you will need Sims 3 first. I would also recommend going on the 'can you run it?' site (it's free) to check your pc is suitable for the game (www.systemrequirementslab.com/).
A recent release was Sims 3 Supernatural. Released on 4th September this year, my lovely husband pre ordered it so it landed on my doorstep on the very morning of release. I couldn't wait to get started. It's not often that I actually get chance to play so when I do, it is a real treat for me.
So what's it all about:
Strange and mischievous happenings in the mysterious town of Moonlight Falls are where it's all at. Cast spells during the witching hour as you meet supernatural beings such as witches, naughty fairies, vampires and werewolves. Where you enter the 'create Sims' page, you are now greeted with 'non-human' Sims, allowing you to create your very own witch, ghost, genie, etc. I would recommend you take a look at the pop ups about the characters as there are so many, and many of the actions are also new. Using your wand you can make potions and elixirs which will turn Sims in zombies or gold, depending on how you are feeling. Expect surprises and spooks along the way.
You can share your potions with friends who have Sims 3.
Explore Moonlight Falls and discover the abilities released under a full moon. New families appear (the Goths are now ghosts), as well as new places such as the Elixir shop.
Using the sliding bookcase, you can kit out your home using gothic inspiration and spooky furniture.
The clothes are good, with plenty of choice. I seem to gravitate towards the zombies for some reason (I think it's influenced by my love for The Walking Dead TV series!), and the zombie clothes are authentically ripped and torn, to give you that fresh zombie look! The werewolf is also another favourite, allowing you to style the Sim in normal mode and to 'changed' full on werewolf mode!
(My favourite!) Mix your own elixir to become a zombie, complete with shuffling and lots of biting! Bite other Sims to cause havoc in Moonlight Falls. You can soon make another elixir to change everything back though so don't worry. Find rare ingredients for your elixirs, to allow you to hex Sims or charm them. There are over 200 new objects, and you will need to collect gems, plants, etc. to build certain elixirs at the Alchemist station. The Collectables Journal allows you to keep a track of what you have or haven't collected, and this is a great little feature.
Discover supernatural items and Sims! Create wizards, mischievous fairies, witches and many more, each with their own magic abilities and traits. Or, race around on a broomstick, visit the gypsy caravan or gaze longingly into the magic mirror.
Awaken Bonehilda, the strange skeletal maid (you'll need to go to the buy menu and get the special coffin).
Discover new promises, lifetime happiness awards, lifetime ambitions and wishes. You can use things like the lifetime happiness points to exchange and buy new things.
Build a career as a fortune teller or an Alchemist.
Spell books and vampires have featured in the Sims before but only as premium content, so I think this game has been long overdue for fans, and for me it isn't a disappointment. I wouldn't recommend the limited edition content; it just didn't seem worth it to me. It opened up plants vs zombies, but I think there is more than enough content with the extension pack. Some aspects of the limited edition content:
* Plant peashooters to keep your house secure from things that go bump in the night.
* Go creepy chic with cone hats, suits of rags, and other fun-dead fashions.
In my opinion, this is the best Sims expansion pack so far.
Currently priced at £30.78 on Amazon.
Platform: Windows Vista / 7 / XP, Mac OS X.
BBFC rating: 12 years and over.
Summary: 5 stars